India Project

Dates
February 14 - 25, 2018
Location
India
Participation Fee
$1,250
What's Included

* Maps may indicate region where project will take place, not a specific site location.

Overview

Join Maranatha in the fascinating country of India! There is a great need for churches and schools throughout the entire country of India, and volunteers on this project will be able to help answer prayers for the ED Thomas Memorial Adventist School in southern India.

The school is located on approximately 50 acres of a mango plantation filled with beautiful trees near the town of Thanjavur in the state of Tamil Nadu. It was started in 1953 with just eight students, and has since grown to a full elementary and secondary boarding school. Recently, enrollment has started to decline due to poor infrastructure. The dorms and classrooms are leaking, and there is no place on campus that can accommodate the entire school body inside for assemblies.

The local Adventist conference has reached out to Maranatha’s assistance to build an Education and Evangelism Center for the school. This large building includes a large gymnasium that can be used for assemblies and community events. It will also include new classrooms for the elementary students. The structure is built with insulated panel sheeting walls. This type of construction involves a team that will peel protective sheeting off of the panels and prepare the edges as well as a team that will assemble the structure and attach the prepared panels.

In addition, the group of volunteers will reach out into the local community to conduct outreach projects such as children’s ministry programs and health education.

Scope

Insulated Panel School Construction

Community Outreach

Leaders
Loretta Spivey,
Project Coordinator
Lorin Rubbert,
Construction Superintendent
Itinerary
Wednesday, February 14
Arrival in India
Thursday, February 15
Work Days
Saturday, February 17
Worship with the local congregation
Sunday, February 18
Work Days
Saturday, February 24
Worship with the local congregation
Sunday, February 25
Departure or Optional Excursion Travel to Delhi
Monday, February 26
Optional Excursion: Travel to Agra, Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
Tuesday, February 27
Optional Excursion: Travel to Jaipur, City Palace
Wednesday, February 28
Optional Excursion: Amer Fort, Evening Departures
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive in Tiruchirappalli, India (airport code TRZ) on Wednesday, February 14.Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project.
DEPARTUREVolunteers will depart from Tiruchirappalli, India (airport code TRZ) on Sunday, February 25 or continue on the optional excursion by traveling to Delhi and departing for home in the evening of Wednesday, February 28 from Jaipur, India (JAI) .
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to Tiruchirappalli International Airport, India (TRZ) and send a copy of the itinerary to volunteer@maranatha.org. Maranatha representatives will meet volunteers upon arrival. Please wait for confirmation before purchasing your airfare to ensure that there is enough space on the project. More information, including the optional excursion flight information and arrival/departure windows, is available in an information packet (download above). Booking outside these windows could result in additional fees and missed portions of the project.

Travel Resources

CI Azumano Travel:
800-454-4099 or by email with Erle or Azumano Team at corporatetravel@ciazumano.com

Butler Travel:
503-879-5005 or by email with Nathanael at nathan@butlertravel.com

Kayak:
www.kayak.com

When contacting the Azumano or Butler travel agencies, make sure you mention Maranatha for discounted booking fees.

Excursions
Golden Triangle Tour - $585

After the project, February 25 – 28, volunteers can join the optional excursion to the cities of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, often referred to as India’s Golden Triangle. On Sunday, volunteer will travel from Tiruchirappali to Delhi (this ticket is not included in the excursion fee). Upon arrival in Delhi, the group will see some of the popular sites in the city before spending the night.

The following day, the group will travel south to the city of Agra, home to the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. The stunning marble mausoleum of the Taj Mahal is considered one of the world’s architectural masterpieces. Agra is also home to Agra Fort, a large complex that housed and protected many generations of royalty and foreign leaders.

On Tuesday, the group will travel to Jaipur where they will spend two days and see several famous sights including Amer Fort and the City Palace. Amer Fort is located on the edge of Maota Lake and is constructed of red sandstone and marble. The group will take an elephant ride at the fort giving a unique viewpoint on the opulent construction and interesting history of the building.Volunteers will depart from Jaipur in the evening of Wednesday, February 28.

The excursion fee will cover all hotels, food, and excursions during the excursion day. The in-country flight is not included.

India Facts & Figures

CAPITAL

New Delhi

POPULATION

1.22 billion

LANGUAGE

41% Hindi, 8/1% Bengali, 7.2% Telagu, and various other languages.

CLIMATE

Varies from tropical monsoons in the south to temperate in the north

RELIGION

80% Hindu, 13% Muslim, 2% Christian

CURRENCY

Indian Rupee (approximately 63 Rupees to $1 USD)

Entry Requirements
  • All passports must be valid for at least six months from the dates of intended return.
  • Tourist Visa
Medical Requirements & Precautions
Contact Us Want to speak with someone at Maranatha directly? Please call our office at 916.774.7700 to speak with a volunteer specialist. Alternatively, you can send us an email.