Family Project India

Project Full
Dates
December 21, 2018 - January 3, 2019
Location
India
Participation Fee
$1,980 per person. Discounts dependent on rooming configurations and age.
What's Included

Overview

***This project is currently closed. If you are sincerely interested in joining this project and can complete the necessary registration, payments, and flight arrangements in a timely manner, please contact the projects department at Maranatha to see if there are any spots still available.***

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 Khunti Adventist School in eastern India. They have completely outgrown their facilities and need more classrooms to accommodate the many students that want to attend.

Maranatha offers at least two family projects each year that provide service opportunities for every member of your family, both young and old. This particular family project will take place over the Christmas and New Year school break!

Volunteers will join together in Khunti, a town outside of Ranchi, Jharkhand, to construct new classrooms. In addition to the construction, volunteers will also join together for outreach programs such as children’s ministry programs. If we have medical professionals with us, we would like to provide medical outreach as well. Younger volunteers will have a chance to join the Day Camp during the project to experience different aspects of service and receive insights into daily life in India!

While this project is geared towards families and preference is given to family groups, individuals are also welcome on this project.

Scope

Masonry School construction

Children’s Ministry Programs

Leaders
Karen Godfrey,
Project Coordinator
Danny Poljak,
Construction Superintendent
Itinerary
Friday, December 21
Arrival in India
Saturday, December 22
Worship with the local congregation
Sunday, December 23
Work Days
Saturday, December 29
Worship with the local congregation. Travel to Delhi
Sunday, December 30
Agra and Taj Mahal
Monday, December 31
Travel to Ranthambore
Tuesday, January 1
Ranthambore Safaris
Wednesday, January 2
Travel to Jaipur. Afternoon tours
Thursday, January 3
Departure from India
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive in Ranchi, India (IXR) before noon on Friday, December 21, 2018. Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project.
DEPARTUREVolunteers will depart from Delhi, India (DEL) in the evening of Thursday, January 3, 2019, after 10pm, or early in the morning of Friday, January 4, 2019, before 5am.
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets and from India. The itinerary could include domestic legs inside India. The dates posted are the arrival and departure dates from the project, but due to travel time, you may need to leave a day or two before the arrival date. 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 arrival and departure airports and time windows is available in an information packet available for 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
Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur

After the project, volunteers will depart on an excursion to see some of the beauty of India. On Saturday night, volunteers will fly together from Ranchi to Delhi, and then the following morning, the group will make their way a few hours south by bus to the city of Agra, home to the Taj Mahal.

The Taj Mahal, a stunning marble mausoleum, is considered one of the world’s architectural masterpieces. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal as a memorial to his wife, and the tour guide will share information about the life of the emperor and the construction of the beautiful building. In addition to the Taj Mahal, the group will also visit Agra Fort, a large complex that housed and protected many generations of royalty and foreign leaders.

On Monday, the group will travel to Ranthambore National Park, one of the biggest national parks in northern India. While the area was once hunting grounds for the ancient kings, it is now a nature reserve that is a major wildlife tourist attraction. The biggest draw to the park is the possibility of seeing Bengal tigers in their natural habitat. In addition, the park is home to Indian leopards, wild boars, striped hyenas, sloth bears, langurs, macaques, and crocodiles. The group will have a full day safari in the park on Tuesday.

Wednesday morning, the group will travel to Jaipur, where you will 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 to get a unique view of the opulent construction and history of the building. Volunteers will fly from Jaipur to Delhi in the evening on Thursday, January 3 and then continue on their way home from Delhi late in the evening on January 3rd.

The excursion is considered part of the entire project. All hotels, food, ground transportation, activities and entrance fees, and English-speaking guides are covered by the excursion fee paid to Maranatha.

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.

 

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