India Project

Dates
February 28, 2019 - March 10, 2019
Location
India
Participation Fee
$1,470
What's Included

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 Khunti Adventist School in eastern India near the city of Ranchi.

The Khunti school was established in 1937 and currently has 1,300 students from Nursery through High School and they turn away anywhere from 200-300 students a year due to lack of space! The school is truly a mission school as about half of the student body are not Adventist and the teachers teach about Jesus’ love.

The school has requested Maranatha’s assistance in building new classrooms on campus. The elementary students are scattered around campus in old buildings and several classrooms were recently torn down due to their age and condition. In addition, there is not a suitable auditorium for the entire student body to meet together. They currently use a cafeteria that they have to switch from lunch tables to rows of chairs for worship two times a day!

Maranatha volunteers on this project will be assisting with the construction of a 12-classroom Elementary Education Center that will have enough space for the Primary school to meet as well as a large auditorium in the middle. If we have enough volunteers, we would also like to reach out into the community through activities such as vacation Bible school programs and health education.

At the end of the project, volunteers can choose to join an optional excursion to see the world-famous Taj Mahal.

Scope

School Construction (Masonry and Insulated Panels)

Children’s Ministry Programs

Leaders
Loretta Spivey,
Project Coordinator
Lorin Rubbert,
Construction Superintendent
Sylvia Wilson,
Children's Ministry
Itinerary
Thursday, February 28
Arrival in Ranchi, India
Friday, March 1
First Work Day
Saturday, March 2
Worship with the local congregation
Sunday, March 3
Work Days
Saturday, March 9
Worship with the local congregation
Sunday, March 10
Departure from India or Continue on Optional Excursion
Monday, March 11
Optional Excursion: Sunrise Taj Mahal tour. Evening departures from Delhi
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive in Ranchi, India (airport code IXR) before 1:00pm on Thursday, February 28, 2019.Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project.
DEPARTUREVolunteers will depart from Ranchi, India (IXR) in the morning of Sunday, March 10, 2019 or will continue on the optional excursion by booking a specific flight to Delhi (see info packet for more information). Those on the excursion will depart home from Delhi late in the evening on Monday, March 11th or early in the morning on March 12th, 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
Optional Excursion: Taj Mahal and Agra Fort: $210

After the project, volunteers can choose to join the optional excursion depart to the city of Agra. On Sunday morning, those joining the excursion will fly to Delhi (domestic flight not included in excursion fee) and drive a few hours south to the city of Agra, home to the Taj Mahal.

On Monday morning, the group will enjoy a sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal, a stunning marble mausoleum, that is considered one of the world’s architectural masterpieces. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal as a memorial to his wife. Tour guides 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.

That evening volunteers will return to Delhi for evening departures home.

There is an additional fee to take part in the excursion, which will include all hotels, food, ground transportation, entrance fees, English-speaking guides, and insurance. Domestic flights in India are not included. See the full information packet for more information.

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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