Join a small group of seasoned volunteers on a special journey to provide dental care to children and monks in the foothills outside Darjeeling. This is a hands-on experience where volunteers assist GDR staff in setting up the clinic, and then work for 6 days. Meals are enjoyed in the company of resident monks.
This is a unique experience, open to only a handful of volunteers each year. You must be an intrepid traveler and a return volunteer to join this adventure. You will be part of a team of four dental professionals and 6 non-dental volunteers. After the clinic ends, you can join a GDR clinic in nearby Nepal, extend your stay in India or head home.
|1||Depart the U.S.||(-/-/-)|
|2||Arrive Delhi. On arrival in Delhi you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel, nearby the airport. Overnight in Delhi.||(B/-/D)|
|3||Delhi – Bagdogra. Transfer to the airport this morning for your flight to Bagdogra. On arrival in Bagdogra you will continue by car to the town of Kurseong, a 2 hour drive. Volunteers stay on monastery grounds during the clinic.||(B/L/D)|
|4||Kurseong. This morning you will assist in clinic set-up with GDR staff. After lunch begin working in the clinic. Overnight at the monastery||(B/L/D)|
|5||Kurseon. Full day working in the clinic.||(B/L/D)|
|6||Kurseong. Full day working in the clinic.||(B/L/D)|
|7||Kurseong. Morning work in the clinic. Afternoon free to do a hike or otherwise explore the area.||(B/L/D)|
|8||Kurseong. Full day working in the clinic.||(B/L/D)|
|9||Kurseong. Full day working in the clinic.||(B/L/D)|
|10||Kurseong – Darjeeling. Morning drive to Darjeeling, a 2 hour drive. Arrive in the late afternoon.||(B/L/-)|
|11||Darjeeling. Day at leisure in Darjeeling. Overnight in Darjeeling.||(B/-/-)|
|12||Darjeeling – Delhi. Morning drive to Bagdogra for your flight back to Delhi. On arrival you are met and transferred to your hotel. Evening transfer to the airport for your onward flight home, or overnight in Delhi and depart the following day.||(B/-/-)|
Project Fee: $950.00
Project Fee Includes:
7 nights accommodation in a basic guesthouse on monastery grounds, 1 night in a 3 star guesthouse in Darjeeling and 2 nights in a 3 star hotel in Delhi; 3 meals a day while working in the clinic, other days breakfast only; airport transfers; round-trip ground transport from Bagdogra to the monastery. A donation to GDR to help cover the cost of dental supplies for the clinic is included.
* Note: food options in the monastery are basic – if you have particular food allergies or dietary requirements, this may not be the adventure for you.
* Note: In order to catch the airport transfer from the airport to Kurseong – all volunteers must be on the same flight from Delhi to Bagdogra on Day 3. Your Country Coordinator will confirm which flight that is with your acceptance packet.
2019-2020 Departure Dates:
May 26 – June 7, 2019
Nov. 3 – 14, 2019
Oct. 6 – 18, 2020