GLOBAL BUILDERS - INDIA
We are now sending teams to work with our covenant partner in India, in Kerala -- one of National Geographic Traveler's "10 Paradises of the World." Click the Request More Information button below to express your interest in joining a trip to India, or Propose a trip of your own now!
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What will a trip to India be like?Everyone wants to spend a little time in paradise, and everyone wants to help God's people in need. By working with the Trivandrum Fuller Center in the exotic coastal state of Kerala, India, you can do both! It truly is where poverty and paradise collide as many families crowd together in unsafe shacks while ocean breezes blow and palm trees sway. This primarily Hindu nation has a strong Christian presence in the Trivandrum area, which is about 40 percent Christian and where beautiful Catholic churches and Hindu temples mix. It is believed that Jesus' disciple Thomas visited the area. Tourism is a huge industry in the state of Kerala, especially eco-tourism.
Each trip to India will be with a group of mission-minded volunteers -- typically 8-20 total -- who want to experience the world, meet new people, and make a difference. No skills required.
Trips last 1-2 weeks and include sightseeing in this coastal area along the Indian Ocean.
Project and Country Background
The state of Kerala is located on the southwestern coast of India and is roughly the size of the state of Georgia in the United States. Despite all its exotic beauty, the state of Kerala has its share of shacks and slums like the rest of India, where some 170 million people live in slum conditions, roughly 17 percent of the world's slum-dwellers.
The Trivandrum Fuller Center is run by a Christian board that partners with families to help build or improve their homes using no-profit, no-interest loans.
We have already helped 18 families have new homes, but there is much yet to do. To accelerate the pace, we are in need of donations great and small (give for India here) and volunteers! See pictures and stories of the first 20+ homes and partner families on the blog of our local partner.
8 a.m. - Breakfast
9 a.m. - Begin building at work site
12 p.m. - Lunch
1 p.m.-3 p.m. - Continue building
4 p.m. - Evening free for dinner and relaxation
(Exact schedules can be discussed and set depending on the team's preferences.)
Type of work
We are building with bricks or concrete blocks and stuccoing the completed homes. The homes are built in a very traditional Indian style, with white walls and a flat, concrete roof that gets used almost like a porch or backyard in the United States.
Work will typically involve helping the masons and carpenters. At times there will be painting, and any other work that could be expected on a masonry build project.
We will provide necessary tools, but as with most build sites, it never hurts to bring a few small hand tools with you.
Food and Lodging
We offer two housing options: a guest house with semi-private rooms (recommended), or a nearby hotel. Each group will stay entirely in one or in the other, as determined by the team leader prior to the trip.
The guest house is run by an Indian couple who live next door and work hard to accomodate their guests' requests, including food requests. Volunteers will experience traditional Indian food and have bottled water available. Each room has 2-4 beds and fans and air conditioning, and internet is available albeit only at a single computer work station. The place is simple, but clean, and ideal for mission-minded groups. Bedding, towels, and blankets are provided. Here is a link to their website: http://www.pushpakamhomestay.in
The hotel, named Sabari Park, is beautiful but costs more. Food is available right in the hotel, and it has a website here.
A van or small bus will be rented to transport the group throughout each day. The distance from the hotel to each worksite will vary, but on average it is about 20 minutes.
Rest, Relaxation, and Siteseeing
This part of India is incredibly beautiful with much to do, from visiting beaches to touring parks and historical sites. Groups can even choose to spend a night in a houseboat. We expect each group to spend at least a couple of days seeing the sites - or more if the group desires.
Most two-week trips will cost $1400-1800. More precise budgets are custom developed for each trip. Trips lasting 7-10 days will naturally cost less than 14-day trips.
As trips with openings become available, we will post them at the top of this page. To apply to join their trip, simply click "Join" next to the trip of your choice. To request more information or be put in touch with the team leader, click the "Request more information" button at the top.
If you're an experienced traveler or team leader, or if you have a group of your own (church, school, etc.), Propose a Trip to let us know what you might like to do!
Are you unsure of how to prepare for such an experience or just looking for some tips on how to be better prepared? If so, we suggest you take a look at our Trip Preparation page where you will find a lot of helpful information and links - Preparing For Your Trip!
What happens after the trip?
Even after you return, your trip can have a sustained impact on both you and the community in which you served! Learn how on our Country Champions page.
Learn more on FCH India's page.
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