Our Supervised Youth Adventure Packages are designed to give teens aged 15 -17 years old an independent but safe volunteer abroad experience, provided through a supervised in-country experience and customized itinerary made just for teen explorers.
Every aspect of the itinerary has been designed and vetted by IVHQ to deliver appropriate volunteering, accommodation, meals, transport, cultural activities and full-time coordinator supervision and support, for parents’ peace of mind.
In order to take part in the Youth Adventure Package, you must provide written consent from your parent(s) or guardian(s) to volunteer abroad on your own.
Your fees for the 10-day India Youth Adventure Package totals $1899 (US$299 Registration Fee + US$1600 Program Fee), which includes the following:
- Dedicated support from an IVHQ volunteer program expert
- Comprehensive pre-departure support through your personal MyIVHQ profile
- Online volunteer training
- Complete program guide
- Deals on flights and travel insurance
- IVHQ alumni membership
- 24/7 in-country supervision and support
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- Program orientation
- Volunteer placement
- Nine nights of accommodation
- Three meals per day
- Guided tours
IVHQ is dedicated to bringing you the most cost effective fees, while maintaining the safest programs and added travel benefits. We understand there are additional costs associated with traveling abroad such as visas, flights, vaccinations and mandatory travel insurance.
IVHQ will provide comprehensive pre-departure support in order to better prepare you for your trip and can also provide you with access to flight deals and travel insurance once you’re registered for your program. For personal expenses while on the program, we recommend bringing around US$100 in spending money.
Teenagers travel independently to the program, growing their confidence and self-sufficiency, until they are picked up at the airport by our local team in Kerala. We can also work with our flights partner to connect you with other teens traveling to the program, giving younger travelers the opportunity to travel together or connect in transit. On the program, teenagers experience a set volunteer abroad itinerary with a group of other teens from around the globe.
In order to take part in the Youth Adventure Package, you must provide written consent from your parent(s) or guardian(s) permitting you to volunteer abroad on your own.
The India - Kerala Youth Adventure Package is located in the city of Kochi (or Cochin), in the state of Kerala on the southwest coast of India. You will live and work in the Fort Kochi area, a popular tourist spot that is famous for small boutiques, colonial buildings, excellent regional cuisine and its unique Chinese fishing nets. Kochi is a safe and welcoming city with an abundance of activities to enjoy in the surrounding areas.
The IVHQ India - Kerala Youth Adventure Program is a 10-day program that begins on the 7th of July, 2019.
You will be provided with three meals per day during your 10-day stay. Meals will be traditional Indian and Keralan cuisine provided to you at your accommodation.
If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know well in advance of your program so our local team can make arrangements for you. We will do our best to see that your dietary requirements are catered for. If you prefer western style meals, you can easily get this at the local cafes and restaurants in the area.
Volunteers will be accommodated in a local hotel or a family-run guesthouse in the Fort Kochi area. Living is basic but comfortable and you will have access to electricity, WiFi and western-style toilets.
There are fans provided, however, it is important to be aware that there is no air-conditioning. Your showers may be cold but being a warm climate almost all year, it’s never a problem.
All bedding is provided and you can expect to be sharing a room with two to three other Youth Adventure volunteers of the same gender. You will be required to bring your own toiletries and towels.
During your 10-day program, the local team will provide 24/7 supervision, with at least one staff member for every eight volunteers. In your free time, you will be supported by the local staff and have the ability to socialize with other teen/high school volunteers.
Below is an example itinerary for the 10-day teen program. A more detailed, confirmed itinerary will be provided after you register for the program.
Sunday, 7th July:
Volunteers should arrive in to Cochin International Airport on Sunday, the 7th of July. You will be provided with an airport pick-up and your orientation and welcome presentation will be held in the evening.
Monday: Experience Culture!
You will join a tour and lunch through the backwaters of Kerala. The backwaters are a picturesque network of waterways that connect integral parts of everyday village life and the ecosystem of local wildlife. That evening, you will be given training and time to plan for your upcoming days of volunteering.
Tuesday - Friday: Volunteering Time!
Volunteers will split into two groups and work with our local team on one of two exciting projects. You will have the opportunity to teach in the local primary schools, or work on school renovation projects in the local area.
In the evenings, there will be different activities throughout the week. You will have the opportunity to be involved in a yoga class, view a local Kathakali dance show, join a cooking class and visit the local market on Palace Road where you can try some local snacks and famous masala chai.
Saturday - Sunday: Adventure Time!
Participants will head off on a two day trekking adventure through Munnar. The Munnar trekking adventure involves a trek to Meesapulimala, followed by an exciting lakeside trek around Anaerangal Lake, surrounded by tea estates and spice gardens. You will trek through the Western Ghats, to one of the highest peaks in the area, ending at Anaerangal Lake.
This trek lets you challenge yourself to the peak. You also get to visit a local tribal village while walking through farmers at on various tea and spice plantations that are the backbone of the economy here. On Sunday, you will return late at night from the trek where your dinner will be provided.
You will have time to explore Fort Kochi and Jew Town, giving you the opportunity to buy souvenirs pack before your departure. In the evening, our local team will host a goodbye dinner for your group.
Tuesday: Departure day!
We ask you to arrange their departure from the program on the 16th of July. Your return transport to Cochin Airport is provided.
Teen volunteers take part in a unique orientation specific to their group which provides insight into southern Indian culture, safety and the details and rules of the volunteer program.
Volunteers participate in supervised, age-suitable projects or range of projects as a group throughout the week.
Supervised tourism/cultural activities are included in the itinerary and all entrances and fees are included in the price.