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The Gap Year India experience begins the moment you step off the plane and stays with you long after you depart. The mixture of India's languages, religions, spectacular architecture, and distinctive cuisine will rattle you, and leave you wanting more. Dharamsala is a multidimensional mountain town with a layered history and unique communities. While you are on your gap year volunteering in Dharamsala, be sure to note each and every smell, sound, and sight as you explore all that this community has to offer, because we promise that when you return home, you'll miss them all.
A Gap Year in India with CCS is a unique experience of incomparable historical and cultural depth. Live out this amazing gap year adventure against the backdrop of some of the most incredible landscapes you've ever encountered in Dharamsala. As you explore this unique Himalayan town, you'll see a community in need of support in education, healthcare, and economic opportunity. In the shadow of the Tibetan refugee community of McLeod Ganj and the majestic Himalaya, Dharamsala is your gateway to an authentic Indian experience.
Read more about the India volunteer experience on our blog.
Once enrolled, you will have the chance to select the volunteer opportunity that's most interesting to you. Volunteers will always receive their first preference. The only exception to this will be when there are national or school holidays, or there are exceptional circumstances.
Women, mostly single mothers, need to work to support their family, and rely on community support to help with their children. Community groups and childcare centers are present to provide these essential services, but they are grossly under resourced and understaffed even in formal school settings. CCS volunteers assist teachers, conduct early education programming, teach English language skills, and provide children with one-on-one attention. CCS volunteers in Delhi greatly contribute to improving the quality of education that every child deserves.
Access to high quality health care in rural area is severely limited. Through outreach, education, and care, you will provide much-needed support to vulnerable children and adults in low-income communities. In addition CCS leads multiple public health projects in India including vision screening for children, oral health campaigns, and the promotion of hygiene in schools.