India FAQs

India FAQs

India FAQs

The VJ Volunteers Villa has 12 bedrooms with attached bathrooms, a shared kitchen, dining room and common areas. It has a capacity of 40 people at a time. During the high season, we also have the possibility of renting guest houses nearby, which allows us to increase the accommodation capacity up to 60 people.

Ceiling fans as well as table and floor fans are provided in each room, and all rooms are well ventilated through windows.

We do all airport transfers with our taxi drivers who have worked with us for some time. For community projects, we send volunteers in tuk-tuks. We have a network of reliable tuk-tuk drivers who we have worked with for a long time and who meet our safety standards.

Fresh ingredients are purchased from local markets to prepare these meals.

We have two female chefs (a chef and an assistant) from our community who come every day to cook fresh and tasty local meals for the volunteers. Expect to find fresh fruit at every meal! We can accommodate a range of special diets including vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and lactose intolerant. If there are any other allergies or dietary allergies or requirements, we will always do our best.

Ambulance and hospital services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and staff quickly take anyone who is sick to hospital if needed. The nearest multi-specialty private hospital is Gautam’s Hospital, which is a 10-minute tuk tuk ride from the Volunteer House.

How should I dress once there?

All volunteers are required to dress appropriately while working on projects, including teaching and medical internships. Detailed information on dress guides for each project is provided to volunteers in advance during the training sessions.

Inside the volunteer’s house, the dress code is much more relaxed and comfortable, and we rarely interfere (unless it’s obviously offensive or obscene).

Many events constantly enliven the surroundings. This is an opportunity to visit the backwaters at night or the spice market, attend a local dance performance, wash the elephants, go for a bike ride…

Volunteers should fly to Cochin International Airport (COK) on Saturday of every month. Our driver will provide pickups from 8am to 6pm that day and bring all volunteers to Fort Kochi. Outside of these hours pick up will be subject to an additional charge (see our price sheet for rates). If a volunteer arrives on a Friday, for example, we can accommodate them in a room in the volunteer house (depending on availability) or in a hotel room. There will be an additional charge for anyone staying overnight at the Volunteer House or Guesthouse (please refer to our price sheet for rates).

Volunteers must vacate the Volunteer House by 9am on Saturday so that we can prepare rooms for arrivals. If anyone stays extra nights there will be additional charges and we will need to know this in advance.