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Solidarity travel to school and fair trade project

Live in one of India's holy cities while supporting a women's empowerment project.

Solidarity travel to school and fair trade project

from 340€ por persona
Open all year round except May, June and July.

Do you know which is the most dangerous country for women? According to Thomson Reuters Foundation study , is India. In India women experience discrimination at work, in property rights and in access to education. Many times they are forced into marriages where rape and assault are ways of forcing them into forced labor.

Without work and any source of income, women in India are dependent on their male relatives, even when they use violence against them and their children. Faced with this situation, this project, located in Varanasi, helps women by providing them with decent work, thanks to which they can gain economic independence and flee from situations of violence. This small initiative includes a sewing workshop, where the women produce clothing and accessories for a fair trade shop, and a day care center for the children of these women so that they can carry out activities that generate income. 

In this project you will be able to learn about the culture of the Hindus and see their rites linked to the Ganjes river. Varanasi is one of the most spiritual places in India.

Andrea with the women of the NGO with which we collaborate in Varanasi

This project works towards achieving the following Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 1 End poverty
SDG 2 Zero Hunger
SDG 3 Health and well-being
SDG 4 Quality education
SDG 5 Gender equality
SDG 10 Reducing inequalities
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  • Project Location
    Varanasi, India
  • Volunteer hours
    Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Volunteer activities
    Child care, participation in yoga classes for boys and girls, English classes for women and nursery tutors, food preparation for the children, etc.
  • Minimal collaboration
    2 weeks
  • Incluido
    Tumaini accompaniment
    Hot water
    Local Coordinator
    Training course
    Airport pick-up
    Volunteer liability insurance
  • No incluido
    Tourist activities
    Travel insurance

Volunteer Program

Voluntary activities
  • Care for children at risk of exclusion
  • English classes with women and children
  • Yoga classes with the children of the little school
  • Music and dance classes with teenagers at risk of exclusion
  • Support in the sewing workshop with the women: product design, planning, etc.
Profiles required
It is not necessary to have a specific profile to participate in this solidarity trip. The only requirements are:
  • Level of English (intermediate level equivalent to B1, no diploma required).
  • Be of legal age.
  • Be open-minded, tolerant, supportive and willing to learn. Flexibility is essential, as tasks may change depending on the needs of the NGO, similarly the ability to work in a team since volunteering is done in coordination with other people.
The project is particularly suitable for:
  • People interested in women's rights and women's empowerment.
  • People interested in Hinduism and yoga.
  • Individuals with business administration skills, with the ability to support women in developing entrepreneurial skills, planning, etc.
  • Fashion designers who can help women develop new products.
  • Teachers, professors, social educators, gender workers.
A day in the project


Project Location


The project is in Varanasi (also called Benares), in the state of Uttar Pradesh, one of the world's seven sacred cities of Hinduism. It is one of the most colorful, lively and chaotic places in India. The old city is located on the banks of the Ganjes and is famous for its Ghats (stairs that run along the banks of the river).

The Ganjes is a sacred river for Hindus, especially as it passes through Varanasi. Bathing in it is a symbol of purification. Therefore, around the Ghats and on the banks of the river are colorful temples, dozens of people bathe and prayers are performed at sunset. According to tradition, every Hindu should visit Varanasi at least once in his life. Walking through the Ghats and watching the rituals is an incredible experience, but beware, do not bathe in the river as it is one of the most polluted in the world.

The project is on the outskirts of the city. From the center it takes half hour rickshaw ride (small vehicle that fits 2 or 3 people, similar to a motorcycle). It is a means of transport widely used in India.


From May to July the project closes due to very high temperatures and heavy monsoon rains. From August the temperature drops and the rains are less. The best time to travel to Varanasi is from October to April.

The cost varies according to the duration of your solidarity trip. The costs are approximate as they depend on the exchange rate at the time of payment.
Single room
  • 2 weeks: 370 €.
  • 3 weeks: 435 €.
  • 4 weeks: 435 €.
  • 6 weeks: 305 €.
  • 8 weeks: 305 €.
Double room
  • 2 weeks: 340 €.
  • 3 weeks: 370 €.
  • 4 weeks: 370 €.
  • 6 weeks: 305 €.
  • 8 weeks: 305 €.

What is included?

From Tumaini::
  • Search for the solidarity trip that best fits your profile and interests to provide an enriching beneficial experience for both travellers and NGOs.
  • A guide of the project with useful up-to-date information on the status and needs of the project.
  • Support during the preparation of your trip: visas, vaccinations, tips for buying your flight, advice on what to visit, essentials to carry in your backpack, practical information (money exchange, transport, timetables, culture, etc.).
  • Tumaini coordinator available by email or phone whenever you need to solve all your doubts. Sometimes, if possible, face-to-face meetings are also held.
  • Online course on solidarity travel and responsible tourism, mandatory for volunteers to get the most out of their experience.
  • Contact, if possible and on request, with volunteers who have already been in the project.
  • Contact, if possible and on request, with people who are going to travel on similar dates to chat before the solidarity trip, resolve doubts or organize it together.
  • Basic Tumaini Hindi-Spanish dictionary.
  • Accident and liability insurance specialized in volunteering.
  • Follow-up during the solidarity trip.
  • Letter of reference or certificate of solidarity travel/volunteering on request.
On the part of the project:
  • Accommodation in a single/double room with private bathroom.
  • Internal road transport from Dharamsala airport to the project.
  • Local Coordinator.
What is not included?

  • International ticket
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visa
  • Extras such as personal excursions, shopping, etc.

Your trip will contribute to the growth of the project.The total cost of your solidarity trip is divided into two parts:
  • A contribution to Tumaini for the efforts and assistance of the volunteers.
  • A contribution to the project for board and lodging.
Your stay generates a direct benefit for the NGO, with your solidarity trip, you are directly contributing to making the project self-sustainable.


  • Single or double room
  • Western bath, with hot water 
  • Airport pick-up
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