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Educational Tours in India

Explore India With No Barriers Youth Programming

India—a land of contrasts that constantly stimulates the senses. It’s drenched in vibrant colors and boasts a rich, complex, and diverse culture that envelops every last bit of you from the moment your feet hit the ground. There’s absolutely no other place like it on earth, which makes India a perfect destination for high school students abroad! If you want your students to go deeper, travel further, and get to know the locals on a personal level, No Barriers’ service trips to India are second to none. Projects include volunteering with girls, studying Tibetan Buddhism in Dharamsala (fingers crossed you’ll meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama!), and more. You can:

  • Learn what modern-day followers of Gandhi are doing to promote peace and non-violence
  • Support an all-girls school with educational outreach and skill development
  • Work with a grassroots, rural development nonprofit in Rajasthan
  • Travel to Agra and take selfies at the world famous Taj Mahal
  • Observe people of different faiths and cultures worship in harmony

What to Know Before Educational & Service Trips to India

India is a country of extremes. Sheer poverty and destitution saddle up next to dazzling, sparkling saris. Traditional colonial buildings punctuate high fashion designer boutiques. Peaceful yoga ashrams and Buddhist monasteries interject the glamour and glitz of Bollywood. Rural villages. High-tech global industries. India has it all; making it one of the most popular places for student travel abroad. From the peaks of the Himalayas to the bottom of the Ganges, India has a story to tell. And it’s your students’ turn to listen.

The aromas of warm curries and jasmine will stir something in your core. Give teens the chance to learn about the world—and themselves—through an educational tour for school students India.

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Himalayan Service Experience

Day 1: Welcome to India!
  • Evening: Arrive to New Delhi, India. Meet your No Barriers Youth Expedition Leaders upon and transfer to your hotel for the evening.
  • Accommodation: Ashok Country Resort or similar, New Delhi
Day 2: Explore New Delhi!
  • Morning: After breakfast, participate in an informal language lesson, learn basic greetings and common phrases to assist with the weeks ahead. Head out into Delhi and begin a day tour of the exciting monuments scattered throughout the Indian capital.
  • Afternoon: Continue with your day tour of Delhi. Participate in a cultural scavenger hunt during a visit to the Gandhi Museum, where you will learn about the history of India.
  • Evening: Learn more about the Sikh religion at the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara. After dinner, participate in the program Opening Ceremony.
  • Accommodation: Ashok Country Resort or similar, New Delhi
Day 3: Travel to McLeod Ganj
  • Morning: After breakfast, head back to the New Delhi Airport for the internal flight to Dharamsala.
  • Afternoon: Welcome to the spectacular Himalayas. After a short drive to McLeod Ganj, settle into your homestay (or guest house) and participate in a cultural learning experience with Tibetan families.
  • Evening: Enjoy dinner with Tibetan host families and learn about Tibetan culture in Mcleod Ganj.
  • Accommodation: Homestay, McLeod Ganj
Day 4: Introduction to Tibetan Culture
  • Morning: After breakfast with you host families, participate in an exchange with a local learning partner. Local learning partners are local Tibetans who are eager to improve their English skills and have time with visitors to the region. Together, your learning partner and you will participate in a town square scavenger hunt.
  • Afternoon: Take a break for lunch and then continue working on English language and life skills development with your local learning partner.
  • Evening: Before heading back to your homestay, work together with your team to plan lessons for the following day with your learning partner. Spend time with your Amala (mother in Tibetan) and learn techniques of Tibetan cooking.
  • Accommodation: Homestay, McLeod Ganj
Day 5: Tibet Museum and Cultural Exchange
  • Morning: Wake up for breakfast with your homestay family before heading out to explore more of McLeod Ganj. Visit the TIbetan Museum to learn more about the crisis in Tibet and the plight of the Tibetan people. Participate in a presentation by a local Tibetan Activist. 
  • Afternoon: Take a break for lunch and then continue with your local learning partner, assisting them with skills development and basics of English language.
  • Evening: Head back to your homestay and participate in a Tibetan cooking lesson.
  • Accommodation: Homestay, McLeod Ganj
Day 6: Temples and Tibetan Buddhist Life
  • Morning: Start your day with a Yoga and Meditation class. Spend one final morning with your local learning partners.
  • Afternoon: Take a short hike to the town of Bhagsunath. Explore the waterfalls, cool mineral springs, and try out some traditional TIbetan street food along the way. Depending on the weather and season, participate in a longer hike to Triund, a high mountain plateau that looks out over 25,000-foot Himalayan peaks.
  • Evening: Spend the evening with your homestay family and enjoy a delicious Tibetan meal together.
  • Accommodation: Homestay, McLeod Ganj
Day 7: Temples and Tibetan Buddhist Life
  • Morning: Start your day with a Yoga and Meditation class. Spend one final morning with your local learning partners.
  • Afternoon: Head to the Norbulingka Institute of Art to see work by local artisans. Learn about Tibetan art and the history of work being done to preserve Tibetan artifacts.
  • Evening: Participate in a goodbye dinner party with your collective homestay families at a local venue in town! Head back to your homestay for one final night before heading off to a new community in the morning.
  • Accommodation: Homestay, McLeod Ganj
Day 8: McLeod Ganj to the Himalayan Foothills
  • Morning: Rise early for a final breakfast with your host family. Take time to do some last-minute souvenir shopping in the market before your afternoon departure.
  • Afternoon: Pack up your bags and head off for Balla village, a local Indian community in the foothills of the Himachal State.
  • Evening: Arrive to Balla and meet your new host families. Explore the town and learn a bit more about their history. Enjoy your first Indian meal in Balla before heading off to sleep in your new home(s).
  • Accommodation: Homestay, Balla Village
Day 9: Balla Service and Cultural Immersion
  • Morning: After breakfast with your host families, begin your first day of service in the community. 
  • Afternoon: Take a break for lunch at the service site and participate in a Bollywood Dance class. Continue with your service until it is time to head back to your homestay families.
  • Evening: Enjoy dinner with your entire group and reflect upon your first day of service.
  • Accommodation: Homestay, Balla Village
Day 10: Balla Service and Cultural Immersion
  • Morning: After breakfast with your host families, begin your second day of service in the community.
  • Afternoon: Work to refine your Bollywood Dance routine in preparation for a performance for your hosts later in the week. Continue with your service until it is time to head back to your homestay families.
  • Evening: Participate in a Himali cooking lesson with the community. Learn about the spices in Northern India and how they have contributed to the countries culinary delicacies. Head back to your homestay for the night.
  • Accommodation: Homestay, Balla Village
Day 11: Balla Service and Cultural Immersion
  • Morning: After breakfast with your host families, begin your third day of service in the community.
  • Afternoon: Continue with your service until it is time to head back to your homestay families.
  • Evening: Participate in a communal henna party and learn about this traditional Indian art form!
  • Accommodation: Homestay, Balla Village
Day 12: Balla Service and Cultural Immersion 
  • Morning: After breakfast, head out for your last service day.
  • Afternoon: After lunch, finalize your work on your service project in the community.
  • Evening: After a week of practice, it is time to perform for your homestay families! After your dance presentation, share a communal dinner with your hosts and spend one final night in your homestay.
  • Accommodation: Homestay, Balla Village
Day 13: Back to New Delhi
  • Morning: After a final breakfast and heartfelt goodbye to your host family, travel to the airport in Dharamshala for your flight back to Delhi.
  • Afternoon: Internal flight to New Delhi.
  • Evening: Enjoy dinner together and reflect on your experiences and the issues you engaged with. Participate in a closing ceremony with your group before heading off to bed.
  • Accommodation: Ashok Country Resort or similar, New Delhi
Day 14: Namaste India!
  • Morning: After breakfast, visit a local artisan market and any other monuments in Delhi that you did not see on your first day in the city. 
  • Afternoon: After lunch, head back to the hotel to pack your bags and enjoy one final meal together before departure.
  • Evening: Depart India. Return home with a new appreciation for Tibetan and Indian culture, religion, and history.
  • Accommodation: Overnight flight home

Getting immersed in the culture of India and getting to know and love the children was the greatest. When the students would cling to me at the end of class, and tell me how much they enjoyed having me there was heartbreaking.

Rachel W., Student

There is so much life, happening all the time. It's crazy to think that, after only three weeks, I feel like I've become accustomed to so much of how the world move.

Saul S., Student

I just wanted to take a moment to formally thank you for another unbelievable and life changing trip. No Barriers Youth made it all possible and took the guesswork out of a potentially nerve wracking and complicated task.

Amanda W., Trip Leader