The cost of this trip for each volunteer is a tax deductible donation of $865.00 to Global First Responder. Volunteers are also responsible for purchasing their international airfare.
About the trip: Join Global First Responder in Southern India to provide medical and dental care, education at nursing schools, health education, and clean water to remote villages in Southern India. During the trip, you will travel by plane, train, and automobile to reach villages that GFR has worked with on past trips where we will continue to provide sustainable improvements for clean water, using water purification systems built by locals and installed by the GFR team. The team will provide education for nursing students at two different nursing schools in the evenings while conducting high quality patient care during the day. A highlight of the trip will be the overnight train ride to Coimbatore!
Sustainability: With your help, GFR provides health education to all patients. GFR also takes pride in providing infrastructure in the places where we work. In Southern India, we have an on-going project to provide water purification systems. These systems are sourced locally with funds provided by GFR and are installed in a permanent structure on land donated by the village during the trip. Your team will have the opportunity to dedicate one of these systems and to see the start of a new system.
Arrivals and Departures: Please arrive in Bangalore (Bangaluru, airport code BLR) on July 15, 2022. . The trip officially starts on July 15 with a prep day on July 16. Clinics will be held from July 17- July 22 with a 1/2 day clinic midweek to give you the chance for relaxation. After working in remote villages near Bangalore, your team will take an overnight train to Coimbatore where you will continue to hold clinic. Two evenings will be spent teaching in local nursing schools. Your trip will end in Coimbatore (airport code CBJ) on July 22. Please see the “After the trip” section for some ideas to extend your trip!
What’s Included: This trip includes lodging, transportation, snacks, water, breakfast and lunch from July 15 – July 22, as well as the funds for all supplies required for clinic and special projects. There will be many welcome ceremonies as you arrive in the villages before clinic and a special dedication ceremony during the week for one of the completed water purification plants that GFR completed previously.
What’s Not Included: Your international airfare, pre/post trip travel costs and expenses, and dinners are not included in the cost of your trip. Dinners on your own will give you the opportunity to go out in the evening with new and old friends while exploring the cities and villages you are working in.
Cost: The cost of this amazing trip is $865.00 per person plus airfare. You are responsible for purchasing airfare that meets the required arrival and departure times. We always suggest giving yourself extra time for delayed or cancelled flights and that you purchase trip insurance from a reputable carrier. This trip is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. You or your donors will receive a tax receipt upon making your donation.
How is your cost calculated?: At Global First Responder we strive to keep your costs low and our quality high. We value your participation and willingness to volunteer your time and expertise. Everyone at Global First Responder is also a volunteer, donating their time to administrative tasks and paying their own way to participate in medical and construction missions around the world and here at home. The fee you pay covers the actual cost of your expenses in country including lodging, transportation, meals, and translator fees and expenses. At GFR, no one is paid a salary and everyone is a passionate volunteer, doing our part to help drive our mission of “One World, One Family”.
After the trip: Coimbatore is an easy drive, train ride, or flight from Goa, so you might want to consider staying longer for a little R & R or sightseeing! If you are heading home, you may take a flight from Coimbatore or the overnight train back to Bangalore.
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Enjoy these photos of GFR partnering with a community and dedicating a water purification system in Puttaparthi, India!
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We are a volunteer organization, no member of the staff or board receives any compensation.