India

Tibetan Village Experience

Spend three weeks living and learning within the Tibetan refugee population of Dharamsala. You’ll be paired up with a Tibetan mutual learning partner (MLP) who will share firsthand knowledge of what life is really like on the fringe of civilization. It’s the most intimate exchange program there is – you’ll trade stories and experiences while providing meaningful social and educational services. You’ll also experience the sights and sounds of India through visits to New Delhi, Amritsar, and the Taj Mahal.

  • Days
  • Service
  • Students
  • Age
  • Availability
  • Tuition (USD)
Session 1 / Jun 23 - Jul 13, 2017
  • 21
  • 100 hours
  • 12
  • 14-18
  • Call
  • $4,970
Session 2 / Jul 15 - Aug 4, 2017
  • 21
  • 100 hours
  • 12
  • 14-18
  • Limited
  • $4,970 $4,570

Service Focus

  • Humanitarian Support
  • Infrastructure Development

Adventure

  • Cultural Exploration
  • Hiking & Walking Tours
  • Land Sports

Environment

  • Urban
  • Rural
  • Mountains

The Journey

Your Adventure Starts Here

Namaste! Welcome to India!

2 Days

Our journey begins! Students have the option of flying to Delhi (DEL) via Toronto (YYZ) on a preselected group itinerary, or students can fly independently. For students flying via YYZ, GoBeyond arranges for an airport representative to assist with the transfer. In some cases, this representative is one of the group leaders and flies with the students to the journey destination. In other cases, he/she is a local contact responsible for airport assistance but will not be on the flight to Delhi. Due to time zone differences, our group flight typically lands in India the day after departure. After arrival in Delhi, students are met at the airport by GoBeyond’s professional staff and transferred to our comfortable and clean hotel. First day activities include a fantastic Indian welcome meal, GoBeyond’s orientation, check-in, and icebreakers. Students also beat jet lag while touring popular Delhi sites, then enjoy the majestic Dhauladhar range on the stunning flight from Delhi to Dharamsala in northern India.

Service Days in Dharamsala

14 Days

Students spend the majority of their trip in Dharamsala, a hillside town in northern India. As home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile, this small, tranquil town offers a glimpse into Tibet itself. Focusing on this one community offers numerous advantages to our service program, as students gain an intimate and unforgettable insight into the culture and complex issues of the Tibetan people.

Service Days in Dharamsala

(cont.)

Each GoBeyond student is paired with a Tibetan mutual learning partner (MLP) during their time in Dharamsala. MLPs range in age and backgrounds, but their hopes and aspirations drive them in similar ways. Our objective is simple – to assist each MLP with their English while simultaneously exchanging stories and cultures. Mornings are often spent in cafes going over English learning materials or simply engaging in informal conversations on a range of subjects.

Service Days in Dharamsala

(cont.)

Afternoons in Dharamsala are devoted to community service with children. GoBeyond students have the opportunity to play mentor and teacher while focusing on English instruction and general childcare. Students learn what it feels like to take the lead in classroom and daycare settings as they engage young students in arts, music, and other creative mediums. It is often here that we learn the warmth of a young Tibetan’s smile.

Norbulingka Institute Excursion

1 Day

Rounding off their stay in the Dharamsala area, students explore the charming gardens, crafts workshops, monastery, and museum of Norbulingka, an institute dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan culture. Norbulingka’s studios produce museum-quality artwork using methods that have been practiced and passed down for many centuries. This picturesque and peaceful backdrop offers students the perfect opportunity to reflect on their incredible encounter with the Tibetan community.

Amritsar Excursion

1 Day

After an overnight stay in Norbuingka’s beautiful guesthouse, students embark on a scenic 4-hour private jeep ride to the city of Amritsar in northwestern India. After arrival and some much needed R&R, students visit the holiest place of worship for the Sikh religion. The Golden Temple receives more visitors per year and is considered by some to be even more beautiful than the better known Taj Mahal. Students stay one night in Amritsar, then continue on to Delhi via domestic flight.

The Need We Address

Tibet is situated on the world’s highest plateau in the Himalayas – what is now present-day China. Long regarded as an independent and peaceful country, inhabited by people living in harmony with nature, Tibet became known to the outside world as “Shangri-La.” Sadly, the peace was not to last…

Dharamsala, India, became the new home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile in 1960 when the prime minister of India granted political asylum to Tibetans escaping Chinese rule. Since relocating to India, the Tibetan exiles have struggled to maintain their culture and identity. The mass movement has caused social and financial instability as transplanted families attempt to re-establish businesses, careers, and cultural harmony. Equally as challenging has been the cultural disconnectedness as Tibetans attempt to live and strive in the Indian culture, quite different from their own.

While the Tibetan exile situation is a heated political issue, GoBeyond does not intend to incite political fervor but rather to help the children and families who are suffering in our world. We seek to share cultures and stories and broaden horizons through educational exchange programs. At the request of the Dalai Lama, Tibetans learn English to improve their lives in exile. Employment in India is difficult without this skill, so we aid the Lha Charitable Trust as well as local children’s organizations in their mission to teach English to the Tibetan people. 

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“Even though this is my third GoBeyond trip, I find that I am profoundly affected in a unique way by each experience. A major theme of this trip was differentiating between sympathy and support, and I believe we truly supported the Tibetan community. We created lasting relationships with both the generation that escaped the horrors of Tibet and with the new generation born in exile.”
Gabriella M.Skokie, IL
GoBeyond India Review
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Closing Activities

1 Day

Students say goodbye to their new friends at GoBeyond. Without fail, there’s a mix of emotions – there is excitement to return home; there’s sadness to leave. On the final day of the trip, students are transferred to the Delhi airport by our professional staff, checked in, then travel on to their respective homes and families. Yet the journey continues for each individual in undefinable ways. The lessons we learn, the friends we make, and the personal growth we gain through GoBeyond India can shape our hearts and minds for many years to come.

By Zachary S.

Delicious Dumplings

For the most part, today was yet another fun but challenging day working with our learning partners and the students...

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By Zakariyya J.

Goodbyes

  The last day in Dharamshala started as any other. We woke up and went through our normal routine; however,...

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By Aisha C.

Car Go, “Beep Beep”!

  Following our first Delhi breakfast (which consisted, happily, of aloo paratha and mango pickle), the six of us, Wen...

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By Fiona S.

We’ll Curry These Memories With Us For The Rest Of Our Lives

  Today was a day we’ve been anticipating for a long time, the Taj Mahal. We had to wake up...

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By Fiona S.

A MOMOentous Occasion

  Today was a day of celebration. Much to our dismay (or at least my dismay) we started our day...

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Trip Logs

Namaste! Welcome to India!

2 Days

Our journey begins! Students have the option of flying to Delhi (DEL) via Toronto (YYZ) on a preselected group itinerary, or students can fly independently. For students flying via YYZ, GoBeyond arranges for an airport representative to assist with the transfer. In some cases, this representative is one of the group leaders and flies with the students to the journey destination. In other cases, he/she is a local contact responsible for airport assistance but will not be on the flight to Delhi. Due to time zone differences, our group flight typically lands in India the day after departure. After arrival in Delhi, students are met at the airport by GoBeyond’s professional staff and transferred to our comfortable and clean hotel. First day activities include a fantastic Indian welcome meal, GoBeyond’s orientation, check-in, and icebreakers. Students also beat jet lag while touring popular Delhi sites, then enjoy the majestic Dhauladhar range on the stunning flight from Delhi to Dharamsala in northern India.

Service Days in Dharamsala

14 Days

Students spend the majority of their trip in Dharamsala, a hillside town in northern India. As home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile, this small, tranquil town offers a glimpse into Tibet itself. Focusing on this one community offers numerous advantages to our service program, as students gain an intimate and unforgettable insight into the culture and complex issues of the Tibetan people.

Service Days in Dharamsala

(cont.)

Each GoBeyond student is paired with a Tibetan mutual learning partner (MLP) during their time in Dharamsala. MLPs range in age and backgrounds, but their hopes and aspirations drive them in similar ways. Our objective is simple – to assist each MLP with their English while simultaneously exchanging stories and cultures. Mornings are often spent in cafes going over English learning materials or simply engaging in informal conversations on a range of subjects.

Service Days in Dharamsala

(cont.)

Afternoons in Dharamsala are devoted to community service with children. GoBeyond students have the opportunity to play mentor and teacher while focusing on English instruction and general childcare. Students learn what it feels like to take the lead in classroom and daycare settings as they engage young students in arts, music, and other creative mediums. It is often here that we learn the warmth of a young Tibetan’s smile.

The Need We Address

Tibet is situated on the world’s highest plateau in the Himalayas – what is now present-day China. Long regarded as an independent and peaceful country, inhabited by people living in harmony with nature, Tibet became known to the outside world as “Shangri-La.” Sadly, the peace was not to last…

Dharamsala, India, became the new home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile in 1960 when the prime minister of India granted political asylum to Tibetans escaping Chinese rule. Since relocating to India, the Tibetan exiles have struggled to maintain their culture and identity. The mass movement has caused social and financial instability as transplanted families attempt to re-establish businesses, careers, and cultural harmony. Equally as challenging has been the cultural disconnectedness as Tibetans attempt to live and strive in the Indian culture, quite different from their own.

While the Tibetan exile situation is a heated political issue, GoBeyond does not intend to incite political fervor but rather to help the children and families who are suffering in our world. We seek to share cultures and stories and broaden horizons through educational exchange programs. At the request of the Dalai Lama, Tibetans learn English to improve their lives in exile. Employment in India is difficult without this skill, so we aid the Lha Charitable Trust as well as local children’s organizations in their mission to teach English to the Tibetan people. 

Learn More

  • Get Our Free Online Brochure

    Full of detailed information about our journeys, staff, and FAQs for you to access anytime
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Norbulingka Institute Excursion

1 Day

Rounding off their stay in the Dharamsala area, students explore the charming gardens, crafts workshops, monastery, and museum of Norbulingka, an institute dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan culture. Norbulingka’s studios produce museum-quality artwork using methods that have been practiced and passed down for many centuries. This picturesque and peaceful backdrop offers students the perfect opportunity to reflect on their incredible encounter with the Tibetan community.

Amritsar Excursion

1 Day

After an overnight stay in Norbuingka’s beautiful guesthouse, students embark on a scenic 4-hour private jeep ride to the city of Amritsar in northwestern India. After arrival and some much needed R&R, students visit the holiest place of worship for the Sikh religion. The Golden Temple receives more visitors per year and is considered by some to be even more beautiful than the better known Taj Mahal. Students stay one night in Amritsar, then continue on to Delhi via domestic flight.

“Even though this is my third GoBeyond trip, I find that I am profoundly affected in a unique way by each experience. A major theme of this trip was differentiating between sympathy and support, and I believe we truly supported the Tibetan community. We created lasting relationships with both the generation that escaped the horrors of Tibet and with the new generation born in exile.”
Gabriella M.Skokie, IL
GoBeyond India Review
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Closing Activities

1 Day

Students say goodbye to their new friends at GoBeyond. Without fail, there’s a mix of emotions – there is excitement to return home; there’s sadness to leave. On the final day of the trip, students are transferred to the Delhi airport by our professional staff, checked in, then travel on to their respective homes and families. Yet the journey continues for each individual in undefinable ways. The lessons we learn, the friends we make, and the personal growth we gain through GoBeyond India can shape our hearts and minds for many years to come.

By Zachary S.

Delicious Dumplings

For the most part, today was yet another fun but challenging day working with our learning partners and the students...

Read More
By Zakariyya J.

Goodbyes

  The last day in Dharamshala started as any other. We woke up and went through our normal routine; however,...

Read More
By Aisha C.

Car Go, “Beep Beep”!

  Following our first Delhi breakfast (which consisted, happily, of aloo paratha and mango pickle), the six of us, Wen...

Read More
By Fiona S.

We’ll Curry These Memories With Us For The Rest Of Our Lives

  Today was a day we’ve been anticipating for a long time, the Taj Mahal. We had to wake up...

Read More
By Fiona S.

A MOMOentous Occasion

  Today was a day of celebration. Much to our dismay (or at least my dismay) we started our day...

Read More

Trip Logs

“The experience I had with GoBeyond was absolutely incredible. What's best about GoBeyond is the balance between service and fun, making the trip both meaningful and enjoyable.”
Zachary S. - Prescott, AZ
“The service projects provided me with tons of new knowledge on the subject of Tibetan exiles, and allowed me not only to understand the Tibetan exile situation, but also to connect with those impacted by the exile; Teaching them english and learning about their lifestyle was both an amazing and rewarding experience.”
Kathryn S. - New York, NY
“Everything about the program was great: Exposure to new cultures, tons of activities, the quality of the volunteer work, the trip was very organized, and safety was a priority. ”
Zachary S. - Prescott, AZ
“My life is changed, and there is not a single part of my life this trip hasn't touched. ”
John M. - Spring, TX
“The guides were knowledgeable and helped with the overall enjoyment of the trip. The trip was very organized and professional, and GoBeyond kept me informed the whole time! ”
Catherine S. - Prescott, AZ

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Affiliates

GoBeyond is a proud supporter of local, national, and international service organizations around the world.

In India, students have the opportunity to work closely with local people on projects where the need is authentic and the results are long-lasting. When our time is up, we provide much needed financial help with a direct donation, which helps fund partner projects in an ongoing way. Consider your impact…join GoBeyond this summer and make a difference!

  • Lha Charitable Trust Logo

    Lha Charitable Trust

    Lha is dedicated to providing essential resources to the displaced Tibetan community living in exile in Dharamsala. The primary goals of Lha are to facilitate an easy transition for the refugee community in India and to provide a long-term rehabilitation resource center offering educational, cultural, environmental, and health education awareness. Lha is a registered non-profit, grass roots, community social work association. Learn more at http://www.lhasocialwork.org/

  • Men Tsee Khang Logo

    Men Tsee Khang

    The main objective of Men-Tsee-Khang is to preserve, promote and practice Sowa Rigpa, the ancient Tibetan system of medicine, astronomy and astrology. It also aims to improve the health and sanitation of the refugees in particular and the public in general and to establish dispensaries in order to provide accessible health care to the people regardless of caste, creed or colour. Learn more at http://www.men-tsee-khang.org/

  • Rogpa Logo

    Rogpa Baby Care Center

    Rogpa is continually striving to preserve Tibetan culture, integrity and independence for many generations to come. Rogpa has an interconnected ideology, 'where one gets help and another gets the chance to help', stemming from the ideal of a self-sufficient community, that is not over-dependent on outside assistance to preserve Tibetan culture and identity. Learn more at http://www.tibetrogpa.org/home.php

  • Tibetan Children's Village Logo

    Tibetan Children's Village

    From its humble beginning forty nine years ago, Tibetan Children's Village has become a thriving, integrated educational community for destitute Tibetan children in exile, as well as for hundreds of those escaping from Tibet every year. It has established branches in India extending from Ladakh in the North to Bylakuppe in South, with over 16,726 children under its care. Learn more at http://www.tcv.org.in/

Need To Know

Is this journey right for me?

This journey is for the student looking for authentic immersion within a community, a culture, and an issue. Teaching English and genuinely connecting with the people of Dharamsala can take effort but will ultimately reward you tenfold. India can sometimes deter the faint of heart and those with closed minds so this journey is geared towards students that are genuinely interested in making a difference in the lives of others. If you’re looking for an eye-opening experience and authentic connections with a community that has inspired the world then join us here.

What's the group like?

There’s really no rigid mold that GoBeyond participants are cut from. Since our students come from different backgrounds all over the world, the groups end up being naturally diverse. Everyone arrives with different goals, expectations, hopes, and fears but they quickly find common ground and begin to bond. The GoBeyond environment allows team members to connect quickly and become closer friends than anyone would expect. Many students report leaving feeling as though they had known their fellow students much longer than they actually had.

Our philosophy revolves around small group sizes that are still large enough to foster a sense of community. For this journey, we’ve found that a group size of maximum 15 students works best. This journey does not require any previous experience, skills, or language fluency – only a willingness to get involved and appreciate each incredible adventure.

Who are the staff?

GoBeyond is proud to attract and recruit the best in our field. Our summer staff consists of avid world travelers, highly qualified professionals, and fun and experienced facilitators and educators. All members of our team are dynamic, multi-talented, and passionate individuals with a devotion and commitment to the safety and experience of our students.

The average age of our summer staff is 26. Staff skills are journey specific, such as holding a maritime license in the BVIs or having a background in childcare for China. All staff are First Aid and CPR certified, and many hold advanced training certificates such as Wilderness First Responder or EMT. Along with local guides and our community service partners, the ratio of staff to students is approximately 1:5. This enables close interaction and individualized attention during the journey.

Learn More About Our Staff

What do I need to bring?

GoBeyond students are responsible for carrying their luggage from place to place. As such, we recommend that you keep things simple and avoid overpacking. Students are given the opportunity to do laundry throughout the trip, so there’s no need to pack several weeks worth of clothing.

Our hope is that families will have minimal purchases prior to the trip, so we’ve compiled our packing lists in a way that you’ll find most of what you need in your closet at home. Around mid to late March, we make available our Pre-Trip Packet to enrolled students, which contains a detailed packing list for this year’s journey. If you’d like to see last year’s packing list as an example, you can download it here.

Download Sample Packing List

During the India trip, students will need approximately $500 USD in cash. This cash is used for two purposes…

“Travel and Reserve Cash” ($200) is held in safekeeping by our staff during the journey. Its intended use is for anticipated travel needs to and from the journey destination and for any unanticipated emergency costs that might arise such as doctor’s visits. Any leftover cash at the end of the journey is returned to the student.

GoBeyond will pay all major journey costs while traveling and working, but there will also be opportunities for students to spend money on personal items. For a student’s personal “Spending Cash” ($300), the most common expenses include phone/internet time, souvenirs, and snacks. Based on our past experience, some students will spend less and some will spend more than our recommendation above. Judge this amount by the spending habits of your student. Please set up boundaries for its use, as GoBeyond cannot be responsible for monitoring student spending. If you are concerned about loss or theft, students can give staff up to $150 of their spending cash to be put into safekeeping/drawn later.

Where do we stay?

GoBeyond is not a luxury journey; however, we utilize comfortable, clean, and safe accommodations during our trips. In India, our students typically stay at local hotels and B&Bs. Dharamsala is a very small community – easily navigated end to end on foot. Due to its size and the fact that it is primarily a Tibetan town, the atmosphere is more tranquil and peaceful than other parts of India. When in the larger and more hectic cities, GoBeyond students stay in quieter, upscale neighborhoods to have some relief from the hustle and bustle of India’s city life.

What do we eat?

GoBeyond’s tuition covers all meals after arrival in the host country. We strive for healthy, nutritious, and delicious meals, and serve a mixture of local and international fare (including Western). For our India journey, we primarily eat at the hotels/B&Bs for breakfast and local restaurants for lunch and dinner.

Note, as GoBeyond is a health-conscious program, our staff do not provide large quantities of “junk” food (i.e. sodas, chips, candy bars, large desserts, etc.). Students can always supplement our meals and snacks by shopping locally for their own items.

During the application process, families can inform us of any dietary allergies or restrictions. We are usually able to accommodate vegetarians, vegans, pescetarians, etc., as well as various food allergies. However, if your student has a severe allergy to peanuts or other common substances, please call our office to discuss the options.

Nitty Gritty

Flights
How To Book Flights

GoBeyond students come from all over the world, so coordinated travel is of vital importance. For this reason, we strongly suggest that students book flights with our travel coordinator, Leah Hernandez of TRC Travel Center (T: +1.281.528.7727 or 800.329.9000 • E: leahctn68@hotmail.com). Leah obtains great fares and provides close monitoring and assistance on travel days in case of flight difficulties. Since we have no ability to access or modify flight bookings that are not purchased through Leah, GoBeyond cannot be responsible for the coordination of flights not booked through TRC Travel Center.

  • Preferred Itinerary – Each year, GoBeyond works with TRC Travel Center to select a preferred itinerary to/from Delhi, India (DEL) via Toronto (YYZ). GoBeyond strongly encourages U.S.-based families to book on our recommended route, so that students can fly together as a team. Please bear in mind, however, that GoBeyond has no control over the number of participants that choose to fly via YYZ. Depending on the desires of other participants, the number of students traveling on the recommended route can vary greatly.
  • Alternate Itineraries – As students come from all over the U.S. and world, it is not required that students book on our preferred itinerary.  For non-U.S. based students, those looking to use frequent flier miles, or others who are not booking with TRC Travel Center or on our preferred flight itinerary, please contact our office prior to booking to ensure you are arriving and departing India at appropriate times. Note that the journey start date (as shown above) is the date upon which the GoBeyond group flight departs Toronto airport. Due to time zone differences, the group flight may actually land in DEL the day after. The journey end date is the date upon which the GoBeyond group flight departs DEL.
  • Internal Flights – Students attending our India journey should be aware that the in-country flights (our transportation to get from Delhi to Dharamsala) are not available through Leah. These flights are best booked with in-country agencies, so GoBeyond organizes and pre-pays for these flights on our families’ behalf. Once all arrangements have been made, families are invoiced to reimburse these fees. Typically these additional flight costs are $140 for India students.
  • Airport Assistance – Our office team actively monitors and supports our participants on travel days. We suggest that students travel with a cell phone, as this can be useful for communication to and from the program. For certain flight connections, GoBeyond also offers onsite airport assistance…
    • Preferred Itinerary (Outbound flight, YYZ to DEL) – In some instances, particularly for the first session of the summer, GoBeyond has a group leader who flies with the students on the preferred itinerary at the start of the trip. When a group leader is not able to travel with the students on this outbound flight, GoBeyond will typically hire a representative for the YYZ airport who is responsible for helping troubleshoot any flight/connection issues that may arise.
    • Preferred Itinerary (Inbound flight, DEL to YYZ) – On occasion, particularly for the last session of the summer, a group leader will return to the U.S. on the preferred flight with the students. If a staff member is not able to return with the students, GoBeyond will not typically hire an in-airport representative for YYZ. This is due to the lack of an onsite representative’s ability to attend to customs/immigration issues and ongoing connection coordination when they do not arrive with the students.

Air transportation to and from the program, as well as in-country flights, is not included in the GoBeyond tuition fee. Please contact Leah for sample itineraries and an estimation of the international flight cost. For more information on airport assistance, please contact our office. We will be glad to let you know what type of support we typically offer for your journey (specific plans will only be available nearer the travel date).

Travel Docs & Vaccinations
Skip the stress and plan ahead

GoBeyond cannot apply for passports or visas on a student’s behalf, but we can provide the information you need to do so yourself. At the time of writing, students traveling on U.S. passports need a visa (application instructions are provided upon enrollment) and must have 6+ months of passport validity after the entry date to India. For the most up-to-date and thorough information, please visit travel.state.gov. Students traveling on non-U.S. passports should verify passport and visa requirements for your nationality by contacting your local Indian embassy or consulate.

GoBeyond understands that families have varying opinions on vaccinations. Some greatly desire the precaution; others prefer to avoid possible side effects of certain medications such as anti-malarials. Coupled with the fact that each student has unique medical considerations known best by his or her doctor, GoBeyond does not supply medical advice. We recommend that all families refer to the expertise of the CDC (wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel), their health care providers, and/or a travel clinic.

Tuition
GoBeyond tuition fees cover the following:
  • All in-country journey accommodation, meals, and ground transportation
  • Full-time service adventure staff, local guides, and tips
  • All group activities including service projects and materials, sight-seeing trips, and educational excursions
  • Physical and monetary donations to our partner organizations
  • One certificate of the President’s Volunteer Service Award (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only) upon successful completion of the journey

Not included in the GoBeyond tuition fees are personal expenses such as the cost of obtaining passports, visas, vaccinations, airport taxes, extra baggage fees, health and travel insurance, medical and evacuation expenses, personal spending money, e-mail, phone calls, laundry, souvenirs, etc. As students come from all over the world, air transportation, including in-country flights, is not included. Please see the Flights tab for more details.

OUR 6 WEEK PROGRAMS

Any two consecutive journeys can be joined to form one extended course. In the interim between journeys, students stay with staff. The total cost is determined by combining the cost of each journeys and subtracting the 5% extended course discount (this discount also applies toward any trips adjoining our sister program ActionQuest). GoBeyond and ActionQuest enrollment for any two journeys in the same summer will be considered as a single extended program in the event of withdrawal or dismissal from the trip at any time.

Itinerary
Living in the moment

Though the fundamentals of our journeys do not change, specific journey logistics evolve over time. It is typical for our community service partners to not choose our project areas until late spring/early summer, thus the final touches on our itineraries are not always set until then. The journey overview portions of this page should give families a basic understanding of the kinds of activities we do on the journey. We also suggest last year’s Trip Updates if you need more descriptions. For the most up-to-date information on our expected itineraries, feel free to Contact our office.

With that in mind, we encourage all participants to “live in the moment” while on the journey. Travel, even on organized trips, requires flexibility and a willingness to accept adversity and change. Your journey country may not be as efficient, orderly, and/or timely as you are use to. We hope you’ll take the bumps in stride, and enjoy the adventure!

Service Hours
Service Hours, Letters & Awards

After the completion of summer, all students (U.S. and non-U.S. students alike) receive a GoBeyond service letter reflecting their participation on the journey.* The GoBeyond service letter describes the type of service work performed, the number of hours awarded, and is printed and signed on our letterhead. Typically, our letter is accepted by most high schools/colleges as proof of community service participation. If your school needs a specific form signed or evaluation filled out, please make sure to bring this on the trip so a staff member can assist you.

President's Volunteer Service AwardPresident’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) – In addition, GoBeyond is a certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation established the award program as a way to thank and honor individuals who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. GoBeyond is able to award the PVSA to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have completed 100 hours of service during his/her journey. Please note that GoBeyond does not make the rules regarding who is eligible for the PVSA. Eligibility criteria is set by the governmental agency and, at this point in time, non-U.S. citizens/permanent residents are not eligible to receive the award. 

Learn More About The PVSA

* Note: Presence alone does not necessarily earn students the community service hours. GoBeyond reserves the right to deduct hours due to non-participation and/or early dismissal. Participants who work hard and participate in all journey activities will receive the full number of service hours available for their journey.

  • Flights
  • Travel Docs & Vaccinations
  • Tuition
  • Itinerary
  • Service Hours
  • How To Book Flights

    GoBeyond students come from all over the world, so coordinated travel is of vital importance. For this reason, we strongly suggest that students book flights with our travel coordinator, Leah Hernandez of TRC Travel Center (T: +1.281.528.7727 or 800.329.9000 • E: leahctn68@hotmail.com). Leah obtains great fares and provides close monitoring and assistance on travel days in case of flight difficulties. Since we have no ability to access or modify flight bookings that are not purchased through Leah, GoBeyond cannot be responsible for the coordination of flights not booked through TRC Travel Center.

    • Preferred Itinerary – Each year, GoBeyond works with TRC Travel Center to select a preferred itinerary to/from Delhi, India (DEL) via Toronto (YYZ). GoBeyond strongly encourages U.S.-based families to book on our recommended route, so that students can fly together as a team. Please bear in mind, however, that GoBeyond has no control over the number of participants that choose to fly via YYZ. Depending on the desires of other participants, the number of students traveling on the recommended route can vary greatly.
    • Alternate Itineraries – As students come from all over the U.S. and world, it is not required that students book on our preferred itinerary.  For non-U.S. based students, those looking to use frequent flier miles, or others who are not booking with TRC Travel Center or on our preferred flight itinerary, please contact our office prior to booking to ensure you are arriving and departing India at appropriate times. Note that the journey start date (as shown above) is the date upon which the GoBeyond group flight departs Toronto airport. Due to time zone differences, the group flight may actually land in DEL the day after. The journey end date is the date upon which the GoBeyond group flight departs DEL.
    • Internal Flights – Students attending our India journey should be aware that the in-country flights (our transportation to get from Delhi to Dharamsala) are not available through Leah. These flights are best booked with in-country agencies, so GoBeyond organizes and pre-pays for these flights on our families’ behalf. Once all arrangements have been made, families are invoiced to reimburse these fees. Typically these additional flight costs are $140 for India students.
    • Airport Assistance – Our office team actively monitors and supports our participants on travel days. We suggest that students travel with a cell phone, as this can be useful for communication to and from the program. For certain flight connections, GoBeyond also offers onsite airport assistance…
      • Preferred Itinerary (Outbound flight, YYZ to DEL) – In some instances, particularly for the first session of the summer, GoBeyond has a group leader who flies with the students on the preferred itinerary at the start of the trip. When a group leader is not able to travel with the students on this outbound flight, GoBeyond will typically hire a representative for the YYZ airport who is responsible for helping troubleshoot any flight/connection issues that may arise.
      • Preferred Itinerary (Inbound flight, DEL to YYZ) – On occasion, particularly for the last session of the summer, a group leader will return to the U.S. on the preferred flight with the students. If a staff member is not able to return with the students, GoBeyond will not typically hire an in-airport representative for YYZ. This is due to the lack of an onsite representative’s ability to attend to customs/immigration issues and ongoing connection coordination when they do not arrive with the students.

    Air transportation to and from the program, as well as in-country flights, is not included in the GoBeyond tuition fee. Please contact Leah for sample itineraries and an estimation of the international flight cost. For more information on airport assistance, please contact our office. We will be glad to let you know what type of support we typically offer for your journey (specific plans will only be available nearer the travel date).

  • Skip the stress and plan ahead

    GoBeyond cannot apply for passports or visas on a student’s behalf, but we can provide the information you need to do so yourself. At the time of writing, students traveling on U.S. passports need a visa (application instructions are provided upon enrollment) and must have 6+ months of passport validity after the entry date to India. For the most up-to-date and thorough information, please visit travel.state.gov. Students traveling on non-U.S. passports should verify passport and visa requirements for your nationality by contacting your local Indian embassy or consulate.

    GoBeyond understands that families have varying opinions on vaccinations. Some greatly desire the precaution; others prefer to avoid possible side effects of certain medications such as anti-malarials. Coupled with the fact that each student has unique medical considerations known best by his or her doctor, GoBeyond does not supply medical advice. We recommend that all families refer to the expertise of the CDC (wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel), their health care providers, and/or a travel clinic.

  • GoBeyond tuition fees cover the following:
    • All in-country journey accommodation, meals, and ground transportation
    • Full-time service adventure staff, local guides, and tips
    • All group activities including service projects and materials, sight-seeing trips, and educational excursions
    • Physical and monetary donations to our partner organizations
    • One certificate of the President’s Volunteer Service Award (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only) upon successful completion of the journey

    Not included in the GoBeyond tuition fees are personal expenses such as the cost of obtaining passports, visas, vaccinations, airport taxes, extra baggage fees, health and travel insurance, medical and evacuation expenses, personal spending money, e-mail, phone calls, laundry, souvenirs, etc. As students come from all over the world, air transportation, including in-country flights, is not included. Please see the Flights tab for more details.

    OUR 6 WEEK PROGRAMS

    Any two consecutive journeys can be joined to form one extended course. In the interim between journeys, students stay with staff. The total cost is determined by combining the cost of each journeys and subtracting the 5% extended course discount (this discount also applies toward any trips adjoining our sister program ActionQuest). GoBeyond and ActionQuest enrollment for any two journeys in the same summer will be considered as a single extended program in the event of withdrawal or dismissal from the trip at any time.

  • Living in the moment

    Though the fundamentals of our journeys do not change, specific journey logistics evolve over time. It is typical for our community service partners to not choose our project areas until late spring/early summer, thus the final touches on our itineraries are not always set until then. The journey overview portions of this page should give families a basic understanding of the kinds of activities we do on the journey. We also suggest last year’s Trip Updates if you need more descriptions. For the most up-to-date information on our expected itineraries, feel free to Contact our office.

    With that in mind, we encourage all participants to “live in the moment” while on the journey. Travel, even on organized trips, requires flexibility and a willingness to accept adversity and change. Your journey country may not be as efficient, orderly, and/or timely as you are use to. We hope you’ll take the bumps in stride, and enjoy the adventure!

  • Service Hours, Letters & Awards

    After the completion of summer, all students (U.S. and non-U.S. students alike) receive a GoBeyond service letter reflecting their participation on the journey.* The GoBeyond service letter describes the type of service work performed, the number of hours awarded, and is printed and signed on our letterhead. Typically, our letter is accepted by most high schools/colleges as proof of community service participation. If your school needs a specific form signed or evaluation filled out, please make sure to bring this on the trip so a staff member can assist you.

    President's Volunteer Service AwardPresident’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) – In addition, GoBeyond is a certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation established the award program as a way to thank and honor individuals who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. GoBeyond is able to award the PVSA to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have completed 100 hours of service during his/her journey. Please note that GoBeyond does not make the rules regarding who is eligible for the PVSA. Eligibility criteria is set by the governmental agency and, at this point in time, non-U.S. citizens/permanent residents are not eligible to receive the award. 

    Learn More About The PVSA

    * Note: Presence alone does not necessarily earn students the community service hours. GoBeyond reserves the right to deduct hours due to non-participation and/or early dismissal. Participants who work hard and participate in all journey activities will receive the full number of service hours available for their journey.