Why you should serve
The need in India
India is a country in dire need both physically and spiritually. More than 99% of the population is unreached; they have never heard the truth of the gospel. The largest red light district in all of India is found in Kolkata - women and children here are at-risk simply because of where they were born. We believe only the gospel can bring light into this darkness. Join us as we partner with nationals on the ground who are already doing the work of loving their people through church planting and rescue initiatives.
India Trip at a glance
Here is some helpful information about our trips to India and a look at the cultural statistics.
Adults - 18+
Fall, Winter & Spring
9 Days / 8 Nights
India Cultural Statistics
Current Temp. 97°
Living in Poverty
Ways to serve:
Click on the buttons to review all the ways you can serve in India.
Our local ministry partners are providing ongoing support for survivors of sex trafficking. Help us show them the love of Christ by praying with them and preparing devotions and/or music to share. Teams can also have fun with them by bringing card or board games or preparing a team building activity.
Children are a big part of our ministry's focus. Teams will have the opportunity to love and serve children through VBS-type activities in the red light district and at homes for rescued or at-risk kids (think games, Bible stories, crafts, songs, etc).
* Teams are responsible for bringing necessary craft supplies and should budget appropriately.
A local seminary is training native Indians in the Word of God. These men will likely become pastors, teachers, leaders, or missionaries. We welcome teams who are able to teach seminars to these eager students. If you're unable to teach a seminar, the students would also benefit from things such as team building activities.
Our local ministry partners have started an after-school program in the Red Light District for children of sex workers. The goal of the ministry is to develop relationships with individual children so that they can be monitored and hopefully kept out of the sex industry. Volunteers are able to support this endeavor by providing homework help.
There are many local churches in India who are regularly sharing the gospel with their communities. Help us assist their efforts by hosting a VBS or a community outreach event. Participate in a church service by sharing your testimony, or ask in advance what else might be helpful.
We know that many children living in orphanages around the world are economic orphans rather than orphans in the traditional sense of having lost both parents. Our child sponsorship program is proof that we aim to keep families together by alleviating some of the financial burden that many families around the world face. While all of this is true, it is also true that there are children living in orphanages or group homes who deserve to be held, played with, and offered the hope that comes from knowing that there is a Heavenly Father who loves them unconditionally, if we cannot bring about the change that would reunite them with their families.
Trip Pricing Info:
All pricing is accurate as of 05/30/2020
Pricing Per Person:
- Individual Pricing: $1595
- Family & Small Group Pricing: $1595
- Team Pricing: $1495
- Team Members: $1495
Team Registration Fee
- Team of 10 or more: $495
- Create your own trip
- Gives team members a $100 discount
10 days / 9 nights
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- To/From Airport
- To/From Ministry sites in-country
Translators (if needed)
3 meals/day (excludes food at airports)
- American or Indian cuisine
1 Bold Hope staff member
- Training presentations & handouts
- Devotional guides
- Re-Entry guides
Basic Ministry Supplies:
- Paint and brushes
- Coloring books & crayons
Reusable Water Bottle
Recreation or Local Cultural Experience
Airfare (Bold Hope can book)
Construction and/or Ministry Projects
- Bold Hope t-shirts will typically be on sale during your trip, but limited quantities are available.
- If you would like to make your own shirts, feel free to grab our logos here: Bold Hope Media Kit
What's Not Included
Transportation to/from U.S. airport
India Information -&- Frequently Asked Questions
Be sure to read through this information.
Teams will stay in a hotel with all of the modern conveniences. Please note that two nights will be spent on a night train traveling to and from North Bengal.
All international travelers should research the area they are visiting. Please Click here for India vaccination information and consult with your primary care physician or a travel clinic at least 4-8 weeks prior to your departure to make decisions that are best for you or your family members.
Trip participants should be up to date with vaccinations common to those living in the United States, such as tetanus and measles/mumps/rubella.
Please strongly consider getting recommended vaccines when traveling to India.
Breakfast and dinner will be eaten at the hotel or at a restaurant - often, American food choices are available. Lunch will be eaten wherever the team is doing ministry for the day. Lunch will most often be authentic Indian cuisine. The cost of any meals eaten in an airport will be the responsibility of the trip participant.
Clean, safe drinking water is available at all times.
It is each participant's responsibility to get themselves to and from the airport in the U.S.
Upon arrival in India, all transportation during your stay is included in the cost of the trip. The team will also be accompanied by local staff at all times.
All passports must be valid 6 months past the dates of the trip.
SPECIAL NOTE: Visas are required for travel to India. Obtaining the visa, and all costs incurred, is the responsibility of each trip participant.
Be sure to read through this information.
Is a visa required for travel to India?
Yes, a tourist visa is required. Please contact us for more information on how to apply for your visa.
Are there any restrictions for entry?
The possession of satellite phones is prohibited in India.
What is the dress code for India?
Men should wear pants at all times. Women need to have their shoulders covered and clothing should be loose. Women must wear pants or long skirts/dresses.
What time zone is India in?
Our partners are located in Kolkata which is 9.5 hours ahead of New York.
Do I need to pack towels or toiletries?
You do not need to pack towels. We suggest packing travel-sized toiletries.
What language do the people of India speak?
There are 22 recognized languages in India. The official language in Kolkata is Bengali.
What kind of food will I be eating?
Breakfast will be provided at the hotel and has many American options. Lunch will be eaten at the various mission sites and will be very traditional Indian food - rice, lentils, chicken, mutton or fish, veggies; lots of currie, lots of spice. Dinner will be eaten out and will be either American or Indian food.
Can I drink the water?
No, never drink out of the tap in India and do not use that water to brush your teeth. Bottled water should be used for drinking and brushing your teeth.
What should I know about the culture?
Women should only engage women in conversation, and vice versa. This is a very conservative culture.
Do I need a power adapter?
Yes. a universal travel adapter is recommended. Things like curling irons and hair dryers will not work in India.
Will I get to see the Taj Mahal?
Unfortunately, no. The Taj Mahal is nowhere near our areas of service in India.
Accidental Death & Dismemberment
Reduced to $10,000 for those under age 12 or age 70 and over
Medical Expenses - Primary
- $100 deductible
- No preexisting conditions Exclusion.
Primary coverage; $2,500 of this limit is available to pay U.S. or Canadian providers
Excess Medical Expenses - Optional
Preexisting conditions are Excluded. Includes an additional $50,000 Emergency Medical Evacuation limit.
For those age 0-59 at an additional $0.49 per diem
For those age 0-59 at an additional $0.69 per diem
For those age 60-65 at an additional $1.40 per diem
For those age 66-70 at an additional $3.05 per diem
Disability Income Benefit
(no benefit if under age 12 or 70 and over)
First 100 Months — Accident
Months 101–200 — Accident
50 Months — Sickness (after 3 month waiting period)
Available 24/7/365 for assistance with worldwide medical emergencies; provided by Intana Global™
Emergency Medical Evacuation
Coordinated by Intana Global™; will bring participant back to USA if necessary
Crisis Management Service*
Available 24/7/365 for assistance with worldwide non-medical emergencies; provided by red24
Coordinated by red24; for evacuation due to crime, civil unrest, natural disasters, kidnap/hostage situations**
Family Coordination and Repatriation of Mortal Remains
Combined limit for both benefits and includes a sublimit of $2,500 for extra expenses incurred during an approved evacuation
"Door to door" replacement cost coverage includes checked baggage; higher limits available upon request.
Worldwide jurisdiction; includes coverage for injury to a volunteer; covers volunteer and sending organization
$3.30 per person per day
By requesting that we enroll you or your group, you are agreeing to participate in InternationalHelpers (Guernsey) Trust (IHT) for certain benefits and services. The Trust Participation Agreement is attached for signature and return with enrollment. Services & Benefits are provided by service contracts & insurance policies issued to IHT.
*The cost of a security evacuation is only insured up to $1,000 in countries and regions deemed Extreme Risk by red24, unless the volunteer is already in the country and insured by this plan when the country or region is elevated to Extreme Risk status. red24 cannot guarantee service in Extreme Risk areas. If you are traveling to an area that may be subject to this limitation, please contact us.
** While red24 will deploy a specialist or negotiator as needed, this benefit does not pay ransomamounts.
This brief summary is not an insurance policy; rather, it outlines some of the features of this coverage. For specific details, please contact our office or refer to the policy. This is not a major medical policy. MajorMedical Coverage is available for individuals and groups on Short-Termand Long-Term international assignments. AnAggregate Limit of $20,000,000 applies to the above benefits. This limit provides the full $100,000 AD&D benefit for up to 200 persons in a common accident.
To participate and receive the services & benefits of IHT, complete the enrollment formand return along with your check made payable to: Gallagher Charitable International Insurance Services. In computing the number of days, count the departure day as well as the day of return. If the entire group is not traveling on the same dates, please attach a separate sheet grouping the volunteers by their travel dates.