Andhra Pradesh, IndiaAvailable Trip Dates: October 13-27, 2020
Thank you for your interest in joining Helping Hands International on our next service project to Andhra Pradesh, Inida! Below is an overview of the trip, including important information like costs, dates, and a detailed list of activities. Please contact us if you have any questions!
Where are we going?
Andhra Pradesh, India! Andhra Pradesh is a state bordering India’s southeastern coast. Major cultural landmarks include Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, an ornate hilltop shrine to Hindu’s Vishnu, in the southern part of the state. It’s visited by tens of millions of pilgrims annually. The major northern port of Visakhapatnam has popular beaches like Ramakrishna and Rishikonda lining the Bay of Bengal, offering spots for swimming and surfing. Helping Hands International completed a scouting trip to this area in 2019 and is excited to partner with the local Pastor and school teacher Emmanuel Masa to help him further in his efforts. This year we will be completing an Orphanage facility that Emmanuel has started. Emmanuel and his wife run the Bethany Children home where they feed more than 30 local Orphans (see below). We invite you to join us for this trip by registering as a volunteer! Can’t volunteer but still want to help? Good news, you can also donate to the project by clicking here!
How to Register
Click here for the three step Trip Registration process!
Please note, the completed online application and deposit are due three months prior to departure and the final payment is due one month prior to departure.
Cost $800 per person, excluding airfare
Available Trip Dates
- October 13-27, 2020
Overview of Service Opportunities/Activities
- Completing an Orphanage – We will primarily be focused on completing an Orphanage, which currently has a foundation and pillars but no enclosed walls or electricity. We will be working with a local mason to to set the brick for the walls as well as starting the plaster and electricity. This transformation will radically change Emmanuel’s ability to take care of the children he watches over.
- Outreach to Orphans — The children will be present while we are building and I’m sure will be a big help in the process as well as be an amazing blessing to spend time with. Activities with local Orphans will include playing games, doing crafts and a one day vacation bible school. We will also share meals with them and have lots for fellowship
- Church — The team will attend at least one church service where they will be given the opportunity to share a message such as a testimony.
- We will have the opportunity to reach out to un-reached people groups in a remote villages
- There will be adequate time to explore some of India and fall in love with the culture
Tentative trip Schedule
Below is the tentative schedule for the trip, but we approach this with flexibility because our ultimate focus is on relationships
– Arrive in Visakhapatnam and meet with Pastor Emmanuel.
– Load up and drive 2 hours to the Orphanage
– Meet the kids unload and relax until dinner
– Fellowship with locals
– Go on a city tour
– go to local market
– Go to and participate in two church services
– Participate in baptisms
– Rest and relax
Day 5 – 11
– Work on Orphanage building project
– Spend time with Children
– Remote village outreach
– Vbs for kids
– Go to beach city
– Pack up and say our good byes
Lodging and Food
- Lodging will be at the Combined Orphanage/church. There will be basic but comfortable sleeping arrangements. There is running water for a shower and standard toilet.
- The food is prepared by Pastor Emmanuel’s wife Sharron. We will be served a variety of food from:
- Vegetable, chicken and water buffalo curry
- Native fruit
- Different soups
- Naan Bread
- Many other Indian dishes
Items to Bring
- Bedding: Sleeping bag, pillow, fitted sheet, alarm clock and ear plugs (if a light sleeper) etc.
- Bath: Bath towel, soap, shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste, personal items, flip flops for shower etc.
- Cloths: Work clothes, one nice (not dressy) outfit for church, jacket and/or sweater (cold at night), work gloves, bandanna or hat, swimsuit (modest please; no bikinis) etc.
- Shoes: Flip flops or open toed shoes, tennis or work shoes for remote outreach and work (e.g. no bare feet at any time) etc.
- Other: baby wipes, beach towel, camera, flashlight, hand sanitize, sunscreen and water bottle etc.
- Bug repellent
- No undergarments showing at any time (guys and gals)
- Dresses/skirts for outreach should be mid-calf to ankle
- No tight fitting shirts (girls) especially those that barely meet the top of the pants when moving or stretching (e.g. showing bellies)
- No tank tops, low-cut or scoop neck for girls (sleeveless is ok)
- No skimpy clothing worn to and from the dorms to the showers
- No skimpy shorts/skirts, except on beach day
- Men cannot take off their shirts, except on the beach day
- No Bikinis (tankinis ok)
Health & Vaccination Requirements
Please click here for vaccination requirements and/or recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We also suggest you check with your personal health clinic or physician regarding what vaccines or medicines you may require while participating on this service project. Please note, if you do take prescription medicines, please check with your local pharmacist to ensure the medicines are not considered a controlled substance in the location you are traveling.
Passports needed with an expiration no later than 6 months before the return date. Visa will be acquired online before the trip.
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