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India: Slum Soccer

Help underserved youth in homeless communities

Every the third half trip is built around a curriculum designed to develop your Social & Emotional Intelligence (SEI). We focus on 21st century learning skills like grit, initiative, curiosity and critical thinking through a blend of collaborative workshops and hands-on experiences with local people.

Your trip will be hosted by the respected, local non-profit organization ’Slum Soccer’, which runs soccer programs for the most disadvantaged members of Indian society. It began with soccer leagues for the homeless, many of whom were involved in crime, violence or drugs. The decrease in these harmful activities and the improvement of the participants’ lives inspired Slum Soccer to expand its program to more cities and Slum Soccer now addresses issues like HIV/AIDS infection, personal hygiene and environmental protection.

On your the third half experience you will:

  • Play friendly soccer matches with local teams on beautiful fields
  • Visit project Youngstars, a residential program for young boys hosted in the center at Bokhara, which provides education, lodging and boarding
  • Understand the gender disparity issue through Project Girls Play Soccer, which empowers girls by teaching them English and computer skills
  • Join project Edu kick, teaching children mathematics through soccer
  • Participate in walking tours of the Dilli Haat Market and the Taj Mahal, and visit the Akshardham temple, Red Fort and Lahore Gate
  • Make friendships that will last a lifetime

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Day 1:

Depart for New Delhi, India.

Day 2:

Arrival at Airport in Delhi. Transfer to accommodations. Check in at hotel.

Day 3:

Tour the Akshardham Temple. Visit the Red Fort’s Lahori Gate, iconic symbol of India and UNESCO world heritage site. Visit My Angels Academy, play soccer with children living in the Slums of Vikaspuri. Global Leadership Development Workshop 1: Global Leadership and International Development.

Day 4

Visit to Lotus Temple. Tour and lunch at Dilli Hasta Market, an open-air food plaza and craft bazaar. Transfer to Agra.

Day 5

Take a sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal. Visit the nearby Agra Fort, former imperial residence of the Mughal Empire. Tour the Mehtab Bagh garden complex. Visit Wildlife SOS project, a local animal rescue sanctuary.

Day 6

Travel back to Delhi from Agra, and fly to Nagpur. Welcome meeting with Slum Soccer of Nagpur. Dinner and quiz night at hotel. Global Leadership Development Workshop 2: Social Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking.

Day 7

Visit Slum Soccer Center and participate in life skills training through soccer. Visit Shakti Girls program, empowering girls through English and computer skills classes. Friendly soccer game against a local club. Dinner experience with entertainment at Chokar Dhani.

Day 8

Visit a local school to play pick up soccer and promote sports. Visit the Young Leadership Training program, teaching life skills to youth and empowering them to improve their communities. Local home visit with a Slum Soccer family. Global Leadership Development Workshop 3: Sustainable Community Development and Social Inclusion.

Day 9

Visit Project EduKick, teaching kids math through soccer. Afternoon mini soccer tournament with local kids. Dinner excursion by Vishnuji Ki Rasoi, a famous chef in Central India.

Day 10

Visit Ramtek Temple, important Hindu religious site. Participate in Project Youngstars, a residential soccer training program for talented youth. Friendly game against Project Youngstars. Dinner with Project Youngstars Players.

Day 11

Check out of the hotel. Lunch & visit Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve. Visit to Poona Chambers and souvenir shopping at Nagpur Eternity Mall. Transfer to the airport.

Day 12

Travel day. Arrive home.

Thanks to your visit, Slum Soccer will be able to achieve goals like:

  • Enroll 20 young people from underserved communities in high school for a year
  • Provide one of their soccer teams with materials, food, water, educational classes and community service projects for a year
  • Provide literacy classes for 25 students for 6 months, including materials, food, and teacher salaries

* Price is per person based on a group of 20 travelers and is subject to change.

PRICE INCLUDES

  • All required ground transportation throughout your trip (airport transfers included).
  • All soccer training sessions.
  • All community service and educational activities.
  • All cultural and sightseeing activities.
  • Use of training facilities for soccer practice sessions.
  • Water during all practices.
  • 2-3 soccer games against local teams.
  • Full board during your stay in India (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  • 9 nights accommodation.
  • A full time Tour Supervisor on-call 24 hours a day.
  • Cancellation and medical insurance.

Carry-on

A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for day trips.

  • Ear buds
  • Change of clothes
  • Reuseable water bottle
  • Medication
  • Additional community service forms
  • Outlet power converter
  • Consent to travel form
  • Emergency contacts
  • Passport
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Two passport photos (needed for Visa)
  • Wallet/money
  • Book and/or journal
  • Pen
  • Phone
  • Chargers
  • Camera

Important reminders

Appropriate attire for service projects– students should be wearing Bermuda or basketball length shorts or pants. This is especially important to females. T-shirts should cover the chest and shoulders- nothing too low cut, and no undergarments should ever be showing. Appropriate attire for touring– students will be visiting temples and museums throughout their program. All students will be expected to have their shoulders and knees covered. Please be sure to bring at least one pair of lightweight capris and t-shirts that are modest (no v-neck/low cut tees). *Business casual outfit– a long sleeved collared shirt and lightweight trousers will work best for boys. A long skirt and appropriate shirt is ideal for girls.

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