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Slum Soccer India

Using soccer to empower kids to be leaders in their communities

India

Use soccer to foster sustainable development and social inclusion in homeless communities.

From the frozen summits of the Himalayas to the tropical jungle of Kerala, and from the lonely deserts of Rajasthan to the teeming urban centers of Mumbai and Delhi, India is often referred to as a continent rather than a single country.

India’s borders encompass a huge range of landscapes, cultures, and people. In India one encounters both the modern and the old world, in constant juxtaposition as Western culture meets traditional values.  Experience all this colorful and energetic country has to offer, from its passion for ‘Bollywood’ and cricket to its colorful local festivals and street vendors.

India is one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, though this is often overshadowed by its rapid population increase – by 2028, India’s population is expected to outnumber China’s.  Increasing population and rapid urbanization have created huge challenges in terms of poverty, lack of education, child protection, and gender disparity for young people living in India’s crowded urban slums.

You’ll join the world-respected, non-profit organization Slum Soccer India, working with kids to improve their quality of life and to empower them to be leaders in their communities. Slum Soccer promotes sustainable development in homeless and slum communities, using soccer as a tool for social inclusion.

During your INDIA 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

Experience profile

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Country
India

NGO
Slum Soccer

Group of Focus
Local children living in the slums of India

Area of Focus
Sustainable community development and social inclusion

Experience
The bustling and vibrant culture of India

Activities
Experience Nagpur, New Delhi and Agra through the power of soccer

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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. Welcome meeting and briefing with Slum Soccer.

Day 3

Tour the Akshardham temple. Visit the Lahori Gate, main gate to the Red Fort, iconic symbol of India and UNESCO world heritage site.  Visit My Angels Academy, playing soccer with children living in the Slums of Vikaspuri. Social and Emotional Intelligence Workshop 1:  Global Leadership and International Development.

Day 4

Visit the impressive Lotus Temple Bahá’í House of Worship. Tour and lunch at the Dilli Haat 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.  Social and Emotional Intelligence 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 gameagainst 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. Social and Emotional Intelligence Workshop 3:  Sustainable Community Development and Social Inclusion.

Day 9

Visit Project Edu kick, teaching kids mathematics 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 Youngsters programming, a residential soccer training program for talented youth. Friendly game against Project Youngstars.  Dinner with Project Youngstars Players.

Day 11

Check out of 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.

EXPERIENCE 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.

Important reminders

  • 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

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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