INDIA (DELHI & NAGPUR)

EXPERIENCE WONDER BOTH ANCIENT AND MODERN WHILST HELPING UNDERSERVED CHILDREN

Join the third half as we take you to India, where you’ll experience the rich history of this beautiful country, from the majesty of the Taj Mahal to ancient temples and bustling markets in Delhi to the sprawling metropolis of Nagpur. 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 wild passion for ‘Bollywood’ and sport to its colorful local festivals and street vendors. You’ll also learn first-hand about the very real social challenges in one of the world’s poorest countries and experience how soccer is helping kids growing up in the overcrowded slums of cities like Delhi and Nagpur.

Delhi

Delhi is all at once chaotic and calm, where cows wander the streets amongst the teeming rickshaw cabs thronging around sites of historical wonder. The 17th century Red Fort is a mass of domes and turrets, while Chandni Chowk market is an exercise in friendly haggling. Travelers and locals flock to the India Gate, the national monument of India that honors the soldiers who died in World War I and the Third Afghan War and of course the nearby, world-famous Taj Mahal in nearby Agra.You’ll visit My Angels Academy, which uses sport to provide hope and education to children living in the slums of Vikaspuri.

Nagpur

Located in the exact geographical centre of India, Nagpur is known as the ‘winter capital’ of India and is famous throughout the country as the ‘Orange City’ because of the fruits that are

Nagpur is way off the main tourists routes but is home to the famous Ramtek Teple, an Nagpur is also close to Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve and Pench National Park. It’s also close to the temples of Ramtek and the ashrams of Sevagram.

The region is also famous for its geological and mineral wealth, and has the reputation of being one of the greenest and cleanest cities in India.

Whilst being more famous for cricket, India has one of the oldest soccer cultures in the world dating back to the 18th Century – and in many areas soccer is the number one sport.

You’ll join the world-respected, non-profit organization Slum Soccer, working with kids to improve their quality of life and to empower them to be leaders in their communities.

This destination offers a range of soccer activities that we can use to create experiences from BEGINNER to INTERMEDIATE  level.

Experiences available include*;

  • Play and coach with My Angels Academy which uses soccer to provide confidence and life skills to children from the Vikaspuri area of Delhi
  • Play and coach with the Shakti Girls – a program focused on empowering homeless girls in Nagpur
  • Project EduKick – teaching math to underserved youth through soccer
  • Organize a 5 a side soccer tournament at a local school
  • Friendly full-sided games with local club sides in Nagpur (various levels)
  • Play with the boys from Project YoungStars – a competitive u14 program

EXPERIENCE PROFILE

ITINERARY

DAY 1: Depart for New Delhi, India.

DAY 2: Arrival at Airport in Delhi. Check in at hotel. Welcome meeting and briefing with Slum Soccer.

DAY 3: Tour the Akshardham Temple. Visit the Red Fort’s Lahori Gate. Visit My Angels Academy in the slums of Vikaspuri. the third half curriculum workshop #1 – Global Citizenship and the Sustainable Development Goals.

DAY 4: Visit to Lotus Temple. Lunch at Dilli Hasta Market, an open-air food plaza and craft bazaar. Transfer to Agra.

DAY 5:  Sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal and  nearby Agra Fort. 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. the third half curriculum workshop #2 – Conscious Leadership.

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 Dinner experience with entertainment at Chokar Dhani.

DAY 8:  Visit Young Leadership Training program. Local home visit with a Slum Soccer family.

DAY 9: Visit Project EduKick, teaching kids math through soccer. Dinner excursion by Vishnuji Ki Rasoi, a famous chef in Central India.  the third half curriculum workshop #3 – Sustainable Development Goal #4 – Quality Education.

DAY 10: Visit Ramtek Temple, important Hindu religious site. Participate in Project Youngstars, a residential soccer training program for talented youth. 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

Testimonials

“Girls from the slums like me don’t have many opportunities but soccer has changed my life. I want to start my own team so other girls have the same chances.”
Reena Participant, Slum Soccer

Local Host

Impact

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.

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

  • Enrol 20 young people from underserved communities in high school for a year
  • Provide one of our 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

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