Discover cultural jewels like the Ramtek Temple and the Taj Mahal. Be amazed by the wild life. Play soccer in the slums so people do not need to play in the slums anymore!
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 plentiful fruits. 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.
Nagpur is way off the main tourist routes but is home to a number of treasures including the famous Ramtek Temple and Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve. 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. One of the programs success stories is ‘Shakti Girls’, which works with over 500 girls from slum areas in Koradi, Nagpur. As well as playing soccer, Shakti girls gives its participants access to health and sanitation education and gives them a community and identity of their own - something often denied young girls from impoverished communities in India who are often excluded from sports.
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
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