India Sports Development

Calling all Lacrosse Players!

This fantastic sport has recently been introduced to the school, the necessary equipment generously donated by some of our volunteers. The pupils absolutely loving mastering this brand new sport. At mindthegap we are passionate that all our projects must be sustainable. We are thrilled that our volunteers have used their initiative to share something they have enjoyed so much thoughout their education, but their hard work needs to be followed.

If you have experience of this brilliant game, then this project is perfect for you. The volunteer team responsible for establishing this project would be delighted to talk to you about their own highly positive experiences, as well as to share teaching tips.

Responsible Volunteering - what you can do


  • Lead general P.E. lessons in the playground for all classes

  • Coach the best sportsmen / women in cricket, netball, badminton and football to establish teams to compete with other local schools during after school hours


Lacrosse is being set up as a new sport at the school, assistance in the delivery of this new and exciting endeavour is required


Prices start from £900 for 1 month + a donation of £100 to St Mary’s. Additional weeks are available from £99.





















For our volunteers
  • Gain empathy and understanding of other cultures
  • Acquire valuable life skills such as a sense of independence & self-empowerment
  • Huge sense of achievement
  • Highly desirable enrichment of CV/ Personal Statement
  • Satisfaction of helping to develop and maintain a sports programme at St Mary’s
For the school
  • Establishment of a sports curriculum
  • Creation of after school clubs to enhance the students experience at St Mary’s
  • Opportunities to maintain standards and levels of enjoyment for all pupils
  • Development of excellent communication and cooperation skills through teamwork with after school clubs.
  • Sense of support
  • Development of international links


























Day 1 

Arrive into Indira Gandhi International Airport Delhi (DEL) and transfer to city centre twin share B&B accommodation. Welcome dinner and introduction to programme. (Volunteer arrivals suggest being before 1500)  

Day 2  (meal allowance provided)

Breakfast followed by city-sightseeing tour of Delhi highlights with local guide. Free afternoon to explore city. Private transfer to Delhi Station for  overnight train to Pathankot.                                                                 

Day 3  (meal allowance provided)

Breakfast & private transfer to project accommodation in McLeodganj. Orientation of local area with guide. Introduction to St Mary's, the staff, children and duties.                   

Day 4 - 25 (excluding weekends)

PROJECT DAYS - 0830 to 1700, working alongside teaching staff helping with English tuition, computing lessons & recreational time (craft, music, sports where appropriate to your skills).

N.B: Changes to activities will occur subject to school calendar and project / school requirements. You will be kept informed of these as far in advance as possible.

Day 26

Day at leisure to pack up and prepare to leave. Private transfer to Pathankot for dinner and overnight train to Delhi.

Day 27

Private transfer from Delhi train station to city centre accommodation. Free day to explore this vibrant city.

Day 28

Breakfast & private transfer to Indira Gandhi International airport for departure flight. 


Do I require a visa for entry into India?

Yes you do, and you will need to apply for this at least one month in advance of your departure date, and it will involve leaving your passport with the embassy for between a day and a week depending on which visa you apply for and which service you use (presentation in person or by post). 

To make it easy and worry free, we have a complete information leaflet on visa application that we will send you once you are confirmed onto an India programme. 

Do I require immunisation before I travel?

Yes you do. You should consult the duty nurse at your local doctor's surgery to get up to date information on what is recommended for the areas you will travelling to in India. We suggest you begin this process at least 2 months prior to travel to India.

What is the food like?

The standard fayre is of course curry and rice dishes (not that they are ever referred to as such as they have a myriad of different names in India - the same as you would find in most Indian restaurants in this country). 

Most Hindus are vegetarian although you will find some meat dishes on the menu. Cows are holy in India, so you will not find beef on the menu! It is best to avoid the pork, as most pigs are used to tidy up the out door toilets!

You will find that in cosmopolitan cities such as Delhi, Mumbai you will find international cuisine from all over the world, as you would do in this country.

The same applies to McLeodganj, your base for the duration of your programme. There is a great selection of restaurants here that cook western European (primarily Italian), Asian and of course delicious Indian cuisine from all regions. There is also a bakery that provides delicious breads and cakes daily too. You will be able to shop at small family run grocery stores to, that supply familiar comfort foods such as cereals and chocolate! You will not go hungry here.

Is English spoken in India?

Yes, but not by everyone. Being a former British colony helps. You will find most signs are written in both Hindi and English, and that most people that have dealings with tourists or travellers speak a basic level of English, enough certainly for you to be understood, sort of!

What is the weather like?

In McLeodganj visitors arrive year round due to the weather – defined seasons to suit everyone’s taste (although it is always chilly at night, so make sure you bring some warm clothes whatever!)

Seasons are roughly as follows: Winter from December to February (chilly, particularly at night, 0-15 C); summer or pre monsoon season from March to May (hot, 22-35 C); monsoon season from June to September (wet and hot, 22-35 C) and post monsoon season in October and November (cool and mainly dry, 10-25 C).   

Generally speaking this applies to each area of India, but there are regional differences according to topography, i.e beach and plain will generally be warmer than hilly or mountainous areas.

How much money should I bring?

You will need to bring around £100 - £200 for the duration of your programme to cover meals and spending money for beers and souvenirs. As your accommodation in McLeodganj is self-catering you need to provide your own breakfast, lunches and dinners. This is very easy and cheap. You have great choice and will find most food that is familiar to you here in the UK. As a guide, a decent 2 course meal with a beer at a local restaurant will cost around £2.50 - obviously you can spend more or less depending on where you choose to eat, this is just intended as a rough guide.

If you wish to go trekking, expect to pay around £15 per day all in (food, guide, equipment). We can recommend where to go for this.

There are reliable cash machines in McLeodganj if you do not wish to bring just cash. In fact we recommend you bring a card anyway, just in case of an emergency. The best are those that can be topped up over the internet. Please ask us for details.

What clothing should I bring?

On confirmation of your placement, we will send you a comprehensive 'Kit list', which will tell you all you need to know. 



Making your reservation

Our team would be than happy to answer any questions you may have. Please contact us at and we will get back to you.

Book now

Step 1

You can register your interest by clicking the apply now button on the page above.

Step 2

Once you have expressed firm interest, we will hold your tentative booking for 7 days and your placement will be secured once we have received a deposit of £195 per person. You can pay by cheque (made payable to mindthegap travel ltd), bank transfer (we will send you details of our bank account) or credit / debit card (this will incur a 3% admin fee).

If you wish to pay in any other currency, you can pay by transfer through our local Travelex banking partner. We will send you full details.

Step 3

On confirmation of your placement we will send you by email a Travel Voucher, a full itinerary on payment of deposit and Know Before You Go document on payment of balance (2 months prior to departure on chosen placement date).

Between the time you secure your placement to the time of departure we are here to assist in your travel preparation and to answer your queries.

Welcome onboard!

Once you have paid your deposit, the most frequently asked question is what happens now?

You will receive your receipt and travel itinerary via email along with a document which gives you further information on the project that you have selected. It also contains details on the local area, the religion and culture and gives you everything you should need to know to prepare you for your arrival at site.

If you have any questions or concerns before your departure you should contact our volunteer coordinator at

Approximately two months before departure you will receive an email detailing the names and email addresses of other participants on your project. It often helps to break the ice and get to know each other before your journey begins. Other volunteers may have useful information to share and as we have a lot of returning volunteers they are often very keen to share their knowledge and previous adventures with you.

Emergency contact details are kept on our site and updated when necessary. These details exist for your use and also for your families should unexpected problems occur at home. Please make sure you are aware of your projects emergency contacts prior to starting your journey.

All that is left for you to do now is pack your bags. We send you a site specific kit list to help you prepare for your adventures. So every step of your way we are there to help and support you.


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