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Thursday, December 10, 2009
Jules Lund recently showed us the beautiful and ancient Hampi in India. He then decided to see the other side of the rupee and visit Bangalore, a large and growing metropolis.

Urban slums are the fastest-growing sector of India. Four out of every 10 slum children are malnourished and malnutrition contributes to more than half of child deaths. Absence of safe water and sanitation traps millions of slum dwellers in a cycle of poverty and vulnerability.

India still endures one of the world's highest concentrations of poverty with an estimated 400 million people barely existing on less than US$1 a day. Raising the living standards of India's poor has been high on its government's agenda since independence in 1947.

The commercial success of Bangalore has led to it being India's third most populous city with an estimated 5.7 million, but not everyone is enjoying the fruits of the newly-found wealth.

We can help

Jules went to India with i-to-i, a meaningful travel company offering volunteer projects in 24 countries. In Bangalore volunteers can assist at a number of community projects around the colourful city, working in schools that help underprivileged, handicapped and deaf children to build better lives. Placements range from 2 to 12 weeks.

Some of the young people live in the slums, others are homeless and are given accommodation and food at the shelters.

Carpentry, dressmaking, cooking and English are some of the things taught. Boys make and sell things they have made in the woodwork area and girls are given the chance of becoming something other than house servants. They also have time for a game of soccer or cricket.

The program, run in conjunction with i-to-i Australia, offers volunteer placements in Bangalore for travellers to undertake community work. Last year more than 6000 volunteers in 34 countries supported 500 projects.

They see the country through the eyes of its hardest done by and the memories linger, but they are fulfilled by knowing they have done something to help. They become part of the community they work in and for many saying goodbye is difficult.


Bangalore in southern India.


i-to-i Australia has two- to 12-week volunteer community work programs in Bangalore. The price includes all accommodation, meals, transfers and local support starting at $1399 per person for two weeks and $230 for every week thereafter. It operates year round with trips currently scheduled up to October 2010.

Prices correct at December 10, 2009.

For further information

i-to-i Australia
Level 4, 380 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne 3000
Ph: 1300 88 15 90

India Tourism
Level 5, Glasshouse
135 King Street
Sydney 2000
Ph: (02) 9221 9555
Fax: (02) 9221 9777

Visas: Entry visas are required before arrival. Six-month multiple-entry visas are issued to most people regardless of intended length of stay. Most Indian embassies and consulates will not issue a visa to enter India unless you have an onward ticket. They are valid from date of issue, rather than date of arrival in India.

Electricity: 230-240V/50Hz. You will find two sorts of plugs; one with two circular pins above a large circular grounding pin or a European plug with two circular metal pins.

Time zone: GMT +5.30.

Currency: The Indian rupee made up of 100 paise.

International dialling code: +91.

It is recommended travellers to India see their doctor at least six weeks before departure as there are specific vaccinations recommended for the country. Other health precautions and preventions may also be recommended and are best discussed with your doctor. For further information, visit and

User comments
I really liked this video and appreciate what these guys are doing.But asking kids who are in I believe fourth or fifth standard class about Einstein's E-MC2 is a bit too much.Well..........Jules got it right finally when he started with the word HELLO.I might even help some kids out when i go back there.......Nice work u guys doing there.
Im currently studying a grad dip in primary education and would love to do my final placement teaching in India. If anyone has information or websites i could look at, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Alex
Karen, The song being played at the end of the clip is Coldplay - Fix You. Also, just wanted to say thank you for doing the 'Holidays with a heart' segment, I am of Sri Lankan origin and I am constantly being told stories by family and friends of family of the poverty and horror that occurs in both India and Sri Lanka, it was moving to see it shown on such a known show such as Getaway. I start university next year. I'm doing a Bachelor of Education and after my four years is done, my plan is to teach in poverty stricken countries such as India. This particular episode was yet another motivator for me to give back to the world. Thank you.
Our daughter is adopted from India. The volunteer program is very appealling to us. Is is appropriate to take children, she is nine years old. thank you!
Don't understand how India can pay cricketers 100's of 1000's of dollars for playing cricket,(the current series being played)when they have so many of their people living in these conditions. Just imagine the difference this type of money could make to their lives and the conditions in which they live,instead of being wasted on sport
I have just witnessed insincere mockery during your segment with Jules Lund. He was in Bangalore talking about the poverty within this community and positive education being given to young adolescents to develop new skills to be able to survive and sustain some quality of life. The following clip he was standing in front of young men in a class room, he then proceeded to right on the black Board “E=MC2”, to which he asked to class to define the meaning of this. These children did not have any idea of how to answer such a question. I don’t know if Jules or the producer is to blame for this segment, but in my opinion it had very derogative undertone to it.
I would really appreciate if you could tell me what the music was that was being played in the Bangalore,Jules Lund clip (at the end). Fantastic show. Keep up the wonderful work and inspiring stories. Many thanks Cheers Karen

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