The logistics

Young children in Sainji working together

This year, Sustainable Sainji will run from 31 August-14 September 2019.


  • Trip fee: approximately £400 (subject to flight costs being published in due course)
  • Fundraising minimum: £200 to cover materials etc for the work you will be doing 
  • Total cost: approximately £600

You will also need to budget for any immunisations which are not free on the NHS (costs vary), and for a visa (around £75). You'll find further details on the ICE web pages.


In practical terms, Sustainable Sainji gives you an opportunity to practice and develop your discipline-specific skills and knowledge in a sustainability context, and feed back into your University curriculum.

The experience also brings to life the aspirations and practicalities of several of the Sustainable Development Goals (eg no poverty, quality education, good health and wellbeing, reduced inequalities and clean water and sanitation).

Following the trip to India, we encourage all our student volunteers to capture and reflect upon their experience: the new skills and knowledge you've gained, and how it has impacted your world view and future career ambitions.

What you'll be doing

You will spend the first couple of days in Sainji mainly observing what's going on, getting familiar with the village, school and its people, and gaining crucial background knowledge.

After that, you'll get involved in a range of activities depending on what theme you're involved with. This may involve holding a teachers' workshop, a women's meeting in the village, collecting and analysing water samples, or painting or decorating a room or classroom.

There will be an opportunity to visit Mussourie, an old colonial Hill Station which is now a bustling town where, in the summer months, Indian tourists come to escape the heat of the plains. At the end of the trip, there's the chance to visit Rishikesh, take part in a yoga or spiritual retreat, relax on the beaches of the Ganges or go trekking in the hills.