The logistics

Young children in Sainji working together

Trip dates

29 August-12 September 2020 

NB. We may need to leave a day earlier or arrive a day later depending on flights. 

Briefing meetings

18 March, 22 April, 24 June 2020 

NB. You must attend these to be part of the trip. 


  • Trip fee: approximately £600 (subject to flight costs being published in due course). This covers your international flights, internal travel, accommodation and most food. 
  • Fundraising minimum: £200 to cover materials etc for the work you will be doing 
  • Total cost: approximately £800


1. You will also need to budget for any immunisations which are not free on the NHS (costs vary), and for a visa (around £20). 

2. You will be expected to attend 2-3 team meetings to discuss what we will be doing in Sainji before we leave. 

3. Your passport must be valid for 6 months AFTER the return date of the trip.

You'll find further details on the ICE web pages.

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the forms on the ICE webpages which can be accessed here


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 helping out in a classroom, working with teachers on a specific project, demonstrating first-aid in a village, collecting and analysing water samples, or painting or decorating a room or classroom.

There will also 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.