Local man take a boat on the water in the Kerala Backwaters in India.

India Arrival Procedures

Airport pickup, flights, and visas for your trip to India

We have all the information you need to know for your trip, from helping with visas to walking you through a placement induction on your first day in India. Our hassle-free approach means you can concentrate on what really matters, making a difference at your placement.

Arrival airport and pickup in India

A member of Projects Abroad staff will be waiting for you the moment you arrive at Cochin International Airport in India. Seeing a friendly face there to welcome you and take you to your accommodation will immediately put you at ease. 

You’ll be taken directly to the accommodations that you’ll be sharing with the other volunteers and interns. Our staff will make sure you’re settled in and give you more information about your induction. Depending on the day and time you arrive, this will either be the same day or in the morning after you’ve had a good night's sleep.

Booking your flights with us to India

Projects Abroad has over 20 years of experience arranging flights for thousands of volunteers around the world. Searching for flights online can be a time-consuming, overwhelming, and frustrating process. Let us do the work for you!

We can help you book the best return flights, making sure you have the safest, most convenient, and cost-effective flight options, no matter how complex your travel plans. Find out more about booking your flights through us.

Visas requirements for your volunteer project or internship in India

One of the perks of volunteering with us is the visa guidance we provide. We have a dedicated visa team who have up-to-date information on visa requirements for all of our destinations around the world. You can get in touch with us if you have any visa questions, big or small, and we’ll talk you through the process. Once you apply, you’ll also get a link to your own MyProjectsAbroad webpage, which will include all the necessary visa information.

Due to the type of visa for India, our projects are only available for a maximum of four weeks. However, you can continue your project work in other countries like Nepal or Sri Lanka.

Your induction and orientation in India

Your induction will depend on what time of the day you arrive in Kochi. If you arrive early enough, it’ll take place after you’ve settled into your accommodation. Alternatively, it’ll take place on your first full day in India. 

During your induction, our staff will show you around the local area so that you know where to find basic amenities like the supermarket, bank and post office. They’ll also show you how to navigate the public transport system if you’d like to explore during your free time. You’ll also receive an induction pack with safety tips, maps of the area and contact information which our staff will talk you through. Use this opportunity to ask questions and find out how we run our projects.

Your first day at your volunteer or internship placement in India

On your first day, our staff will accompany you to your project placement. They’ll show you how to get to and from your placement, and ensure you know what is expected of you. As an introduction, your supervisor will take you around so you can learn the ins and outs of how the placement is run. You’ll then spend the day getting a feel of the work and your responsibilities. You’ll officially start your project work on your second day.

Support, safety, and backup

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24-hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

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