Volunteer in Bangalore (Bengaluru), India
Volunteer in the "Garden City of India" famous for its
IT industry, temperate climate, and friendly people. The government
of Bangalore announced in 2006 that the
city is changing its name to "Bengaluru".
Bangalore is the capital of the Karnataka state and India's fourth
largest city (6.1 million). Most foreign visitors, including our
participants, arrive in Bangalore by air, at the Bangalore International
Airport. Many airlines have direct flights to Bangalore, while the
city is well-connected by air and train to the Indian cities Delhi,
Mumbai, and Chennai.
Kannada is the official language of Karnataka and is widely spoken
in Bangalore. English is also popular, especially with office workers.
Other languages include Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and Hindi.
In 2006 the Government of Karnataka decided to officially implement
the change of the city's name from Bangalore to "Bengaluru"
which is its name in Kannada. However, this process has been delayed.
Most orphanage volunteers live at the orphanage itself. For other
programs, most volunteers need to take a short bus ride from their
accommodations to their volunteer job. Transportation is very cheap
compared to western standards. Volunteers are responsible for the
cost of their daily transport in Bangalore
Bangalore draws a lot of domestic tourists because of its year-round
temperate climate. Temperatures range from 69 F (20 C) to 27 F (80
C). The best weather is from June to September.
Sightseeing & Activities
Although most international tourists consider it a mere connection
point to other cities, Bangalore has its share of worthwhile attractions.
We recommend visits to the government building Vidhana Soudha, Cubbon
Park, the Government Museum, and Bull Temple. For some up-scale
shopping, the must-see spot is MG Road in the heart of the city.
Weekend excursions from Bangalore include hill station Nandi Hills,
trekkers paradise Savanadurga, Mysore, and even Chennai.