Accomodation, costs and lifestyle in Setrawa
Whilst staying in Setrawa you will live with a host family, who have already had experience with volunteers and it should soon feel like home with all the children, grandparents, uncles, aunties, cousins, sisters and brothers.You have your own room so whenever you want to relax you can close your door and everyone will respect your privacy. Your family also takes care of you when you do not feel well or have any problems.
Whenever you are ill there is a hospital in Setrawa. You will get any necessary medications and if it is more serious the Staff will bring you to Jodhpur to the hospital or to the guesthouse where you can see a very good doctor. In case of emergency there is also an ambulance.
Your safety and health is the highest priority!
To give you a short impression of life in an Indian family and the routine we made a short description of a normal day in Setrawa:
Imagine you wake up on the roof top because the Peacocks are singing or the sun is too bright. In the hot months (so the most time of the year) everyone sleeps on the rooftop. When you got up you will get a nice cup of chai with biscuits or fruits from the market and eat them with muesli and yoghurt for breakfast. Then you do a little bit of house working like sweeping in your room or washing your clothes and if you want you can also help the family with some household things. It is also possible to do some workouts in the early morning or you go for a nice walk/run in the desert, watch the beautiful morning sun and see the small town waking up with all the beautiful animals like camels, peacocks, antelopes, goats, cows, etc. When you have taken a refreshing shower out of a bucket you may have to prepare some lessons or you just read a book until you have to go to your first class. The distances to the schools or to the Centers are never more than around 15 minutes. If you do not want to go home between your classes you can bring your lunchbox with you.
The homemade food is really delicious! For every meal you will get your hot chapattis (small round flat bread) and a subji (vegetables). Sometimes you have rice with a kind of soup out of lentils or other Rajasthani specialties.
In your free time you can learn Hindi, watch movies on your laptop, read, play an instrument (we have a guitar here), surf on the internet, visit friends (for example the other Sambhali teachers or students), etc.
There is always something to do and you can always sit together with your family, just talk about the day and what is going on in Setrawa. After the work is done you can go with the others to the temple or buy a cool coke at the market and enjoy the sunset on the rooftop. It is also fun to help cooking and learn how to make the perfect round chapattis or the other tasty dishes. From time to time there are festivals or weddings which you can join with your family. You dress up nicely and after a while you will feel as a part of the community in Setrawa.
At the end of the day you prepare your bed on the rooftop and go to sleep under billions of stars.
Volunteers will be staying in a twin sharing accommodation in Setrawa For 12,000/-INR a month which will include shared room, three meals, drinking water and an experience to stay with a host family in the village. Transportation to and from the center (approx. 7 km) will be covered by Sambhali Trust. Volunteers coming from Volunta live with a host family (organised by Sambhali Trust) with all meals included. As there can be up to 6 or 7 volunteers at any one-time, volunteers may need to share a room.
Additionally, if you decide to come back to Jodhpur in your free time, you pay for your travel to and from Jodhpur (80 Rps for the bus), and pay a reasonable price for food and accommodation at Durag Niwas Guest House.