About Us / 2015 India Trip
What’s the timeline for this trip?
- Early October – Apply for a passport (see next section for more details)
- Early October – Apply for your Indian visa (see next section for more details)
- January 31 – February 2: Travel from Boston to Hubli, India (The total travel time will not actually take two days. These dates factor in that India’s time zone is 9.5 hours ahead and that air travel/airport transfer time of about 20 hours).
- February 3 –Relax & catch up on e-mails/shop/do local sight-seeing
- February 4 – 5: Take part in field visits to the Deshpande Foundation’s local partners & Attend Delegates Welcome Dinner (More details TBA)
- February 6 – 8: Attend Development Dialogue Conference (More details TBA)
- February 8: Travel from Hubli to Boston
Do I need a passport and visa for the trip?
You need both! Please read the instructions below carefully as the whole process can take up to six weeks.
Passport: In order to travel to India and apply for a visa, you must have a valid passport with the following requirements.
If you don’t have a passport:
- The application can take up to four weeks (there is a service that allows you to get it in two weeks for additional charges). Click here to apply: http://travel.state.gov/passport/get/get_4855.html
If you do have a passport:
- Please check to ensure that your passport is valid 6 months after the departure date to India (if your passport expires before August 1, 2015 you must renew). Click here to renew: http://travel.state.gov/passport/renew/renew_833.html
- Make sure have you signed your passport and that it and has at least two blank visa pages (if it is an “Amendment” page, it does not count as a blank page). Click here to add additional pages: http://travel.state.gov/passport/forms/ds4085/ds4085_2662.html
Visa: You will be applying for a 6-month TOURIST visa
- After you have met all of the passport requirements above, you can apply for a 6-month TOURIST visa. This process can take anywhere from 10-15 days. Click here for the application: http://india.travisa.com/VisaInstructions.aspx?CitizenshipID=US&CountryID=IN&TravelerTypeID=TO&ResidenceID=US&
- On your application, please do not mention you will be attending a conference, rather you will be traveling to see sights near and around Hubli, India
What costs do I need to cover?
Your budget for the trip should be around $2,300. Here is a breakdown of the costs (please note these are all estimates):
- Round-trip Airfare: $1000 – $1200
- Hotel: $540 (it will be approximately $90/night for five nights)
- Passport Fee: $135 for a new passport/$110 to renew
- Visa Fee: $150
- Transportation to and from Boston Logan Airport: $120 round-trip
- Conference Fee: TBA
- Meals/Snacks: $100
- Personal Gifts: $50 – $200
What costs will EforAll cover?
- Transportation: Once you arrive in Hubli, EforAll will take care of the costs for picking/dropping you off from the airport, taking you around for site visits, and transporting you to and from your hotel during the conference itself.
- Food: In Hubli, EforAll will cover all of the group meals. If you decide to get room service or meals separate from group activities, you will have to cover those costs on your own.
Can I bring my spouse/partner?
Yes, in years past, delegates have brought along their spouses/partners. You both will be responsible for covering all your costs (except what’s mentioned in the previous section).
Do I need to get any vaccinations before the trip?
Although vaccinations are not mandatory, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides a list for those traveling to India: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/india
Please consult with your doctor or traveling nurse by mid-December to see what shots will be right for you.
How do I get to Hubli?
EforAll will propose a specific travel date/time so that delegates can travel together. Stay tuned for more details.
Where will I be staying?
Delegates will be staying at the Clarks Inn Hotel in Hubli. It’s a very clean and comfortable hotel that has excellent service. In terms of location, the hotel is close to main shopping areas and the Deshpande Foundation office (where the conference will be held). The hotel does offer complimentary Wi-Fi.
Can I travel on my own before or after the trip?
Yes, past delegates have traveled to various tourist destinations in India. If you need further advice on places to visit or best modes of transportation, EforAll would be more than happy to help. Here is a guide that may help you in the planning process: http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Destinations-cTop-g293860
Who should I contact if I have any additional questions?
Emil Kuruvilla – Senior Marketing Manager, EforAll
Emil@eforall.org / 978.934.6518
- For EforAll’s last three annual trips to India, Emil has been the point person
- Emil lived and worked in Hubli for two years, so he is very familiar with the region
In the last three years, we took individuals from the EforAll network to visit our sister center in India. Here is a list of people who attended:
- Kathy Reticker – Acre Family Child Care
- Emily Rosenbaum – Akshaya Patra USA
- Theresa Park – City of Lowell
- Bob Harris – CLASS
- Raj Melville – Deshpande Foundation
- Chet Szablack – Enterprise Bank
- Steve Irish – Enterprise Bank
- Heather McMann – Groundwork Lawrence
- Juan Bonilla – Lawrence CommunityWorks
- Victor Martinez – Lawrence CommunityWorks
- Lisa Torrissi – Lawrence CommunityWorks
- Flor Maldonado – Lawrence YWCA
- Becky Hall – Lawrence YWCA
- Loreen Lopez – Lawrence YWCA
- Lee Woodbury – Lawrene YWCA
- Dorcas Grigg-Saito – Lowell Community Health Center
- Sochenda Uch – Lowell Community Health Center
- Jessica WIlson – Lowell Telecommunications Corporation (LTC)
- Sovanna Pouv – Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association
- Mary McHugh – Merrimack College
- Josephine – Modica-Napolitano – Merrimack College
- James Holmes – Merrimack Valley YMCA
- Damodar Persaud – Merrimack Valley YMCA
- Stephen Ives – Merrimack Valley YMCA
- Dona Cady – Middlesex Community College
- Phil Sisson – Middlesex Community College
- Jennifer Green – Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)
- Cheryl Goodwin – Northern Essex College
- Mary Butler – New Brunswick Community College
- Dina Brown – Northern Essex Community College
- Steven Rothstein – Perkins School for the Blind
- Karina LeBlanc – Pond-Deshpande Centre
- Fru Nkimbeng – SDI Health
- Josh Miner – Stevens Foundation
- Duey Kol – U.S National Parks
- Brenda Evans – UMass Lowell
- David Kazmer – UMass Lowell
- Steve Tello – UMass Lowell
- Ashwin Mehta – UMass Lowell
- Dhirendra Shukla – University of New Brunswick
- Jim Tiampo – Verbier Management
- Grace Hsia – Warmilu