How to prepare and what to expect

How to Prepare and What to Expect

The name India is derived from the word Indus, referring to the river where the ancient Indus Valley Civilisation flourished. Indian cultural history spans more that 4,500 years, and the Indian subcontinent was identified with its commercial and cultural wealth for much of its long history. A region of historic trade routes and vast empires, it is also notable for four religions originating there – Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.

Gradually annexed and brought under the administration of the British East India Company from the early 18th Century and then administered directly by the United Kingdom after the Indian Rebellion of 1857, India became an independent nation in 1947 after a struggle marked by non-violent resistance led by Mahatma Gandhi.

The national flag shown above was adopted after India achieved independence. The top band is saffron in colour which represents the strength and courage of the country, with the white middle band containing the blue wheel or Dharma Chakra indicating peace and truth. The green band represents fertility, growth and the auspiciousness of the land.

After economic reforms in 1991, India became a fast growing economy and is considered as newly industrialised. It is a nuclear weapons state and has the third largest standing army in the world, ranking sixth in military expenditure globally; however it continues to face the challenges of poverty, corruption, malnutrition, and inadequate public healthcare in its 29 states and 7 union territories. In 2006, India contained the largest number of people living below the World Bank’s international poverty line of US$1.25 per day, and has the highest number of people, 18 million, living in conditions of slavery.

India is the most populous democracy and the second-most populous country in the world with over 1.2 billion people. It is a pluralistic, multilingual and multi-ethnic society and is also home to a diversity of wildlife in a variety of protected habitats.


Hand Washing Details

Hand-washing is essential, and vital to keep you alive.

When to wash:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

How to wash:

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.


Please read this site for more information:

Vaccine Requirements


The NHS recommends the following vaccinations for travel to India:


  • Routine vaccinations, including MMR, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), polio, and a yearly flu shot
  • Yellow fever vaccination certificate requirements for India are specific and quite lengthy. Read the full details via the WHO website
  • Malaria tablets – you will need to take preventative medicine before, during, and after your trip.  (Malaria is a risk in India. Fill your malaria prescription before you leave and take enough with you for the entire length of your trip. Follow your doctor’s instructions for taking the pills; some need to be started before you leave.)

Advisable courses or boosters:   Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid

Other vaccines to be considered:   Cholera, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies

In addition speak with your doctor about taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs with you on your trip in case you get sick.

Take medicine


Prevent bug bites

Bugs (like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas) can spread a number of diseases. Many of these diseases cannot be prevented with a vaccine or medicine. You can reduce your risk by taking steps to prevent bug bites.

What can I do to prevent bug bites?

  • Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats.
  • Use an appropriate insect repellent (see below).
  • Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, trousers, socks, and tents). Do not use permethrin directly on skin.
  • Stay and sleep in air-conditioned or screened rooms.
  • Use a bed net if the area where you are sleeping is exposed to the outdoors.



What type of insect repellent should I use?

  • FOR PROTECTION AGAINST TICKS AND MOSQUITOES: Use a repellent that contains 20% or more DEET for protection that lasts up to several hours.
  • A new DEET from insect repellent called Moskito Guard® can be used during pregnancy or children over the age of 24 months.
  • FOR PROTECTION AGAINST MOSQUITOES ONLY: Products with one of the following active ingredients can also help prevent mosquito bites. Higher percentages of active ingredient provide longer protection.
    • DEET
    • Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin)
    • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or PMD
    • IR3535
  • Always use insect repellent as directed.

What should I do if I am bitten by bugs?

  • Avoid scratching bug bites, and apply hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to reduce the itching.
  • Check your entire body for ticks after outdoor activity. Be sure to remove ticks properly.

What can I do to avoid bed bugs?

Although bed bugs do not carry disease, they are an annoyance. See our information page about avoiding bug bites for some easy tips to avoid them. For more information on bed bugs, see Bed Bugs.

For more detailed information on avoiding bug bites, see Avoid Bug Bites.


Eat and drink safely


Unclean food and water can cause travelers’ diarrhea and other diseases such as dysentery. Reduce your risk by sticking to safe food and water habits.


  • Food that is cooked and served hot
  • Hard-cooked eggs
  • Fruits and vegetables you have washed in clean water or peeled yourself
  • Pasteurized dairy products

Don’t Eat

  • Food served at room temperature
  • Food from street vendors
  • Raw or soft-cooked (runny) eggs
  • Raw or undercooked (rare) meat or fish
  • Unwashed or unpeeled raw fruits and vegetables
  • Unpasteurised dairy products
  • ”Bushmeat” (monkeys, bats, or other wild game)



  • Bottled water that is sealed
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Hot coffee or tea
  • Pasteurised milk

Don’t Drink

  • Tap or well water
  • Ice made with tap or well water
  • Drinks made with tap or well water (such as reconstituted juice)
  • Unpasteurised milk
Stay Safe Outdoors

Stay safe outdoors

If your travel plans in India include outdoor activities, take these steps to stay safe and healthy during your trip.

  • Stay alert to changing weather conditions and adjust your plans if conditions become unsafe.
  • Prepare for activities by wearing the right clothes and packing protective items, such as bug spray, sunscreen, and a basic first aid kit.
  • Consider learning basic first aid and CPR before travel. Bring a travel health kit with items appropriate for your activities.
  • Heat-related illness, such as heat stroke, can be deadly. Eat and drink regularly, wear loose and lightweight clothing, and limit physical activity during high temperatures.
    • If you are outside for many hours in heat, eat salty snacks and drink water to stay hydrated and replace salt lost through sweating.
  • Protect yourself from UV radiation: use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, wear protective clothing, and seek shade during the hottest time of day (10 a.m.–4 p.m.).
  • Be especially careful during summer months and at high elevation. Because sunlight reflects off snow, sand, and water, sun exposure may be increased during activities like skiing, swimming, and sailing.
  • Very cold temperatures can be dangerous. Dress in layers and cover heads, hands, and feet properly if you are visiting a cold location.


Stay safe around water


  • Swim only in designated swimming areas. Obey lifeguards and warning flags on beaches.
  • Practice safe boating—follow all boating safety laws, do not drink alcohol if driving a boat, and always wear a life jacket.
  • Do not dive into shallow water.
  • Do not swim in freshwater in developing areas or where sanitation is poor.
  • Avoid swallowing water when swimming. Untreated water can carry germs that make you sick./
  • To prevent infections, wear shoes on beaches where there may be animal waste.
  • Avoid swimming in fresh, non chlorinated water, such as lakes, ponds, or rivers.

Keep away from animals


Most animals avoid people, but they may attack if they feel threatened, are protecting their young or territory, or if they are injured or ill. Animal bites and scratches can lead to serious diseases such as rabies.

Follow these tips to protect yourself:

  • Do not touch or feed any animals you do not know. If you do touch an animal, immediately wash your hands.
  • Do not allow animals to lick open wounds, and do not get animal saliva in your eyes or mouth.
  • Avoid rodents and their urine and feces.
  • Traveling pets should be supervised closely and not allowed to come in contact with local animals.
  • If you wake up and find a bat in your room, seek medical care immediately. Bat bites may be hard to see.

All animals can pose a threat, but be extra careful around dogs, bats, monkeys, sea animals such as jellyfish, and snakes. If you are bitten or scratched by an animal, immediately:

  • Wash the wound with soap and clean water.
  • Go to a doctor right away.
  • Tell your doctor about your injury when you get back home.

Consider buying medical evacuation insurance.

  • Rabies is a deadly disease that must be treated quickly, and treatment may not be available in some countries. All animals can be carriers of rabies.

Reduce your exposure to germs

Follow these tips to avoid getting sick or spreading illness to others while traveling:

  • Wash your hands often, especially before eating.
  • If soap and water aren’t available, clean hands with hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
  • NEVER touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you need to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay in your hotel room and seek medical care.


Avoid sharing fluids


Avoid sharing body fluids


We are going to India to provide training.

We do not allow fraternising.

Diseases such as HIV infection can be spread through body fluids, such as saliva, blood, vomit, and semen.

Protect yourself:

  • Do not use or inject drugs.
  • Limit alcohol consumption. People take more risks when intoxicated.
  • Do not share needles or any devices that can break the skin. That includes needles for tattoos, piercings, and acupuncture.
  • If you receive medical or dental care, make sure the equipment is disinfected or sanitized.

Know how to get medical care while travelling

We will be taking a basic medical kit with us, including needles and disinfectants. Plan for how you will get health care during your trip, should the need arise:

  • Review your health insurance plan to determine what medical services it would cover during your trip. Consider purchasing travel health and medical evacuation insurance.
  • Carry a card that identifies, in the local language, your blood type, chronic conditions or serious allergies, and the generic names of any medications you take.
  • Some prescription drugs may be illegal in other countries. Call the Indian Embassy to verify that all of your prescription(s) are legal to bring with you.
  • Bring all the medicines (including over-the-counter medicines) you think you might need during your trip, including extra in case of travel delays. Ask your doctor to help you get prescriptions filled early if you need to.

Medical care


Many foreign hospitals and clinics are accredited by the Joint Commission International. A list of accredited facilities is available at their website (

In some countries, medicine (prescription and over-the-counter) may be substandard or counterfeit. Bring the medicines you will need from home to avoid having to buy them at your destination.


Select safe transportation


Motor vehicle crashes are the primary killer of healthy travellers in foreign countries.

In many places cars, busses, large trucks, rickshaws, bikes, people on foot, and even animals share the same lanes of traffic, increasing the risk for crashes.


Be smart when you are travelling on foot.

  • Use sidewalks and marked crosswalks.
  • Pay attention to the traffic around you, especially in crowded areas.
  • Remember, people on foot do not always have the right of way in other countries.
  • Traffic may often be coming from unexpected directions.




Choose a safe vehicle.

  • Choose official taxis or public transportation, such as trains and buses.
  • Avoid overcrowded, overloaded, top-heavy buses and minivans.
  • It is forbidden to ride on motorcycles or motorbikes, especially motorbike taxis. (Many crashes are caused by inexperienced motorbike drivers.)
  • Choose newer vehicles—they may have more safety features, such as airbags, and be more reliable.
  • Choose larger vehicles, which may provide more protection in crashes.

Think about the driver.

  • Do not drive after drinking alcohol or ride with someone who has been drinking.
  • Consider hiring a licensed, trained driver familiar with the area.
  • Arrange payment before departing.

Follow basic safety tips.

  • Wear a seatbelt at all times.
  • Sit in the back seat of cars and taxis.
  • Do not use a cell phone or text while driving (illegal in many countries).
  • Travel during daylight hours only.

Tuk Tuks

Tuk Tuks also known as Autorickshaws or just ‘Autos’ are a common and economical form of transport in India. They are used in cities and towns for short distances and are not suited to long distances because they are slow and the carriages are open to air pollution. They are usually metered with the tariffs set by government, however in practice many drivers will haggle over their prices.


  • Avoid using local, unscheduled aircraft.
  • If possible, fly on larger planes (more than 30 seats); larger airplanes are more likely to have regular safety inspections.
  • Try to schedule flights during daylight hours and in good weather


Medical Evacuation Insurance

If you are seriously injured, emergency care may not be available or may not meet international standards. Trauma care centers are uncommon. Having medical evacuation insurance can be helpful for these reasons.

Maintain personal security

Use the same common sense traveling overseas that you would at home, and always stay alert and aware of your surroundings.

Before you leave

  • Research your destination(s), including local laws, customs, and culture.
  • Monitor travel warnings and alerts and read travel tips from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (change links).
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary, contact information, credit cards, and passport with someone at home. The charity will ask for a copy of your passport and details of your next of kin.
  • Pack as light as possible, and leave at home any item you could not replace. Keep jewellery to a minimum.



While at your destination(s)

  • Carry contact information for the nearest UK embassy and consulate (see below).
  • Carry a photocopy of your passport and entry stamp; leave the actual passport securely in your hotel.
  • Follow all local laws and social customs.
  • Always keep hotel doors locked, and store valuables in secure areas.
  • If possible, choose hotel rooms between the 2nd and 3rd floors.




India’s national flower is the Lotus. It is a sacred flower in India and occupies a unique position in the art and mythology of ancient India and has long been a symbol of Indian culture.

Many deities of Asia’s religions are depicted as seated on a lotus flower. In Buddhist symbolism, the lotus represents purity of the body, speech, and mind as if floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire. According to legend lotus flowers would bloom with every step that Buddha took.

Hindus revere the Lotus with the divinities Vishnu and Lakshmi often portrayed on a pink lotus in drawings.Often used as an example of divine beauty, Vishnu is often described as the “Lotus-Eyed One”. The lotus plant is cited extensively within Puranic and Vedic literature, and its unfolding petals suggest the expansion of the soul.

National Animal

The Bengal Tiger is the national animal of India. It is the largest carnivore and is found only in the Indian subcontinent. The tiger has a place of prestige in Vedic literature and has been celebrated in Hindu consciousness from time immemorial as the divine vehicle of the Goddess of Power, Durga or Shakti. The animal has also been chosen by the Reserve Bank of India as its emblem and Indian currency notes carry portraits of the tiger.


Food in Daily Life

We recommend that you only eat fruit that has the skin on, but peel the fruit before eating, and absolutely never eat street food.

Indian cuisine encompasses a wide variety of regional and traditional dishes which are native to India. Given the range of diversity in climate, culture, and ethnic groups, these cuisines vary significantly throughout the country and use locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also heavily influenced by religious and cultural choices.


Indians generally prefer to drink tea or coffee with breakfast, though food preferences vary regionally. North Indians prefer chapattis or parathas, and a vegetable dish, accompanied by some pickles. People of Western India prefer dhokla (fermented batter derived from rice and split chickpeas) and milk, and South Indians prefer idlis (savoury cakes) and dosas (pancakes made from fermented batter of rice and gram flour) often accompanied by various chutneys.


In India lunch usually consists of a main dish of rice in the south and east, or whole wheat chapattis in the north and west. Two or three kinds of vegetables are usually included, and sometimes items such as naans or parathas. Along with dessert, paan(betel leaves), which aid digestion, are often eaten after lunch in parts of India.


Considered as the main meal of the day, dinner has the same constituents as lunch, though it is enjoyed at a more leisurely pace. Many Indians are vegetarians particularly in southern and western India excluding fish as well as meat from their diet.

Dietary Taboos

There are many dietary restrictions that people follow based on their religion or faith. Hindus consider beef taboo, so the slaughter of cows and the consumption of beef has been banned in many states.

Followers of Vaishnavism generally do not eat garlic and onions, Jains follow a strict form of vegetarianism, which excludes potatoes and other root vegetables because when the root is pulled up, organisms that live around the root also die. However, there are states where no dietary restrictions exist irrespective of religious affiliations and these are the North Eastern states and Kerala.

Dining Etiquette

Traditionally, meals in India were eaten while seated either on the floor or on very low stools or cushions.

Food is most often eaten with the right hand rather than cutlery. The left hand is used to serve oneself when the courses are not served by the host. Often chapattis are used to scoop curry without allowing it to touch the hand. In the wheat-producing north, a piece of chapatti is gripped with the thumb and middle finger and ripped off while holding the chapatti down with the index finger. A somewhat different method is used in the south for the dosai, the adai, and the uththappam, where the middle finger is pressed down to hold the crepe down and the forefinger and thumb used to grip and separate a small part.

Contact with other cultures has affected Indian dining etiquette. For example, spoons and forks, as is traditional in Western culture, are used in many parts of India particularly North India.

In South India, cleaned banana leaves, which can be disposed of after meals, are used for serving food. When hot food is served on these leaves, a distinctive aroma and taste is added to the food, however leaf plates are less common today, except on special occasions.



Religion in India is characterised by a diversity of religious beliefs and practices, and the subcontinent is the birthplace of four of the world’s major religions; namely Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Throughout India’s history, religion has been and still is an important aspect of the country’s culture. Religious diversity and religious tolerance are both established in the country by the law and custom, with the Constitution of India declaring the right to freedom of religion to be a fundamental right.

The 2011 census reported that Hinduism (79.8% of the population) is the largest religion in India, followed by Islam (14.23%). The remainder includes Christianity (2.30%), Sikhism (1.72%), Buddhism (0.70%) and Jainism (0.36%). India has the world’s largest Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Zoroastrian, and Bahá’í populations, and has the third-largest Muslim population—the largest for a non-Muslim majority country.

What to Wear

In April the temperatures and humidity are still high, however, the cooling effect of the sea breezes makes its presence felt. The average temperature in Mumbai in April is hot at 29 °C (84 °F). Afternoons can be very hot with average high temperatures reaching 32 °C (90 °F). Overnight temperatures are generally fairly hot with an average low of 25 °C (77 °F).

As it will be hot and humid you will need clothes that will keep you cool, but it’s also a conservative country and it isn’t safe or appropriate for women to wear skimpy or see-through clothing, and you should never show your cleavage or expose your legs above the knee. Doors are more likely to open if you dress like the locals and respect local standards. On the beach cover arms and legs, choose thin clothing to keep you cool such as a maxi-dress.

Take a few pairs of loose thin cotton or linen trousers, with loose T-shirts or tops with a soft and natural texture which will let your skin breathe in the muggy climate and perhaps a light jacket for the evenings. Women dress very colorfully in India, so don’t be afraid of dressing in vibrant colours. Black doesn’t work that well because it attracts heat in the sun and wearing it may become uncomfortable. You may also need something to keep warm in the evenings. Some kind of kimono/poncho style top or a loose shirt can work well, or a cardigan, which can also be useful if you are in air conditioned spaces.

Pack a pair of open-toed flat sandals, or sturdy flip flops. Wearing flats is important because, the cobblestones and construction debris will be easier to navigate. Also a pair of normal flat shoes may be useful in case it rains.

A scarf can be very useful as it can be used to cover your arms, your shoulders, and if visiting religious sites you may need to cover your head.

Take a small bag that goes over your shoulder that you can keep close to your body. A bag like this will be easy to carry and harder for pick-pockets to gain access.

Be aware that you are being seen as a leader, a teacher, a representative of your country, and Born to Be Beautiful.

Greeting Etiquette

  • First impressions are important. A gracious greeting shows your new Indian acquaintances that you’re committed to being respectful and courteous. The traditional Indian form of greeting is “Namaste” which is used both for greeting and leaving.
  • To greet someone with “Namaste”, bring your hands together with palms touching in front of your chest. Different languages have different names for the greeting however the gesture remains the same throughout India.
  • Greeting Indian business colleagues with “Namaste” is considered a compliment. It sets a respectful tone and shows that you’ve taken time to understand Indian customs. If greeted with “Namaste” and/or the hand pressed together gesture, be sure to reciprocate to avoid giving offence.
  • If you offer a firm handshake, don’t always expect to receive the same return. A limp handshake can be a sign of respect, not of weakness.
  • Contacts and networking are very important in India, so Indians like to give out and receive business cards. If you don’t offer one of your own when you meet someone, you may be asked for it.
  • Men shake hands with men when meeting or leaving. Men do not touch women when meeting or greeting. Western women may offer their hand to a westernized Indian man, but not normally to others. Traditional Indian women may shake hands with foreign women but not usually with men.

Body Language

  • Public displays of affection especially those with the opposite sex are considered improper.
  • Indian men may engage in friendly back patting to other men as a sign of friendship.
  • When an Indian smiles and jerks his/her head backward — a gesture that looks somewhat like a Western “no” — or moves his head in a figure 8, this means “yes.”
  • The Western side-to-side hand wave for “hello” is frequently interpreted by Indians as “no” or “go away.”
  • Use your right hand only to touch someone, pass money or pick up merchandise. The left hand is considered unclean.
  • Do not touch anyone’s head. The head is considered sensitive.
  • Feet are considered unclean. Feet are sacred for holy men and women. Pointing footwear at people is considered an insult.
  • Indians are very sensitive to being beckoned rudely. Hand and arm waved up and down (Western “good-bye”) means “come here.” To beckon, extend your arm, palm down and make a scratching motion with fingers kept together.
  • Never point with a single finger or two fingers (used only with inferiors). Point with your chin, whole hand or thumb. The chin is not used to point at superiors.

Business Culture

  • Decisions are strongly influenced from the top. Usually one person makes all major decisions. Attempt to deal with the highest-level person available.
  • It is considered rude to plunge into business discussions immediately. Ask about your counterpart’s family, interests, etc. before beginning business discussions.
  • Business is slow and difficult in India. Be polite, but persistent. Do not get angry if you are told something “can’t be done.” Instead, restate your request firmly but with a smile. Plan on several visits before you reach an agreement.
  • You may be offered a sugary, milky tea, coffee or a soft drink. Don’t refuse. Note that your glass or cup may be refilled as soon as it is emptied, so drink slowly and don’t finish your glass unless you would like a refill.

Currency Exchange 

As of 26th January the exchange rate is 86 Indian Rupees to £1. It’s generally not allowed to take Rupees in and out of the country so money will mostly have to be changed in India, which can be done at Indian banks or at private exchange bureaus where the rates are often a little better. It is advisable to keep hold of the receipt of the money exchange, as it is often needed to exchange the Rupees back into pounds.


Traveler’s cheques can be exchanged at most Indian banks and larger hotels, but it may not be possible to do so at smaller exchange bureaus and in shops. In addition, for your traveler’s cheques to be widely accepted it is recommended that you buy well-known brands such as American Express. Exchange of traveler’s cheques in India is free of charge so if you are asked to pay a fee find another exchange bureau.

Debit and credit cards are becoming more widespread in India. Large hotels, shops, restaurants and other service providers will accept international credit cards, such as American Express, MasterCard and Visa, however they may ask for a minimum spend of 250 Rupees. Also bear in mind that your bank is likely to charge you for using your credit card in India. Poor exchange rates from credit card companies as well as these additional charges can start to eat into your funds.

UK debit cards may be accepted at larger outfits but it very much depends on the policies of each establishment.

ATM’s are not common in India. However you can usually use every card that is connected to global payment systems, such as Maestro, MasterCard, American Express and Visa, with some Indian banks charging a fee to do so.

Important Contacts

Emergency Numbers

Police hotline 100

Police Control Room Helpline 22620111, 22151855

Fire emergency number 101

Fire emergency number (Mumbai) 3085991

Fire emergency number (Thane) 5331600

Fire emergency number (Vashi) 7660101

Ambulance services 1298

Municial ambulance 3077324

Ambulance – Andheri (W) 6255264/3599, 6243675

Ambulance – Dadar 4229531, 4229556

Ambulance – Thane 5331552

Ambulance – Borivli 9819116599, 9820552493

Women’s helplines 22828862, 26140403

Children’s helpline 1098

Airport Police Helpline 28225709

Missing Persons Bureau 22621547

British Deputy High Commission Mumbai

British Deputy High Commission Mumbai
Naman Chambers,
C/32 G Block Bandra Kurla Complex
Bandra (East)
Mumbai 400 051

Emergency telephone +91 (11) 2419 2100 (24 hrs a day) If you’re in India and you urgently need consular assistance (eg if you’ve been attacked, arrested or lost your passport)

General telephone +91 (22) 66502222

Fax +91 (22) 66502324


Office hours

Mon-Thurs: 0800-1600 hrs

Friday: 0800-1300 hrs

Mon-Friday: 0830-1130 hrs (Consular counter hours)

Mon-Thurs: 0800-1600 hrs (Consular phone enquiries)

Friday: 0800-1300 hrs (Consular phone enquiries)

Email for consular queries:

Checklist - What to bring on your trip with Born to be Beautiful


If you are coming on a trip with Born to be Beautiful as part of our volunteer team, you will need to bring the following items with you, please note that it is not an exhaustive list.

  • Copies of tickets and passport
  • Chargers
  • Deodorant
  • Ear plugs
  • Eye mask
  • Health insurance documents
  • Hotel contact information
  • Laundry/wash bag
  • Long lightweight trousers
  • Money/Travellers Cheques
  • Mosquito spray
  • Padlocks
  • Passport
  • Personal medication
  • Power adapter (British 230V plugs are used)
  • Pyjamas/Nightwear
  • Scarf
  • Shoes
  • Snacks
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • T-shirts
  • Toiletry bag
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Underwear
  • Vaccinations and Vaccination Documents
Costs for volunteers


Costs for Volunteers

Trips to participating countries can be expensive but if you save and plan it can be easily managed.


Travel and accommodation will be organised by Born to be Beautiful.

International travel:  flights – Born to be Beautiful

Accommodation: in country – Born to be Beautiful

Bed and breakfast will be provided

Volunteers costs

Travel to and from airports personally arranged

Visas: students and volunteers to get their own visas

Medical, please see your doctor at least 4 months before leaving your home country to discuss immunisations and any medication requirements.

Personal clothing.

Lunch a light lunch will be provided.

Supper will be at your own cost.

Spending money.

Travel Insurance.


Host Charity

Travel to and from training centre – Host Charity


Paid into the charity account once you have decided to come on the trip and been accepted. 

A non refundable deposit is of £250.00 to secure your place

Balance of trip funds £1750.00.  Depending upon the time prior to the team leaving it maybe possible to divide the balance into 4 monthly payments of £500 x 3 months and £250 x 1 month.

Draft Itinerary

Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm teaching in class.

Evenings – there is the possibility of going out for shopping and dinner

The weekends will be taken up sightseeing or relaxing at the hotel.



By participating in the Born to Be Beautiful programme in Mumbai, the participating individuals acknowledge that Born to Be Beautiful is not responsible for activities or events. Participants will follow the guidelines set forth in this guidebook. Travel as part of Born to Beautiful is strictly at each participant’s own risk and expense. Born to Be Beautiful shall not be liable for injury or loss of property while on this trip. Participants agree to release, fully discharge, indemnify and hold harmless Born to Be Beautiful, its affiliates, officers, directors or representatives, from any and all liabilities, losses, claims, judgments, damages (whether direct or indirect, consequential, incidental or special), expenses and costs (including reasonable fees and expenses of counsel) that they may suffer or incur by reason of participating in any way in the Born to Be Beautiful trip to India.