India Encounter 2019

Monday 5th — Wednesday 14th August
This trip will enable you to meet children on the streets and their families, to discover for yourself the issues they face, and to learn about the solutions they are exploring with Karunalaya; solutions that speak of creativity, resilience, hope, and perseverance against the odds.

Amos Trust India Encounter 2019
Monday 5th — Wednesday 14th August
£1,350 including return flight

Meet the children and their families who are being supported through the work of our partner Karunalaya. You'll find out about the issues they face and learn about how Karunalaya is walking alongside them to find solutions that are creative, promote resilience and hope, and honour their perseverance against the odds. Join us and experience aspects of South India most people never encounter. 

Some special moments included meeting the ladies at the fishing community and the pavement dwelling families, the welcome everywhere, the chaos of the streets, the incredible people involved with Karunalaya, getting to know my fellow travellers, conversations on the bus, and of course, the food!"
2018 trip participant

Art, culture, and sport

On this trip to India, you will have the chance to:

  • watch as the children use theatre to engage and educate local communities about children’s rights
  • take part in yoga sessions and football training with the children
  • encounter the children’s traditional drumming and dance
  • understand why Amos' On Her Terms campaign is so necessary for girls living on the street

Advocacy and outreach

An important part of this trip will include joining Karunalaya's outreach teams:

  • experience their work on the railway platforms where many street children end up
  • witness their advocacy work with pavement dwelling communities
  • join in with their informal education sessions with child labourers in the local fishing community.

Food and politics

India is a heady mix of sights and sounds, food and politics:

  • there will be the opportunity to savour fabulous south Indian food and to learn to cook with members of the Karunalaya team
  • hear about the current political situation and the challenges facing the country
  • hear from activists campaigning for Dalit rights
  • visit Chennai, to shop in the local markets and to spend a few days out of the city relaxing by the coast.

Accommodation in Chennai will be at the YWCA guest house, in basic but comfortable air-conditioned rooms. The YWCA is set within a green oasis in the middle of the busy, colourful, noisy, and hectic city of Chennai.

This Amos trip is limited to 15 places, and so we're recommending that people book as early as possible. The trip will be led by Amos Director Chris Rose and members of the Karunalaya staff team.

This trip will be of particular interest to:

  • those who want to learn more about the lives and experiences of the children with whom Karunalaya works
  • those who are passionate about advocacy work and how former street children are leading the campaign to secure legal identities for others
  • those who want to experience the manic bustle and colour of an Indian city.

For those with a particular interest in healthcare, education and the arts, there will also be the option to adjust individual itineraries to suit. You will also be able to extend your visit to include some time to travel — to explore the beautiful backwaters, beaches, and cuisine of Kerala, to head over to the beaches and nightlife of Goa or to travel around Tamil Nadu or the North of India.

We will be happy to offer advice to those who wish to extend their visits and can adjust flight costs accordingly. 

To book your place and pay your deposit for this trip, simply click here or on the Book now button near the top of the page. If you have any questions about this trip, please read our Terms & Conditions document and email us at

Photography: © Amos Trust/Tom Merillion

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