Marina, volunteering until August 2016, published a movie on YouTube about her experience.
Here is some basic information to prepare your arrival in Auroville. Find also some tips to prepare your luggage.
Culture of Auroville
Auroville is surrounded by Indian-Tamil Communities, in a rather basic natural environment. So please keep dressing decently, restrain affection demonstration, respect local religion, culture and way of living. Alcoholic beverages are discouraged, all forms of drugs strictly forbidden. Women should be aware of some insecurity at night. Keep your personal belongings safe. Traffic doesn’t look like western traffic at all (very noisy and chaotic), Auroville mud roads are dangerous, you need to drive very carefully. Be aware that we are living in a rural area, among many different types of insects, reptiles and others animals.
The climate in Auroville is semitropical:
- October to December: Monsoon (intense raining time)
- December to March 24°C to 30°C during the day
- May/June the peak 38°C
- Nights: generally about 5° C cooler than the days.
You need to have an insurance covering your health, safety, civil liability and repatriation.
Check if your vaccines are updated and if you need others depending on the period you’ll stay here.
Identity Papers: Make copies of them, and if possible make them certified by your Consulate/Embassy. Prepare also many copies and identity photos to give for different services/administration which will need them.
Arriving in Auroville
You can first see with your Guesthouse if they can pick you up in Chennai or Pondicherry. You can also take the Taxi from Chennai (from 2500 Rs) or from Pondicherry (from 200Rs), hereunder different booking websites: Auroville Transport Service Tel: (0413) 2622183 or (0413) 2622400. firstname.lastname@example.org or Unity Transport Service Tel: (0413) 2623587 email@example.com
Or you can take a bus from Chennai to Pondicherry (they are frequent and cheap) and ask to stop in the entrance of Auroville on ECR (East Coast Road), and take a rickshaw (100Rs max) or call a taxi (150Rs) to go to Auroville.
We will be your support all during your time in Auroville, we feel concerned by the quality of your experience. Our office is located in Unity Pavilion near the Visitors Center (Mon-Fri 10 am-12pm). Advise your arrival time to our team, we’ll take an appointment with you for the first interview.
RRO (Regional Registration Office)
For those who got an Entry or student visa, you must register there in the first 14 days, in Pondicherry. Try to go there as soon as possible in order to have more time to get any new documents we didn’t expect to be necessary. Our Savi team will assist you to get prepared for it.