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Social Work & Community Development in South India


India: Bangalore, Chennai, Madurai

Program Duration

2-4 Week, 5-8 Week, 9-12 Week


Throughout the year


Inquire for specific dates

Intern Types

  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Environmental Management
  • Health Sciences
  • Journalism
  • Medicine
  • Photography
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Women's Studies


  • English

Cost in US$:

Costs vary. Please contact us for details

Cost Includes:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • In-country orientation/Training
  • In-country staff support
  • Written materials pre-departure

Program Fees Include:

Pre-departure Support: ELI's expert staff will be happy to assist you with planning your trip

Airport Pickup: Participants are met when they arrive at the airport in Chennai and brought to the program accommodation

In-Country Orientation: Each program starts with a 2-3 day orientation to help participants get their feet on the ground and able to navigate South India

In-country Staff Support: ELI's India coordinator has years of experience working with Volunteers, Interns, and Study Abroad Students. He is very resourceful and on call 24/7 in case of emergency.

Accommodations: Participants stay in housing associated with the project and are provided with three basic vegetarian meals a day.

Experience Required


Volunteer Types

  • Aids
  • Arts
  • Building & Construction Projects
  • Childcare & Children
  • Community Centers
  • Community Development
  • Computer Training
  • Conservation
  • Culture
  • Disability Issues
  • Eco-tourism
  • Education
  • English Teaching
  • Health Education
  • Medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Orphans
  • Public Health
  • Small Business Development
  • Social Work
  • Street Children
  • Teaching
  • Women
  • Youth
  • Youth Development

Typical Volunteer

There is no typical ELI volunteer. We work with people from all over the world and a variety of backgrounds. ELI has placed volunteers ranging in age from 18-81. Successful volunteers are flexible, upbeat, energetic, and inquisitive.

Age Range


This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Couples and Individuals.

Participants Travel


Typically Participants Work