Volunteer Abroad in India

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Volunteering Abroad in India


344 Volunteer Abroad Programs in India


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Love Volunteers has provided safe, meaningful and truly affordable volunteering abroad opportunities to thousands of volunteers from all over the world. Become a Love Volunteer in India and get the experience of a lifetime whilst helping those in real need on one of our community-based projects! Check out our programs and sign up now!

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GoEco hosts various volunteering projects in India. Volunteers can work in shelters, orphanages, or schools for local children. Students can also gain hands-on experience through the nursing, pre-medical, and medical internship placements.

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Set foot in the colorful country of India, buzzing with activity and culture. Get a hands-on experience in community development, childcare, construction projects, or women’s empowerment initiatives.


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Join one of 18 community service projects in India with Volunteering Solutions. Individuals may choose from ten locations, and become part of the local culture, people, and customs. Volunteers can assist in care of children at an orphanage in Bangalore, aid in women empowerment projects in Delhi, or aid in providing dental care in Dharamsala.


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Enjoy international volunteer travel in the cities of Dharamsala and New Delhi located in India,through programs offered by Cross-Cultural Solutions. Volunteers can partake in a 12-week long placement in a number of areas including, Academic Reinforcement, Arts, and Youth Development.

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Few places are as exotic as India. Volunteer in the southern state of Tamil Nadu and you’ll gain unique insight into this ancient, colorful culture. We have placements in conservation, orphanages, hospitals, a center for trafficked women and children or at an art colony, among others. Vegetarian? This is the place for you!

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Sankalp invites individuals, couples, groups, families and students to make a great contribution and bring changes by getting involved in Volunteer Program. The organization is India’s leading gap year travel and volunteer activity provider and it offers various volunteering opportunities.


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Discover a unique insight into India with volunteering projects from International Volunteer HQ. India is as diverse as it is large, and IVHQ volunteers are able to choose from a wide array of projects such as Slum Teaching, Childcare and Healthcare in Delhi, to educating monks in Dharamsala.

Volunteer in India

Based in Washington D.C., UBELONG is a leader in short-term international volunteer programs. In India, UBELONG programs range from caring for disabled children to providing public health education and supporting local NGOs. Volunteers are welcomed to join UBELONG in India for two to eight weeks, depending on their program of choice.


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Participate in a volunteer and travel program in the lap of the Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh, India, with IDEX Asia. Himachal Pradesh is famous for its abundant natural beauty. IDEX in Himachal Pradesh is located in District Kangra at an elevation of 4500 feet above sea level. The area is very well known for its beautiful tea gardens and forests of pine and deodar (Cedrus Deodara). Palampur is f...


Twelve different programs await international volunteers interested in volunteering in India. Volunteering India focuses on placements which help better local communities and provide participants with a well-rounded, meaningful experience. Placements include dental assistance, work with street children, and various other volunteer placements in multiple Indian cities.

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Make a positive contribution to the lives of locals in India through Frontier volunteer programs. Volunteers can choose to teach English to children or care for orphans, while exploring the country and culture. Placements are offered in many cities, including Agra, Goa, and Himachal Pradesh.

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Volunteer in India with Kaya Responsible Travel. Programs are available to individuals and groups who want to work with children, teach social awareness to women, or help in building community projects. Locations include Jaipur, Rajasthan, and Goa, among others. Participants may also learn how to speak Hindi and cook authentic Indian food, while immersing themsevles in the local culture. Progra...


Based in the city of Mumbai or the rural community of Malavli, these programs offer comprehensive placements that are meant to inspire personal and professional growth and encourage purposeful community engagement. Placement types are available in Education, Health Professions, Social Work & Psychology, Communications & Journalism and Business Management & Marketing.


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Volunteering Abroad in India

Imagine riding an elephant through the jungle or visiting one of the holiest rivers in the world.  Refreshingly vibrant, stimulating, and positively overwhelming.  An volunteer's playground, India is a land of incredible diversity filled with endless volunteer opportunities.


Geography & Demographics

Often referred to as the subcontinent, the Republic of India is situated in southern Asia. Bordered by Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Nepal in the north, the nation is surrounded by the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, and Bay of Bengal in the south. One of the most populated countries in the world, at over one billion people, the demographics of India are unbelievably diverse. With a multitude of religions, languages and tribes represented, India is vast in nearly every sense of the word.

Ask any Indian from the south and they will tell you there are three seasons: hot, hotter, and hottest. The overall climate ranges from tropical monsoon season in the south to more temperate climate in the north. With impeccable biodiversity, a wide range of climates can be found throughout the country.

Food & Culture

India is predominantly a Hindu nation. Hinduism is the most widely practiced religion, although other commonly practiced religions include Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Christianity. Holidays are celebrated year round and are a staple to any traveler’s experience. Indian Independence Day, Ramadaan, Holi, and Diwali are some of the top celebrations throughout the country.

Each state in India has three official languages. Two being English and Hindi, with the third official language being state-specific. The literacy rate in some areas is incredibly high, but incredibly low in others; greatly dependent on class and location.

There is a growing middle class but still a major socioeconomic divide. Caste discrimination has been banned but many do not oblige. The caste system, fixed from birth, is the hierarchy embedded in traditional Hindu culture. Castes are related to occupation and often forbid   individuals from interacting outside of their caste.

The subcontinent is the vegetarian traveler’s paradise. Indian cuisine is as diverse as its citizens. Known for its pungent spices, foreigners can find themselves hand deep in exotic curries and dishes. Leave spoons and forks at home, Indians eat with their right hand. The left hand is considered unsanitary, being used to clean oneself after toileting only. Mouthwatering dishes that please meat-eating foreigners are also widely served as well. Costals cities serve more fish and seafood dishes, while inland cities tend to abide by more strict vegetarian standards.

The local currency in India is the Indian Rupee. Money transfers and ATMs are some of the best ways to access funds nationwide for international volunteers. These means can be found in nearly every city but make sure to have rupees if venturing into the villages, where access to foreign currencies or ATMs is nonexistent.

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Traveling throughout the country is convenient and affordable, because there are unlimited means of transportation throughout the country. With an intricate railway network, traveling by train is not only common but convenient and inexpensive.

Volunteering in India

A vast array of volunteer placements are offered to satisfy any individual’s desires. Placements range from health sciences to community development, sustainable farming to working with ESL students. Multiple programs are individually tailored to maximize the volunteer’s experience. Volunteers can choose between rural or urban placements, where accommodations include homestays, designated volunteer apartments and guest houses. Independent housing is also available but may take away from the culture experience. Visa requirements are specific to the traveler’s respective country of origin. Responsibility is typically placed in the hands of the volunteer.

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