Volunteer Abroad in India

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A Beautiful Chaos: Life On The Subcontinent

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328 Volunteer Abroad Programs in India

Affordable Volunteering in India: Costs from USD 250

Discover cultural locations in Delhi with volunteering programs from International Volunteer HQ. Volunteers are able to choose from a wide array of volunteering options, such as Orphanage/Childcare/Street Children work, Healthcare, English teaching, and Women Empowerment projects.

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Meaningful programs with Volunteering India

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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Volunteer in India with Cross-Cultural Solutions!

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.

Cross-Cultural Solutions
Summer and Year-Round Volunteering in India

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.

Volunteering Solutions
ELI-Experiential Learning International

Explore India on one of Experiential Learning International's volunteer programs. ELI has volunteering opportunities in Southern India that meet the expectations of different types of travelers. Programs include social work and community development in Bangalore and Madurai, HIV/AIDS education and prevention in Chennai, and flora and fauna conservation efforts in Kodaikanal.

ELI
Volunteer in India with Projects Abroad

Work in the community of Madurai, through programs with Projects Abroad in India. This international volunteer program is open to worldwide participants who are motivated, enthusiastic, and passionate about helping other people. A large number of service options are available, including Youth Development, Athletics, and Environmental Conservation.

UBELONG

UBELONG is a social venture based in Washington, DC quickly becoming the recognized leader in short-term international volunteering. Without compromising safety, impact or flexibility, we offer the most affordable one week to six month opportunities in Asia and Latin America. We are led by former volunteers, international development professionals and university professors.

Volunteer in India with Frontier

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.

Frontier
Global Vision International

Volunteer with Global Vision International (GVI) in India. These programs offer participants the chance to immerse in the local culture, contribute to underprivileged communities, while living and working in India. Placements range from community education to sports coaching and heath care.

GVI
Volunteer and Travel in India with Kaya

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...

Service Learning Programs with ISA-ELAP in India

Service learning programs usually last for one to two weeks in India's largest city, Mumbai. This ISA program allows students to serve a foreign nation through community development programs in various fields. Aside from the locals that volunteers meet, the friendly resident staff of ISA will be available to those who in need of assistance.

Rustic Pathways

Live with warm-hearted Tibetan and Indian families, educate rural children, and ride a camel in the Thar Desert through volunteer placements offered by Rustic Pathways. Volunteers can learn traditional crafts and skills with placements available in four major cities of India. Individuals who are 14 years or older can volunteer for as short as one week up to one month.

Adventure Road Trips

Adventure Road Trips offers a wide range of volunteer programs including Childcare, Health Education, and English Teaching. Interested individuals can live and work together with the locals, meet other volunteers from across the globe, and partake in well-organized projects. Programs are situated in and around Goa or Rajasthan.

Himalayan Education Lifeline Programme

HELP volunteers teach in primary or secondary schools in Sikkim, Uttarkhand, West Bengal and Ladakh (including young Buddhist monks). Many of these schools are located in remote rural areas, so self-sufficient people are especially welcome!

Crawl Society

Plan your "Gap Year" in a international volunteer organization - CRAWL. At CRAWL you will be at home. It is affordable, short-term volunteer programs designed for you. CRAWL is a social venture, it's not corporate. You will become a part of our family. We work together to ensure that we can do something for who are less privileged. We do realize that each of us can do something to make a positi...

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How to Volunteer Abroad in India

A Beautiful Chaos: Life On The Subcontinent

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.

Things to Do

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.

Carter Brown

Creating his own reality one adventure at a time, Carter has been itching to travel ever since he can remember. Sparked by photos and stories shared from his grandparent’s travels, one of his first international experiences was a summer exchange program in Germany. He has since spent time traveling, studying, and interning in Asia and beyond to satisfy his inquisitive personality.