Volunteer in India


Teaching and developing the education programs of schools in India
India       1 to 12 months

Volunteer project: Education is an important tool for development that enables people to acquire skills, knowledge, attitudes and values for a sustainable future. As a volunteer in this program, you will be teaching spoken English, basic Math, Health and Hygiene Awareness, Environmental Education and conducting co-curricular activities with local schools. The schools are Kannada/Tamil Medium schools, lacking in resources and/or English teaching staff.

One of the important aims of this project is to support the staff in the classroom and to bring an international dimension to the learning process. Your main task will be to assist with English language learning using creative teaching methods to encourage and to develop learning levels and cognitive skills of the students. You will also assist with extra-curricular activities, inspiring children to learn new languages and learn about new cultures.

Additionally, the following tasks may also require your assistance:
• Developing teaching and learning aids with low cost or no cost locally available materials, and facilitating simulation games for the children and the teaching faculties.
• Designing developmentally appropriate tools and criteria for assessment of children’s learning levels and cognitive skills; Individual goal setting for children with learning disability; Lesson planning, etc.
• Developing teaching-learning methods and passing this information (through the Final Evaluation/Report) to future volunteers with a view to creating long-term improvements to the educational model.

The volunteers are encouraged to bring creative ideas to initiate new activities in the school, for example, environmental, organizational or computer education. It is important for the children to feel your love and care for them, as they will be around you every day. If you have ideas for teaching different kinds of activities such as games, songs, arts and crafts or sports and athletics to children, then this project is for you! You will be teaching a variety of subjects depending on your personal interests and skills. Previous experience in teaching children will be useful.

Language: English

Duration of the project: Minimum duration is 1 month. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.
Please note that due to school holidays, this project will remain closed during the following months: March until May; in the month of October; and sometimes in December. During these months, volunteers are encouraged to take part in the short-term volunteer projects.

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter that accurately describes yourself, your skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses, etc. is required with application. This information assists us to match you to the right project for you.

Accommodation: During the orientation week, the volunteers will stay together in a guest house in Bangalore or in a training centre in Kundapur, in shared bedrooms. Vegetarian meals will be provided.
Accommodation for the volunteers during the project can either be at the project site, in a local host family or in a hostel – depending on the project, location and availability.

Arrival and orientation: Volunteers arrive in Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month. Bangalore has an international airport and Kundapur is well connected to Bangalore by train and bus.

The program will start with a week-long orientation. The schedule is flexible but the Orientation week usually contains the following topics:
- Program introduction: aims of the program, way of working, finances, reporting and documentation, rules and expected behaviour.
- India: culture, religion, habits, customs, history, geography, social issues, etc.
- Language skills: India has 18 official languages, and many more dialects and sub-dialects. We will start with teaching the local language - Kannada or Tamil. Do not forget that English is widely spoken throughout the country. However, we encourage you to try to learn and speak the local language as this will open more doors for you.
- Projects: overview of the international volunteer projects in India and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement. There will also be project visits, where you will have the opportunity to meet current volunteers in other projects who can share their experiences.
- Information: lots of new and interesting things will be introduced during sessions like yoga, cooking and Hindu philosophy.
- Local sightseeing: meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, Indian homes and natural sites in groups or individually during the free time.
- Do’s and Don’ts: there are some simple rules, which can help you have a smooth integration with each other and with the local people. This will also help you overcome the culture shock!
- Intercultural session: presentation of the represented countries and cultures to the other volunteers and the local youth.
- Group games and discussions to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic and participatory as possible.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees per month (about $220 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Education, rehabilitation and support for orphan children
India       1 to 12 months


Volunteer project: Volunteers have the chance to work in orphanages, supporting the staff with the daily care of orphan children. The work is varied and requires the volunteers to be flexible in tackling their duties. The work could involve rehabilitation, education and supporting the orphan children to return and participate in mainstream life. The daily tasks may also include cleaning, cooking, gardening, helping the children with their homework, playing with them in the evening, and teaching games, arts, crafts and songs.

A creative approach to work will be useful. If you have ideas for teaching different kinds of activities such as games, songs, arts and crafts or sports and athletics to children, then this project is for you! You will need to take a flexible approach to the work and be prepared to undertake variety of tasks.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The project is run all year round. Minimum duration is 1 month. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter that accurately describes yourself, your skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses, etc. is required with application. This information assists us to match you to the right project for you.

Accommodation: During the orientation week, the volunteers will stay together in a guest house in Bangalore or in a training centre in Kundapur, in shared bedrooms. Vegetarian meals will be provided.
Accommodation for the volunteers during the project can either be at the project site, in a local host family or in a hostel – depending on the project, location and availability.

Arrival and orientation: Volunteers arrive in Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month. Bangalore has an international airport and Kundapur is well connected to Bangalore by train and bus.

The program will start with a week-long orientation. The schedule is flexible but the Orientation week usually contains the following topics:
- Program introduction: aims of the program, way of working, finances, reporting and documentation, rules and expected behaviour.
- India: culture, religion, habits, customs, history, geography, social issues, etc.
- Language skills: India has 18 official languages, and many more dialects and sub-dialects. We will start with teaching the local language - Kannada or Tamil. Do not forget that English is widely spoken throughout the country. However, we encourage you to try to learn and speak the local language as this will open more doors for you.
- Projects: overview of the international volunteer projects in India and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement. There will also be project visits, where you will have the opportunity to meet current volunteers in other projects who can share their experiences.
- Information: lots of new and interesting things will be introduced during sessions like yoga, cooking and Hindu philosophy.
- Local sightseeing: meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, Indian homes and natural sites in groups or individually during the free time.
- Do’s and Don’ts: there are some simple rules, which can help you have a smooth integration with each other and with the local people. This will also help you overcome the culture shock!
- Intercultural session: presentation of the represented countries and cultures to the other volunteers and the local youth.
- Group games and discussions to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic and participatory as possible.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees per month (about $220 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Education and development of tribal communities
India       1 to 12 months

Volunteer project: There are several ethnic minorities in India who face issues such as lack of proper education, infrastructure and medical facilities, isolation, illiteracy of parents and lack of livelihood development. Various NGOs are working towards community development of these ethnic tribes with a prime objective of preparing them to participate and compete within the mainstream society.

Working in this field requires a high degree of flexibility, and volunteers should try and get involved with the local community and with the staff of the project. The projects with the tribal communities are located in rural and remote areas, near to or within the communities, and since you will be working with them, it is important that you are prepared for bare minimum and simple living conditions. Strong language barrier could also pose a greater challenge for anyone working in this field.

Most of the development work is aimed at community development through education, awareness, livelihood promotion and health improvement. Volunteers will be required to teach in most of the projects where they will work with tribal children. Therefore an interest in teaching and love for children is crucial. You could also be supporting the staff in the daily activities of the centre, whilst the children are away attending regular schools.

A creative approach to work is useful and you will have the opportunity to initiate new mini projects or activities. You will have to be prepared for a flexible approach to the work and be willing to undertake a variety of tasks. If you have ideas for teaching different kinds of activities such as games, songs, arts and crafts or sports and athletics to children, then this project is for you!

Language: English

Duration of the project: The project is run all year round. Minimum duration is 1 month. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter that accurately describes yourself, your skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses, etc. is required with application. This information assists us to match you to the right project for you.

Accommodation: During the orientation week, the volunteers will stay together in a guest house in Bangalore or in a training centre in Kundapur, in shared bedrooms. Vegetarian meals will be provided.
Accommodation for the volunteers during the project can either be at the project site, in a local host family or in a hostel – depending on the project, location and availability.

Arrival and orientation: Volunteers arrive in Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month. Bangalore has an international airport and Kundapur is well connected to Bangalore by train and bus.

The program will start with a week-long orientation. The schedule is flexible but the Orientation week usually contains the following topics:
- Program introduction: aims of the program, way of working, finances, reporting and documentation, rules and expected behaviour.
- India: culture, religion, habits, customs, history, geography, social issues, etc.
- Language skills: India has 18 official languages, and many more dialects and sub-dialects. We will start with teaching the local language - Kannada or Tamil. Do not forget that English is widely spoken throughout the country. However, we encourage you to try to learn and speak the local language as this will open more doors for you.
- Projects: overview of the international volunteer projects in India and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement. There will also be project visits, where you will have the opportunity to meet current volunteers in other projects who can share their experiences.
- Information: lots of new and interesting things will be introduced during sessions like yoga, cooking and Hindu philosophy.
- Local sightseeing: meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, Indian homes and natural sites in groups or individually during the free time.
- Do’s and Don’ts: there are some simple rules, which can help you have a smooth integration with each other and with the local people. This will also help you overcome the culture shock!
- Intercultural session: presentation of the represented countries and cultures to the other volunteers and the local youth.
- Group games and discussions to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic and participatory as possible.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees per month (about $220 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Help get kids off the street and into the classroom
India       3 to 6 months

Volunteer project: It is estimated that there are more than 400,000 street children in India. Many local organisations and initiatives work for the welfare of these children often termed as “working children”. The aim is to take these children away from the streets and from their working place in order to give them a chance for a decent and acceptable standard of living. The effort is to try and place as many of these children in centres, boarding schools and day-care shelters, and help them return to the regular schooling system, where they are provided with vocational education and skills training that would help them find a decent job in the future and keep them away from exploitation.

Much of the development work in these projects is based on education known also as “alternative education”. Therefore, the volunteers will be required to teach in most of the projects where they work with street children. Hence, an interest in teaching and love for children is of utmost importance to the project. Other work activities will involve supporting the staff in the daily activities of the schools.

A creative approach to work and dealing with the children will be useful and you will have the opportunity to initiate new mini projects or activities. You need to have a flexible approach to work with children and be prepared to undertake a variety of tasks.
In some cases the volunteers will be required to go amidst the “tent community” comprised of families of migrant labourers, to raise awareness of the teaching program and to motivate parents to enrol their children in schools. Ideas for teaching different kinds of activities such as games, songs, arts and crafts or sports and athletics to children are welcome!

Language: English

Duration of the project: The project is run all year round. Minimum duration is 3 months up to 6 months. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter that accurately describes yourself, your skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses, etc. is required with application. This information assists us to match you to the right project for you.

Accommodation: During the orientation week, the volunteers will stay together in a guest house in Bangalore or in a training centre in Kundapur, in shared bedrooms. Vegetarian meals will be provided.
Accommodation for the volunteers during the project can either be at the project site, in a local host family or in a hostel – depending on the project, location and availability.

Arrival and orientation: Volunteers arrive in Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month. Bangalore has an international airport and Kundapur is well connected to Bangalore by train and bus.

The program will start with a week-long orientation. The schedule is flexible but the Orientation week usually contains the following topics:
- Program introduction: aims of the program, way of working, finances, reporting and documentation, rules and expected behaviour.
- India: culture, religion, habits, customs, history, geography, social issues, etc.
- Language skills: India has 18 official languages, and many more dialects and sub-dialects. We will start with teaching the local language - Kannada or Tamil. Do not forget that English is widely spoken throughout the country. However, we encourage you to try to learn and speak the local language as this will open more doors for you.
- Projects: overview of the international volunteer projects in India and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement. There will also be project visits, where you will have the opportunity to meet current volunteers in other projects who can share their experiences.
- Information: lots of new and interesting things will be introduced during sessions like yoga, cooking and Hindu philosophy.
- Local sightseeing: meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, Indian homes and natural sites in groups or individually during the free time.
- Do’s and Don’ts: there are some simple rules, which can help you have a smooth integration with each other and with the local people. This will also help you overcome the culture shock!
- Intercultural session: presentation of the represented countries and cultures to the other volunteers and the local youth.
- Group games and discussions to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic and participatory as possible.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees per month (about $220 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Early childhood education in daycare centers
India       1 to 12 months

Volunteer project: An Anganwadi (meaning ‘courtyard shelter’ in Hindi) is in many ways a day care center for children below 6 years of age. Anganwadis were established by the Indian government in 1975 as part of the Integrated Child Development Services program.

One of their main functions is to provide non-formal, pre-school education to children between the ages of 3 to 5. Volunteers will be expected to teach children in this age group through various interactive and creative activities that will help improve the cognitive skills of the children. The pedagogical approach to teaching should be in accordance with standards employed in kindergartens around the world.

Anganwadis were also envisioned as part of the Indian public healthcare system. Along with providing pre-school education, they act as primary healthcare centers in villages and raise awareness of health and hygiene in their localities. Volunteers can also help the Anganwadi workers in providing health, hygiene and nutrition education to families. This will include teaching them about family planning, educating parents on child growth and development, among others.

The volunteers should bring in creative ideas to initiate new activities in the Anganwadi center. It is important for the children to feel loved and cared for by you, as you will be surrounded by them every day. This type of project is perfect for you if you are someone who has many ideas for teaching different kinds of activities such as games, songs, arts and crafts or sports and athletics! You will be teaching a variety of subjects depending on your personal interests and skills. Previous experience in teaching children will be useful.

Language: English

Duration of the project: Minimum duration is 1 month. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.
Please note that due to school holidays, this project will remain closed during the following months: March until May; in the month of October; and sometimes in December. During these months, volunteers are encouraged to take part in the short-term volunteer projects.

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter that accurately describes yourself, your skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses, etc. is required with application. This information assists us to match you to the right project for you.

Accommodation: During the orientation week, the volunteers will stay together in a guest house in Bangalore or in a training centre in Kundapur, in shared bedrooms. Vegetarian meals will be provided.
Accommodation for the volunteers during the project can either be at the project site, in a local host family or in a hostel – depending on the project, location and availability.

Arrival and orientation: Volunteers arrive in Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month. Bangalore has an international airport and Kundapur is well connected to Bangalore by train and bus.

The program will start with a week-long orientation. The schedule is flexible but the Orientation week usually contains the following topics:
- Program introduction: aims of the program, way of working, finances, reporting and documentation, rules and expected behaviour.
- India: culture, religion, habits, customs, history, geography, social issues, etc.
- Language skills: India has 18 official languages, and many more dialects and sub-dialects. We will start with teaching the local language - Kannada or Tamil. Do not forget that English is widely spoken throughout the country. However, we encourage you to try to learn and speak the local language as this will open more doors for you.
- Projects: overview of the international volunteer projects in India and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement. There will also be project visits, where you will have the opportunity to meet current volunteers in other projects who can share their experiences.
- Information: lots of new and interesting things will be introduced during sessions like yoga, cooking and Hindu philosophy.
- Local sightseeing: meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, Indian homes and natural sites in groups or individually during the free time.
- Do’s and Don’ts: there are some simple rules, which can help you have a smooth integration with each other and with the local people. This will also help you overcome the culture shock!
- Intercultural session: presentation of the represented countries and cultures to the other volunteers and the local youth.
- Group games and discussions to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic and participatory as possible.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees per month (about $220 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Teaching speech and hearing impaired children
India       1 to 12 months

Volunteer project: Hearing loss affects a child’s development of receptive and expressive communication skills. The language deficit causes learning problems that result in reduced academic achievement. Communication difficulties often lead to social isolation and low self-esteem. Different tools and methodologies are used by organizations to conduct formal and informal teaching and to help such children integrate into mainstream life through inclusion.

Volunteers in this project will work with speech and hearing impaired children and will be involved in any of the following activities:
• Classroom teaching: Spoken and written English, Mathematics, Geography, etc.
• Extra-curricular activities: Sports, Games, Drawing, etc.
• Assisting in Computer reporting work, Photo/video documentation
• Providing training to children on life skills, health and personal hygiene

A creative approach to work is useful and you will have the opportunity to initiate new mini projects or activities. Volunteers are expected to be flexible, good at multitasking and prepared to undertake variety of tasks. We welcome ideas for teaching different kinds of activities such as games, songs, arts and crafts or sports and athletics to the children.

Language: English

Duration of the project: Minimum duration is 1 month. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.
Please note that due to school holidays, this project will remain closed during the following months: March until May; in the month of October; and sometimes in December. During these months, volunteers are encouraged to take part in the short-term volunteer projects.

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter that accurately describes yourself, your skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses, etc. is required with application. This information assists us to match you to the right project for you.

Accommodation: During the orientation week, the volunteers will stay together in a guest house in Bangalore or in a training centre in Kundapur, in shared bedrooms. Vegetarian meals will be provided.
Accommodation for the volunteers during the project can either be at the project site, in a local host family or in a hostel – depending on the project, location and availability.

Arrival and orientation: Volunteers arrive in Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month. Bangalore has an international airport and Kundapur is well connected to Bangalore by train and bus.

The program will start with a week-long orientation. The schedule is flexible but the Orientation week usually contains the following topics:
- Program introduction: aims of the program, way of working, finances, reporting and documentation, rules and expected behaviour.
- India: culture, religion, habits, customs, history, geography, social issues, etc.
- Language skills: India has 18 official languages, and many more dialects and sub-dialects. We will start with teaching the local language - Kannada or Tamil. Do not forget that English is widely spoken throughout the country. However, we encourage you to try to learn and speak the local language as this will open more doors for you.
- Projects: overview of the international volunteer projects in India and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement. There will also be project visits, where you will have the opportunity to meet current volunteers in other projects who can share their experiences.
- Information: lots of new and interesting things will be introduced during sessions like yoga, cooking and Hindu philosophy.
- Local sightseeing: meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, Indian homes and natural sites in groups or individually during the free time.
- Do’s and Don’ts: there are some simple rules, which can help you have a smooth integration with each other and with the local people. This will also help you overcome the culture shock!
- Intercultural session: presentation of the represented countries and cultures to the other volunteers and the local youth.
- Group games and discussions to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic and participatory as possible.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees per month (about $220 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Sea turtle protection and conservation in Karnataka
India       1 to 6 months

Volunteer project: For the past 15 years, the Sea Turtle population has been under threat from fishing and egg predation. Three species of the protected Sea Turtles are nesting on India’s West Coast and all of them are endangered species. The increasing threats caused by humans could drive them to extinction.

In an effort to protect these endangered species, volunteers are working along a 60 kilometre stretch of the beach in the south and north of Kundapur, Karnataka state. The work is focused on protection and conservation of Sea turtles by promoting awareness about the eco-system and addressing related environmental issues.

The volunteer work involves conducting surveys, data gathering and analysis, awareness generation amongst the local community, school children, and harbour and fishing communities. You will also be required to build hatcheries and temporary information centres, as well as design and create promotional materials.

The work requires high degree of motivation and interest. Some knowledge in this particular field is useful. Please remember that in the first and the last month, the majority of the work will be documentation. There is no guarantee that you will see sea turtles, hatchlings or eggs while working on this project.

Language: English

Duration of the project: This project is seasonal - it starts in August and runs until February, for 6 months only. Minimum commitment is 1 month. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter that accurately describes yourself, your skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses, etc. is required with application. This information assists us to match you to the right project for you.

Accommodation: During the orientation week, the volunteers will stay together in a guest house in Bangalore or in a training centre in Kundapur, in shared bedrooms. Vegetarian meals will be provided.
Accommodation for the volunteers during the project can either be at the project site, in a local host family or in a hostel – depending on the project, location and availability.

Arrival and orientation: Volunteers arrive in Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month. Bangalore has an international airport and Kundapur is well connected to Bangalore by train and bus.

The program will start with a week-long orientation. The schedule is flexible but the Orientation week usually contains the following topics:
- Program introduction: aims of the program, way of working, finances, reporting and documentation, rules and expected behaviour.
- India: culture, religion, habits, customs, history, geography, social issues, etc.
- Language skills: India has 18 official languages, and many more dialects and sub-dialects. We will start with teaching the local language - Kannada or Tamil. Do not forget that English is widely spoken throughout the country. However, we encourage you to try to learn and speak the local language as this will open more doors for you.
- Projects: overview of the international volunteer projects in India and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement. There will also be project visits, where you will have the opportunity to meet current volunteers in other projects who can share their experiences.
- Information: lots of new and interesting things will be introduced during sessions like yoga, cooking and Hindu philosophy.
- Local sightseeing: meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, Indian homes and natural sites in groups or individually during the free time.
- Do’s and Don’ts: there are some simple rules, which can help you have a smooth integration with each other and with the local people. This will also help you overcome the culture shock!
- Intercultural session: presentation of the represented countries and cultures to the other volunteers and the local youth.
- Group games and discussions to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic and participatory as possible.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees per month (about $220 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Environmental education through Eco-Club activities in schools
India       2 to 12 months

Volunteer project: This project has been set up with the primary aim to educate the local community, youth and children about environmental issues and good practices. In this project, volunteers’ main task would be to develop and support an environmental education program about ecology and nature conservation. By doing so, you will educate the local community on the economic and social benefits of environmental protection and conservation of nature and natural resources. You will have to visit schools, colleges, and youth groups and organise environmental education workshops and disseminate information to various stakeholders on environmental protection.

Eco-clubs are a government initiative which was introduced 5 years ago in all Government schools in India. As part of this initiative, Eco-clubs were formed in schools with the aim to introduce environmental concerns and good practices to the school children and to make them actively involved and aware of the necessity to protect nature. However, most government schools lack personnel and financial means to run the Eco-clubs effectively and efficiently. As a result, Eco-clubs have been formed in most schools but ceased to function.

As a volunteer, your task will be to design and run Eco-club sessions in the schools with the help of other volunteers, a field assistant and teachers. Being creative, innovative and loving towards children is important. You will also get the chance to work with the local community in order to organize some outdoor events for the children.

There is an ample opportunity to work with the local community where our volunteers try and create model streets. The local community is introduced to solid waste management, building of compost pits and separation of bio-degradable material. There is a lot of scope for interested volunteers who have prior experience to bring in their ideas and implement them in the project.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The project is run all year round. Minimum duration is 2 months. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter that accurately describes yourself, your skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses, etc. is required with application. This information assists us to match you to the right project for you.

Accommodation: During the orientation week, the volunteers will stay together in a guest house in Bangalore or in a training centre in Kundapur, in shared bedrooms. Vegetarian meals will be provided.
Accommodation for the volunteers during the project can either be at the project site, in a local host family or in a hostel – depending on the project, location and availability.

Arrival and orientation: Volunteers arrive in Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month. Bangalore has an international airport and Kundapur is well connected to Bangalore by train and bus.

The program will start with a week-long orientation. The schedule is flexible but the Orientation week usually contains the following topics:
- Program introduction: aims of the program, way of working, finances, reporting and documentation, rules and expected behaviour.
- India: culture, religion, habits, customs, history, geography, social issues, etc.
- Language skills: India has 18 official languages, and many more dialects and sub-dialects. We will start with teaching the local language - Kannada or Tamil. Do not forget that English is widely spoken throughout the country. However, we encourage you to try to learn and speak the local language as this will open more doors for you.
- Projects: overview of the international volunteer projects in India and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement. There will also be project visits, where you will have the opportunity to meet current volunteers in other projects who can share their experiences.
- Information: lots of new and interesting things will be introduced during sessions like yoga, cooking and Hindu philosophy.
- Local sightseeing: meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, Indian homes and natural sites in groups or individually during the free time.
- Do’s and Don’ts: there are some simple rules, which can help you have a smooth integration with each other and with the local people. This will also help you overcome the culture shock!
- Intercultural session: presentation of the represented countries and cultures to the other volunteers and the local youth.
- Group games and discussions to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic and participatory as possible.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees per month (about $220 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Rainwater harvesting program
India       1 to 12 months

Volunteer project: Water being the most valuable and at the same time one of the scarce natural resources, there is a tremendous need for harvesting available rainwater. Rainwater is an economical, safe and sustainable source of quality water when it is captured and stored in a correct manner.

With the concept of “catch water where it falls”, we cooperate with local organisations that are working for conservation and promotion of water resources through multiple approaches. Generating awareness among various sections of the local communities is an important dimension of the program. Volunteers can contribute to these initiatives through various creative input and participation in campaigns for promoting water literacy, documentation and research undertakings.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The project is run all year round. Minimum duration is 1 month. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter that accurately describes yourself, your skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses, etc. is required with application. This information assists us to match you to the right project for you.

Accommodation: During the orientation week, the volunteers will stay together in a guest house in Bangalore or in a training centre in Kundapur, in shared bedrooms. Vegetarian meals will be provided.
Accommodation for the volunteers during the project can either be at the project site, in a local host family or in a hostel – depending on the project, location and availability.

Arrival and orientation: Volunteers arrive in Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month. Bangalore has an international airport and Kundapur is well connected to Bangalore by train and bus.

The program will start with a week-long orientation. The schedule is flexible but the Orientation week usually contains the following topics:
- Program introduction: aims of the program, way of working, finances, reporting and documentation, rules and expected behaviour.
- India: culture, religion, habits, customs, history, geography, social issues, etc.
- Language skills: India has 18 official languages, and many more dialects and sub-dialects. We will start with teaching the local language - Kannada or Tamil. Do not forget that English is widely spoken throughout the country. However, we encourage you to try to learn and speak the local language as this will open more doors for you.
- Projects: overview of the international volunteer projects in India and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement. There will also be project visits, where you will have the opportunity to meet current volunteers in other projects who can share their experiences.
- Information: lots of new and interesting things will be introduced during sessions like yoga, cooking and Hindu philosophy.
- Local sightseeing: meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, Indian homes and natural sites in groups or individually during the free time.
- Do’s and Don’ts: there are some simple rules, which can help you have a smooth integration with each other and with the local people. This will also help you overcome the culture shock!
- Intercultural session: presentation of the represented countries and cultures to the other volunteers and the local youth.
- Group games and discussions to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic and participatory as possible.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees per month (about $220 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Animal care and conservation program
India       3 to 12 months

Volunteer project: A sustainable future for the planet can only be achieved if both animals and people are part of the solution. However, it is not at all uncommon to see animals - domestic, stray or wild often exploited and taken for granted. It is often forgotten that they also need food and water. Conservation and management of animals has a significant bearing on the survival of every species by helping in promotion of rational use of environment to provide a high quality of living for mankind. Animal care and conservation envisages not only the protection of the existing populations of animals and their habitats, but also the breeding and farming of rare animals.

As a volunteer, you will be assigned to work with organisations involved in the field of impacting political and economic climate, habitat protection, breeding and farming, special wildlife projects, legislative measures, nursing ailing and injured animals. The major activities that you may be assigned are: Providing treatment and taking care of animals, conducting surveys, documentation, policy advocacy, designing appropriate Information, Education and Communication materials, community awareness and education.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The project is run all year round. Minimum duration is 3 months. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter that accurately describes yourself, your skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses, etc. is required with application. This information assists us to match you to the right project for you.

Accommodation: During the orientation week, the volunteers will stay together in a guest house in Bangalore or in a training centre in Kundapur, in shared bedrooms. Vegetarian meals will be provided.
Accommodation for the volunteers during the project can either be at the project site, in a local host family or in a hostel – depending on the project, location and availability.

Arrival and orientation: Volunteers arrive in Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month. Bangalore has an international airport and Kundapur is well connected to Bangalore by train and bus.

The program will start with a week-long orientation. The schedule is flexible but the Orientation week usually contains the following topics:
- Program introduction: aims of the program, way of working, finances, reporting and documentation, rules and expected behaviour.
- India: culture, religion, habits, customs, history, geography, social issues, etc.
- Language skills: India has 18 official languages, and many more dialects and sub-dialects. We will start with teaching the local language - Kannada or Tamil. Do not forget that English is widely spoken throughout the country. However, we encourage you to try to learn and speak the local language as this will open more doors for you.
- Projects: overview of the international volunteer projects in India and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement. There will also be project visits, where you will have the opportunity to meet current volunteers in other projects who can share their experiences.
- Information: lots of new and interesting things will be introduced during sessions like yoga, cooking and Hindu philosophy.
- Local sightseeing: meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, Indian homes and natural sites in groups or individually during the free time.
- Do’s and Don’ts: there are some simple rules, which can help you have a smooth integration with each other and with the local people. This will also help you overcome the culture shock!
- Intercultural session: presentation of the represented countries and cultures to the other volunteers and the local youth.
- Group games and discussions to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic and participatory as possible.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees per month (about $220 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Sustainable agriculture and organic farming program
India       1 to 12 months

Volunteer project: The challenge of food security, especially in the face of rising food prices, places a serious responsibility before the country. Despite immense advances in the agriculture sector, many people still go to bed hungry or live under the threat of food shortage. The degradation of natural resources is also a major concern as it severely impacts the livelihoods of poor and backward communities in rural areas. In this backdrop, sustainable agriculture is one of the most effective ways to respond to the challenges of the rural community. In essence, Sustainable Agriculture refers to a set of practices adopted for cultivation that are least harmful to the environment while also ensuring a good crop. It involves crop production methods that support sustainable natural resource management to increase crop productivity, maintain biodiversity, and also are economically viable and socially acceptable. Organic farming is generally sustainable; however, organic produce can also be cultivated on large scale industrial farms that are not sustainable. Soil and water management, organic farming, integrated pest management and integrated nutrient management are common practices promoted under sustainable agriculture. Sustainable agricultural development, as well as employing organic farming methods, seeks food and nutritional security, improved livelihoods for the people, safe ecosystems, and sustainable economies of agriculture.

As a volunteer in this field of work, you will
• Work with the farming community and associated organisations, assisting in sustainable agriculture and/or organic farming projects.
• Conduct community awareness activities on the importance of sustainable agriculture.
• Facilitate training and capacity building on crop productivity, how to maintain biodiversity, water management, organic farming, integrated pest management, integrated nutrient management, surveys, documentations, etc.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The project is run all year round. Minimum duration is 1 month. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter that accurately describes yourself, your skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses, etc. is required with application. This information assists us to match you to the right project for you.

Accommodation: During the orientation week, the volunteers will stay together in a guest house in Bangalore or in a training centre in Kundapur, in shared bedrooms. Vegetarian meals will be provided.
Accommodation for the volunteers during the project can either be at the project site, in a local host family or in a hostel – depending on the project, location and availability.

Arrival and orientation: Volunteers arrive in Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month. Bangalore has an international airport and Kundapur is well connected to Bangalore by train and bus.

The program will start with a week-long orientation. The schedule is flexible but the Orientation week usually contains the following topics:
- Program introduction: aims of the program, way of working, finances, reporting and documentation, rules and expected behaviour.
- India: culture, religion, habits, customs, history, geography, social issues, etc.
- Language skills: India has 18 official languages, and many more dialects and sub-dialects. We will start with teaching the local language - Kannada or Tamil. Do not forget that English is widely spoken throughout the country. However, we encourage you to try to learn and speak the local language as this will open more doors for you.
- Projects: overview of the international volunteer projects in India and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement. There will also be project visits, where you will have the opportunity to meet current volunteers in other projects who can share their experiences.
- Information: lots of new and interesting things will be introduced during sessions like yoga, cooking and Hindu philosophy.
- Local sightseeing: meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, Indian homes and natural sites in groups or individually during the free time.
- Do’s and Don’ts: there are some simple rules, which can help you have a smooth integration with each other and with the local people. This will also help you overcome the culture shock!
- Intercultural session: presentation of the represented countries and cultures to the other volunteers and the local youth.
- Group games and discussions to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic and participatory as possible.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees per month (about $220 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Education and care for physically and mentally challenged children
India       1 to 12 months

Volunteer project: The volunteers in this project will work with physically and mentally challenged children. These children are subject to multiple deprivations and limited opportunities in different aspects of their lives. They are mostly rejected by mainstream society and face grave discrimination. We believe volunteers can be huge change-makers by participating in this project, bringing joy in the lives of these children, helping to make some structural changes in their daily lives and preparing them for adulthood.

Working with children with various forms of disability can be quite a demanding task for anyone. However, despite the challenges, the children never lack spirit and enthusiasm, and working with them can bring you a lot of joy and give a lot of life learning experiences.
The main work will be teaching and supporting the staff in their daily activities for the care of the children. As a volunteer, you will be involved in individual goal setting and planning for holistic development of children with special needs through home-based, community-based or institution-based approach. Flexibility and openness to all kinds of activities is needed.
Additional work activities will involve maintenance and gardening work, preparing and serving meals, cleaning and providing company.

A creative approach to work is useful and you will have the opportunity to initiate new mini projects or activities. You will need to be flexible and prepared to undertake multiple tasks.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The project is run all year round. Minimum duration is 1 month. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter that accurately describes yourself, your skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses, etc. is required with application. This information assists us to match you to the right project for you.

Accommodation: During the orientation week, the volunteers will stay together in a guest house in Bangalore or in a training centre in Kundapur, in shared bedrooms. Vegetarian meals will be provided.
Accommodation for the volunteers during the project can either be at the project site, in a local host family or in a hostel – depending on the project, location and availability.

Arrival and orientation: Volunteers arrive in Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month. Bangalore has an international airport and Kundapur is well connected to Bangalore by train and bus.

The program will start with a week-long orientation. The schedule is flexible but the Orientation week usually contains the following topics:
- Program introduction: aims of the program, way of working, finances, reporting and documentation, rules and expected behaviour.
- India: culture, religion, habits, customs, history, geography, social issues, etc.
- Language skills: India has 18 official languages, and many more dialects and sub-dialects. We will start with teaching the local language - Kannada or Tamil. Do not forget that English is widely spoken throughout the country. However, we encourage you to try to learn and speak the local language as this will open more doors for you.
- Projects: overview of the international volunteer projects in India and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement. There will also be project visits, where you will have the opportunity to meet current volunteers in other projects who can share their experiences.
- Information: lots of new and interesting things will be introduced during sessions like yoga, cooking and Hindu philosophy.
- Local sightseeing: meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, Indian homes and natural sites in groups or individually during the free time.
- Do’s and Don’ts: there are some simple rules, which can help you have a smooth integration with each other and with the local people. This will also help you overcome the culture shock!
- Intercultural session: presentation of the represented countries and cultures to the other volunteers and the local youth.
- Group games and discussions to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic and participatory as possible.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees per month (about $220 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Empowerment and social inclusion projects
India       1 to 12 months

Volunteer project: The project is organised in cooperation with local organisations working for social inclusion of minorities or less fortunate people who have been left behind in the race and struggle for economic and social justice. We make efforts to motivate and support them by placing interested volunteers to help them in their office, field work or to bring in new innovative ideas to their work. The work varies from project to project. Therefore, volunteers must clearly indicate in their application why they want to work on such projects and also how they can contribute to the projects.

Following are examples of the different kinds of projects:
• Projects where working children are given vocational training;
• Projects where young people are given training in various trades;
• Projects where Micro-finances are given to a minority community and we help them to become economically stable;
• Projects where computer education is given;
• Projects with disabled children and/or adults, in order to give them more autonomy and to eventually integrate them into mainstream society;

Volunteers can help in many ways. In the past, volunteers have done photography and documentation work for local projects and helped them build a website. Volunteers in a vocational training centre helped make a catalogue of all their products. Volunteers have assisted projects by implementing a good filing system, survey and data collection. In these projects, creativity plays a major role, and prior experience is also very useful.
We also empower less fortunate youth from slums or low economic backgrounds by giving them training in leading groups or office work. After completing the training, they work as group leaders for a year. Then they go back home and organize projects so as to bring in development in their communities.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The project is run all year round. Minimum duration is 1 month. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter that accurately describes yourself, your skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses, etc. is required with application. This information assists us to match you to the right project for you.

Accommodation: During the orientation week, the volunteers will stay together in a guest house in Bangalore or in a training centre in Kundapur, in shared bedrooms. Vegetarian meals will be provided.
Accommodation for the volunteers during the project can either be at the project site, in a local host family or in a hostel – depending on the project, location and availability.

Arrival and orientation: Volunteers arrive in Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month. Bangalore has an international airport and Kundapur is well connected to Bangalore by train and bus.

The program will start with a week-long orientation. The schedule is flexible but the Orientation week usually contains the following topics:
- Program introduction: aims of the program, way of working, finances, reporting and documentation, rules and expected behaviour.
- India: culture, religion, habits, customs, history, geography, social issues, etc.
- Language skills: India has 18 official languages, and many more dialects and sub-dialects. We will start with teaching the local language - Kannada or Tamil. Do not forget that English is widely spoken throughout the country. However, we encourage you to try to learn and speak the local language as this will open more doors for you.
- Projects: overview of the international volunteer projects in India and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement. There will also be project visits, where you will have the opportunity to meet current volunteers in other projects who can share their experiences.
- Information: lots of new and interesting things will be introduced during sessions like yoga, cooking and Hindu philosophy.
- Local sightseeing: meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, Indian homes and natural sites in groups or individually during the free time.
- Do’s and Don’ts: there are some simple rules, which can help you have a smooth integration with each other and with the local people. This will also help you overcome the culture shock!
- Intercultural session: presentation of the represented countries and cultures to the other volunteers and the local youth.
- Group games and discussions to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic and participatory as possible.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees per month (about $220 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Activity and care program for older people
India       1 to 12 months

Volunteer project: Geriatric care and concern for older adults is becoming more important today. Volunteers are needed to help enhance the quality of life of residents in old age homes.

Volunteering in an old age home can be a challenging task. Volunteer duties include interacting with the elderly people and providing basic support to the staff in their daily routine. Volunteers will be helping in the daily activities, medical care, special programs for physical exercises and keeping company to the elderly.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The project is run all year round. Minimum duration is 1 month. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter that accurately describes yourself, your skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses, etc. is required with application. This information assists us to match you to the right project for you.

Accommodation: During the orientation week, the volunteers will stay together in a guest house in Bangalore or in a training centre in Kundapur, in shared bedrooms. Vegetarian meals will be provided.
Accommodation for the volunteers during the project can either be at the project site, in a local host family or in a hostel – depending on the project, location and availability.

Arrival and orientation: Volunteers arrive in Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month. Bangalore has an international airport and Kundapur is well connected to Bangalore by train and bus.

The program will start with a week-long orientation. The schedule is flexible but the Orientation week usually contains the following topics:
- Program introduction: aims of the program, way of working, finances, reporting and documentation, rules and expected behaviour.
- India: culture, religion, habits, customs, history, geography, social issues, etc.
- Language skills: India has 18 official languages, and many more dialects and sub-dialects. We will start with teaching the local language - Kannada or Tamil. Do not forget that English is widely spoken throughout the country. However, we encourage you to try to learn and speak the local language as this will open more doors for you.
- Projects: overview of the international volunteer projects in India and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement. There will also be project visits, where you will have the opportunity to meet current volunteers in other projects who can share their experiences.
- Information: lots of new and interesting things will be introduced during sessions like yoga, cooking and Hindu philosophy.
- Local sightseeing: meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, Indian homes and natural sites in groups or individually during the free time.
- Do’s and Don’ts: there are some simple rules, which can help you have a smooth integration with each other and with the local people. This will also help you overcome the culture shock!
- Intercultural session: presentation of the represented countries and cultures to the other volunteers and the local youth.
- Group games and discussions to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic and participatory as possible.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees per month (about $220 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Women empowerment program
India       1 to 12 months

Volunteer project: Bridging the chasm of India’s wide gender gap is increasingly gaining importance in the country’s developmental strategies, with a greater number of NGOs and government organizations putting women at the centre of their projects. A key component of many of these strategies is building the capacity of women in financial self-management which will enable the creation of an environment where women can make independent decisions on their personal development as well as shine as equals in society.

In recent years, the government has extensively promoted the formation of Self Help Groups as platforms to enable micro-credit options for the economically disadvantaged. Comprised primarily of women, a Self Help Group is, in essence, a credit and savings group: each member regularly contributes a fixed small amount of money until enough capital is built within the Self Help Group to begin lending. The group then collectively decides which members should be lent money, based on the needs of each member. Repayment, at a predetermined interest rate, is ensured through peer pressure. Through the years, Self Help Groups have evolved into more than just community-driven institutions of micro-credit; they have also been crucial to mobilizing women’s empowerment activities at the grassroots level.

Volunteers will work extensively with Self Help Groups and other women’s groups to implement capacity building initiatives in their communities. Some of the activities include:
• Teaching English
• Building capacity in computer literacy
• Raising awareness on health and hygiene
• Promoting entrepreneurial initiatives and income generation activities that increase family income
• Building the financial capacity of Self Help Groups to actively manage their group, increase capital and fund entrepreneurial projects of their women members

Language: English

Duration of the project: The project is run all year round. Minimum duration is 1 month. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter that accurately describes yourself, your skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses, etc. is required with application. This information assists us to match you to the right project for you.

Accommodation: During the orientation week, the volunteers will stay together in a guest house in Bangalore or in a training centre in Kundapur, in shared bedrooms. Vegetarian meals will be provided.
Accommodation for the volunteers during the project can either be at the project site, in a local host family or in a hostel – depending on the project, location and availability.

Arrival and orientation: Volunteers arrive in Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month. Bangalore has an international airport and Kundapur is well connected to Bangalore by train and bus.

The program will start with a week-long orientation. The schedule is flexible but the Orientation week usually contains the following topics:
- Program introduction: aims of the program, way of working, finances, reporting and documentation, rules and expected behaviour.
- India: culture, religion, habits, customs, history, geography, social issues, etc.
- Language skills: India has 18 official languages, and many more dialects and sub-dialects. We will start with teaching the local language - Kannada or Tamil. Do not forget that English is widely spoken throughout the country. However, we encourage you to try to learn and speak the local language as this will open more doors for you.
- Projects: overview of the international volunteer projects in India and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement. There will also be project visits, where you will have the opportunity to meet current volunteers in other projects who can share their experiences.
- Information: lots of new and interesting things will be introduced during sessions like yoga, cooking and Hindu philosophy.
- Local sightseeing: meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, Indian homes and natural sites in groups or individually during the free time.
- Do’s and Don’ts: there are some simple rules, which can help you have a smooth integration with each other and with the local people. This will also help you overcome the culture shock!
- Intercultural session: presentation of the represented countries and cultures to the other volunteers and the local youth.
- Group games and discussions to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic and participatory as possible.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees per month (about $220 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Education and development projects in Indian slums
India       1 to 12 months

Volunteer project: Indian cities suffer from huge urbanization problems and slums are present and mushrooming in many cities and towns. The slum areas in the cities are clusters of houses and shacks built illegally, where all basic infrastructures are absent, water and electricity supply and other civic amenities are scarce or non-existent, hygiene is very poor. With high rates of unemployment and outbreaks of diseases these slums become breeding grounds for poverty, exploitation and negligence.
Many NGOs are working to improve the basic living conditions of the large number of people residing in those slums.

The volunteers will have the opportunity to join hands with local organisations to support ongoing projects such as Awareness campaigns, Literacy programs, Educational projects and Empowerment of minorities.
The volunteers will mainly focus on teaching slum children in small shelters or in schools. In addition, with the support of the project staff, the volunteers may have to visit slum areas, interact with inhabitants, conduct awareness campaigns on health, water, sanitation, etc.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The project is run all year round. Minimum duration is 1 month. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter that accurately describes yourself, your skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses, etc. is required with application. This information assists us to match you to the right project for you.

Accommodation: During the orientation week, the volunteers will stay together in a guest house in Bangalore or in a training centre in Kundapur, in shared bedrooms. Vegetarian meals will be provided.
Accommodation for the volunteers during the project can either be at the project site, in a local host family or in a hostel – depending on the project, location and availability.

Arrival and orientation: Volunteers arrive in Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month. Bangalore has an international airport and Kundapur is well connected to Bangalore by train and bus.

The program will start with a week-long orientation. The schedule is flexible but the Orientation week usually contains the following topics:
- Program introduction: aims of the program, way of working, finances, reporting and documentation, rules and expected behaviour.
- India: culture, religion, habits, customs, history, geography, social issues, etc.
- Language skills: India has 18 official languages, and many more dialects and sub-dialects. We will start with teaching the local language - Kannada or Tamil. Do not forget that English is widely spoken throughout the country. However, we encourage you to try to learn and speak the local language as this will open more doors for you.
- Projects: overview of the international volunteer projects in India and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement. There will also be project visits, where you will have the opportunity to meet current volunteers in other projects who can share their experiences.
- Information: lots of new and interesting things will be introduced during sessions like yoga, cooking and Hindu philosophy.
- Local sightseeing: meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, Indian homes and natural sites in groups or individually during the free time.
- Do’s and Don’ts: there are some simple rules, which can help you have a smooth integration with each other and with the local people. This will also help you overcome the culture shock!
- Intercultural session: presentation of the represented countries and cultures to the other volunteers and the local youth.
- Group games and discussions to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic and participatory as possible.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees per month (about $220 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Tribal development program
India       2 to 12 months

Volunteer project: Indian society is characterized by discrimination, deprivation, exploitation, subjugation and marginalization, particularly on the basis of caste and ethnicity. The Scheduled Tribes in India suffer from exclusion, neglect and under-development due to their geographical and cultural isolation and separation from the mainstream. The greatest challenge that India has been facing since independence is the proper provision of social justice to the scheduled tribe people, by ameliorating their socio-economic conditions. Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes and de-notified tribes constitute the weakest section of India's population, from the ecological, economic and educational angles. They constitute the matrix of India's poverty.

As a volunteer in this field, not only will you gain in terms of experience but you will also have rich inter-cultural exposure with tribal communities. You will work with an ethnic tribal community in partnership with community based organisations that are trying to mainstream the tribal community. Healthcare, education, livelihoods, skills training, and promotion of tribal rights will be the development intervention strategy.

Volunteer duties involve:
• Conducting community awareness on various development issues concerning the ethnic tribal community, conducting training and capacity building, networking with organisations working with similar vision.
• Participating in advocacy and campaigns, conducting surveys, carrying out documentations, and designing project proposals for ethnic tribal development.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The project is run all year round. Minimum duration is 2 months. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter that accurately describes yourself, your skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses, etc. is required with application. This information assists us to match you to the right project for you.

Accommodation: During the orientation week, the volunteers will stay together in a guest house in Bangalore or in a training centre in Kundapur, in shared bedrooms. Vegetarian meals will be provided.
Accommodation for the volunteers during the project can either be at the project site, in a local host family or in a hostel – depending on the project, location and availability.

Arrival and orientation: Volunteers arrive in Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month. Bangalore has an international airport and Kundapur is well connected to Bangalore by train and bus.

The program will start with a week-long orientation. The schedule is flexible but the Orientation week usually contains the following topics:
- Program introduction: aims of the program, way of working, finances, reporting and documentation, rules and expected behaviour.
- India: culture, religion, habits, customs, history, geography, social issues, etc.
- Language skills: India has 18 official languages, and many more dialects and sub-dialects. We will start with teaching the local language - Kannada or Tamil. Do not forget that English is widely spoken throughout the country. However, we encourage you to try to learn and speak the local language as this will open more doors for you.
- Projects: overview of the international volunteer projects in India and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement. There will also be project visits, where you will have the opportunity to meet current volunteers in other projects who can share their experiences.
- Information: lots of new and interesting things will be introduced during sessions like yoga, cooking and Hindu philosophy.
- Local sightseeing: meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, Indian homes and natural sites in groups or individually during the free time.
- Do’s and Don’ts: there are some simple rules, which can help you have a smooth integration with each other and with the local people. This will also help you overcome the culture shock!
- Intercultural session: presentation of the represented countries and cultures to the other volunteers and the local youth.
- Group games and discussions to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic and participatory as possible.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees per month (about $220 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Preventing child labour and promoting children's rights
India       2 to 12 months

Volunteer project: It’s every child’s right to have a joyful childhood and grow up in a safe and nurturing environment with protection and guidance from their guardians. Whether in the cities or in villages, at home or in school, every child deserves a childhood free from exploitation and abuse. Children are the hope and future of a nation. Yet, there are millions deprived children in India who have never known a normal, carefree childhood. The problem of child labour is a serious social matter that needs to be addressed sooner. With an officially estimated 4.3 million children engaged in hazardous occupations (2011 Census), India has the largest number of child labourers under the age of 14 in the world. They are employed in many industries and trades, including garments, footwear, brick kilns, stainless steel, hotels, textile shops, glass blowing, fireworks and matches, brassware, electroplating, lead mining, stone quarrying, lock making and beedi rolling (thin Indian cigarettes filled with tobacco and rolled in a tendu leaf). There are legislations that have been enacted to prevent child labour in India. Many organisations across the country are working to eliminate child labour and promote children’s rights.

As a volunteer, you will be associated with a community organisation that is involved in:
• Special health care programs for children living on the streets;
• Exposing exploitative child labour practices and ensuring children join residential bridge schools and vocational training programs;
• Conducting awareness campaigns;
• Facilitating training and capacity building for parents and community workers;
• Prevention of child labour and counselling;
• Conducting surveys, documentation, designing appropriate information, education and communication materials.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The project is run all year round. Minimum duration is 2 months. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter that accurately describes yourself, your skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses, etc. is required with application. This information assists us to match you to the right project for you.

Accommodation: During the orientation week, the volunteers will stay together in a guest house in Bangalore or in a training centre in Kundapur, in shared bedrooms. Vegetarian meals will be provided.
Accommodation for the volunteers during the project can either be at the project site, in a local host family or in a hostel – depending on the project, location and availability.

Arrival and orientation: Volunteers arrive in Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month. Bangalore has an international airport and Kundapur is well connected to Bangalore by train and bus.

The program will start with a week-long orientation. The schedule is flexible but the Orientation week usually contains the following topics:
- Program introduction: aims of the program, way of working, finances, reporting and documentation, rules and expected behaviour.
- India: culture, religion, habits, customs, history, geography, social issues, etc.
- Language skills: India has 18 official languages, and many more dialects and sub-dialects. We will start with teaching the local language - Kannada or Tamil. Do not forget that English is widely spoken throughout the country. However, we encourage you to try to learn and speak the local language as this will open more doors for you.
- Projects: overview of the international volunteer projects in India and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement. There will also be project visits, where you will have the opportunity to meet current volunteers in other projects who can share their experiences.
- Information: lots of new and interesting things will be introduced during sessions like yoga, cooking and Hindu philosophy.
- Local sightseeing: meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, Indian homes and natural sites in groups or individually during the free time.
- Do’s and Don’ts: there are some simple rules, which can help you have a smooth integration with each other and with the local people. This will also help you overcome the culture shock!
- Intercultural session: presentation of the represented countries and cultures to the other volunteers and the local youth.
- Group games and discussions to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic and participatory as possible.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees per month (about $220 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Medical care program
India       1 to 12 months

Volunteer project: Participants in this Medical internship program will have the opportunity to learn about the healthcare system of India and its specifics while supporting doctors, medical staff and patients. The placements are in South India, in the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The tasks and responsibilities will be assigned based on each volunteer’s experience, background and skill set. Volunteer duties can range from simply observational to following doctors on their ward rounds, assisting in outpatient clinics, and shadowing doctors and paramedics.

Volunteers in this program will be exposed to many different cases and various aspects of the daily routine in a hospital. The doctors and medical staff will be happy to share their experience and specialized knowledge, and answer your questions.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The project is run all year round. Minimum duration is 1 month. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter that accurately describes yourself, your skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses, etc. is required with application. This information assists us to match you to the right project for you.

Accommodation: During the orientation week, the volunteers will stay together in a guest house in Bangalore or in a training centre in Kundapur, in shared bedrooms. Vegetarian meals will be provided.
Accommodation for the volunteers during the project can either be at the project site, in a local host family or in a hostel – depending on the project, location and availability.

Arrival and orientation: Volunteers arrive in Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month. Bangalore has an international airport and Kundapur is well connected to Bangalore by train and bus.

The program will start with a week-long orientation. The schedule is flexible but the Orientation week usually contains the following topics:
- Program introduction: aims of the program, way of working, finances, reporting and documentation, rules and expected behaviour.
- India: culture, religion, habits, customs, history, geography, social issues, etc.
- Language skills: India has 18 official languages, and many more dialects and sub-dialects. We will start with teaching the local language - Kannada or Tamil. Do not forget that English is widely spoken throughout the country. However, we encourage you to try to learn and speak the local language as this will open more doors for you.
- Projects: overview of the international volunteer projects in India and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement. There will also be project visits, where you will have the opportunity to meet current volunteers in other projects who can share their experiences.
- Information: lots of new and interesting things will be introduced during sessions like yoga, cooking and Hindu philosophy.
- Local sightseeing: meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, Indian homes and natural sites in groups or individually during the free time.
- Do’s and Don’ts: there are some simple rules, which can help you have a smooth integration with each other and with the local people. This will also help you overcome the culture shock!
- Intercultural session: presentation of the represented countries and cultures to the other volunteers and the local youth.
- Group games and discussions to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic and participatory as possible.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees per month (about $220 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.


Nutrition and health care program
India       2 to 12 months

Volunteer project: Healthcare and the lack of easy access to it prevent people from upward social and economic mobility in India. Healthcare facilities in India are difficult to access. Government hospitals, though technically free, are so overwhelmed by the incongruity between the massive population of patients and the deficiency of qualified medical staff that they cannot cope with the load. Rates of children suffering from undernutrition remain high despite the economic growth. In India, 20 per cent of children less than 5 years of age suffer from wasting due to acute undernutrition. More than one third of the world’s children who are wasted live in India (UNICEF).
Undernutrition is substantially higher in rural than in urban areas and is responsible for 35% of deaths among children under 5 and 11% of the total global disease burden. Undernutrition is often an invisible problem that jeopardizes children’s survival, health, growth and development, and it slows national progress towards development goals.
According to the World Health Organization, the majority of the top 10 causes of death in India are both treatable and preventable. Therefore, to supplement the efforts of the Government, we are working to provide health care to people and improve the nutritional status of children.

As a volunteer, you will be working with healthcare centres or community based organisations and your tasks will include:
• Catering to the healthcare and nutritional needs of the rural community.
• Organising health camps; providing health and nutritional education to children, youth/adolescents and the community.
• Conducting community awareness; facilitating training and capacity building for health workers; community mobilization on preventive, curative and rehabilitative health interventions.
• Conducting surveys; documentations; designing appropriate information, education and communication materials on health and nutritional aspects.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The project is run all year round. Minimum duration is 2 months. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter that accurately describes yourself, your skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses, etc. is required with application. This information assists us to match you to the right project for you.

Accommodation: During the orientation week, the volunteers will stay together in a guest house in Bangalore or in a training centre in Kundapur, in shared bedrooms. Vegetarian meals will be provided.
Accommodation for the volunteers during the project can either be at the project site, in a local host family or in a hostel – depending on the project, location and availability.

Arrival and orientation: Volunteers arrive in Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month. Bangalore has an international airport and Kundapur is well connected to Bangalore by train and bus.

The program will start with a week-long orientation. The schedule is flexible but the Orientation week usually contains the following topics:
- Program introduction: aims of the program, way of working, finances, reporting and documentation, rules and expected behaviour.
- India: culture, religion, habits, customs, history, geography, social issues, etc.
- Language skills: India has 18 official languages, and many more dialects and sub-dialects. We will start with teaching the local language - Kannada or Tamil. Do not forget that English is widely spoken throughout the country. However, we encourage you to try to learn and speak the local language as this will open more doors for you.
- Projects: overview of the international volunteer projects in India and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement. There will also be project visits, where you will have the opportunity to meet current volunteers in other projects who can share their experiences.
- Information: lots of new and interesting things will be introduced during sessions like yoga, cooking and Hindu philosophy.
- Local sightseeing: meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, Indian homes and natural sites in groups or individually during the free time.
- Do’s and Don’ts: there are some simple rules, which can help you have a smooth integration with each other and with the local people. This will also help you overcome the culture shock!
- Intercultural session: presentation of the represented countries and cultures to the other volunteers and the local youth.
- Group games and discussions to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic and participatory as possible.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees per month (about $220 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Knowledge management support for grassroots organizations
India       1 to 12 months

Volunteer project: Many NGOs and nonprofits in India are often understaffed and overstretched in terms of human resources. The grassroots organizations in particular, often lack the funds to dedicate personnel for knowledge management. Although well versed in the vernacular of the region and experts in their own field of work, staffs in many NGOs and nonprofits find it quite challenging to document their activities in English. Yet this knowledge management process is an integral function of any organization.

Volunteers interested in this field of work will be involved in:
• Designing and creating content for the organization’s offline and online communication platforms. This may include annual reports, brochures, blog articles, website content, social media platforms, press releases among others.
• Research, either through primary or secondary data collection, on impact of program implementation, feasibility of program action plans, etc. as per the needs of the organization.
• Documentation: this may include report writing, putting in place documentation procedures, recording organizational program activities, among others.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The project is run all year round. Minimum duration is 1 month. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter that accurately describes yourself, your skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses, etc. is required with application. This information assists us to match you to the right project for you.

Accommodation: During the orientation week, the volunteers will stay together in a guest house in Bangalore or in a training centre in Kundapur, in shared bedrooms. Vegetarian meals will be provided.
Accommodation for the volunteers during the project can either be at the project site, in a local host family or in a hostel – depending on the project, location and availability.

Arrival and orientation: Volunteers arrive in Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month. Bangalore has an international airport and Kundapur is well connected to Bangalore by train and bus.

The program will start with a week-long orientation. The schedule is flexible but the Orientation week usually contains the following topics:
- Program introduction: aims of the program, way of working, finances, reporting and documentation, rules and expected behaviour.
- India: culture, religion, habits, customs, history, geography, social issues, etc.
- Language skills: India has 18 official languages, and many more dialects and sub-dialects. We will start with teaching the local language - Kannada or Tamil. Do not forget that English is widely spoken throughout the country. However, we encourage you to try to learn and speak the local language as this will open more doors for you.
- Projects: overview of the international volunteer projects in India and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement. There will also be project visits, where you will have the opportunity to meet current volunteers in other projects who can share their experiences.
- Information: lots of new and interesting things will be introduced during sessions like yoga, cooking and Hindu philosophy.
- Local sightseeing: meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, Indian homes and natural sites in groups or individually during the free time.
- Do’s and Don’ts: there are some simple rules, which can help you have a smooth integration with each other and with the local people. This will also help you overcome the culture shock!
- Intercultural session: presentation of the represented countries and cultures to the other volunteers and the local youth.
- Group games and discussions to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic and participatory as possible.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees per month (about $220 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Teaching vocational and special skills in underprivileged communities
India       1 to 12 months

Volunteer project: Volunteers with different vocational and special skills can join this project. If you are a musician, a carpenter, an electrician, or you have skills in sewing, or if you are a qualified teacher in Math or IT and Computer skills, web design, or any kind of sports coaching, you can use your skills to benefit and serve an underprivileged community in India.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The project is run all year round. Minimum duration is 1 month. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter that accurately describes yourself, your skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses, etc. is required with application. This information assists us to match you to the right project for you.

Accommodation: During the orientation week, the volunteers will stay together in a guest house in Bangalore or in a training centre in Kundapur, in shared bedrooms. Vegetarian meals will be provided.
Accommodation for the volunteers during the project can either be at the project site, in a local host family or in a hostel – depending on the project, location and availability.

Arrival and orientation: Volunteers arrive in Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month. Bangalore has an international airport and Kundapur is well connected to Bangalore by train and bus.

The program will start with a week-long orientation. The schedule is flexible but the Orientation week usually contains the following topics:
- Program introduction: aims of the program, way of working, finances, reporting and documentation, rules and expected behaviour.
- India: culture, religion, habits, customs, history, geography, social issues, etc.
- Language skills: India has 18 official languages, and many more dialects and sub-dialects. We will start with teaching the local language - Kannada or Tamil. Do not forget that English is widely spoken throughout the country. However, we encourage you to try to learn and speak the local language as this will open more doors for you.
- Projects: overview of the international volunteer projects in India and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement. There will also be project visits, where you will have the opportunity to meet current volunteers in other projects who can share their experiences.
- Information: lots of new and interesting things will be introduced during sessions like yoga, cooking and Hindu philosophy.
- Local sightseeing: meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, Indian homes and natural sites in groups or individually during the free time.
- Do’s and Don’ts: there are some simple rules, which can help you have a smooth integration with each other and with the local people. This will also help you overcome the culture shock!
- Intercultural session: presentation of the represented countries and cultures to the other volunteers and the local youth.
- Group games and discussions to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic and participatory as possible.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees per month (about $220 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Join now  ►

Short-term projects in India