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India - Volunteer Travel Adventure

Volunteer in India for 3 weeks and spend your time working with children at a child care center, witness India's spectacular sights and trek in the Himalaya's. It truly is a once in a lifetime experience!



Fast Facts

Location of ProjectIndia
Project Length3 weeks
Arrival AirportNew Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport
Volunteer WorkTeaching, childcare, orphanage work, travelling through India
Number of Participants15 international volunteers
Age17 - 60
Visas You must apply for this program 1 - 2 months in advance in order to have enough time to get your visa processed.

What's Included

AccommodationShared rooms in volunteer house or host family
Food2 meals a day (when in Palampur 3 meals a day)
SupportPre-departure assistance, local in-country team and 24hr emergency support
Airport TransfersIncluded on arrival and departure
Pre-Departure Kit Full project details are sent following registration
Orientation All necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival
Travel Delhi Sightseeing Tour, Trips to Agra, Jaipur & Amritsar, 2 days trekking in the Himalayas
Optional add - on 1 week in Goa at an additional cost

What's Not Included

Flights, personal expenses, travel health insurance, local transportation, transportation back to airport (can be arranged for $20),visa, entry fees to monuments (can add up to approx. $50)


India is the seventh largest country in the world and home to more than a billion people. It beautifully blends the past and the present together which can be seen in its rich culture, multiple religions, and magnificent architecture. The landscape is quite diverse, ranging from the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains to jungles and beaches. 


About the Project

Join this 3 week volunteering adventure to experience all that India has to offer. Volunteers will spend half of their time working at orphanages and the other half visiting India’s most famous attractions and experiencing a new culture.  This project is supervised by in-country, professional staff who have been working with the project for many years. Participants should be ready for challenging work that will result in a rewarding experience.


Volunteer Work and Contribution

Participants will have the chance to work with street children and orphans in Delhi and Palampur.The main focus for the volunteers will be to provide love and care for the children while engaging them in informal education and fun games. Volunteers will also help create a more home-like and enjoyable atmosphere by decorating the facilities and painting rooms.These small improvements will make a huge difference for the children that call these places home.  Daily activities can include:

  • Informal English lessons and help with homework
  • Fun and creative activities including drawing and coloring
  • Playing recreational games with the children
  • Painting rooms or creating decorations to brighten up the rooms

Volunteers will work 5-6 hours per day at the orphanages and childcare centers.


Travel Highlights

Throughout the 3 week stay, volunteers will travel to many of India's fascinating cities and most popular attractions including:  

  • Visiting Delhi's famous India Gate, Swami Narayan Temple, Akshardham Temple, Lotus Temple and Humayun's Tomb
  • The Golden Triange Tour includes a trip to the Taj Mahal and Jaipur's famous Johary Bazar
  • Visiting Amristar's Golden Temple, Dalai Lama Temple and nearby waterfalls in Bhagsu
  • A 2-day trek in the Himalayan Mountains

*Please note that some monuments require entry fees that you are required to pay for directly. Therefore, it is recommended to have about $50 USD on you for monuments when traveling. 

Add  - on week in Goa : If you are looking for a great conclusion to your program you can stay for an additional week in Goa. Goa is an idyllic holiday destination with white, sandy beaches - ideal for swimming and relaxing. You can enjoy the beaches or hire a motorbike and roam around the city as you wish.  

Please Note: The beach extension week is unguided but Delhi-Goa travel tickets, airport/train station transfers, sightseeing and accommodation is provided.


Living Arrangements

Accommodations: volunteers will stay in either a volunteer house or guest house during volunteering and hotels when travelling. Rooms will be shared with other volunteers of the same gender.  The accommodations will be basic but have electricity and running, hot water.

Food: 2 meals per day during the volunteer week in Delhi and 3 meals per day during the volunteer week in Palampur; breakfast and lunch will be provided during the trips to Jaipur and Agra; lunch is provided during the time in Amritsar; 3 meals are provided during the trekking trip.

Laundry: no laundry service but volunteers can use local laundry facilities.

Internet: in most cases, free Wi-Fi is available at volunteer accommodations.


Minimum Requirements

  • Desire to work with children and experience a new culture
  • Immunizations (consult your doctor)
  • CV / Resume
  • Must be at least 17 years old 
  • Basic level of English


Important Notes

Before travelling to India volunteers must apply for a visa.  It is the sole responsibility of the participant to have the appropriate visa before travel. Please consult your local Indian consulate.

You should to apply to this project at 1 - 2 months before your chosen start date in order to ensure that you have enough time to obtain the proper visa.  The visa process is lengthy and can take up to 2 months.

Here's an excerpt of Arlene's experience:


"I volunteered with ‘street children’ at a local school. The volunteers and I were welcomed with lays, blessed with bracelets, and milk tea. I spent my time teaching English, mathematics, playing, singing, dancing, and learning from the children themselves, as they taught me even more than I could ever teach them. After volunteering, we would head off to some more tourist activities such as, visiting the Akshardham Temple and watching their magnificent water show."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!

Here's an excerpt of Pablo's experience:


"Our way of living in the West differs drastically from the way people live in India. As volunteers we saw incredible things we would have never imagined during our stay, such as how people really live in the slums. This was thanks to coming as a volunteer rather than as a tourist, which allowed us to immerse ourselves into the culture in a special way. We were able to see this unbelievably chaotic borough from the inside (even the inside of the houses!) thanks to the children (students from the school) who guided us through."

Read the rest of his story on the GoEco blog!


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