Volunteer organizations in India represent a unique opportunity for inner personal growth while performing meaningful service to those in need. The holy lands of India are in urgent need of protection. Mother Nature is calling you to help restore her rivers, soil, forests, jungles and of course her dear people and animals. Your helping hands are needed in so many areas, so how does one decide where to go and whom to help? To help you determine where you might fit in best, we are presenting some of our favorite volunteer projects and volunteer organizations in India. So we wish you well in your efforts and thank you in advance for your sacrifice and commitment. Here you will get the list you needed. Best tip: stay in Tree house in India while doing volunteer service.
Volunteering India is a project dedicated to promoting wonderful volunteer programs in India for the betterment of local communities. It is based in Delhi and offers opportunities for volunteering and internships. It offers specialized volunteer and travel projects for international volunteers and interns in Delhi, Palampur in Himachal Pradesh too. Likewise in different locations in South India.
The mission of Volunteering India is to help international volunteers from across the world to organize volunteer work projects. It is welcome in different parts of India and in turn benefit the local communities in India. For details about various programs, visit the website volunteeringindia.com.
10, Siri Fort Road
New Delhi – 110049 , India
Phone: +91 – 124 – 4307993 (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM – IST)
24 Hrs: + 91 – 9716 235 166 / 9871 371 009
Volunteering at Vrinda Kunja is a good fit for someone interested in experiencing spirituality by being immersed in authentic Vaishnava ashram life. Just living in India’s sweet Vrindavan is a unique experience. Imagine lots of sadhus (holy men) walking and praying in the streets, doing their puja (worship ritual) on the banks of holy Yamuna River. You can be an active participant by helping to clean the streets and river, practicing bhakti yoga, and learning about Vedic philosophy and culture. There is even an informative Imlitala blog containing great info on ancient Indian culture. The ones who make it happen are young and dynamic youngsters, a team of committed bhakti yoga enthusiasts. For more information check the website vrindakunja.org
Vrinda Kunja Ashram: Bhut Galli 169,
near Gopeshwar Mahadev temple.
Vrindavan, District Mathura UP – PIN 281121.
Phone: +919927888664 or +91 9690274444 – We speak Englsih and Spanish.
When considering India as a place to volunteer, one cannot help but think about Mother Theresa. To learn more of what goes on at Mother Theresa’s Mission in India, you must read this touching story of a volunteer from England:
“Many people have asked me what draws me to Kolkata, and it’s a difficult question to answer. For my confirmation, way back in the last millennium, I received a book with daily quotes from Mother Teresa [“The Joy in Loving”]. I remember reading one entry which described a young girl visiting Kolkata from Paris. Mother noted that her eyes weren’t smiling, and sent her to work in Kalighat, where she found Jesus.
Perhaps I knew my eyes weren’t smiling either, because as soon as I finished school, I decided I would go to Kolkata to volunteer. Looking back, I was certainly young and innocent. I remember my journey from the airport. Wondering if these people really slept on the streets, who owned the dogs and cows etc! It was akin to landing on another planet – many miles away from my all-girls school in rural England. However, I was soon captivated by the volunteer community: by the warmth and friendliness of the people and sisters. For the first time in my life I felt accepted for who I was, not for what I could do. I began working in a dispensary, and led a group of volunteers painting the park at Shishu Bhavan. It probably sounds cliched, but from the very beginning it became apparent that whatever we gave, we received much more.”
Nirmala Shishu Bhavan (Home for Children),
78, A.J.C. Bose Road, Kolkata – 700016
Bija Vidyapeeth (Earth University) is Navdanya’s learning center located at the Navdanya Biodiversity Conservation Farm in Doon Valley, Uttarakhand. This is nestled between the Ganga and the Yamuna, the Shivalik and Himalayan mountain ranges. Navdanya has created a biodiversity sanctuary for birds, butterflies, insects and soil microorganisms, saving more than 1500 varieties of seeds and trees. Here, nature in its diversity and dynamism is the highest teacher. We draw inspiration from India’s ancient Aranya Sanskruti – of learning from nature and forests.
Navdanya – Biodiversity Farm/Bija Vidyapeeth
Village Ramgarh / Shishambara
Old Shimla Road, P.O Sherpur
Dehradun, Uttaranchal click here for directions
Phone: 91-135-2693025 / 2111015
Goabroad.com is an American project not only for volunteers but for anyone thinking about living abroad for a while for any reason: studying, teaching and of course volunteering. Our favorite offer was this volunteering organization opportunity in South India: “Gain the experience of volunteering at an orphanage in Southern India. ELI partners with orphanages in and around Bangalore, Chennai and Kerala. Orphanages that volunteer are sent to work hard. So they could send their children to school and help them get an education, which is a rare opportunity for orphans in India.
Volunteers tasks will include:
Accommodations are provided by the orphanages and volunteers will have meals with the children. This placement requires participants to be flexible, capable and prepared for challenging living conditions.”
For someone looking for a well-organized, highly-committed community of volunteers, we recommend Sadhana Forest which is part of the international community of Auroville, 6km north of Pondicherry, in Tamil Nadu, South East India.
Their main mission is reforestation and water conservation, with an emphasis on permaculture. Sadhana Forest has always tried to involve the local community with its activities. The cowerkers initiate changes on the ground indeed. They know that it is important to involve the community with any changes to the area. Furthermore to receive the communities’ feedback to better understand the challenges they face, and how to share their experience and knowledge to help with those challenges. This is a totally vegan community which really sets a great example of sustainable lifestyle.
If you are looking to combine your volunteer efforts withan authentic Hindu spiritual experience, you should consider this Eco Yoga Ashram in Mayapur, West Bengal – India, a beautiful subtropical island located right on the sacred Ganges river. This is one of nine islands, considered one of the holiest places in the world.
Here you will find a group of young enthusiastic bhakti yoga practitioners from different countries who live in this tranquil ashram in accordance with ancient Vedic principles. You will be eager to wake up early in the morning to meditate, chanting mystic mantras, working in harmony with nature and interacting with people in the local community.
Contact: Volunteering in West Bengal, Jahnavi Kunja – India