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Volunteer work at an Orphanage in South India

Volunteer with a child at an orphanage in Bangalore - South IndiaVolunteering Solutions provides orphan care placements in different locations in South India. We offer placements in Bangalore, Madurai and Tirunelveli.

A large number of poor and disadvantaged orphan children without homes are given refuge in orphanages and shelter homes being run by various non government organizations in South India.

These are distressed children who come from difficult circumstances that detach them from the joys of childhood. These orphans require love, care, affection warmth and education. Volunteers working in the Orphanage program in India will provide support to the underprivileged and un-cared for children to alleviate their suffering by helping them live a dignified life.
Orphans are deprived of many opportunities necessary for their development. Your little help at an orphanage can be of great significance for these children, helping to make their present secure and future promising. Working in an orphanage is a truly fulfilling and enriching experience.

A typical volunteer helping in an orphanage would help the children with their day to day activities such as: doing homework, making notes, playing with children, helping staff organize the orphanage, exchanging cultural views and teaching them about health and hygiene. You can also take the kids out for picnics and for excursions.

Volunteer Orphanage Program Description

Program Requirements

Volunteers must be 17 years or older at the beginning of the program. Volunteers need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. The volunteer should be flexible and adaptable to new culture and living environment.

Project Location

We offer orphanage project placements across different locations in South India.Placements are available in and around Bangalore, Madurai and Tirunelveli.These placements are located in the states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

Language & Orientation Week in Delhi

Volunteers joining their programs in South India also have the option to start their program with a week long language & culture orientation week in New Delhi. (Starts 1st and 3rd Monday of every month). This is a good opportunity for the volunteers to see Delhi, the famous sights in the city and to know more about the Indian culture and history.

Start Date

Volunteers can begin their project placement on any Monday of the month (Unless you join the Language and Culture week in Delhi, which starts on 1st and 3rd Monday of every month throughout the year, followed by volunteer program of your choice in South India.) Volunteers need to arrive one day prior to their program start date in Bangalore.

Program Costs

Volunteering Solutions strives hard to keep costs low and offers one of the most affordable volunteer abroad programs. Compare our prices and services to other organizations and you would be surprised to see the difference.

Program Costs

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Please Note: -An application fee of $200 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment.
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Please Note: -An application fee of £140 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment.
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Please Note: -An application fee of €170 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment.

What are you Paying For ?

    •  24 hrs Assistance and support from staff
    •  Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
    •  Pick up from the airport
    •  Orientation 
    •  Food (2-3 times a day)
    •  Accommodation 
    •  Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost)

What's NOT Included ?

    • Airfare
    • Return Trip to Airport (Can be arranged at extra cost)
    • Local Transportation
    • Visa Fees
    • Vaccinations

  • Emma Nichols (United Kingdom)

    Volunteer Orphanage Program
    I can honestly say that my whole experience was wonderful. The food and accommodation was great too. It was nice to stay within the orphanage...... read more
  • Hanna Schefer (Germany)

    Volunteering Solutions Reviews - Volunteer Orphanage Program in South India
    I really enjoyed working at the project. Playing with the children and teaching them English was a great experience. There are many highlights from my program placement. ..... read more
What are the project locations in India ?

Our volunteer programs are located in and around Delhi , South India, Palampur/Dharamsala in Himalayas and in Kolkata.

People from which country can join the Volunteering Solutions program ?

We welcome people from any part of the world to join our program regardless of which country he or she may belong too.

Does Volunteering Solutions help with Visa?

Receiving an appropriate Visa for volunteering purpose is the volunteer's responsibility. Volunteering Solutions strongly recommends all volunteers to apply and get an appropriate visa before departing for India, please check with your local Indian Embassy in your country for more details. If needed, Volunteering Solutions do provide with written document which would help volunteers in getting the Visa.

When should I apply for the volunteer programs in India?

We are able to offer placements from any Monday of each month year round. Because of the increasing volume of applications, participants are requested to apply in advance to secure their spots.

How long does it take to process my application?

Once you have applied, we will send you details of your placement usually within 4-7 working days.

When do I need to arrive in India for my program? What will happen once I arrive in India?

All volunteers need to arrive one day before their program start date. Our local coordinator or representative will pick volunteers from the respective Airport/Railway Station/Bus Station depending upon the arrival details provided by the volunteers. Those volunteers who are arriving overland or are already in India will be picked up from the bus station or at a meeting point decided beforehand.

How do I get to the program location?

Your country coordinator will take you to your placement and introduce you to everyone after giving you a basic orientation about the program/city/culture etc.

I want to know more about accommodation arrangements?

We provide you with accommodation from your start date to the end of the program. Accommodation will either be in the volunteer’s home or with a host family. Accommodation is shared along with other volunteers. You need to bring your own toiletries, mosquito net and sleeping bag.

Are there any necessary requirements to participate in the India-based volunteer programs?

The only qualifications are: -
-- Volunteers must be 17 years or older at the beginning of the program
-- Volunteers need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment.
-- The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
-- Be in good health.

What immunizations/vaccinations will I need?

We recommend you speak to your doctor before coming. The following are recommended vaccinations: -
  1. Hepatitis A and B
  2. Typhoid

Are there more expenses once I arrive in India?

Your program fee covers you for food, accommodation, airport pick up, Orientation, Pre departure information and in country staff support. You will need to cover yourself for your personal expenses, such as traveling, telephone, internet, shopping, sightseeing etc. However you should carry around $40 - $50 per week for your basic personal expenses, such as water, local transport, phone etc.

Is there phone and internet available on projects?

Yes there is usually a phone at every placement we provide. You’ll have easy access to e-mail, telephone etc. Public telephone booths & cyber cafes are located practically everywhere. You can choose to carry your mobile phone if you want better connectivity with people back home.

What hours will I volunteer every day?

Volunteers usually work for 5 to 6 hours a day depending on their program. You will have weekend off so you can go to travel on weekends. However some organizations will need you to work on some Saturdays as well.

Where can I change my money in India? Are there ATM’s in India?

You can change money in any bank or at the airport by showing your passport. There are ATM's located all around the city (Delhi, Palampur, Kolkata and South India).

Can couples or families join the volunteer program?

Yes, couples and families are welcome to join our programs. We make special provisions for families joining our volunteering programs; we will be able to provide them with program placements and accommodations together.

What will be the food arrangement?

The host family provides two or three meals per day which consists of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals. The meals consist of Chicken, Rice, Beans, Fish, Salads and Fruits. Traditional Indian food will be provided to volunteers.

Do I need to buy health insurance?

Volunteers have the option to purchase Travel and Medical Insurance at a nominal extra cost from Volunteering Solutions. To buy insurance from Volunteering Solutions, please click here

What sorts of clothes are required for India?

Lightweight clothing and rainwear is recommended as well as warmer clothing for the evenings (light jacket and/or light sweaters). A pair of walking shoes is highly recommended as well.

What should I do in case of an emergency during my trip?

You’ll be provided with a pre-departure manual after you’ve signed up with us for our program. It’ll have the entire phone no’s and addresses of our country coordinators whom you may contact in case of any emergency.

Do you recommend any cheap airlines flying into India?

We would recommend you to visit, http://www.kayak.com, http://www.orbitz.com to have more details on cheap airlines to India.