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Volunteer in India

Volunteer in India with Volunteering Solutions and choose from a diverse range of meaningful, safe, and affordable programs located in New Delhi & Dharamshala/Palampur. High school and college students, as well as gap year travelers and backpackers, can take part in these projects at any time of the year, as per convenience. 

The volunteering opportunities in India include Teaching Programs, Street Children Programs, Disable Care Programs, Women Empowerment & more. Those who are looking for an Alternative Spring Break or Winter Break Programs can also travel to India for the 2 Week Special Short Term Volunteer Project. Apart from that, we have an amazing Summer Volunteering Program in India. Students pursuing medical studies can join the Medical and Healthcare Internship Programs in India and get first-hand work experience while shadowing the professionals.
 
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India - Quick Facts
  • Start Dates : All Year Round
  • Duration : 1-24 Weeks
  • Program Locations : Delhi & Dharamsala - Palampur
  • Minimum Age: 16 years+
  • Certificate - Offered after Program completion
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Key Features
  • Currency Used : Indian Rupees (INR)
  • Language : Hindi & English
  • Travel on Weekends to Agra (Taj Mahal), Jaipur, Amritsar (Golden Temple)
  • 5 Days Volunteer Work
  • Meet other like-minded travelers

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India Summer Volunteer Program 2019

India Summer Program 2019

Summer volunteering projects in India has been designed to give you a meaningful travel & volunteering experience as well as connect you to the...

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Short Term Volunteer Work in India | 2 Week Special

India - Delhi 2 Week Special

Join the 2-week special, the short-term volunteer work in India. The program gives you 10 days of volunteering with children combined with the...

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Childcare & Elephant Volunteer Experience

Childcare & Elephant Volunteer Experience

Volunteer with Elephants in Jaipur and tour around the famous Golden Triangle to see Taj Mahal, Delhi and more.

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Yoga and Volunteer Adventure in the Himalayas

Yoga and Volunteer Adventure

Yoga is the perfect mantra to bring peace and happiness to your body and mind. Volunteer with the little ones at the daycare centre doing and also...

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Childcare & Orphanage Volunteer in India

Orphanage Program

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

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Street Children Volunteer Program Delhi - India

Street Children Program

There are about 100 million street children in India who do not attend any school and spend most of their time on the streets. In Delhi, the...

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Childcare Volunteer in India - Dharamsala

Childcare Program

Volunteers in this program work in local day care centers or “Anganwadis” as they are locally called, located in and around Palampur. Since the...

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Medical & Nursing Internship Dharamsala - Palampur

Medical Nursing Internship Palampur

Interning in the Medical Internship Program in Palampur- Dharamsala area in India is a very challenging and eye opening experience wherein interns...

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Dental Elective Internship Dharamsala - Palampur

Dental Elective Program Palampur

Interns are placed in dental clinics in the region and work with professional dentists.The program is highly suitable for dental students who are...

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Medical Internship in Delhi

Medical Internship in Delhi

Join the Medical Internship opportunity in the heart of capital city, Delhi. Taking part in a medical internship program in India is a highly...

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Volunteer Women Empowerment Program Delhi - India

Women Empowerment Program

Volunteers working in the Women Empowerment program, work along with women from poor areas within the capital city of Delhi. All the women come...

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Volunteer Teaching Programs in India - Dharamsala

Teaching Program

Volunteers work in government primary and public schools located in around the areas in Palampur to teach children. Volunteers mainly teach...

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Volunteer in India For Disabled Care

Special Needs Care Program

Volunteers working in this program serve at organizations helping the cause of mentally challenged, multiply disabled and autistic. Volunteers can...

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Language & Orientation Week Delhi - India

Language & Orientation Week

The 1 week long Orientation week is highly recommended for volunteers to understand and soak in a bit of India before the start their volunteering...

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India can never fail to mesmerize the visitors and there's so much to do and see in the country, that you'll need proper planning to visit all the places on your checklist! Delhi, the capital city, has a rich heritage and there are several architectural establishments worth visiting which include Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb, Lotus Temple, Akshardham Temple etc. For those who are shopping freaks, head out towards Dilli Haat or Janpath for some amazing budget deals.

Those who are volunteering/ interning in Palampur will have numerous options to explore the Himalayan corridors of India. Go for paragliding at Bir or trekking at Mcleodganj. You can also book the Golden Triangle Tour (Delhi, Agra, Jaipur), Jaipur City Tour, Udaipur Tour, Manali Tour, Haridwar-Rishikesh Tour, Varanasi Tour, and Amritsar Trip with Volunteering Solutions. We also have a fantastic Goa Beach Week Tour, for those volunteers who wish to extend their stay and explore the 'Hippie Paradise' of Goa. Seek guidance from the country coordinator before planning your weekend trips. Trips to any other locations within India can also be booked through our dedicated travel desk team based in New Delhi.

Go ahead and choose your weekend tour. In case you have any doubts or wish to customize your trip, simply write to us at [email protected] and we’ll help you plan your weekend!

Agra Day Tour

Agra Day Tour

In this day trip, volunteers visit world famous monument of Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal is one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture. It is...

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Amritsar Weekend Tour

Amritsar Weekend Tour

Amritsar is one of the most important cities in Indian state of Punjab. Amritsar is world famous for the Golden Temple, one of the most important...

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Golden Triangle Tour - 2 nights and 3 days

Golden Triangle Tour

This tour is one of the most popular tours among all travelers across the globe. The program takes you to the famous cities of Jaipur and Agra...

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Jaipur Tour

Jaipur Tour

Want to spend a nice weekend, then select this program which takes you back in the great Indian history. In this program, we take you to the...

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Lake City Udaipur Trip

Lake City Udaipur Trip

Welcome to Lake City of Udaipur, one of the beautiful and picturesque royal town in Rajasthan. Udaipur was capital of Mewar State before...

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Manali Weekend Tour

Manali Weekend Tour

Manali is one of the most sought after hill station in India. It is one of the idealdestinations for a nice weekend as well. This Himalayn resort...

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Rishikesh and Haridwar Tour

Rishikesh & Haridwar Tour

This program gives you an opportunity to see the great glimpses of ancient and holy India. Rishikesh is one of the most important pilgrim centers...

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Trekking in the Himalayas

Trekking in the Himalayas

Enjoy trekking in the Himalayas in your own style!! Experience the beauty of the Himalayas while trekking from Mcleodganj to Triund. While you...

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Varanasi Weekend Package

Varanasi Weekend Package

This program gives you an opportunity to see the great glimpses of ancient and holy India. Varanasi is considered as one of the holiest city in...

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FAQ - Delhi


FAQ's Application and Program Details
Delhi is one of the most popular volunteering destinations, and it is advised to apply for the projects once the volunteering/ traveling dates are decided as there are limited spots available. The application fee is valid for one full year and can be sent earlier than the desired year of volunteering for timely confirmation of the seat. As soon as you decide the travel dates, we suggest you to apply for the program and hold your spot. Every program has limited spots available. 
Usually, it takes around 10-12 working days for the application to be processed and placement to be confirmed. After we review your CV and documents, your booking is confirmed and the booking confirmation is updated in your My Account and you can view the information in your account. The application acceptance depends on the availability of seats in the project as well as the eligibility criteria of the program (age, skills and experience etc.).
Below are the necessary requirements to participate in the India volunteer projects:
Volunteers must be 17 years or older at the time of joining the project. Medical Program volunteers must be at least 18 at the time of joining.  
16-year-old volunteers can participate in Childcare projects with a Letter of Consent from their parents.
Volunteers need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment.
Participants must be in good health.
India is a country of different cultures and traditions, though it is modernized, the cultural sensitivities need to be kept in mind before volunteering in India. The volunteers should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
Yes, you are welcome to take part in any of the India Volunteer Programs as part of a group. We welcome families, friends, high school students, college/university and corporate groups to volunteer together in the Indian programs.

Volunteering Solutions India program has hosted large student groups as well as families coming to volunteer in the program. We have hosted groups from universities in UK, Europe, and USA as well as other countries, in Delhi.
Yes, most definitely you can as we believe every participant brings something new to the project. If you do not have previous experience, we offer you the opportunity to have a great start with us. We make international volunteering easy – not only are our Volunteer Abroad opportunities rooted in offering you extensive support, but they are also very affordable.
All volunteers need to arrive in Delhi on the starting day of the program i.e Sunday. Participants are picked up from the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi by the local coordinator or representative and are transferred to the volunteer accommodation.Orientation would be conducted the next day where you will also be shown the area around the accommodations, the nearest ATM, market, and will be given safety guidelines as well as information about your project.
Depending on the project, elected volunteers will work during the week from Monday- Friday. You will have the weekend off so you can travel on weekends. However, volunteers need to be flexible, open minded and understand that work requirements can change as well on certain occasions.
Do not worry, all the coordinators can speak and converse in English. Most of our participants are non-Hindi speakers and they’ve never had any problems while communicating. Like we say, love is expressed better through actions than the language.
To add to the project experience, you can also join the Language and Orientation Week in Delhi before beginning the program. It's an optional week, besides that we recommend participants to brush up their Hindi skills (learn basic terms and phrases, greetings) before traveling. 

Flights and Visa
All enrolled participants are provided information about the appropriate Visa requirements for India in the pre-departure manual. You can also contact your pre-departure point of contact to know more about the Visa requirements.
The Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi is connected with all major airports across the globe and flights are easily available. Some of the major flight carriers operating direct flights to Delhi are:
British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Air India, Jet Airways, Etihad Airways, United Airlines, Swiss Air, KLM Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa, Austrian, Air France, Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Finn Air.

Health and Safety
India is a country of diverse cultures and practices. and Delhi being the capital city is home to varied ethnicities. Like in any new foreign country, participants are advised to follow the guidelines specified by the project coordinator to enjoy their Indian experience fully. The program coordinators are always ready to help and give helpful safety tips. During the first day of the orientation, you will be given safety guidelines and will be informed about the dos and dont's.
All participants are recommended to consult their physician or travel doctor before traveling to India. To view the general list of vaccinations recommended for your travel to India, click here.
Yes, for all participants, it is mandatory to have a valid travel medical insurance for their trip. Volunteers have the option to purchase Travel and Medical Insurance at a nominal extra cost from Volunteering Solutions. To provide the best option to our participants, we offer comprehensive insurance coverage in collaboration with a leading insurance provider. 

If you already have a valid Travel and Medical insurance, you can email us a copy of the same. It is also advised to bring along the Insurance documents during your trip.
 

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

You will be told about the directions to the project from your accommodation as well as the best and the most affordable mode of transport you can use. Volunteers use a variety of modes of transport to commute to different locations in Delhi. Major modes of transport are Delhi Metro and auto rickshaw (tuk-tuk?).
Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer house or in a homestay (on request) accommodation managed by the local coordinating team. Two meals a day (Breakfast and Dinner) are provided to the volunteers from Monday - Saturday.

On Sunday, volunteers eat out and explore the different gastronomical delights that Delhi has to offer. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Air conditioning facility is provided during the night in the volunteer home accommodations. Wifi internet is also available for volunteers’ convenience. Some volunteers are also provided accommodation in the project premises itself. For example - volunteers working in orphanage project can be provided accommodation in the project premises itself in a separate room that is allotted for volunteers. All meals will be provided to the volunteers in that case. 
Yes, that is not a problem at all. In fact, volunteers are served vegetarian meals at the accommodations in India. 
Volunteers work from Monday - Friday and have their weekends free for sightseeing. You can utilize this time to visit local markets of Old Delhi, Janpath or simply visit the Central Park (Garden) and Connaught Place. During the weekend, you have the option to take a short trip to Jaipur and Agra, and the Golden Triangle tour. Strategic placement of Delhi also allows you to take quick weekend trips to Palampur in Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh as well as Amritsar, Punjab. There is a lot to do and explore, and the local Delhi office team would happily assist you in making travel plans and arrangements for short trips.
Your program fee does not cover your personal expenses. You will need to provide for yourself your personal expenses, such as bottled water, local transport, telephone, shopping, sightseeing etc. However, you should carry around $50-60 per week for your basic personal expenses. This amount can vary and you would need a higher amount if you go on different weekend trips out of town.
On arrival at the IGI airport, you can change your foreign currency to Indian Rupees (INR) at the money exchange counters. India has a modern banking system and all the major credit and debit cards are accepted without any problems. ATMs are available in plenty and you will be shown the nearest ATM from the accommodation as well. 

Connect with Past Volunteers
We encourage volunteers to get in touch with former Volunteering Solutions participants and also other program participants joining our projects. You are recommended to join the Volunteering Solutions Facebook Page or Facebook Group to communicate with other participants.
Volunteers can also view the volunteer testimonials of Delhi program participants by clicking here.

FAQ - Dharamsala - Palampur


FAQ's Application and Program Details
It is advised to apply for the projects once the volunteering/ traveling dates are decided as there are limited spots available. The application fee is valid for one full year and can be sent earlier than the desired year of volunteering for timely confirmation of the seat. As soon as you decide the travel dates, we suggest you to apply for the program and hold your spot. 
Usually, it takes around 10 – 12 working days for the application to be processed and placement to be confirmed. After we review your CV and documents your booking is confirmed and the booking confirmation is updated in your My Account and you can view the information in your account. The application acceptance depends on the availability of seats in the project as well as the eligibility criteria of the program (age, skills and experience etc.).
Volunteers must be 17 years or older at the time of joining the project. Medical Program volunteers must be at least 18 at the time of joining.  
16-year-old volunteers can participate in Childcare projects with a Letter of Consent from the parents.
Volunteers need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. India is a country of different culture and traditions, though it is modernized, the cultural sensitivities need to be kept in mind before volunteering in India. The volunteers should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
Participants joining the Medical Program, must be either Pre-Medical, Medical or Nursing student.
Participants must be in good health.
Yes, you are welcome to take part in India Volunteer Programs as part of a group. We welcome families, friends, high school students, college/university and corporate groups to volunteer together in the India program. Volunteering Solutions India program has hosted large student groups as well as families coming to volunteer in the program. We have hosted groups, from universities in UK, Europe, and the USA as well as other countries, in Palampur.
Yes, most definitely, you can as we believe every participant brings something new to the project. If you do not have previous experience, we offer you the opportunity to have a great start with us. We make international volunteering easy – not only are our Volunteer Abroad opportunities rooted in offering you extensive support, but they are also very affordable.
Yes, we will provide you with the Certificate after successful completion of your program. The certificate is provided on request.
All volunteers need to arrive in Palampur on the starting date of the program. Volunteers will be picked up from the Gaggal Airport in Dharamsala by a driver assigned by the local coordinators. Dharamsala is connected to Delhi by daily direct flights. Volunteers who have opted for the Orientation Week in Delhi will travel to Palampur post the completion via bus or flight, depending on their choice. After you arrive at Dharamsala airport, you will be picked up by our local coordinator and transported to Palampur. On the way, you can enjoy the scenic view of the Himalayan mountains and lush green landscapes. 

On the next day, you will be given a short orientation and told about the program, daily schedule, safety guidelines, market tour and weekend trip options.

Flights and Visa
All enrolled participants are provided information on the appropriate Visa requirements for India in the pre-departure manual. You can also contact your pre-departure point of contact to know more about the Visa requirements.
Volunteers first need to arrive in Delhi. The Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi is connected with all major airports across the globe and flights are easily available. Some of the major flight carriers operating direct flights to Delhi are:
British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Air India, Jet Airways, Etihad Airways, United Airlines, Swiss Air, KLM Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa, Austrian, Air France, Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Finn Air. 

From Delhi, you can take a connecting flight to Dharamsala Airport (Airport Code: DHM). Air India and Spice Jet have daily flights between the two cities. Pickup by our local project coordinator is provided from Dharamsala Airport. Volunteers can also choose the option to take the direct overnight bus from Delhi to Palampur. Overnight air-conditioned bus service operates between the two cities. You will be picked up from Palampur bus station and transferred to the accommodation. 

Health and Safety
India is a country of diverse cultures and practices. Like in any new foreign country, participants are advised to follow the guidelines specified by the project coordinator to enjoy their Indian experience fully. The program coordinators are always ready to help and give helpful safety tips. During the first day of the orientation, you will be given safety guidelines and will be informed about do's and dont's.
All participants are recommended to consult their physician or travel doctor before traveling to India. To view the general list of vaccinations recommended for your travel to India, click here.
Yes, for all participants, it is mandatory to have a valid travel medical insurance for their trip. Volunteers have the option to purchase Travel and Medical Insurance at a nominal extra cost from Volunteering Solutions. To provide the best option to our participants, we offer comprehensive insurance coverage in collaboration with a leading insurance provider. 

If you already have a valid Travel and Medical insurance, you can email us a copy of the same. It is also advised to bring along the Insurance documents during your trip.

Accommodation and Living
Your program coordinator in Palampur will take you to your placement and introduce you to everyone after giving you a basic orientation about the program/city/culture etc. You will be told about the directions to the project from your accommodation and the mode of transport which you can use. Most preferred mode of transport within the town is the public bus, and the coordinator will be more than happy to guide you regarding that.
Volunteers are provided accommodation in volunteer house accommodations. Participants of same gender share rooms together and there are attached toilets with the rooms. Volunteers are provided with all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) at the accommodation. Meals are freshly prepared by the cook in the house.
The local market is not far away and in the evening you can also head out for a pleasant walk in the vicinity.
Yes, that is not a problem at all. In fact, volunteers are served vegetarian meals at the accommodations in India. 
Depending on your project placement, you may get evenings and weekends free to travel and explore the place.

Palampur is a great location for volunteering since you also have ample options for quick weekend getaways. Hill stations like Mcleodganj, Dharamsala, and Manali are nearby which can be visited over the weekend.  Adventure activities like trekking and paragliding can be taken up during weekends. Billing, which is a few kilometers away from Palampur, is a world famous site for paragliding.
Your program fee does not cover your personal expenses. You will need to provide for yourself your personal expenses, such as bottled water, local transport, telephone, shopping, sightseeing etc. However, you should carry around $40-$50 per week for your basic personal expenses. This amount can vary and you would need a higher amount if you choose to go on weekend trips out of town.
Depending on the project, selected volunteers will work during the week from Monday - Friday. You will have the weekends to travel and explore. However, volunteers need to be flexible, open minded and understand that work requirements can change as well on certain occasions.
Do not worry, all the coordinators can speak and converse in English. Most of our participants are non-Hindi speakers and they’ve never had any problems while communicating. Like we say, love is expressed better through actions than the language.

To add to the project experience while you can also join the Language and Orientation Week in Delhi before beginning the program in Palampur. It's an optional week, besides that we recommend participants to brush up their Hindi skills (learn basic terms and phrases, greetings) before traveling. 
ATMs of major banks like HDFC, ICICI, and SBI are available in Palampur and money can be easily withdrawn. Currency Exchange Counters are also available in some of the banks in the city. 

Connect with Past Volunteers
We encourage volunteers to get in touch with former Volunteering Solutions participants and also other program participants joining our projects. You are recommended to join the Volunteering Solutions Facebook Page or Facebook Group to communicate with other participants.

To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit the ‘Meet a Volunteer’ section on our website. 
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