With the snow-clad Himalayas, the buzzing metropolis of Delhi, and the palm-lined beaches of Goa, India is a land of contrasts. This country’s six major religions, dozens of languages, and numerous ethnic groups make it a fascinating conglomeration of culture. World Endeavors volunteers in India immerse themselves in this vibrant country, working side by side with local community members to help them build a stronger future for themselves and their country.
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Successful volunteers are hardworking, flexible, and open to truly immersing themselves in Indian culture.
World Endeavors volunteers in India live and work in Jaipur, Salcete, or Palampur. Jaipur is located in India’s Rajasthan region. In the evenings and on weekends, volunteers are able to spend their time among numerous cultural, education, and entertainment activities. This might include watching local performances or Bollywood movies, shopping at street markets, learning traditional Indian dance, visiting museums, sampling local cuisine, or sipping homemade chai while relaxing with new friends.
Located in southern India, Goa is home to beautiful sandy beaches. Volunteers are able to explore rich Indian history as well as the Portuguese influence in Salcete. In the evenings and on weekends, volunteers have a vast array of activities at their disposal. South Goa has attracted many with its serene and peaceful disposition.
Palampur is located in the region of Himachal Pradesh, which means in the lap of Himalayas. This region is known for its abundant natural beauty. Volunteers can spend their free time exploring the beautiful tea gardens and pine forests. With breathtaking views and soothing climate, Himachal Pradesh easily enchants its visitors.
"World Endeavors allowed me to live in India, rather than be another Western tourist. I was not 'experiencing a culture,' I was engulfed in the day to day life of Tamil Nadu. It was one of the more remarkable experiences of my life."
- Maxwell, Volunteer in India
Volunteers in India will complete their work in Jaipur, Salcete, or Palampur.
World Endeavors volunteers in India can contribute to the following projects:
Please note some projects are only available in specific locations. Talk to a World Endeavors Advisor for more details.
World Endeavors Childcare and Orphanage Assistance in India volunteer program connects dedicated volunteers with nonprofit organizations that serve underprivileged, impoverished, or orphaned children.
World Endeavors Community Development volunteers in India will focus on the beautification and renovation of public facilities within the community.
World Endeavors Healthcare volunteers in India work in clinics alongside local healthcare professionals.
World Endeavors Special Education volunteers in India contribute in meaningful ways on projects that serve children with disabilities.
Teaching volunteers in India help provide greater educational opportunities for underprivileged children in a local community.
Volunteers in India share a furnished house with other volunteers, where a small staff oversees the house and prepares meals. Housing accommodations are modest, safe, and clean, but may differ from Western norms in terms of space or amenities. Volunteers will share a room with other participants of the same gender and will have shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. Participants are expected to respect the volunteer home and their fellow residents and be open to the adventure of experiencing a different way of life in a new environment.
The World Endeavors Volunteer in India program is flexible in duration and can be tailored to last between 2 to 12 weeks. If you have the time, we recommend a stay of at least 4 weeks. Admissions are rolling, and programs can begin on any of the following days.
2016 Start Dates:
• September 12th, 26th
• October 10th, 24th
• November 7th, 21st
• December 5th, 19th
2017 Start Dates:
• January 2nd, 16th, 30th
• February 13th, 27th
• March 13th, 7th
• April 10th, 24th
• May 8th, 22nd
• June 5th, 19th
• July 3rd, 17th, 31st
• August 14th, 28th
• September 11th, 25th
• October 9th, 23rd
• November 6th, 20th
• December 4th, 18th
Due to holidays, traditional vacation schedules, and seasonal work availability, there might be better times than others to volunteer at a specific location or in a specific project.
When you are ready to start planning your volunteer trip to India, contact us. Our experienced advisors will help you sort through any timing considerations unique to your destination or your volunteer project.
Please wait until after you are accepted into the program and you have received the confirmed arrival and departure dates before you book your flight.
|Program Name||First Week||Each Additional Week|
|Volunteer In India||$1,390||$325|
- Program Advisor: dedicated, experienced, and accessible for one-on-one guidance
- Volunteer program placement: individualized for your goals and experience
- Flexible durations from 2 to 12 weeks with year-round start dates
- Academic credit facilitation
- Local Onsite Coordinator with 24/7 availability; pre and post arrival orientation
- Personalized Program Success Plan with ongoing support
- Re-entry Handbook: to help you reflect on and integrate your experience abroad into your daily life and future career, deal with reverse culture shock, stay connected to the culture of your host country, and get involved in future service and career opportunities
- Airport reception, pick-up, and drop-off
- Hosted volunteer housing accommodations with 3 meals per day included
- Daily transportation to and from project site
- Comprehensive travel medical insurance
- Travel visa guidance and support
- Cell phone rental
- 24/7 Emergency Travel Assistance
- Travel protection
- Discounts: to stores, restaurants, and entertainment located near your home and/or university!
OTHER BUDGET CONSIDERATIONS
- Round-trip airfare to the project location
- Visa expenses
- Optional trips and excursions
- Personal expenses
Congratulations on your decision to embark on a life-changing experience abroad! We look forward to working with you to make your trip a memorable, meaningful one.
For most applicants, the first step is to contact a World Endeavors advisor. Our advisors are available to answer questions and offer guidance along the way. With our help, you may be surprised at how easily your dream of going abroad can become a reality.
Enrollment in the World Endeavors program begins formally with an application. We can accommodate applications received 12 weeks prior to the intended start date up to a year in advance. Due to visa requirements and other processes involved in coordinating international programs, participants are encouraged to submit their applications as far in advance as possible. If your intended start date is less than 12 weeks away, contact World Endeavors for more information.