India is a vast country, rich in history, culture, and amazing food, that offers numerous opportunities for volunteers of all ages, from teens (17 years and older) to retirees. In this article, you will be taken on a journey through some of the best volunteer, intern, and teach abroad projects available in amazing cities like Delhi, Palampur, Faridabad, Kochi, Jaipur, and Udaipur, just to name a few. During the time you call India “home,” you will have plenty of opportunities to do exciting things like visiting the Taj Mahal and explore the Himalayas. To locate the best, volunteer, intern, or teach abroad project for you, you must carefully consider the following: location, activity, duration, dates, and cost, as well as the organization’s reputation. You don’t have to worry about the latter because we only feature responsible and ethical programs committed to sustainable projects. Let’s go…
Ways to Volunteer Abroad in India
Gain experience working with special needs children in GVI’s Volunteer Healthcare Project in India, a program with a duration of 2 to 12 weeks. As a volunteer, you will complete specialized training and be allotted time to explore the city of Kerala. This program includes a trip to Fort Kochi, a traditional dance show and tours of popular sites. The volunteer program starts at $1,795 for two weeks.
One project focuses on medical volunteering along with education opportunities: The Volunteer Healthcare Project provides volunteers with the chance to work with special needs and disabled children in a school setting. You will be responsible for leading physical exercises, therapy sessions, games, art, music, and sports as well as assisting with healthcare needs and vocational training at a relief settlement. There’s even an eco-garden that you can use for activities with the residents.
Human Rights and Women’s Empowerment
Women in India tend to be limited to domestic lifestyles and lack education and career opportunities leaving many illiterate. Women empowerment programs are designed to address human rights issues commonly found in male-dominated cultures through activities that build skills and increase self-confidence.
The India Women Empowerment Volunteers is a two- to 24-week program that focuses on helping women in Faridabad. This city is located within a few miles of Delhi and boasts a beautiful lake, a unique dam structure and a tourist complex that houses an international craft fair. The woman empowerment program starts at a cost of $330 per week.
Volunteers may take part in one of two projects:
Eco School Empowerment Project – Volunteers in this program work with 5 to 20 teens and young adults helping them to develop vocational skills. Opportunities including teaching in classes on dressmaking and craft design as well as English and numeracy.
Isabella School Empowerment Project – Women in this project typically fit in one of two groups depending on their English language ability. Volunteers assist beginners with the basics of learning the alphabet, vocabulary and sentences and those at a higher level with grammar. In addition, you may teach math and computer skills and help out with sewing and crafts.