Volunteering in India: FAQ

Have you got some more questions about volunteering abroad in India? Please take a look through our answers to frequently asked questions, where you can learn more about this exciting opportunity.

Where are the projects located?

Global Crossroad’s volunteer programs in India are located in Delhi and Jaipur.

Delhi is one of the most populated cities in India. It is a melting pot of many different cultures. One of the best ways to discover the irresistible vivacity of New Delhi is by getting lost in its bazaars. Don’t forget to indulge in street favorites like jaleeb, chaat papdi, golgappas, samosas and chai while you are in Delhi.

Jaipur will never disappoint anyone stepping foot inside. Jaipur is a popular with both local and foreign tourists alike. It is the capital and largest city of Rajasthan. Amidst the architectural structures, you can find lakes filled with migration birds, shops filled with souvenirs, walkways filled with cultural elements, and much more. Given its location, there are so many things to do and places to see that it is possible to spend several days here and not see it all.

Is there any minimum and maximum stay?

Yes, there is a minimum and maximum time period of stay for our volunteer programs in India. You can stay for a minimum of 1 week to 12 weeks in India. To extend this while volunteering in India; you have to acquire an additional tourist visa.

Can I extend my stay if I choose to?

Yes, you can extend you stay in India if you wish. Our volunteers who have joined our volunteer work experience project can extend their volunteer projects from 1 week to 12 weeks. Our in-country staff can help you to organize an extension of your visa if necessary.

Will I have enough time to travel after work and in weekend?

Yes, you along with all of our volunteers in other projects will have enough free time to travel and explore the magical sites of India. There are no restriction set by Global Crossroad to limit your ability to travel around during your free time.

Who will guide or support me in the project?

When you join volunteer program in India, our in-country coordinator will support and supervise you throughout your volunteer work project. Likewise, our local staff will also stay in contact with volunteers, either with timely field visits or via email/telephone. You can expect our field staff to visit you every 2-4 weeks to make sure that all things are going smoothly.

Can I change project if I do not like?

There is no rule set in place to stop you from changing your India volunteer program. You simply need to get in contact with our in-country coordinator and let them know about your issues with the initial volunteer project. The in-country coordinator will assist you in finding another volunteer program to join. Please keep in mind that there needs to be an open volunteer project for you join in order for this to happen.

Can I work in more than one volunteer project?

Yes, our volunteers can work in more than one project if desired. Having said that, you do have to understand that it won’t be quite easy as it sounds to work in two different volunteer projects at once. You have to work for at least 4 to 5 hours a day in one single project alone and when you add another project in that daily routine, it really starts to get tough. For this reason it is advisable to complete one volunteer project before commencing another.

What age ranges take part in these projects?

You do need to be at lea 18 years of age to be eligible for our India volunteer work programs. If you are below 18 years of age then you have to provide us with a proof of parental consent.

Who manages the volunteer projects in Nepal?

Our volunteer projects are all managed by an experienced country coordinator who has an expert knowledge of handling volunteer projects and volunteers. The country coordinator is there to provide you with a timely support on a day to day basis. He/she will even come to visit you frequently during your volunteer trip to check if you are doing well. Please feel free to direct all your important questions to this person.

Will I receive training before the start of the project?

Yes, when you join India volunteering program, you do receive training before the start of their projects. You will receive proper training and guidelines for the successful completion of your volunteer project during orientation. After your arrival, our in-country coordinator will engage you in an orientation class in which you will learn about important safety measures, cultural do’s and don’ts, the details of your programs, and your daily schedules.

Is there dress code in the project?

There is no dress code set in place for our volunteers. You do have to understand that you must wear decent and modest clothes while volunteering in India, in keeping with local customs. If you are participating in our medical volunteer program then you will have to wear a white apron as a medical volunteer.

Why pay to volunteer abroad?

Payments made by volunteers for the participation in our volunteer projects help support the operating and managerial cost of our organization. We are a non-profit volunteer organization, which does not focus on earning profits from our volunteer programs. The fees paid by our volunteers in India are essential for us to pay the salary of our staff, advertisement, utility, and rent bills. Also keep in mind that your fees cover all field supervision, food and accommodation for your volunteer programs.

Can I get help to raise fund?

Yes, Global Crossroad can provide help to raise funds for your volunteer trip to India. You can get in touch with our office staffs members and ask them for help regarding this issue. We will certainly help you in your endeavor to raise funds.

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Is it safe to travel and volunteer in India?

Yes, India is a safe country in which to travel. Safety is always a matter of concern and of paramount importance while traveling for volunteer work in India programs. We do advise that all the participating volunteers review the safety information provided by your home country’s advisory groups before you leave.

What are safety measures you take for the volunteers?

We pick up volunteers from the airport and transfer them to the hostel. Once you are with us, we provide an orientation to give you full information about any and all safety information and precautions necessary for a successful trip. During orientation we inform you about safety measures, project sites, local etiquette and culture, and various do's and don’ts to make your volunteering stay comfortable and productive.

Why must I get travel insurance before beginning my volunteer trip?

Getting insured prior to your volunteer project gives you a safety cushion should something happen to you. We advise you to purchase adequate travel insurance in advance of your trip.

What Vaccination Do I need to take prior to my volunteer trip?

Vaccination is highly advisable while  joining volunteering program in in India. The main recommended vaccinations for India are Adult diphtheria and tetanus vaccine, Hepatitis A vaccine, Hepatitis B vaccine, Oral polio vaccine (OPV), Typhoid vaccine, Varicella vaccine, Japanese encephalitis vaccine, Meningococcal vaccine, Rabies vaccine, and Yellow fever (YF) vaccine. For your personal health precautions and extra safety, you should consider consulting your doctor for further vaccine recommendations. You can learn more about these vaccinations here:

Which airport do I need to fly in?

You will fly into Indira Gandi International Airport in New Delhi for your volunteer project.

Do you organize airport pick up?

Yes, Global Crossroad does organize airport pick-uu services.

What happens if I missed flight or arrived late?

The first thing you should do is contact the country coordinator and let them know that you have missed your flight and will arrive late. Please provide your new flight details so that he/she can rearrange the airport pick up for you prior to your arrival to join India volunteering programs.

How can I get to my accommodations from the airport, if I did not connect with Global Crossroad’s local representative in the airport?

We always provide our location and address details. Therefore, if you ever find yourself in a situation where you are not in touch with Global Crossroad’s local representative then you can simply hire a taxi and tell the driver to go to the address given by us.

Who will come to pick up me? How do I recognize the person at the airport?

Our local representative will come to pick you up at the airport. He/she will be carrying a board with your name on it so you should be able to recognize the person at the airport.

If my assignment begins on Monday, when should I arrive? If I want to arrive earlier than then my assignment begins, where do I stay and who will organize the accommodations? Does it cost me extra?

You should arrive on Sunday and take a rest for the day before actually beginning your volunteer program in India the next day. And if you decide to arrive earlier before the start of your India volunteering work opportunities then you should inform your country coordinator in advance.  Please be aware that you will have to pay additional $20 per night.

Who will bring me to the airport for my departure?

Global Crossroad offers airport transport services to its volunteers in India. Volunteers who have finished their volunteer work in India can take the transport vehicle back to the airport for their departure.

What do I need prior to departure from my home country?

Prior to your departure, you need to make sure that you have packed all the important items for your volunteer trip in India. That includes your passport, medicines, clothing, tickets, credit card, and other important documents which you might need while volunteering in India programs such as your medical ID card (if you are taking part in Global Crossroad’s healthcare volunteer program in India).

Do I need visa to volunteer and travel in India?

Yes, you do need a visa to travel and volunteer in India.

How do I apply for the visa? 

You can apply for tourist visa by visiting the Indian Embassy in your home country, or you can go online and get a tourist visa by clicking here

Can I extend my visa while I am in the country? Can you help me on this?

No, you cannot extend your visa while you are still inside India. If you want to extend your visa and stay a little bit longer for your India volunteer program then you have to leave India and then reapply for entry.

How do I contact with Global Crossroad’s local coordinator?

You can contact Global Crossroad’s local coordinator through your mobile phone. Or you can go online and email them your inquiry. We will provide you with the personal contact details of our local coordinators before the start of the volunteer project.

How can I communicate with my family from India?

There won’t be much trouble communicating with your family from India. You will get access to telephone and internet, which is widespread in India, and you can use the various forms of communication you are already used to.

Can I use my phone?

Yes, you can use your personal mobile phone during your volunteer trip in India.

Can I buy SIM card in Inida?

Yes, you can buy a SIM card while volunteering in India.

How can I get/purchase internet services?

You first need to buy an Airtel SIM card and use it on your mobile phone to activate it. You can buy an internet data pack for a price of $6, which remains valid for 28 days.

Is there internet available everywhere?

Yes, there are internet services available in the location where you will be doing all of your volunteer work in India.

What I need to bring?

You need to bring clothes, backpack, first aid supplies and medicine, hand sanitizer, insect repellent, passport, flash light, sunscreen cream, laptop, camera, cell phone, books, masks, pair of flip flops, towel and toiletries for your volunteer project.

NOTE: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is generic information and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly. Participants should consult Global Crossroad or travel advisors to verify this information.