Volunteer in India

Do you want to travel and volunteer in India? Join one of Global Crossroad’s volunteering opportunities in India today for the trip and experience of a lifetime tomorrow!

  • See all that India has to offer while making a grand difference in the country for as low as $250 a week
  • Always feel safe and secure with our readily accessible in country support from our in country coordinator
  • Highly reviewed and recommended India volunteer trips for all different interests
  • Meet likeminded volunteers and make friends of a lifetime

India, land of enlightenment and beauty on a grand scale, has a very special place waiting just for you! Change your life and get in touch with your deepest love of humanity by joining a Global Crossroad volunteer abroad in India vacation of a lifetime.

When you join us in one of our volunteering overseas in India programs, you're signing up for an experience that will open your heart and change your life. This fabulous country offers a stunning diversity of sights and sounds, scenery and culture, in a vibrant land both ancient and vast of scope and depth.

Come immerse yourself in the irresistible local culture as you work to help the underprivileged, deserving people who will, in turn, light up your spirit with joy. Choose from among several different, highly affordable volunteering opportunities in India, such as working in a rehabilitation center, teaching English, or supporting a women's project.

Global Crossroad's volunteer programs in India offers you the chance to see one of the most mysterious destinations on the planet, and give of yourself while you're expanding your own horizons. Request more information today!

Dates and Prices

Dates: Volunteer in India

All volunteer programs in India start every Monday. Global Crossroad is very flexible and understands that various travel constraints that you might face.

All volunteering opportunities in India are available year around, except at times programs like a volunteer teaching English overseas program might be closed for various holidays and vacations. Also, some programs are seasonal due to extreme weather conditions. Between the project link and a Global Crossroad representative, all of this specific information regarding programs dates will be available to you. If a program is unavailable, we will provide an alternative program for you to join.

Prices: Volunteer in India

Global Crossroad is committed to offering quality volunteering in India programs at the world’s most affordable price. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.
Global Crossroad's volunteer program in India application and registration fee cost US $299. The application fee covers the cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in USA office).
In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee. You will pay your weekly fee directly to your host family and project. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.

Weeks Delhi Jaipur Himalaya
  1 Week   $250   $250   $300
  2 Weeks   $300   $300   $420
  3 Weeks   $400   $400   $540
  4 Weeks   $500   $500   $660
  5 Weeks   $600   $600   $780
  6 Weeks   $700   $700   $900
  7 Weeks   $800   $800   $1,020
  8 Weeks   $900   $900   $1,140
  9 Weeks   $1,000   $1,000   $1,260
  10 Weeks   $1,100   $1,100   $1,380
  11 Weeks   $1,200   $1,200   $1,500
  12 Weeks   $1,300   $1,300   $1,620
  • Mandatory Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day
  • Language and Culture Program fee $250
  • Airport Pick up & Transfer (Delhi) - $45
  • Airport Pick up & Transfer (Dharamsala- 9 hours) $100
Program fees cover:
  • Accommodation (volunteers house or host family)
  • Food (local food 3 times a day)
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

How your fee is allocated?

The India volunteer experience program fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program (usually the first or third Monday of the month) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for the additional expenses, which would typically be around $30 a day for room and meals at a hostel.

Accommodations and Meals: Volunteer in India

Global Crossroad's weekly volunteer abroad in India project fees include management of volunteers' meal plans and accommodations throughout projects and travel options. Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided and consist of local ingredients and feature traditional cuisine choices for India. Our meal program can accommodate vegetarian needs; however, we are not able to provide for other dietary restrictions. Food and drinks outside of mealtimes are the volunteer's responsibility. In most cases, there are restaurants and markets nearby the homes in which our volunteers stay.

When volunteering overseas in India, most volunteers stay in a Homebase, in an onsite accommodation in the project site or with a host family. The concept of Homebase is a permanent residence set up especially for international volunteers. There are several bedrooms at our Homebase and volunteers will normally share a room with a same gender volunteer. There are community rooms and a television. The environment is very relaxed and social and a great place to unwind after a busy day. The kitchen and bathrooms are shared, and there is running water and "western-style" toilets. The neighborhood is very safe and clean. There are many amenities nearby like internet cafés, grocery stores, restaurants and mass transit stops. Orphanage volunteers in India might have the opportunity to stay with the children as many orphanages provide private rooms for international volunteers. These volunteer rooms will normally be shared with a volunteer of the same gender.

You may stay with a host family too depending on your specific volunteer program in India. Volunteers staying with a host family usually have a single bedroom, but may occasionally share a room with another volunteer of the same gender. Our host families are chosen carefully and are esteemed community members, who have experience in the realm of hosting international travelers. Host family residences are in comfortable, clean and safe neighborhoods and rooms are simply furnished and tidy. Staying with a host family can offer the support system a volunteer will crave during their volunteering opportunity in India and it is a great way to learn about a host country's culture and customs.

Safety and Field Support

Our number #1 priority is the safety of our volunteers. Global Crossroad is a leading volunteer organization serving thousands of volunteers. We pride ourselves on providing the safest, highest quality, and most professional programs to our volunteers since 2003. Our dedicated team works closely from start to finish with each volunteer (and parents/guardians) to ensure a successful, satisfactory, and safe volunteering experience.

Below is a list of our safety and field support features that will demonstrate the level of support and safety each of you will receive while volunteering abroad.

1. Country Coordinator and Field Staff :

In each country, where we operate, we have a very strong and dedicated team of country coordinators and local staff members to support and take care of you. All of our country coordinators and field staff are highly experienced and responsible individuals. They have been running volunteer abroad program for many years. They have served thousands of volunteers, so they understand your needs and know how to run safe, rewarding, and meaningful volunteer abroad program for you.

Our In-country staff is responsible for a number of things. Below are some of the main services that they will provide:

  • Airport pick-up and transfer to host family or work site
  • Management of room and food in host family/hostel
  • Orientation of local country, culture, host family, safety, and related issues
  • Introduction to your host family and project staff
  • Periodic follow up visits or calls (1-2 week intervals) to ensure everything is going smoothly
  • Advice for solving any issues, problems, or concerns
2. Airport Greeting

We are dedicated to keeping you save and comfortable from your point of your arrival until your point of departure. We will always receive our volunteers at the airport and transfer them safely. Depending upon the country in which you choose to volunteer, our coordinator, local staff, or a professional transfer company employee will greet you at the airport.

3. Orientation and safety discussion

Regardless of where you join the Global Crossroad volunteer program, our program starts with an in depth discussion on safety, history, cultural people, religion, life, and do’s and don’ts. Depending upon the country, these orientation programs range from a few hours to three days. During orientation, we explain the different aspect of safety and general guidelines to help keep yourself safe while volunteering abroad.

4. Safe Host Family and Accommodation

While volunteering abroad, the majority of the time you will reside with a local host family, hostel, or similar accommodation. We always carefully select the host families and other forms of accommodations to make sure that you will be safe and comfortable. In all destinations, we have selected host families who are socially respected and responsible. Most of our host families have hosted international volunteers before, so they completely understand your needs. Your host family will always take care of you and keep you safe.

Similarly, all of our volunteer houses and hostels are located in very safe locations. These hostels are always guarded by security guards or supervised by the local staff very frequently to make sure that you are safe and secure. Also you will be staying with other volunteers from all over the world. You will never be alone.

5. Comprehensive Insurance and Evacuation Plan

While volunteering abroad, you will be covered by international insurance. This protects you in case something unforeseen happens. It is mandatory that all volunteers obtain a travel insurance policy when volunteering abroad. Global Crossroad offers one of the most comprehensive insurance packages from a third party. Our insurance policy provides excellent protection in the event that a health-related issue occurs, an accident, or other unpredictable incidences.

6. Placement with Other Volunteers

Global Crossroad is happy to place you with other volunteers (depending on availability) if this is something that would make you feel safer.

Any international travel requires caution and awareness; volunteering abroad is no exception. We suggest that all volunteers consult their own government advisory office before making the decision to participate in any overseas volunteering opportunities. International travel presents risks, especially with the modern day threat of international terrorism.

The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings and advisories in many countries for American travelers. These travel advisories and warnings frequently change, as situations in each country transform.

These links provide valuable travel information:

It is also wise to consult the Center for Disease Control for health related information and issues that might come up during your time volunteering abroad. Check out www.cdc.gov for possible health risks. One must also keep in mind that the sanitary conditions in developing countries are likely very different from those in your home country. It is also strongly advised that you do not drink the tap water and do not eat food from street vendors.

Most Frequently Asked Questions: Volunteer in India

APPLICATION - INFORMATION

VISA INFORMATION

  • What are the visa procedures?

PLACEMENT INFORMATION

  • Who manages the volunteer projects in India?
  • What are the daily schedules of the projects?
  • Where are the projects located?
  • What is the language spoken in India?
  • When are the India based assignments available?
  • How long can I volunteer abroad in India?

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE INFORMATION

  • Who will arrange my flight to India?
  • At which airport should I arrive?
  • If my assignment begins on Monday, when should I arrive in India?
  • Will someone pick me from the airport? If so, how will I know who they are and where they are?
  • What should I do if my flight is delayed?
  • How can I get to my accommodations from the airport if I did not connect with Global Crossroad's local representative in the airport?
  • What do I need prior to departure from my home country?
  • If I want to arrive earlier than when my assignment begins, where do I stay and who will organize the accommodations?
  • When should I depart from India?
  • From which airport shall I depart?
  • Who will bring me to the airport for my departure?

LIVING ACCOMMODATIONS INFORMATION

  • Who will arrange my accommodations and what are they?
  • Are single rooms available?
  • If I arrive with my friend, or girlfriend/boyfriend, can we stay together?
  • Will there be other foreign volunteers/interns at my placement?
  • What are the bathroom facilities like?
  • What are the laundry arrangements?
  • Can I use appliances if I bring them from my home country?
  • Who manages my meals?
  • Can you accommodate special diets?
  • Is the running tap water safe for drink?
  • Are there hot and cold-water facilities available?
  • Will bottled water be provided?

HEALTH AND SAFETY

  • How safe is India?
  • What are the principle health risks in India?
  • Is the food safe if I buy it from a street vendor?
  • What are the sanitary conditions in India?

MONEY

  • Are ATMs easily available? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
  • What is the local currency, and how do I know the exchange rate?
  • Where should I exchange my money?
  • How much money should I bring with me for my volunteer opportunity in India?
  • Is it safe to carry cash with me?

COMMUNICATION

  • How do I contact with Global Crossroad's local coordinator?
  • How do I contact my family and friends once I arrive in India?
  • How can my family members contact me?
  • Can I bring my telephone from my home country?

CULTURE & CUSTOMS

  • Is there a special dress code that I should follow while volunteering in India?
  • What should I know about the religious conduct when volunteering overseas in India?
  • How do I respect the people of India?

Free Time Options: Volunteer in India

  • Free time options in Volunteerin India
  • MORE INFORMATION ABOUT INDIA

    • What is weather like in India?
    • Official Holidays in India
    • What about tipping in India?
    • Materials to Bring

    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.

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Mr. Rajan Bajracharya

Volunteer Mr. Raj

A dynamic leader with more than 5 years of volunteer abroad experience, Mr. Raj runs wonderful India program. He coordinates Global Crossroad program in Jaipur and Ladakh too. A great teacher, he runs one week language and cultural immersion training for volunteers. Over the years, he has become a leader of Global Crossroad Asia program. He is one of the Global Crossroad's highly motivated, successful and friendly staff members having exceptional skills in volunteer management.

Education

Masters Degree in English Literature and Philosophy from Tribhuvan University . He also has a Diploma in Computer Programming, and has received training on Community Management, Social Communication and Community-Awareness and Program Management.

Experience

  • 3 years working as an English Teacher, St. Thomas School
  • 3 years working as a Technical Resource Person, Handicapped International
  • 3 years working as Country Coordinator, Global Crossroad
  • Worked with more than 500 international volunteers in the last 3 years

Interest

Mr. Raj has a keen interest to work for the children in need. He always encourages volunteers to help these children and spend more time with them to make a difference in their lives. He loves reading books, traveling, and having lots of fun.

Volunteer Mr. V.R Bandhu

Mr. V.R Bandhu

Born in Haryana India , Mr. V.R Bandhu received his BS degree in Pharmacy from University of Mumbai , and Masters Degree in Psychology from Vinayaka Missions University , Tamilnadu. However, his inner inspiration to do something for his community has motivated him to join Global Crossroad. Mr. Bandhu is a young leader with a pleasing, warm and outgoing personality. He has been working with international volunteers for the last 6 years. He is eager and enthusiastic to welcome volunteers to India and show them the beauty of his wonderful country.

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