Volunteer in Healthcare in India

Do you have an interest or experience in the field of medicine and want to offer a helping and healing hand to those in need in India? Check out Global Crossroad’s volunteer in the medical program in India today!

  • Credible volunteer abroad in healthcare in India program starting at just $250
  • Always feel safe and supported with our readily available in country coordinator
  • Special opportunity to help improve the lives and health of those who are greatly suffering
  • Gain valuable medical experience alongside likeminded volunteers and medical professionals

The healthcare system in India is going through profound changes to make it more accessible to all the people. The constitution of India states: raising the level of nutrition and the standard of living of its people and the improvement of public health as among its primary duties. But often ordinary citizens die of treatable diseases, the hospitals themselves have very poor hygienic standards, and not everyone can afford treatment. The size of the population in India and the level of poverty make raising healthcare standard a very daunting task. Yet, the government and private healthcare institutions are fighting this battle every day.

When you volunteering in healthcare in India, you will work in local hospitals to learn about the current healthcare system in India. You will learn about local diseases and understand how local medical professionals diagnose and treat diseases using local drugs. This is a fascinating project for medical professionals wanting to learn about healthcare system in a developing country.

Note: Placement in the volunteering overseas in healthcare in India is challenging due to local health centers and hospitals being very concerned about the skills and qualifications of volunteers. We suggest volunteers consider other projects if they do not have strong backgrounds or skills in medicine. Medical students will only observe local doctors and will not be allowed to treat patients.

Role of Volunteer

You will engage in various activities according to your education, skills, experience, and qualifications. When volunteering in healthcare in India, your responsibilities may include:

  • Patient vitals: measuring blood pressure, temperature, height, weight, etc.
  • Assist doctors and medical staffs in the health centers
  • Distributing medicine
  • Provide tips to patients regarding health, nutrition and hygiene
  • Patient counseling Treatment for minor injuries/wounds
  • Patient record keeping

Skills and Qualifications Needed

The healthcare facilities present in India are run by the government. These centers have necessary equipment and quality medical practitioners. Volunteers are needed to assist doctors or complete the tasks assigned by the hospitals/centers.

Interested volunteers must have certification or proof of experience in a medical field, such as a medical student ID, EMT or paramedic certification, or nursing or physician's credentials. Due to the health risks involved, volunteers who are not properly trained in healthcare cannot support this project

Your understanding of Indian culture and Hindi language can be strengthened by enrolling in the one-week Language & Cultural Immersion program. The knowledge in this program will help you immensely when interacting with patients and their families.

Medical volunteers will shadow local doctors and learn mostly from observations. Due to inherent risk involved and medical regulations, volunteers cannot treat patients or become involved in surgery during the project.

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.

Most Frequently Asked Questions: Volunteer in Healthcare in India