Volunteering opportunities In India: Here's How You Can Travel and Make A Difference

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Volunteering is a great way to experience a different culture and destination. The problem is how to find a position that is suited for you, allows you to work as well as explore the location and doesn't cost a fortune. Well, this article might help. Here is a list of eight credible organisations in search of volunteers.

1: Ecosphere, Spiti Valley

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ABOUT: Spiti Ecosphere is a social enterprise that aims to create sustainable livelihoods that are linked to nature and culture conservation, by addressing the triple bottom-line of conservation, development and economies.

Nature of volunteering opportunities

  • Physical building of greenhouses & solar passive structures.
  • Volunteering with daily village activities.
  • Volunteering with Ecosphere’s day-to-day office work.

COST: Varies from program and time duration

CONTACT: info@spitiecosphere.com

2: LHA, Dharamshala

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ABOUT: Lha is a grassroots organization based in Dharamsala, India. It aims to provide vital resources for Tibetan refugees, the local Indian population, and people from the Himalayan regions. Lha offers free English, French, Spanish and Chinese classes, cultural exchange programs, IT classes, vocational training, health and environmental awareness education, a wide array of volunteer opportunities, distribution of clothes and medicine, a community kitchen and many other programs and activities.

Nature of volunteering opportunities

  • Teaching languages
  • Vocational training,
  • Assistance in community related activities.

COST: No Fees for volunteering

CONTACT: office@lhasocialwork.org

3: Ladli, Jaipur

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ABOUT: Vocational training programme for abused, orphaned and destitute children.

Nature of volunteering opportunity:

  • teach the children English and Art or Crafts
  • lead them in exercise or dance or simply play
  • if you have jewellery or textile experience you can show the children new designs and techniques.

CONTACT: ladligirls@yahoo.co.in 

COST: No Fees

4: Dutch Foundation for Ladakhi Nuns, Thiksey ( Laddakh)

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ABOUT: Currently running the home stay is the most essential work that volunteers can do for the foundation. It's a very diverse and sometimes quite a daunting task. The altitude and the sparse infrastructure make it physically demanding. Guests from around the world demands you to adapt greatly. 

Nature of volunteering opportunity

  • get provisions and prepare breakfast and dinner (vegetarian)
  • Manage the guesthouse

COST: No Fees

CONTACT: aniek.jaartsveld@gmail.com

5: Slum Soccer Nagpur Maharashtra

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ABOUT: The organisation uses football to offer opportunities to slum children.

Nature of volunteering opportunity

  • Football coaches
  • Administrators
  • Promoters
  • Fund Raisers

COST: No Fees

CONTACT: reachus@slumsoccer.org

6: Sadhana Forest,  Auroville, Tamil Nadu

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ABOUT: The vision of its founders, Yorit and Aviram Rozin, is to transform 70 acres of severely eroded, arid land on the outskirts of Auroville. In a spirit of human unity, their aim is to introduce a growing number of people to sustainable living, food security through ecological transformation, wasteland reclamation, and veganism.

Nature of Work

  • tree planting
  • environmental education
  • promotion of ecological revival and sustainable living

Minimum period of commitment:

4 weeks from December 1st to April 1st – April 2nd to November 31st the minimum stay is 2 weeks

Nature of volunteering opportunity:

  • Planting trees
  • working on water conservation in the forest
  • maintaining the community area
  • tending to the vegan-organic garden

CONTACT: sadhanaforest@auroville.org

COST: No Fees

7: Kabani, Wayanad (Kerela)

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ABOUT: They are concerned about the impacts of tourism and development on people’s livelihood and environment. Their prime objectives are sustainable socio economic development of local communities and conservation of natural resources that provides the basic of community livelihood.

Nature of volunteering opportunity:

  • research 
  • campaigns 
  • community tourism initiatives

COST: No Fees

CONTACT: kabanitour@yahoo.com, communitytour@kabani.org, contact@kabani.org

8: Seva Mandir, Udaipur

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ABOUT: Seva Mandir is a large and well established organization that's been doing development work in rural Rajasthan for over forty years. Volunteers get to work on projects that match their experience and interests. 

Nature of Activities 

  • Day-to-day operations and research,
  • Undertaking independent assignments, and developing training modules.

COST:  Guest houses/dormitories, fully furnished and with shared kitchens, are provided for volunteers. 

CONTACT: info@sevamandir.org

Volunteering can be a great learning experience for those who go with an open mindset. Kindly share your volunteering experiences and ideas in the comment section below. You can read more about travel here: Travel, experience and ditch possessions to experience happiness

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sadhanaforest@auroville.org.in is the correct email ID. :)
Fri 12 08 17, 07:55 · Reply · Report
Thank you for the information . Was looking out for such a list in India . Good work
Wed 01 11 17, 09:18 · Reply · Report
would love to try volunteering on my summer vacation trip.
Tue 01 10 17, 21:53 · Reply · Report
There should not be a fee for volunteering (ideally). Why is Ecosphere on top of the list when rest all don's charge. Plus Ecosphere charges a lot, speaking out of experience when I got in touch with them couple of years back then did not volunteer with them. BTW well written and congratulations of getting featured :)
Tue 01 10 17, 08:35 · Reply · Report
Thanks for the information
Wed 11 30 16, 23:07 · Reply · Report
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