Volunteer in India

Volunteer in India

Incredible India!

There are few places in the world quite as enigmatic, colourful and diverse as India and you’ll get the chance to be inspired by the sights, sounds and flavours of this majestic country when you volunteer in India. Volunteering is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding things you can do in life, and we invite you to come take a walk with us to explore incredible India with our expert team at Volunteering Journeys. This is where it all began for us and we now offer volunteering programs across a number of regions, including Dharamshala in North India, Kolkata in East India and Kerala in South India. Our volunteer in India programs range from teaching English, medical volunteering in hospitals, physiotherapy and dental placements, and community work involving women’s empowerment or disabled care. Our internship are placements for teaching or community development.

Volunteer in North India: Dharamshala, the home of the Dalai Lama, is located on the foothills of the spectacular Himalayan mountains to the north and provides a great insight into Buddhist and Indian cultures. It is a peaceful town surrounded by breath-taking views of nature where one gets to experience multicultural life with an Indo-Tibetan community. For spiritual exploration, the village of Bir (which is best known for ecotourism, spiritual studies and meditation) or the Mcloed Gunj area are highlights not to be missed. Dharamshala also allows for easy access to some of the most beautiful and scenic Himalayan regions, like Manali to the east and the spectacular Ladakh to the north. Additionally, a visit to the famous Golden Temple in the historic city of Amritsar is only a few hours drive away.

Volunteer in East India: Kolkata, affectionately referred to as the “City of Joy”, is a popular destination made famous by Saint Mother Teresa, who spent a lifetime here serving the poor throughout most of the 20th century. As the capital of British India, Kolkata served as the main commercial and cultural hub for nearly three centuries of colonial rule and still retains much of it’s rich colonial history, as evidenced by it’s magnificent architecture, thriving art community, continental cuisine and english-speaking population. A place where old meets new, you’ll experience a true India with the best from both worlds. From Kolkata, you can explore the  beautiful tea town of Darjeeling, the raw untapped beauty of northeast India or the amazing Sundarban Jungles to spot the infamous Royal Bengal Tiger.

Volunteer in South India: Kerala, also known as “God’s own country” has a special place in our heart as this is where our journey began in early 2014 and remains the most popular destination for our volunteers. It is the only state in India which has been influenced by three major European cultures (Dutch, Portuguese and British) and is one of the most secular places in the nation with Christians, Muslims and Hindus living in harmony with one another. Our programs are located in the historic port town of Fort Kochi, known for it’s rustic beauty and unparalleled old-world charm. A tropical destination famous for it’s stunning backwaters, gorgeous beaches and  serene tea gardens, as well as being the home of Ayurveda & Yoga, and a haven for seafood lovers, Kerala is undoubtedly one of the most gratifying places to visit in India.


India with a Difference

‘When you volunteer in India, it will be a culture shock. In India every sense is alive, the smells range from spices, marigolds, incense, to smells not so pleasant, the colours are vibrant and the sound is mostly of constant talking and car horns.You find mouth watering food that is sweet, salty and everything in between! People still wear traditional clothes like saris and lunghi’s and over 10000 languages and millions of dialects are spoken. There is no country in the world as diverse and enigmatic as India. It will truly blow you away…”

Ridhi Patel, Founder, Volunteering Journeys

Why Volunteer in India?


Amazing People

India is a unique country where people of many different religions and cultural backgrounds live together in unity. Experience this diverse culture for yourself and immerse yourself in these incredible communities.


Diverse Culture

India is a unique country where people of many different religions and cultural backgrounds live together in unity. Experience this diverse culture for yourself and immerse yourself in these incredible communities.

Volunteer in India Taj Mahal

Exotic Destination

Experience the exotic and volunteer in one of the most colourful, diverse and culturally interesting places on the planet. From the backwaters of Cochin to the Himalayan Mountains, there’s so much to see when you volunteer in India.


Tasty Cuisine

Travelling in India is a taste explosion and it’s one of the highlights. But don’t be fooled by the dishes that you’ve tried in the West. When you volunteer in India you will get to taste real, authentic Indian cuisine.

Volunteer in India Programs

TOP RATED PROGRAM! Teaching English in India
Come join us in beautiful India and teach English in local schools or community centres.

POPULAR PROGRAM! Women’s Empowerment in India
Change the lives of women in East India and volunteer at local community centres, women’s colleges, school and orphanages.

Mental Health & Psychology Volunteer in India
Join this unique program designed to tackle mental health issues head on while providing psychological help for children, as well as their families.

Medical Volunteering in India
Join our team in stunning Kerala or the beautiful foothills of the Himalayas and get hands-on medical experience, supervised by experts.

Dental Electives in India
Gain real life experience in real life situations in the Kerala region or Dharamshala in the Himalayas.

NEW! Development, Legal and Human Rights Work Placement
Based in Kolkata, this program gives you a chance to get involved in a real development work in Kolkata with children and women’s rights in particular.

POPULAR PROGRAM! Yoga and Volunteer in India
Combine two passions to create the perfect India travel experience; volunteer with local communities and rejuvenate the mind, body and soul through the power of yoga.

Teaching Internships in India
Have a direct and positive impact on the local communities of India and volunteer in our teaching internships program.

Summer Volunteering in India
Get invaluable work experience in India and get hands-on practice during a summer of volunteering.

Community Development in Kolkata
Enhance your CV, take a career break or get vocational hands-on experience with our community development programs.

Teaching English in Thailand and India
Become a volunteer teacher and educate children in India and Thailand.

Gap Year in India
Take a year out to explore one of the most incredible countries in the world and do your bit to give back to communities as you travel.

Teaching in Asia
Explore one of the most incredible continents in the world and do your bit to give back to communities as you travel.

Family Volunteering in India
Bring the whole family and volunteer for anything from 2 weeks – 1 month whilst travelling, learning and growing together.

Physiotherapy Placements in India
Physiotherapy work placements in India involve working with specialist clinics in Dharamshala. A unique work experience where you get to learn hands on!

Healthcare Placements in India
This is wonderful program for anyone with a passion for healthcare or medical background to work with an NGO and helping with a healthcare program for slum communities in Kolkata.

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