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 experience incredible India with our expert team at Volunteering Journeys.

Our India Programs are based in South India’s tropical gem Kerala, famously known as ‘God’s own Country’, which is surrounded by palm-lined beaches and backwaters. We are based in the picture-perfect quaint neighbourhood of Cochin called Fort Kochi. Its delightful lanes filled with influences from different parts of the world hint at a long, eventful history that began with Kerala’s flourishing spice trade. The greenery filled streets of present day Fort Kochi are lined with colonial mansions, heritage hotels, beautiful churches, trendy cafes, quirky boutiques, colourful graffiti, art galleries, antique shops, old cemeteries and fragrant spice markets; just perfect for a relaxed stroll into the past, with a piece of history at every corner. We highly encourage you to google Fort Kochi to get an idea of the area. Our volunteer villa is located in the heart of the gorgeous neighbourhood of Fort Kochi. With a mix of Catholics, Muslims and Hindus, this peaceful residential area is gives you, our volunteers a true flavour of the eclectic culture and life in Kerala.

We have several programs in India ranging from teaching children, working with women’s education (empowerment) assisting disabled children, to medical placement (ideal for medicine, dental and nursing students). All our programs start from 1 week and go upto 12 weeks and you get enough free time to also explore this amazing country. Do check the video of our program in India if you haven’t already!

Our volunteer programs in India are available year round. You will be living in a shared house with many other international volunteers. We have a fantastic team who helps to organise all your projects and support you throughout your time. Weekly meetings with the Program Manager and daily project meetings are part of the program. Your accommodation will be in shared bedrooms with attached bathrooms, and the house you live in has a common kitchen, dining area and several common areas. Private rooms are possible for an additional fee.The bedrooms are also equipped with cabinets for volunteers to store your clothes / toiletries. Mattress, pillow and cotton bed sheets/pillowcases are provided. Wi-Fi is available so that you can stay connected with your loved ones at home. For an idea of the Accommodation check the Video Tour of the volunteer house.

We understand that India can be overwhelming and intense in many ways. Once you apply to any of our India programs we will be in touch with you immediately to prepare you. A comprehensive guide will be sent to you so you are aware of cultural differences, and things you should prepare for (including visas). Introductions to local Program Managers will be made so you know who your ground support team will be. Your airport transfers, home cooked meals, project transport and accommodation will be pre-arranged. Your accommodation will be with other volunteers and housing will be near amenities and for emergencies we ensure hospitals are nearby. On arrival you will be given an area orientation, culture talk, and health and safety briefing. Above all our friendly local program team are experienced and always be around to help, guide and ensure you get the most out of your experience in India.


India with a Difference

‘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.

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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.


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

Teaching English in India
Come join us in beautiful India and teach English to children in local schools or community centres.A truly rewarding program thats suits individuals, couples, career breakers or under 18s.

Women’s Empowerment in India
Help with gender inequality and work with local women to teach them English, healthcare, life skills and income generation skills. Suitable for over career breakers and over 50s in particular !

Yoga and Volunteer in Kerala
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. You will be living and volunteering in the idyllic yoga capital of India – Kerala (South India)

Family Volunteering in India
Bring the whole family and volunteer for anything from 1 to 2 weeks whilst travelling, learning and growing together. This program is based in the family friendly and safe location of Kerala (South India). Suitable for families with young children and those interested in community work such teaching in schools, childcare, painting/refurbishing schools, adult or women’s education program.

Medical Placements in India
Join us in stunning Kerala (South India) and get hands-on medical experience in any medical area of your choice. Working with medical experts in field you will be exposed to a lot and learn from preventative and curative care. Suitable for medical electives.

Disabled Care Volunteer in India
Join this rewarding program in Kerala (South India) where you can help with disabled care (teaching and playing with children with physical and mental disabilities) and helping to tackle mental health issues head on while providing direct care, and psychological help for children, as well as their families.

Dental Electives in India
Gain real experience working in dental clinics with local dentists in their surgeries. There is a lot to learn from dental treatments and patients in India. This program is based in Kerala South India where you can get to work and explore a very unique part of India.

Multi Country Combos with India

Teaching in Kerala (South India) & Sri Lanka
Both Sri Lanka and Kerala are a dream destination and a must do if in South Asia. Join our amazing teaching programs where you can immerse into the soul and culture of these two amazing destinations.

Medical Electives in Kerala (South India) & Sri Lanka
Kerala and Sri Lanka are famous to have one of the best public health systems in South Asia. A medical placement in both these regions will give you exposure like never before.

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