Gender inequality is one of the biggest problems that continues to haunt, hinder and disable modern society across all parts of India today. Although gender inequality is a key issue in a number of countries, it is especially prominent in India where  women have a disadvantage in many areas of life from education and employment to healthcare and social status.  It is quite common in poor and disadvantaged communities to be forced into early marriages, and domestic abuse and violence are accepted due to lack of support available.
Our women’s empowerment volunteer program is focused on skill building, women’s education and confidence building. Through the skills they learn, women will develop confidence, a new identity, ability to get jobs or earn higher income, and secure a better future for themselves. Many of the women who attend our program are housewives who did not get a chance to complete their education due to early marriage and conservative families. Some have been drop outs after primary education and are hugely dependant on their families. Most of the women want to learn English to be able to get jobs or just connect with those outside their community or even be able to teach their children English.

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What is involved

Our women’s empowerment program in India is based in Kochi (or Cochin), Kerala, South India which has been voted in top 10 cities to visit by the Lonely Planet. Our women’s empowerment program focuses on skill development as a form of empowerment. The women who you will meet are local women who are excited to learn English and skills such as embroidery or computer skills. By learning English they can engage in helping their children with school homework, communicate better with those outside their community, feel more confident and with computer and embroidery skills they can secure better paid jobs.

Our women’s empowerment coordinator will be there to guide and assist you with planning and preparing your sessions daily which are usually three to four hours long. We do not impose a strong structure/curriculum to your daily work and encourage flexibility in contemporary topics being taught. Whilst you do not need any specific skills (other than English skills) to join this program, we welcome anyone with a teaching background, those who can assist in  creating curriculums or can enhance any skill building for our ladies groups. Through this program we want to you the opportunity to deepen connections with local communities and also to enrich the community through the exchange of cultures.

Some UN objectives met on this program include the below

quality education

Some details

Start Dates are suggested below. We advise you to check with us about public holidays and festivals during which projects will run with limited capacity and at times closed.

2024 2025
Jan 20,27 Jan 4,11, 18, 25
Feb 3,10,17,24 Feb 1, 8, 15, 22
Mar 2,9, 16, 23, 30 Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Apr 6,13, 20, 27 Apr 5, 12, 19, 26
May 4,11,18, 25 May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Jun 7, 14, 21, 28
Jul 6,13, 20, 27 Jul 5, 12, 19, 26
Aug 3,10, 17, 24 Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Sep 21, 28 Sep 6, 13, 20, 27
Oct 5,12,19,26 Oct 4, 11, 18, 25
Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Dec 7, 14 Dec 6, 13, 20

What your first week looks like

Arrival day

Your arrival weekend will be relaxed. We will pick you up from the airport and bring you to your accommodation. Depending on your time of arrival, our team will meet you and give you a local orientation so you can get to know the area you are living in. The next day you will be given health and safety briefing, culture orientation and project training before we take you in for your program.


Your project coordinator or a member of the team will be taking you to the project and after introductions you can get started. All your meals breakfast, lunch and dinner will be the accommodation unless you are at the project site or outside. In the evenings most volunteers spend it either exploring local sights, relaxing at the accommodation or preparing for projects.


Our local team will suggest many activities for you to do! Your weekends will be free for you to explore Kerala or India. We highly recommend you to utilise your time so you can get to see more of the country that you are visiting. We usually make recommendations based on past volunteer experiences. Its always better to book excursions in country with other volunteers.

Weekend activities

Backwaters of Kerala

Backwaters of Kerala
Be sure to visit the famous backwaters of Allepey and stay overnight on a traditional houseboat

Munnar Tea Plantations

Green tea plantations. Munnar, Kerala, India
For a adventure hike with incredible panoramic views, the Munnar Tea Plantations are not to be missed.

Varkala Beach

Varkala beach
We also recommend taking a trip to Varkala Beach, which is a couple of hours from Kochi but absolutely stunning.

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal
Visit the Taj Mahal with our 3 day Delhi and Taj Mahal Weekend Experience. Email us for details.

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