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Volunteer in India – Most affordable volunteer programs with IKPVA!!

This May, June and July, Jaipur Sightseeing is FREE only for our volunteers!

Go for a very special trip to volunteer in India, meet friendly people and discover the Indian culture! IKPVA organizes a wide range of projects in and around Jaipur, India to match your skills and interests! Upon arrival, you will have a free week with cultural activities like dancing, cooking workshop, diwali celebration and enjoy the historic buildings of the “Pink City”. Then, you go ahead with your volunteer project, you may choose from teaching English, caring for children at the orphanage, join an animal rescue project and many more, see below.

India Volunteer Programs at a glance:

Wide range of volunteer programs to match your skills & interests:


Volunteer in India – Overview

Lea describes her volunteer experience in India. When asked, if she could summarize her experience with three words, she would say: “Incredible, unexpected and beautiful.” She enjoyed her trip to India from the beginning: at the airport pickup, the orientation, and the volunteer projects. She has been teaching English to children and met so many friendly people – they are unbelievable friendly, she says, and want us to discover the culture.

Jaipur: Cultural activities, Hindi Classes and Incredible trips in the first week

In order to introduce you to the Indian culture, we included some cultural activities, Hindi classes and incredible trips for you. You may choose, whether you would like to participate in Yoga classes, learn Indian dances or have Indian cooking classes, including to bake chapati, You will learn about religion as well, experience Holi and Diwali celebrations, and even draw Mandalas! With this short introduction to India and the “Pink City”, as Jaipur referred to, we believe, you are ready to go ahead with your volunteer project.

What makes the program unique?

The staff from the local organization is verye wellcoming and helpful, alway ready to give you a hand with your program or giving you tips for your leisure activities. As Lea put it: “The people are very friendly. sometimes you can be a little bit too friendly, but it’s OK. You get used to it”.

India – a short introduction.

With it’s vibrant colours, the unyielding craziness of life in the cities, India always has attracted travellers from all over the world. Since the Indian culture has strong spiritual roots, the sacred temples are fascinating. India not only gave birth to several religions, but also is the beating heart of Yoga practices worldwide. Since Dharmit faiths including Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism form a strong, living tradition, peace and wisdom are the essence of the Indian life and spirituality. But India not only stands out for it’s religions, the country historically gave birth to many geniusses in the fields of mathematics, astronomy, and architecture. Recently, the scientific excellence extends to the fields of computer and software programming. India is internationally renowned for these future technologies.

India: an ethnically diverse country

Volunteers all painted with colors smiling together with some locals in traditional dressesSince India is home to roughly one-sixth of the world’s total population, India is the second most populous country, after China. Therefore, it remains one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world. Apart from its many religions and sects, India is home to innumerable castes and tribes, as well as to more than a dozen major and hundreds of minor linguistic groups from several language families unrelated to one another. Earnest attempts have been made to instill a spirit of nationhood in so varied a population, and India has been blessed with several leaders of world stature, notably Mohandas K. Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, who were able to galvanize the masses at home and bring prestige to India abroad.

India: A Dynamic Country with Economic Growth and Cultural Diversity

Contemporary India is increasing in physical prosperity and cultural dynamism; this can be seen are seen in its well-developed infrastructure and a highly diversified industrial base, in its pool of scientific and engineering personnel (one of the largest in the world), in the pace of its agricultural expansion, and in its rich and vibrant cultural exports of music, literature, and cinema. India has three of the most populous and cosmopolitan cities in the world—Mumbai (Bombay), Kolkata (Calcutta), and Delhi. Three other Indian cities—Bangalore (Bengaluru), Chennai (Madras), and Hyderabad—are among the world’s fastest-growing high-technology centres, and most of the world’s major information technology and software companies now have offices in India. All that being said the country’s population still remains largely rural and agricultural and faces continued domestic challenges and economic inequality.

Volunteer in India to Help Giving Equal Opportunities for the People Left Behind

The growth and development of this country is not equally balanced, and many sections of society are being left behind – in 2012, the Indian government stated 22% of its population is below its official poverty limit.

Volunteering in India with IKPVA gives you the opportunity to do your bit to help improve the lives of people living in underprivileged sects of society! See our range of projects to see how you can donate your time, skills and affection to the purpose of helping people less fortunate than yourself.

Join us for the experience of your lifetime!


Volunteer Projects in India

Child Development at Jaipur, India

The child development volunteer program is a residential program for children living close in the neigborhood attending at the moment over 30 children. All the children are from nearby areas of the city are economically very poor. Their parents can’t afford their education or child care expenses so they rely on this host organization, which is responsible for taking care all of their needs like education, shelter and food. Some children also come by themselves to get education and other support when they don’t get it from their parents.

Volunteer work at a Day Care Centre in Jaipur

Volunteer on Child Development in Jaipur India
Volunteer on Child Development in Jaipur India

This project also works with the running of DCCs (Day Care Centers) in Jaipur. The DCCs are managed by government of India. All the DCCs are established to provide a crèche facility with a midday meal to those BPL (Below Poverty Line) & to labor-worker’s families. Most of their parents are daily wage earners so the children stay here and receive care by the DCC staff, while their parents work. The volunteers will be working as a real helping hand to the staff in operations

On the Working Schedule of the Child Development Volunteers

In this project your duties may include, but not limited to:

  • Hygiene activities with the kids (Assisting with bathing, Nail cutting, Hair, etc.)
  • Teaching the Kids (Numbers, Alphabet, Spelling, Animals, Fruits, and Vegetable Names etc.)
  • Art n Craft with/for the kids, and drawing activities
  • Playing with the kids (Educational Games), Indoor & Outdoor, fun, loving activities for them/ Dancing with Kids / writing poems/ story telling
  • Teaching food habits & General health practices (Washing hands before Eating, after using washroom etc.)
  • Interaction with the Parents of the Kids & Presenting the General Vaccination Schedule to the parents
  • Helping the local staff in preparing food for the kids
  • Helping the local staff in making/updating documentation of the kids
  • Counselling the Parents to provide an education to their kids
  • Promoting Girl Child education in the local community etc.

This is an incredible opportunity to work as a volunteer with bright joyful children living in situations of poverty, this is an opportunity to make their days somewhat brighter and offer thim some education for their futures. You will also be living in the beautiful city of Jaipur, experiencing the real India. You will never forget caring for these gentle young souls. This project is particularly well suited to anyone with a big heart and a love for children. Whoever you are you help will be very much appreciated.


Volunteer in India Teaching English and more…

Volunteer in India with IKPVA in our teaching project and help to improve the lives of children from a very poor backgrounds.

Teaching English ad a Community School in Jaipur

Lea teaching English in India
Lea teaching English

The project takes place within a CSR (Community school) in Jaipur, situated in the southern part of the city. Since the school is catering to children from an economically weak & marginalized area, your help as a volunteer is greatly appreciated! The school offers quality English teaching with all other required amenities. Our in country partners have supported the school with all the furniture, infrastructure & teaching materials like boards etc. There are around 54 students who are studying in 1st to 5th grades. As a volunteer you will teach the students the necessary things that will help them in developing their interpersonal skills. You will also help the local staff in daily operations of the school. The top-most requirement of the project is to develop the overall personality of the students by encouraging extracurricular activities, art & craft, group discussions, teaching & communication.

Voluntary Work as an English Teacher includes:

  • Teaching English (Tenses, Grammar, Speaking, Pronunciation, etc)
  • Teaching Mathematics (According to the standard of the Students, Class-wise syllabus)
  • English Lab & Math Lab & Illustrative Activities of Teaching
  • Helping the teachers in completing the syllabus
  • Helping the students in completing their home-work
  • Problem-solving sessions with students
  • Encouraging Girl Child Education in the School
  • Helping any child that is struggling
  • Group-discussion sessions with the students & teachers
  • Teaching the students about hazardous effects of Tobacco chewing, Smoking, intoxication etc.

This is an incredible opportunity to gain real-world teaching experience and work alongside bright enthusiastic young minds, while also getting to experience all the beauty of India. This project is particularly well suited to teaching students and teen volunteers.


Volunteer in India on Childcare & Orphanage

Volunteer in India with IKPVA in our Orphanage project and support the education and personal development of our kids!

Childcare Volunteering in IndiaThe orphanage project works within some of the most notable non-government organizations in Jaipur. The project is a residential program for orphaned children, some of them having lost either or both of their parents. The children generally come from the rural areas of the city. Some female children have been abandoned in their early childhood. The host organization get financial and manpower support from IKPVA. The project has two separate wings for boys & girls. There are individual wardens for the wings who take care of the children. These children are from 1 year to 18 year of age group. The project is looking for volunteers to support in the areas of education, mentoring, personal development & sports. The project also seeks support for their record maintenance, extra-curricular activity, training to the staff etc.

Volunteering at the Orphanage – Actvities

In this project your duties may include, but not limited to:

  • Teaching English (Tenses, Grammar Part, Speaking, Pronunciation, etc.)
  • Teaching Mathematics (According to the standard of the Students, Class-wise syllabus)
  • Illustrative Activities
  • Running sports activities for the children
  • Spending time with children and listening to their life stories
  • Motivating & boosting their ambition for a career, showing them some options
  • Helping the local staff in completing the syllabus
  • Helping any child that is struggling
  • Problem-solving sessions with students
  • Encouraging Girl Child Education in the School
  • Group-discussion sessions with the children
  • Teaching the students about hazardous effects of Tobacco chewing, Smoking, intoxication etc.
  • Fun fare & other fun loving activities for the children to feel them special.
  • Providing love and affection and emotional support.

This is an incredible opportunity to share in the lives of some loving, gentle, deserving children and help to offer them a brighter future in spite of their unfortunate starts in live. You will also be living in the beautiful city of Jaipur, experiencing the vibrancy of the ‘Pink City’. This project is particularly well suited to teaching students and teen volunteers, and anyone with a big heart and a love for children.


Special Childcare Volunteer Program for Children with Disabilities

Volunteer in India with IKPVA bringing your love and affection to help us teach and play with children with Special Education Needs.

Volunteer in Jaipur with Disabled ChildrenThe project is running in the Special care Schools of India in Jaipur city. The project is a nonresidential program for mentally disabled children. All the children live in the nearby areas of the centers. There is a special schedule for the children in which all the activities have a special timing for each age group. Hundreds of children are getting benefits from the centres. All the children are divided into the groups (Classes) as per their mental level. These schools allow them to get an education and the children are enrolled in Open School Examination patter so that they get certificates of education. There are also some vocational training classes for them as well like cooking, using some machines like coffee machines, photo copiers, washing machines; also there are courses in typing practice, making handmade artisan products, etc. Volunteers will be expected to give one to one care and assistance to the children in teaching, training, exercise, sports, writing, speaking & other daily activities.

On the daily schedule of childcare volunteers

In this project your duties may include, but not limited to:

  • Interact with the special children, local staff & other volunteers
  • Observe their activities & get to know the style of working with them
  • Teach general subjects like Math, English etc.
  • Help them in completing their home-works & class works
  • Help the local staff in preparing food and assisting the children in writing, reading, painting, support them in doing their exercises
  • Counsel their parents on proper care of the kids
  • Do art & craft, music & dance kind of fun centered activities & Make learning fun & exciting for them
  • Organize local trips & Picnic for the kids with approval from the center
  • Make them feel that they are adorable & normal like other kids & helping the staff while having their lunch & to Watch over the kids when they are on the ground
  • Organize small sports competitions in which the physical training must be involved, so that they can enjoy it & it will prove beneficial for them as well.

This is an incredible opportunity to share in the lives of some loving, gentle, deserving children and help to offer them a brighter future in spite of their disabilities. You will also be living in the beautiful city of Jaipur, experiencing the vibrancy of the ‘Pink City’. This project is particularly well suited to teaching students, people with training or experience working with special-needs and anyone with a big heart and a love for children.


Medical & Health Promotion Project in India

Volunteer in India with IKPVA in our hands on medical & health program!

Medical Volunteer in JaipurIn this project you will be placed in local community nursing centers, hospitals and dispensaries. These facilities are established to provide medical and health services to the local public for free or for a much lower than standard price. You will be working in the health centers taking care of the patients and their relatives, as well as supporting the local staff in maintaining the records. You may also be working in polio awareness, hygiene for women, AIDS/HIV awareness & tobacco awareness. The project seeks support in the health centers as well as in health surveys and education programs. Previous volunteers have also set up health check-up camps in slums and poor community schools for eye check-ups, ear check-ups etc. Blood donation camp has been set up by the project as well. More camps may be installed in nearby rural areas as well.

Working as a medical volunteer in Jaipur

In this project your duties may include, but not limited to:

  • Providing nursing care
  • Support the staff in operations of the centre
  • Assist with the patients’ daily needs
  • Organize or be part of health camps
  • Support in the setting up of the camps
  • Educate local residents about the health care
  • Motivate the slum residents to come for free check up in the camps
  • Provide assistance & support when needed in the camps
  • Run seminars on women hygiene & care
  • Instruct the children about daily cleaning (Teeth cleaning, having bath etc.)
  • Motivate children to take daily physical exercises to keep them fit
  • Educate the parents about the benefits of nutritious diet & balanced food habits

This is a great opportunity to gain real-world medical experience and work alongside local professionals; you will be providing health care where it is most needed. You will also have the unforgettable experience of living amidst the craziness of an Indian city. This project is particularly well suited to medical students, or healthcare professionals.

Volunteer in India on Sports Development

Volunteer in India with IKPVA in our Sports program to teach special techniques and strategies!

The project operated on special bookings for Sports related volunteering. We select community schools or sports clubs of the city those are in need of the special training by talented volunteers. In community schools there is a lack of professional staff in sports & physical education so the desired support and guidance is always missing to the students. That’s why community school students don`t pursue sports as career options. Local associations also run sports clubs. There are students who keen to learn from an International sports person who is trained and can guide them with the techniques and teach them the proper manner, rules & game strategy. The project can also be run in community fields which the localities use to play different games like cricket, soccer etc. The volunteering can be done in Hockey, Cricket, Soccer, Badminton, Basketball, Tennis, athletics & others.

What you can do as a sports volunteer

In this project your duties may include, but not limited to:

  • Identifying the necessary coaching areas
  • Teaching rules & regulations of the games
  • Daily playing activity with the kids in the Club/Community Sports Ground
  • Mock-Tournament organizing
  • Helping anyone who may be struggling
  • Guiding them on balanced diet & work-plan
  • Teaching the proper game techniques
  • Helping the learners in future building in the specified games
  • Organizing Sports competitions

This is an incredible opportunity to help teach and train young people, while practicing sports that you love. At the same time, you will  experience the real Indian culture. You will love spending your days alongside these passionate young minds. The sports project is a perfect match for passionate players, coaches, students, and sports professionals.



Volunteer in India on Animal Care and Rescue

Volunteer in India with IKPVA helping to make a full recovery of injured animals!

Animal Conservation in India
Animal Rescue & Care

This project is run by a non-profit organization in the animal care & research sector. The project is situated in the centre of the city, spread across an area of around 4-6 hectare. There are around hundreds of animals & birds who are either injured and collected or rescued after local residents of the city report stray or injured animals. Mostly there are dogs, cats, monkeys, pigeons, eagles, parrots, vultures, rabbits, camels, buffalos, cows and donkeys, amongst others. The organization runs a helpline for animals. If someone finds an injured animal or bird, they can call to the helpline number & the project team will collect it from the location. They take it to the center and treat and care for them until they make a full recovery, at which point they return the animal where it belongs. All the expenses are borne by the organization itself.

Some of your activities, to care for the animals:


  • Interaction with the animals & local staff of the project site
  • Helping in preparing the food and in filling the water pots of the animals/birds
  • Helping in cleaning the cages and kennels
  • Providing love and affection to help nurse the injured animals back to health
  • Helping the vets and nursing staff in giving emergency treatments of the incoming injured animals & birds
  • Picking up the injured animals & birds from the specified location identified on the basis of phone calls with the rescue team.
  • Dropping the treated animals & birds on their respective location with the rescue team.
  • Participating in the ‘Save bird enjoy Kiting’ campaign for rescuing the birds from Kiting (In the month of January only)
  • Providing the information to the pet owners about healthy habits of petting
  • Helping the local staff in various joint campaigns with local government, like Cow-rescue, Dog-rescue, Monkey-Rescue etc.

This is an incredible opportunity to help care for rescued animals and nurse them back to health, while getting to experience the intricacies of Indian life. You will love spending your days alongside these beautiful creatures. This project is particularly well suited to veterinary students looking for experience in the field. Whoever you are you help will be very much appreciated!

Special Volunteer Program – Women’s Empowerment

Volunteer in India with Women Empowerment

Volunteer in India with IKPVA providing sustainable development opportunities to girls and women

Women Empowerment in India
Odette Crisp

In this project you will be placed in one of the local NGOs operating in the urban, semi-urban & rural areas of the city. The projects are working in the fields of awareness, counseling and empowerment of females. All the projects provide sustainable development opportunities to girls and women – mothers, grandmothers and daughters – through education and motivation. There are regular rallies and marches to help raise awareness among women about their rights & justice. Seminars are organized to raise voices against domestic violence, eve-teasing (cat-calling) & harassment. You can do counseling surveys as well, to serve the purpose of the programs. There are regular classes to educate these women to make them self-independent. In India most of the women bear violence and harassment because of dependence on their husbands and fear for their families. So becoming self-dependent is the first step to stop all violence and harassment.

Supporting the women

In this project your duties may include, but not limited to:

  • Assisting the instructor in special activities organized for women like sewing, stitching
  • Teaching the women general math & English
  • Teaching them about culinary hygiene & educating them about women rights
  • Helping the local staff in documentation
  • Helping the women in exploring the new ways of earning money & becoming financially independent
  • Teaching them about preparing a Home Budget
  • Educating them about how to obtain a loan to start their own small ventures
  • Preparing SHG (Self Help Groups), with the help of local banking institutions
  • Supporting them in promoting and selling their hand-made products
  • Being a confidante and providing emotional support

This is a fantastic opportunity to work alongside strong and effective women, helping in the process of improving the social position of the women and raising awareness of the importance of feminism in a country where many women are still very much treated as inferior. At the same time you will get to explore this beautiful country and the Indian way of life. This is your chance to make an impact in someone’s life. This project is perfect for anyone who believes in equality. Whoever you are you help will be very much appreciated!

Construction and Beautification Volunteer in India


Volunteer in India with IKPVA working side by side with local to build and renovate important public venues.

The construction & beautification project runs in associated community buildings like government/private schools, hospitals, public gardens & other buildings, which requires renovation & beautification work. The project aims to maintain these public buildings and also to motivate the beneficiaries to come and join in the project in order to receive the benefits. For instance, you can work as a volunteer with the decoration of a community school. While the volunteers will beautify the school, painting fairy tales, numbers & other graphical illustrations on the walls, the children will start feeling attracted to the school and enjoy their lessons much more than before the renovation. Because some of the project sites are still unattractive for the residents, they don’t use those public facilities frequently, and so the community misses out. Therefore you will work to convert these old fashioned premises into new attractive and exciting premises for local children and community people.

On the working schedule of a construction voluneer:

  • Observation of the community buildings
  • Assessing the necessary construction & renovation
  • Designing the most suitable murals and decorations, eg: educational drawings
  • White wash entire selected premises
  • Maintenance of the buildings
  • Small level construction work like seating tables for children
  • Boundary wall paintings with motivational slogans
  • Making illustrations of World map etc.
  • Drawings of fairy tales in smaller section classes – Tables, body limb names etc in middle level classes
  • Construction of community toilets in rural areas for women & girls
  • Construction & renovation of previously built toilets & bathrooms for community people
  • Repair & maintenance in slum houses
  • Drainage building & maintenance work in rural areas & slums of India.

Working in this project you will get to leave your mark and improve the living conditions of people in some of the poorest areas of the city. At the same time you will get to explore this fascinating country and witness the Indian way of life. This project is perfect for anybody willing to work hard or who has a creative touch!

Affordable Volunteering in India – Program Fees

Please Note:

  • The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
  • All of the projects incur a registration fee of US$ 199.00 on top of the program fee.

Volunteer in India program fees

What is included in the Volunteer in India program fee?
  • Pre-arrival assistance
  • Airport pickup and drop off
  • Orientation about project, country and rules
  • Accommodation (triple/quadruple sharing in a volunteer apartment or dual sharing with a host family)
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & dinner) Authentic Indian meals
  • English speaking project manager on project to assist
  • In-country 24/7 emergency support throughout your stay
  • Travel support in India
  • Certificate of Volunteering
  • Cultural workshops on arrival!
What is not included in the volunteer in India program fee?
  • Airfare
  • Visa
  • Project transportation
  • All personal expenses
  • Other tours and leisure activities

There are no hidden costs. These projects are the most affordable to volunteer in India.

IKPVA is an NGO based in a developing country. We are dedicated to helping you help others, at the lowest possible price. We are interested in making volunteering abroad more accessible so that more people can help do really important work.

Participants in our volunteer in India programs normally find US$ 50 to be sufficient for weekly expenses in the country.

The program fee should be paid to the host country and it is due 30 days before the project start date.



Volunter in India – Project Details

Location – Jaipur

Lea enjoying Jaipur
Lea enjoying Jaipur

Volunteering in India with IPVA, you will be living in and around the city of Jaipur. This fascinating capital of the state of Rajasthan is one of the best-planned cities of its time. Jaipur was established by the then Maharaja, Sawai Jai Singh in the year 1927. Since the graceful architecture of the city features many buildings painted in pink, Jaipur became known as “The Pink City”. Besides the beautiful architecture, Jaipur’s musicians, artisans and craftsmen contribute to the wonderful athmosphere. Today, the city attracts the travelers for its fine jewellery, varied textiles and sumptuous cuisine. Moreover, there are innumerable sagas and stories of culture, traditions, practices and valour. This diverse land of rich cultural heritage is a royal treat for tourists all over the world.

Some of Jaipur’s Highlights

  • Hawa Mahal, the palace of winds
  • Amber Fort, the earliest capital of erstwhile Jaipur state
  • Jantar Mantar, the largest observatory
  • City Palace, the residence of erstwhile Maharaja of Jaipur
  • Nahargarh Fort, the hunting residence of erstwhile Maharajas
  • Jaigarh Fort, the artillery storehouse of Rajput Rulers

After visiting some of these fascinating places, people enjoy going out for shopping in Jaipur. The famous handicrafts, silver and gold jewellery, precious and semi-precious stones, beads and jewellery, blue pottery products, carpets and textiles are the most preferred ethnic items by visitors. Delhi, the capital of India, is close to Jaipur, and you can find good connections to other parts of the country by ari, rail or roads as well. Jaipur is one of the fastest growing cities of India with productive investment opportunities like Mahindra World City, World Trade Park, etc.


Accommodation & Meals

Tradicional dishes that volunteers in India might taste

During your stay as a volunteer in Jaipur, you may choose from two different options for accommodation for throughout the period of your stay. You may choose to either be placed within a very welcoming host family, or to be placed within the host camp option, a separate accommodation for volunteers; choosing whichever is better suited to your needs and desires. Full details of the accommodation are available in out Pre-Departure Guide.

Traditional dishes that our volunteers in India might taste

Both are great options and we’re sure you will have a fantastic time!


Start & Duration

Our programs to volunteer in India start every 3 weeks on a Saturday.

You can choose to volunteer from 1 to 12 weeks.


Arrival & Orientation for the Volunteers in India

All volunteers should organize to arrive in Jaipur International Airport. Airport pick-up and drop-off is included in your program fee. A representative will meet you on arrival.

Orientation takes place on your first Monday and will cover

  • About India
  • About your program & other projects
  • Additional options such as excursions and learning programs
  • Project extension
  • Cultural responsibility
  • Basics of Hindi (Native Indian language)
  • C form (Foreigner registration)
  • Code of conducts
  • Project visit

Volunteer in India – Requirements

Volunteers work 4 to 6 hours daily, Monday to Friday.

You must be at least 18 years old at the start of your placement. All volunteers must have adequate volunteer travel insurance.


Language Requirements

Fluency in English is required in all the projects.



You will have a competent support and advice from the local team and project leaders. There will always be a member of the local team working with you at the projects. The local coordinators will give you all the information to have a safe and unforgettable experience.



Teach English

Teach English

Child Development

Child Development

Childcare Orphanage

Childcare Orphanage

Sports Development

Sports Development

Medical Volunteer Abroad

Medical Volunteer Abroad



Animal Conservation

Animal Conservation

Special Projects

Special Projects