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Volunteer in India with IKPVA – Highly Affordable Volunteer Programs in India!

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About Volunteering in India in Depth

Volunteers all painted with colors smiling together with some locals in traditional dresses
Volunteer in India – Holi celebration

Some of the most fascinating projects for volunteer work in India are waiting for you in the historic city of Jaipur.

To start, your stay begins with a free week of cultural activities.

In order to introduce you to the Indian culture, we included some cultural activities, Hindi classes and incredible trips for you at the beginning of your program to volunteer in India.

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 also learn about religion, experience Holi and Diwali celebrations, and even draw Mandalas!

With this short introduction to India and the “Pink City”, as Jaipur is referred to, we believe, you are ready to go ahead with your work as a volunteer in India.


Watch a short video about the experience to volunteer in India


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

India: an ethnically diverse country

Since India is home to roughly one-sixth of the world’s total population, it has become the second-most populous country, after China. And 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 population, and India has been blessed with several leaders of world stature, notably Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, who galvanized the masses at home bringing prestige to India abroad.


Women Empowerment in India
Odette Crisp with the group of women

A Country with Great Traditions and Future Technologies

But India not only stands out for its religions, the country historically gave birth to many geniuses in the fields of mathematics, astronomy, and architecture.

Recently, scientific excellence extends to the fields of computer and software programming. India is internationally renowned for these future technologies.


India: A Dynamic Country with Economic Growth and Cultural Diversity

Lea teaching English in India
Lea teaching English

Contemporary India is increasing in physical prosperity and cultural dynamism; this can be 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 centers. 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.

What makes the Program to Volunteer in India so Unique?

Lea describes her experience from the volunteer in India point of view: “Incredible, unexpected and beautiful.”

The local staff is very welcoming and helpful, always ready to give you a hand with your program or giving you tips for your leisure activities. She enjoyed everything on her trip to India, from the airport pickup, orientation, and the projects:  “The people are very friendly. sometimes you can be a little bit too friendly, but it’s OK. You get used to it”.


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

The growth and development of this country are 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.

Volunteer in India with IKPVA to do your bit to help improve the lives of people living in underprivileged sects of society!

See our range of cheap volunteer programs in India to see how you can donate your time, skills and affection to the purpose of helping people less fortunate than yourself: Child development at a daycare centerTeaching English at a Community School in JaipurChildcare & OrphanageMedical and Healthcare Promotion ProjectSports DevelopmentAnimal Conservation & RescueSpecial Childcare Program for Children with DisabilitiesConstruction & Renovation of important public venues, Special Project: Women Empowerment in Jaipur.


Join our cheap volunteer programs in India for the experience of your lifetime!

Highly Affordable Program Fees to Volunteer in India

Please Note:

  • The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
  • All of the programs incur a registration fee of U$ 149 on top of the program fee.

India volunteer program fees



What is included in the 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 to assist
    • In-country 24/7 emergency support throughout your stay
    • Travel support in India
    • Certificate of Volunteering
    • Free 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 a non-profit organization based in a developing country.

Our work is to help you help others, at the lowest possible price.

We are interested in making the programs to volunteer in India more accessible so that more people can help do really important work.

Participants in our programs in India 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.


Volunteer in India – Program Details

Location – Jaipur

Lea enjoying Jaipur
Lea enjoying Jaipur

Our cheap volunteer programs in India are based 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”.


A magic place with a vibrant atmosphere

During your stay, you will enjoy the wonderful atmosphere, where you can see Jaipur’s musicians, artisans, and craftsmen.

Today, the city attracts travelers for its fine jewelry, varied textiles, and sumptuous cuisine.

Moreover, there are innumerable sagas and stories of culture, traditions, practices, and valor.

This diverse land of rich cultural heritage is a royal treat for your volunteer vacations!


Visit some of Jaipur’s Highlights as a Volunteer in India

  • 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


Enjoy Jaipur during your stay as a volunteer in India

After visiting some of these fascinating places, you may enjoy going out shopping in Jaipur.

The famous handicrafts, silver and gold jewelry, precious and semi-precious stones, beads and jewelry, 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 air, rail or roads as well.

Jaipur is one of the fastest-growing cities in India with productive investment opportunities like Mahindra World City, World Trade Park, etc.


Accommodation & Meals

Tradicional dishes that volunteers in India might taste

We offer two different options for accommodation: You may choose to either be placed within a very welcoming host family or to be placed within the host camp option, separate accommodation for volunteers.

Choosing whichever is better to suit to your needs and desires as a volunteer in India. Full details of the accommodation are available in our Pre-Departure Guide.

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


Start & DurationTraditional dishes that our volunteers in India might taste

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

Volunteers should organize to arrive at Jaipur International Airport.

Airport pick-up and drop-off are 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


Requirements to Volunteer in India

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

You must be at least 18 years old at the start of your placement as a volunteer in India.

All volunteers must have adequate travel insurance.


Language Requirements

Fluency in English is required in all the projects to volunteer in India.



As a volunteer in India, 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 as a volunteer in India.



Still in doubt? Read some testimonials of our volunteers in India

Natalia Villalobos Teaching Children in India

Nathalia enjoys Teaching Children in India and relaxing in our free Yoga Workshop

Natalia Villalobos, from the USA, enjoys teaching children in India and relaxing in our free Yoga workshops afterwards. The best ...
Patricia Oliveira & Rui Falhas Santos Teaching at school in India

Patricia and Rui from Portugal are teaching at school in India

Patricia Oliveira & Rui Falhas Santos have been teaching at school in India. Both volunteer teachers com from Portugal and ...
Lailana Smith from Australia lending a hand in India

Lailana from Australia lending a hand in India

We would like to thank Lailana Smith. a volunteer from Australia, for lending a hand in India. She did a ...
Joseph Guzman teaching children in India

Joey dedicates himself to teaching children in India

Joseph Guzman chose to volunteer teaching children in India. With his joy and dedication he was a great and positive ...
Karen: Family Volunteering in India

Family Volunteering: Karen went with her elder son to volunteer in India

What about family volunteering? Karen from Norway took her elder son to India, to volunteer in Jaipur. When Karen started ...
Painting Signs for a School in Jaipur

Painting Signs for a School in Jaipur: Construction Volunteer Experience in India

Jakob and Aiden from Norway went to India as construction volunteers, in order to paint signs for a school in ...
New Shoes for the School Boys

New Shoes for the School Boys & Girls: How Claire Revolutionized the School in Jaipur

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Claire's Interview about here experience with Women Empowerment in Jaipur

Women Empowerment in Jaipur: How Women Fell in Love with Sewing

Claire Herbert came to India to work on women empowerment in Jaipur, organized by Iko Poran. She brought sewing machines ...
Claire is donating sewing machines

Claire Donates Sewing Machines for the Women Empowerment Project in Jaipur

Claire Herbert is starting her Women Empowerment project in Jaipur, and donates even sewing machines for the women. She has ...
Women Empowerment in India

Amazing Experience with Women Empowerment in India – Interview with Odette

What about experiencing a different culture and having a unique experience with women empowerment? When Odette Crisp from Australia was ...