Delhi, the capital of India and the second largest city in the nation, is the center of India’s richest history in terms of history and culture. The formerly ancient, now cosmopolitan, city has a number of attractions for tourists including visiting ancient forts, places of worship, and of course lots of shopping. Even though India is rapidly developing, over a quarter of its citizens still live in poverty and thus volunteers are needed in the nation, and Delhi in particular.

Orphanage Work: Due to poverty in the nation, many children in India are orphans. There are many nongovernmental organizations that run shelter homes and orphanages for these children and they are always in need of volunteers. As a volunteer, you will teach children, organize activities with them, and help them with their daily routine.

Teach English: Poor and disadvantaged children in India don’t really have access to a proper education, particularly learning English. There is a definite need for native English speakers to teach in schools in the Delhi are. As a volunteer, you will mainly be teaching elementary and middle school children.

Healthcare: India doesn’t have a very good healthcare system, and the poor have extremely limited access to quality healthcare, if any at all. There are many organizations that work on providing healthcare for the poor. As a volunteer, you will work with doctors and nurses to treat and take care of patients, and you will also help in educating the patients about preventing various conditions, HIV/AIDS in particular.

  • Know Before You Go: India has a strict social hierarchy due to the ancient Hindu caste system which has existed in the nation for thousands of years and is still present today, even though it is technically illegal. Indians are thus very conscious of social status and hierarchy related to others. Indians also do not like saying “no” to anyone, whether it be verbally or nonverbally. They try their best to please and not disappoint others, and this behavior should thus not be considered dishonest.
  • How Volunteering Here Will Help Your Future: India, along with China, is one of the world’s rising superpowers. It is expected to surpass China in population in a few decades and its economy will soon be one of the biggest in the world. With its emergence as a leading power, it will be beneficial to volunteer in India as you get to learn much more about the nation and its rich culture, which will be very beneficial to your future.

Health and Safety of Volunteers in Delhi:

As a volunteer in India, you are recommended to be vaccinated for Hepatitis A & B and Typhoid. If you plan on staying in the nation for more than a month, and plan to visit rural areas, it is also recommended that you get vaccinated for Rabies and Japanese Encephalitis. For more information, visit MD Travel Health.

Delhi is a safe city for tourists and volunteers to visit. It is necessary to take the proper precautions however. Like in most large cities, petty crime is the most common that visitors will encounter. Don’t wear flashy, expensive jewelry and avoid carrying large, valuable cameras in crowded areas.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis we understand there is a lot of uncertainty around travel. While many programs have been canceled this summer we're all crossing our fingers that travel opens again soon. In the meantime many new online programs have emerged. While certainly not the same experience as going overseas, we think they offer the next best thing to creating a connection to the world.
Coronavirus Information
  • India confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, across 27 States and Union Territories.
  • No public transport services including buses, taxis, and trains is allowed in India.
  • Instructions are to stay at home and leave only for basic services (to acquire consumables or for health care services) within the vicinity of their residencies, while strictly following social distancing guidelines.
  • Prime Minister Modi announced a public curfew which has been extended through May 18th.
Last Updated:
May 7, 2020

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where can I volunteer in Delhi?

    There are dozens of volunteer program options in Delhi, India that can be found on Go Overseas. In order to decide on a program that will best work for you, you'll want to think about the type of work you want to be doing: teaching/education, building projects, female empowerment, healthcare, etc. Opportunities are located all over the city.

  • Where can I volunteer in India?

    India is a large country with many heavily populous cities. You can find volunteer opportunities in most of them, including: Jaipur, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Delhi, and many others. You can also find opportunities that serve a rural population, and these will generally be outside of the large urban centers. Some of these options might take you to the Himalayan region or the forests in the south.

  • How can I volunteer for free in India?

    There are a number of global work exchange programs that allow you to volunteer and in return receive room and board. Organizations like WWOOF and Workaway offer opportunities like this in India. But there are also a number of affordable alternatives listed on Go Overseas that, while not free, provide structure and security for a small fee.

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