Most Affordable & Impactful Volunteer Programs in India from $250

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Trusted by 110,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the world's most popular volunteer programs in India and 50+ destinations around the world.

You can choose from 4 volunteer project options: Childcare, Health, Slum Teaching or Teaching and give back for periods ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks. Your Program Fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support. You’ll be accommodated in local homestay or volunteer house with like-minded, impact-focused travelers from around the world.

IVHQ is trusted to support the meaningful adventures of thousands of volunteers every year, so even before you even, you’ll receive outstanding service from your expert Volunteer Program Manager and exclusive access to superior pre-departure training.

If you thrive on fast-paced city life, an abundance of opportunities to grow, exciting experiences at every turn and authentic interactions with local people, volunteering in Delhi is for you.

Highlights
  • IVHQ’s India - Delhi program is available year-round, starting on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month
  • Highly affordable program fees from $250 - IVHQ provides the most affordable and top rated programs
  • You’ll be joining between 20 and 40 other IVHQ volunteers who start in India - Delhi each month
  • You’ll be traveling with IVHQ, the volunteer experts, and joining a network of 110,000+ volunteers. Our outstanding safety systems and track record set us apart, we are the world’s safest organization
  • Your efforts will have a positive impact because our programs are community-driven with a focus on supporting long-term local needs

Book With Confidence: Added Flexibility & Free Changes

IVHQ makes it easy to change your travel plans should you need to – or if you simply change your mind. As long as you cancel or reschedule at least 15 days before your program start date this year, it's free to change your dates, volunteer program or destination.

Popular Programs

India Childcare Project

The aim of this project is to provide assistance to childcare centers in India which are often at full capacity due to the high incidences of poverty and illness. These centers are​​ often overcrowded and under resourced with a high demand for volunteer assistance​.

This project is well suited to caring and enthusiastic volunteers, who have an interest in working with children aged 4-8 years old from disadvantaged backgrounds.

India Healthcare Project

Volunteers on the Health project work in either local hospitals or slum clinics, shadowing well-respected physicians who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and expertise, while offering a valuable insight into the healthcare system of one of the world’s fastest growing countries.

Volunteers on the Slum Clinic placement will have the opportunity to perform more hands-on tasks such as treating minor injuries as well as cleaning and bandaging wounds.

India Slum Teaching Project

For many children in India, school is simply not an option. It is estimated that there are more than 11 million marginalized and vulnerable street children in India. Many of these children work in the streets with their parents selling goods, foraging and performing to make a living. Volunteers on this project play an important role in providing the children within these communities access to basic education along with new opportunities that they would otherwise been deprived of.

Questions & Answers

Nope! When I was in India, our orientation group had volunteers of various ages!

It all depends how long you are staying for, while volunteering you do get meals with the families you stay with but some may not like the food and want to eat out, generally India is one of the cheapest places you can visit, if you are purely just going to volunteer and don't intend doing any other activities which is doubtful in India then you won't need much at all, if you are the type to live...

I took a look and you can find the price breakdown for both programs in India below. Hope that helps!

Reviews

9.73 Rating
based on 94 reviews
  • Impact 9.4
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.6
  • Value 9.5
  • Safety 9.7
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Chris
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Medical Program India

I found the program well organized and overall attentive to volunteer's needs. I spent 5 weeks in the "slum clinic" which was run by local doctors providing basic medical care. As a retired family practitioner I felt quite at home and found patient's overall very glad to meet me and they made me feel quite welcome. The doctors are quite knowing and willing to discuss just about anything. Language barrier was probably the biggest problem but definitely nothing that could not be overcome. Meeting other volunteers rewarding. Traveling into Delhi and surrounding areas was wonderful. The most rewarding for me was learning the culture including the religion which is extremely interesting. Going in with a humble attitude is essential. Food was interesting, mostly vegetarian with milk and eggs included, curry a staple. While many volunteers loved it, as I am not a fan of spicy foods, I did quite well by requesting "not too spicy".

What would you improve about this program?
I think there could be a more organized brochure on things to do, how to travel and where to go in India from our particular site, though this is a small hindrance for anyone adventurous willing to put in some effort and communicate with people.
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Vignesh
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A month in India

It's hard to describe, or even put into words; my time in India. India was my second volunteer trip with IVHQ, previous one being; Zambia, Africa. With a new country came new challenges, environment and experiences. My previous trip in Zambia, I was volunteering in the Construction Project; helping build a school. For India, I decided to do teaching. Helping teach English in a lower income school, as well as a preschool. It was a rewarding, yet challenging experience. Having to draw on completely different skills and tools to achieve our desired outcome. Volunteers were given a healthy amount of support and guidance from the local team. Volunteers also had transport provided to their placements as part of their fees, which was delightful. Compared to Zambia, volunteers had to arrange their own transport to their placement, many renting bikes from the volunteer house to travel to their schools, or taking taxis. IVHQ are good at what they do. Well structured programs with plenty of support and guidance from the local team. Each volunteer is adequately introduced to their new environments during orientation. Given adequate information to dive into their new surroundings and placements, building a strong base, which they can develop on as they continue forward. The accommodation in India was quite different to accommodation in Zambia, with volunteers staying in apartment building. There were three apartments on one level, with multiple rooms. Each room contained 3 beds as well as a balcony area. This layout was wonderful in a social sense, it made it very easy to talk to everyone and socialize. All volunteers ate upstairs in the volunteer kitchen and dinning area. The atmosphere would always be wonderful during dinner time, giving you a chance to talk to all your peers.
Social life at the volunteer house was also amazing. Everyone had an insatiable thirst for exploring. During the week, we would travel to Delhi and explore the bustling city, but during the weekend. Many volunteers would leave Faridabad and complete the golden Triangle. Which consisted of cities such as Jaipur, Udaipur, Rishikesh and Agra.
The moments and bonds you develop from volunteering are hard to compare to anything else. Traveling as a Volunteer, you get the opportunity to travel and experience a country in a way you never would as simply a tourist. Meeting people, you normally wouldn't meet, and getting to know them on a personal and intimate level. Being surrounded with like minded individuals, really enhances any trip. Sadly, this year I've chosen to take a hiatus from Volunteering to focus on my studies. However, next year. I plan to travel again as a volunteer, and without a doubt. I will be choosing IVHQ, to do so. Being a proud Kiwi, it's amazing to see, how a company from little old New Zealand, is making a difference in the world, and connecting people from around the world, that normally would never cross paths. I have made some unforgettable memories from my trips abroad, and more so, unbreakable bonds. I have met people that how not only changed my life, but opened doors to new possibilities and outcomes, that would have not occurred, if I had not met them. These people are now family, and have changed my life in many glorious ways.
Volunteering will change your whole outlook on life. It will open your eyes, to a world you never knew existed. It will challenge you in ways, you had never been challenged before. Some days, you will struggle. You may miss home. You may miss your friends and family. But once, all is said and done. You will not regret a single moment. You will grow and mature at a rate, you can only achieve through something like volunteering. Being thrown into the deep end. In a crazy new environment; you adapt.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don't think about. Don't hesitate. Jump in head first and enjoy the ride. A country like India, will open your eyes to the injustice of the world, but it will also open your eyes to the beauty of life. We live in a world of excess, flooded with first world problems. It shows you, what's important in life. How thousands of people are getting by just fine, happy and content, with what they have. Compared to us, it's not much, but for them. It's plenty. Go with an open mind, and experience everything to the fullest. Destroy all preconceived notions the moment you step off that plane.
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Liam
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience with IVHQ

I had an amazing experience volunteering with IVHQ in the Delhi slum clinic. I was at the clinic for 2 weeks and wish that I had have planned to stay for longer. The slum clinic is a very hands on experience. The IVHQ team worked as a sort of triage to manage the high volume of people who visit for the doctor. We mainly delt with individuals who were low income and relied on the free clinic to manage CVD, diabetes, and chronic pain. We therefore conducted a lot of blood pressure and sugar checks. We also met a lot of people dealing with rashes and fungal infections during the hotter season. This experience also help us to understand what life is like for these individuals. I would highly recommend volunteering with IVHQ. There programs are well established in the community and ensure that volunteers are safe and feel welcome. They were also very flexibale and ensure that any dietary restrictions or other accommodations are met.

What would you improve about this program?
If there was more organization at the slum clinic the people who visited could have been much more effectively managed. Many of the people who go to the clinic are there weekly however the new volunteers are not informed of this or their history prior.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Liam, thanks for your review! It was great to hear that you enjoyed your time on the program and it sounds like you had an awesome experience. Your review provides a great insight of what future volunteers can expect from the program. We would love to have you volunteer with IVHQ again in the furture! Samantha - IVHQ Program Manager

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Angela
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

IVHQ India Health Volunteer

Overall, great experience. You really got to submerge in the culture. Wasn't the most organized when I got there, but definitely a unique once in a lifetime experience! Recommend if you're trying to travel and volunteer on a budget. Definitely affordable! Traveling on the weekends is amazing and they're very helpful with that in terms of tips to stay safe and best ways to get around. Great place to meet people from all over the world. # weeks was plenty of time for me. I am a nursing student and did the health project. It was amazing to see a completely different culture and how they practice medicine as well as getting exposure to different patient cases and learning from it all. This was definitely a great trip to remember as well as to grow and learn from.

What would you improve about this program?
better organization of the volunteer sites is needed
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Angela, thanks for your feedback! It is great to hear that you had a real cultural and unique experience in India! We would love to have you volunteer with IVHQ again in the future! Samantha - IVHQ Program Manager.

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Jessica
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My dream trip

Without a doubt, the best experience of my life so far. Not only you have the opportunity to help children and families from vulnerable areas, but also you know people from all over the world who share that same energy as you. I could tell you my adventures, but why not experience yours? Volunteering is something that all people should do at least once in life because it teaches us very valuable things such as respect and the acceptance of multiculturalism.
The program offers you the opportunity to help and meet wonderful people and also travel to learn more about the country. for this simple reason I recommend it and I hope to repeat the experience in another country in the future.
Thank you India and IVHQ for all the unforgettable moments in my mind!

What would you improve about this program?
I would improve the activities that are done with the children in the school. I think it needs a bit more planning
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Jessica, thanks for your review! It was great to read about your experience and it sounds like you had an awesome time in India! Thanks for recommending IVHQ to future volunteers and we would love to have you join us again! Samantha - IVHQ Program Manager.

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Becki
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life changing adventures

My experience in India with IVHQ surpassed my highest expectations! The support we received all the way through the process and the staff in country were all extremely helpful and encouraging. The program itself was laden with challenges, as we expected when encountering a foreign country without language skills. But every difficulty was an opportunity to learn about other cultures, ourselves, and the beautiful people to be found in every corner of the globe.
I did slum teaching and was blown away by the students! There were so many surprises around every corner. The kids wanted to learn and be loved and encouraged which was very different from my experience teaching in the states. The people were all so warm and hospitable everywhere we went. Our teaching assignment ended early enough in the afternoons that we were able to hop the metro and explore most days and then take longer excursions on the weekends. The living arrangements at the hostel were as expected and the food was very good. Overall, I cannot recommended the experience higher! I’m already planning my next IVHQ adventure!!

What was your funniest moment?
The first morning on assignment was pouring rain (our host said he’s lived there for 17 years and had never encountered rain like that during the dry season)...... and we had to walk a bit to get to our placement. Gratefully we had raincoats.... not all the teachers had planned ahead. When we got to the school some of the teachers were soaked to the bone and all our shoes were trashed with mud. But the kids were so happy to see us and we had so much fun that we soon forgot the treacherous traveling. Shortly into the morning the power began flickering and the lights kept going on and off. The room was very dark and it threw us off a lot. But we started using our phone flashilights for light in order to keep teaching. By the end of the month we kept our phones close because we realized if it wasn’t rain making the power go off, it was the monkeys climbing on the lines... or any manner of other obstacle. But the phones worked great. And the one thing we learned that helped us the most was to have fun and go with the flow. The kids are used to challenges so if we didn’t let it bother us then they didn’t even notice. Flexibility, curiosity and creativity are the best things you can bring with you! Aside from a rain coat and phone...
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Becki, thanks for your review it is awesome to hear that you enjoyed your experience in India! Thanks for being a great volunteer and we would love to have you volunteer with IVHQ again in the future! Samantha - IVHQ Program Manager.

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Johana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The best decision of my life

I’m Johana, an 18-year-old from Peru. I had the opportunity to volunteer on the Teaching English program in India- Delhi as a solo traveller and was the best decision of my life! My experience was wonderful. I had the chance to meet incredible people from all over the world that showed me I wasn’t alone. We had lots of memories that I can’t even count with my fingers, and every one of those memories helped us grow and mature as people. Also, the staff was so lovely and dedicated, I never felt lost or afraid because they were always there to support me.
On the other hand, Teaching was the challenging thing I’ve ever done in my life but with the children’s constant smiles and desire to learn, it encouraged me to apply my creativity. I came to India to teach but I finished learning more from the people I met.
Thank you IVHQ for giving the chance to have a life changing experience.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Future travelers be prepared for EVERYTHING. India is the place where the unexpected is common.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Johana, thanks for your review about your time volunteering in India - this will be really helpful for future volunteers considering the Delhi program! It sounds like you had an incredible experience and we would love to have you volunteer with IVHQ again in the future! Samantha - IVHQ Program Manager

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Ahmad Muslim
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Child Care Program

I am delighted to e my review for IVHQ Delhi, India. I found IVHQ India one of the best in all my comparison rates and among other volunteering programs I did before and I searched and experienced.

I feel happy writing my personal review about IVHQ India. I found IVHQ one of the most affordable platform and one of the best till now. The IVHQ team and its program at Delhi have been the best from the first day of my volunteering work till the end. The Food they provide is outstanding, the accommodation was very good, the facility was outstanding, and the community program there in IVHQ Delhi India is structured so well and professionally that one not only do his/her best volunteering work, but also the best experience he/she can get from. I am sometimes speechless to praise Mr. Ananta Kumar the Head of IVHQ Delhi India, Ms. Soumita Halder the kindest person, Mr. Pawan, Mr. Ragu the Cook, who are such a nice and kind team for all volunteers.

I wish everyone join IVHQ, specially IVHQ who wish to do volunteering work in India, I prefer they should choose IVHQ Delhi India since I heartily say the program and team there are second to none.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Some volunteers did not know how to use Uber and Delhi Metro. Herby, I prefer them to use the Delhi Metro which is the most affordable transport system in Delhi.