Affordable Volunteer Programs in India from $250

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Are you ready for a meaningful adventure in India? Join International Volunteer HQ - the world’s most trusted and affordable volunteer abroad organization.

You can choose from 4 volunteer project options 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 homestays or a volunteer house, with other like-minded, impact-focused travelers from around the world.

IVHQ is trusted to support the meaningful adventures of thousands of volunteers every year, so before you even depart for India, you’ll receive outstanding personalized 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.

IVHQ Volunteer Projects Available in India:

  • Childcare
  • Teaching English
  • Slum Teaching
  • Health
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 80,000+ 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

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 here: https://www.volunteerhq.org/affordable-volunteer-fees#fees185 https://www.volunteerhq.org/affordable-volunteer-fees#fees379 Hope that helps!

Reviews

98%
based on 84 reviews
  • Impact 9.4
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.6
  • Value 9.5
  • Safety 9.7
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Nicola
8/10

Spice of Life

If your are looking for a once in a lifetime adventure, then look no further than India! Having spent two weeks in Delhi, I can honestly say it was one of the most enriching experiences of my life.

Highlights definitely included riding the Tuk Tuks, which made me fear for my life a few times! Driving in India is like nothing you have ever seen before! Order amongst chaos is the only way to describe it!

The Taj Mahal - whilst it did take 5 hours to get there, the mausoleum was definitely a sight for sore eyes! It's no wonder it's one of the seven wonders of the world! My friend and I were stopped by a very handsome young Indian man asking to take a picture with us (not uncommon in a land where white is seen as intriguing ). It seemed like a simple enough request so we politely agreed, not knowing that this would lead to a whole series of questions followed by him wanting our contact details. We decided to make a run for it and spent the next hour hiding from our 'stalker'.

But what really made the whole experience worth it, was teaching the kids at Tender Heart NGO. They have such zest for life and despite all their hardships, they are all so eager to learn and make a better life for themselves. I am so glad I had the chance to spend time with these precious little souls, and I hope to visit them again sometime in the future.

How can this program be improved?
I definitely think there could be more interaction with the host families. Our host never once ate dinner with us which was rather disappointing, as we were expecting to share our traditions/stories with each other over meals.

Also, I think there should be a more clear outline of what we should be teaching the kids, as it was quite hard to know what exactly was expected of us.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Nicola, Thanks for your great review! It is brilliant to hear that your time on the program in Delhi was one of the most enriching experiences of your life. We will be sure to take your feedback on board and would love to have you join us again in the future.

Yes, I recommend
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Billy
10/10

IVHQ India Experience

I volunteered teaching in the slums of India with IVHQ, it was an amazing experience. I highly recommend it. I was placed with a local family who treated like me like my own family. Always looking out for me and making sure I was conformable. The IVHQ staff was also amazing. They visit me every week to make sure I was getting the most out of the program. Both the IVHQ staff and the host family made a difference to my experience. Without a doubt, I will volunteer again and choose IVHQ.

How can this program be improved?
I think IVHQ is doing amazing job, I do not have any specific recommendations. I truly had a great time. I would definitely doing again with them. This was my second time with IVHQ and still want more.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Billy, Thanks for your great review! We are stoked that you had an amazing experience teaching in India. Volunteers often comment on how welcoming the homestays are and we think this is a great way to get to know a local family while volunteering. Thanks for being an IVHQer and we would love to have you back!

Yes, I recommend
Andromeda
9/10

It was something else

It was something else in every scence, the noise, smells, people, and feelings but when you get use to it and I am still in the process it can be life changing. It make you value a lot and put you to the test in my case it was especialy my patience. Tesching the kids was difficult cause the lenguage barior and age but i had an amazing coworker that supperted me and I did the same, we where a team discovering something new step by step and laugh by laugh. In this two week I felt more more and confortable but now its time to leave. I really likef my host family they made me feel like home and made this easier...! I grew as a person and made good friends I am different in a good way and for sure had some amazing laughs but also hard moments. Its real world sometime in your little host family bubble! Thanks to all and I recomend this 100%!

How can this program be improved?
A little more guidance and not changing the proyect i wss suppose to be chilcare and ended teaching. Dont regreted but...
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Andromeda, Thanks for posting a review from your time on the program in India. We are so glad to hear that you were supported by your other volunteers, the local staff and your host family. It is great that you grew more comfortable the more time you had on the program – it is often the case that volunteers wish they could stay longer. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Yes, I recommend
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Danaé
9/10

Your involvement can make a change

I've volunteered for "only" three weeks, but I have the feeling that I already made a little change. In fact, some of the kids improved their English thanks to my involvement.

I've done the Slum Teaching Program in Delhi, and I tried my best to teach English. It was really hard, as the conditions in which the kids have to study are not the best, but I did everything I could to catch the kids' attention. For example, I turned EVERYTHING into a competition, as they love it ! Or for the youngest, I gave them stickers when they had done what I had asked.

The best moment in my volunteer experience was when I felt that the kids were proud of themselves. I always tried to make the kids believe in themselves and when they were proud of their improvement, of what they've done, I was even prouder ! And even if I tried my best to teach them a lot, I'm pretty sure that I've learned more than them, thanks to them. By talking to the students, by spending time with them, I learned about their habits, their culture, their beliefs and I am thankful for what they've brought in my life.

Danaé Faivre

How can this program be improved?
I would have liked to know a little more about what I was going to have to do during my program. I could have had prepared myself better if I had known what I had to do before coming in India.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Denae, Look at all those smiles! Thanks for being a great volunteer and persevering through the challenges to give the best you could to your students – it looks like your hard work was much appreciated. We are so grateful to have had you on the program and we would love to have you join us again in the future.

Yes, I recommend
Dulce
10/10

Life changing experience!

They all say good things always come to an end and unfortunately so has my experience here at the orphanage in India. I have loved every single second of it. The children, the people, the food, even the weather. It is a shock and overwhelming at first but once you get used to the fast pace of this country you start to love it and just go with the flow. Will miss everybody I got to know here. Every child thought me something about myself that I didn't know whether it's good or bad. Their honesty and capability of hard work made me stronger. I will definitely come back. After all 4 weeks is a long time, enough time for you to get attached to them.
So I really have to thank IVHQ program and all the staff for the guidance and protection
I really feel safe as one of the staff came to check up on us twice a week. They were also very helpful throughout this journey, all questions were answered which made everything much easier. Thank you again.

How can this program be improved?
No complaints.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Dulce, It is our pleasure! We are so glad that you felt safe and supported during your time on the program in India. Thanks for adapting to the India way of life and learning about yourself along the way. We would love to have you join IVHQ again in the future.

Yes, I recommend
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Hannah
10/10

an experience of a lifetime

From the moment I arrived in India, IVHQ made me feel comfortable and catered to my needs as I began to navigate a completely new country for the very first time. I am so thankful for my experience, and for the children, fellow volunteers, and IVHQ staff that made it everything it was.
I learned so many new things in India, all the while feeling right at home, thanks to my homestay (Chandni & Mohit). I would recommend this program to anyone that is open to exploring a new culture with resilience and an open mind! India will change you.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Hannah, It’s our pleasure! Thanks for being an IVHQer! We are so glad that you felt right at home on the India Delhi program and we hope to see you at another IVHQ program again soon. Also, that is a great photo!

Yes, I recommend
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Chloe
10/10

Incredible experience!

I arrived in Delhi on the 17th of July, and will be leaving on the 13th of August 2016. This whole month has flown past and been an incredible experience! It has been so rewarding, challenging, and inspiring to work with all of the kids in the school - from kindergarten to 16 years old. My entire time here has been filled with wonder, laughter, and happiness. There have also been difficult times, but those times have only served to spur me on, and looking back at this month my dominant feeling is one of joy, and sadness that I could not stay longer! The host family I have stayed with have been wonderful, truly supportive and loving in a way that makes you feel right at home even when you are missing your home country. Thank you, IVHQ!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Chloe, Thanks for your great review. We are stoked that you felt supported while on your program in India - wonder, laughter, and happiness sound like a wonderful mix. We’ve loved having you as an IVHQ volunteer and we hope to have you join us again in the future.

Yes, I recommend
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Khusminder
10/10

IVHQ SLUM TEACHING

I came to India in May not knowing what to expect, but with the help of IVHQ: India I was able to experience the country. The program was challenging, but working with the children was so fulfilling. My homestay family (Chandni & Mohit) were great, helpful and funny. It was an amazing dynamic, and felt so much like family. I am thankful for my time in India. I have learned so much about the culture.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Khusminder, It’s our pleasure. We are thrilled that you had a fulfilling time on the program in India. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Yes, I recommend
Abigail
10/10

LIFE CHANGING

I discovered IVHQ over 2 years ago online! After watching a video on youtube of a girl who had volunteered with IVHQ in India I knew I had to experience this program! After two years of planning I flew to Delhi and was planning on doing 4 weeks of volunteering and one week of orientation! Orientation was by far the best decision that I made to start this trip! I has such an amazing time and met some of the most amazing people that are now some of my best friends! Our host family was so amazing and now feels like my home here in India! I was assigned to volunteer at the all girls orphanage which has been the most amazing experience of my life! We are the only volunteers that live at our placement which I actually prefer as we spend 24/7 with the girls. My 4 weeks are coming to an end and its so heartbreaking knowing I have to leave all the magical little faces I met during this experience! I wish when I signed up for this experience that I would have signed up to stay longer especially in my placement! I has such a life changing experience that I plan to come back to India in a few years and stay at this orphanage for a few months! Over all this experience was much more then I could have ever asked for! The staff was incredible, my placement was so amazing and the beautiful culture of India will always hold a special place in my heart!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Abigail, What an awesome review! Thank goodness that you watched that video 2 years ago. We are so glad that your host family was welcoming and your volunteer placement was amazing. It sounds like you had a really special time and we are glad that we were able to help facilitate this for you. Thanks for being an IVHQer and we can’t wait to have you back!

Yes, I recommend
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Camille
10/10

Incredible slum teaching in India

The time that I've spent in India is indescribable. I've had so many experiences and met so many people that I never had dreamed I would be blessed to experience. I was scared and nervous about my experience as I had never travelled outside of my country before. At the airport I was greeted by a warm and friendly staff member and fellow volunteers who helped me to feel part of a community. The next orientation week was just what I needed to get use to the Indian culture and to make valuable friendships. It was such a good idea to do the main sightseeing in that week so I could focus my remaining time on my volunteer placement. My host family in India was such a blessing! They were so helpful and so funny! I haven't laughed as much as I have in the past five weeks! They were so helpful in giving us their opinion on our volunteering and our extracurricular activities. I was able to create lasting friendships with my host family and fellow volunteers. My volunteer placement was so amazing! I was able to help teach kids in a school within a local slum. It was a challenging yet rewarding opportunity to see these kids learn and grow! I think I will leave with more lessons they taught me than what I taught them. I find it hard to describe just how life changing this experience has been. I truly believe that I am a better person because of the time that I've spent here. I feel as though I am leaving part of my heart here but I know that I am taking so much more with me home!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Camille, thanks for sharing your experience. What an incredible review! We are so glad that you had such a positive experience and it is great to hear that the local team, and the other volunteers, were friendly and supportive. Despite the initial nerves, it sounds like you really made the most of your time in Delhi. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Yes, I recommend
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Julianne
10/10

A Second Home

In total, I spent 3 weeks in India. Orientation week was an incredible experience that I am so grateful I got to have. Being immersed in such a rich culture was a great way to learn about the lives of the people and their language. I then spent 2 weeks teaching English in Bir, a Tibetan village near Dharamsala. As a first time volunteer, I was obviously very nervous. My nerves subsided as I found myself in an amazing, kindhearted group of people, not only in the program but in the village as well. I really felt as though I was a part of the community and it started to feel like home. I am still in close contact with people I met on my journey, and will hopefully remain in contact for a long time.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Julianne, thanks for being an IVHQer! It is great to hear that you were surrounded by kindhearted people while on your program; we are so glad that you had such a positive experience in Dharamsala. We look forward to welcoming you on another IVHQ program in the future!

Yes, I recommend
Gracie Gregson
Gracie
10/10

Teaching in the Slums

I spent three months with about thirty children in Faridabad, India. I didn't think it was possible to care so much about so many people at once, but I definitely fell in love with each and every one of them. With IVHQ I was able to adapt to the culture and environment comfortably with a host family from Faridabad. I would recommend this organization for anyone who is compassionate and hard working. It's life changing and well worth the small fee you pay. India is a tough country but IVHQ makes life there easier.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Gracie, thanks for your great review! We are so glad to hear that you had such a positive experience in India. It sounds like you were an incredible, compassionate volunteer and we would love to welcome you on another IVHQ program in the future!

Yes, I recommend
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Maliha
9/10

Healthcare Volunteering in India

My experience with IVHQ and it's local team in India was far better than I expected. The local staff, host family, and other volunteers were immeasurably helpful and overall amazing people to spend time with. I participated in the healthcare program, where we did regular check-ups and provided free medicines to the people in a local slum in Delhi. The impact the project has on the underprivileged is direct and profound. The summer heat in Delhi was almost unbearable at times, but the smiles of our patients made up for it. We had more than enough time during the day to explore Delhi and Faridabad, and it is very easy to take weekend trips to neighboring cities.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Maliha, Thanks for sharing! It's great to hear that the program exceeded your expectations and that you were able to get the most out of both your volunteer project and your free time exploring Delhi and Faridabad. It sounds like you had a really rewarding trip, and we are glad IVHQ and our local team could provide this for you. Thanks for being an amazing IVHQer!

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Kaitlin
10/10

IVHQ India-Delhi

Choosing India to travel to at the age of 18 was a very "why not" kind of decision. I knew the culture shock was going to be crazy, and boy was I right. Every thing about India screamed "different" than the comfort of my western home in the states. But boy did I love it! India was such a beautiful and magical country that one can only be there to know what I am talking about. Being around temples, monuments and just the people was eye-opening! The kids were also the best part about it! They were so sweet and and gracious for everything I did! IVHQ was a great program and I cant wait to do another one!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Kaitlin, What a great review! Thanks for being so adventurous and open to the beauty and magic of India. It sounds like you had a really special time and we are glad that we were able to facilitate this for you. Thanks for being an IVHQer and we can’t wait to welcome you on another IVHQ program in the future!

Yes, I recommend
Kate
10/10

IVHQ India Program - Review 2016

IVHQ India
IVHQ organisation was an amazingly straight forward program that was efficient, organised and easy to work with. They provided a lot of information about all aspects of the program and country. They were also very responsive to email inquiries. I was grateful for how smoothly everything went for me, from airport pick up and a very helpful orientation.

Program
My program was teaching Slum Children. Before beginning I was nervous and didn't know what to expect, however once I arrived in India I received a lot of tips about how to manage the kids and ongoing support from the IVHQ staff. Working with the kids was an unbelievably humbling experience, you really get to know them on a personal level, teaching them every day and then playing cricket or soccer with them after school. I grew so much as a teacher, learning how to manage the kids and came to really enjoy going to school and seeing their smiling, excited faces.

Homestay

I had THE BEST homestay family. I stayed with Chandni and Mohit - living with them was so much fun. I felt like part of the family as they took us to the movies, shared amazing food with us and had hilarious late night conversations. I could't feel safer and more at home in India then with these amazing people.

Yes, I recommend

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