Most Affordable & Impactful Volunteer Programs in India from $250

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IVHQ Delhi
IVHQ Delhi
Slum clinic, Faridabad
Slum clinic, Faridabad
The kite boys brightened my day on walks to the orphanage.
The kite boys brightened my day on walks to the orphanage.
A monkey hangin' out
A monkey hangin' out
coconut water!
coconut water!
A temple nestled in the hills.
A temple nestled in the hills.
Stumbled upon a dance party one day.
Stumbled upon a dance party one day.
The view from this temple took my breath away.
The view from this temple took my breath away.

About

Trusted by 100,000+ 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 100,000+ 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

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Most Affordable & Impactful Volunteer Programs in India from $250

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.

Most Affordable & Impactful Volunteer Programs in India from $250

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.

Children 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

97%
based on 94 reviews
  • Impact 9.4
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.6
  • Value 9.5
  • Safety 9.7
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Hannah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

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Chloe
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Khusminder
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

Abigail
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

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Camille
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

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Julianne
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

Gracie Gregson
Gracie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

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Maliha
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

Kate
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Mengyi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

New start of life

I graduated from university last month, and want to start my new life. It's very lucky that I choose to be a volunteer in this slum school with my cute host family. I taught maths in school,and students have so many passions for learning that.Finally, I forgot I was a volunteer cause students are helping me to know myself! My experience here let me know who I can be and who I want to be. Also, staying with the host family is the best choice to experience the real Indian life. I had a lot of good Indian food I've never tried before. My host family members ate meal with me, we sat around the table, had dinner together,and talked about Indian culture and our interesting stories. I'm so happy to have such a sweet family. Now I have more brothers and sisters.They warm my heart,and let me touch the feeling of home.

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Sydney
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Incredible India

Dropping everything and heading to a new country for three months to volunteer can be a scary thing. As a college student, I wanted to do something meaningful with my summer. IVHQ made my volunteer experience an incredible one. They provided me a fully arranged sightseeing week, an incredible homestay family, and truly caring local staff. On top of that, IVHQ gave me the chance to impact a community.

My placement was in the Sandesh Slum school. I taught twice per day with three other volunteers. The children were so precious. Everyday we could always count on twenty kids eagerly running up to us to shake our hands, saying "hello ma'am!" in their excited little voices. Fridays were "fundays", and all the students would bring goodies from home. As with any teaching job, it can be challenging, but the reward from doing it in the end is so great.

The homestay life was incredible. I stayed with four other volunteers, and our family was beyond great. I had such a positive experience that I've actually already made plans to come back and see them in the future. I'm a vegetarian and one of the other volunteers was vegan, and Mamta (the homestay mom) always accommodated to our dietary needs. The food was delicious. Her hospitality was unparalleled, also. She had twins who always accompanied me to the fruit market or to hail a tuktuk, and we even made dessert together one night.

The local staff was so helpful and kind, and all of the volunteers really got close to them during our time in Delhi. In addition, the 30 volunteers that I began the program with have become some of my best friends. We traveled on weekends together, and we're even making plans to visit each other after we all part ways.

I'd be happy to answer any questions about IVHQ or the Delhi program more specifically. I am going to Rabat, Morocco with IVHQ tomorrow and I am super excited because of the super positive experience I've had here in India.

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Ellen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My review

Every day I got to walk in the door and see the happiest smiling faces ready to learn! We helped with English math and taught other fun activities like yoga dance and art. One of my favorite lessons we taught was about emotions. The kids loved learning these and always love to say happy when we ask how they're feeling! I loved getting to know each child's personality and learning how to communicate with them without sharing a common language

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Alexandra
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful Experience with IVHQ!

This is probably the best experience I have had in a long time. I have done other volunteer and travel experiences...but my time in India has been like nothing else. Where do I begin?
The culture is amazing first of all. The food, the smells, the sights and the sounds...all draw you into falling in LOVE with India. Just traveling alone around India, you get immersed in the history and their life that has been so well preserved for thousands of years.
The volunteer company that I came here through, IVHQ, was nothing but the best. Not only was the New Zeland headquarter staff helpful, but when I got to India the staff here went above and beyond my expectations. They have been friendly, suppourtive and extremely helpful.. Not once did I feel alone or unsafe being here. If i needed any help or assistance, literally just a phone call away and they would show up to help out. I was working in the slums, and naturally you would be skeptical about the safety...but to be honest, i never felt unsafe AT ALL.
I think 'life changing' understates my feelings about coming here...India is definitely worth the travel and visit, and IVHQ is definitely worth volunteering with.

What would you improve about this program?
nothing to improve. amazing.
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Aliza
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Life Changing Experiance

When I got to India I jumped straight into the slum school teaching program. This is a life changing experience because it opens your eyes to the different cultures that are in this world. It was a shock to see how differently these schools operate compared to the schools in America. Your weekends are free to roam India(I recommend Rishikesh) they have lot of great food ! My host family was amazing , they made me feel like a part of the family they are so welcoming and are willing to help you! If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask them. If your doing the slum school teaching try to plan a teaching outline that you want to teach the kids (this way your time will be filled )the kids also love songs and dancing ! Try to do arts and crafts with them :) And last but not least Enjoy , don't take things to seriously , just relax!