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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Mengyi
10/10

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.

Yes, I recommend
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Sydney
10/10

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.

Yes, I recommend
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Ellen
10/10

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

Yes, I recommend
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Alexandra
10/10

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.

How can this program be improved?
nothing to improve. amazing.
Yes, I recommend
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Aliza
10/10

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!

Yes, I recommend
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Jessica
10/10

Incredible India 2016- Delhi Programme

I really cannot say enough good things about this programme. From the minute I arrived at Delhi airport I have been taken care of by the most amazing kind and caring people I have ever come across. I would highly recommend including the orientation week in your time here, you can't put a price on what you will learn and experience and the relationships you will build with local staff and fellow volunteers. It was an invaluable week and it taught me so much about how to handle myself in this completely different culture and how to get the most out of this experience. The staff that take care of you here have now become family to me after just a few weeks. I was lucky enough to stay with Mohit and Chandni who are two of the most amazing people I have ever met in my life, they are hilarious and kind and have opened their home to me and their hearts and the thought of leaving them feels like i will be leaving behind my own family. If i ever had any worries or needed any help they have been available 24-7 to chat or sort out anything for me. I am so thankful for this experience and I just know I will be back to India again and will absolutely use IVHQ to Volunteer again. Thank you thank you thank you to IVHQ and the local staff who have made this a once in a lifetime experience for me.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Jessica, It's nice to hear from you! We are so glad that our local team supported you to have such a positive and memorable experience. Thanks for being an IVHQer and we look forward to welcoming you on another program again in the future.

Yes, I recommend
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Elli
10/10

A fun experience!!

My time in India was an unforgettable one. Orientation week set me up for a crazy, interesting, challenging, wild and wonderful time at AryaKanya, an all girls orphanage in Faridabad.

Faridabad, a city in itself within the outskirts of Delhi, has been a whole other world and yet feels like home too. Every time we returned how from weekend trips it was a warm and comforting welcome back from the rickshaw drivers and the workers at the local supermarket (we went there way too often #snacks).

The orphanage was a lovely place, and too felt like home. I was so glad to be placed there, despite it being a very full on experience. I felt supported everyday at the placement by the local staff of the orphanage and IVHQ. What a memorable 5 weeks of my life.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Elli, it's great to hear from you! Thanks for sharing a little about your experience in India - Delhi. We are stoked to hear that it was such a memorable experience for you. Thanks for being an IVHQer and we hope to welcome you on another program at some point in the future.

Yes, I recommend
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Yuxuan
10/10

Volunteering in Delhi

Spending the last two months volunteering for the slum teaching program in Delhi has been one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, experience of my life. By working with children in a school that is genuinely understaffed and lacking resources, I earned the privilege of being a part, albeit a small one, of these kid's lives and growth; through watching these children live in their conditions, and their satisfaction is the smallest things like receiving a new pencil, I gained perspective and learned a substantial amount about myself and the world around me.

Beyond the placement itself, I was able to truly become part of the community I was living in; local children and shopkeepers knew me by name, and the community in general was extremely welcoming. Thanks to IVHQ, I also met a handful of other volunteers from around the world. We went traveling together during the weekends, and many of them will remain lifelong friends.

How can this program be improved?
One thing that could be improved is the communication between IVHQ and the placement itself. For more efficiency and to avoid misunderstanding, IVHQ should be directly connected to the schools, rather than through the host families.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Yuxuan, It's nice to hear from you. Thanks for your feedback and for sharing a few photos from you time in Delhi. It's great to hear you had such a rewarding experience and we are glad we could facilitate this for you. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Yes, I recommend
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T
10/10

India-Delhi Healthcare

I had such a life changing experience in India with IVHQ. Working in the slum clinic in Faridabad was such an amazing and valuable experience I will never forget. IVHQ supported me throughout my whole placement and my host family was even more amazing. This is my second time volunteering with IVHQ and I've been pleased both times. I really wished I stayed longer because I learned so much during this trip not only about India but about healthcare as well. This is great for any pre-Med or pre-PA student and any healthcare professional. If I had to do it all over again I would but I would have stayed longer. I highly recommend this project!

How can this program be improved?
Nothing
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi there, Thanks for sharing your thoughts about IVHQ and your time volunteering in India - Delhi with us. We are glad to hear you had such a life changing experience and we hope to welcome you back on another IVHQ program again in the future.

Yes, I recommend
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Victoria
10/10

Such a Rewarding Experience in India

Coming over to India to volunteer was my first time I have travelled by myself, so I was quite nervous. But little did I know I'd make so many amazing friends who I'm sure will be in my life forever! The orientation week is a brilliant experience to meet people to hang out with and go travelling on weekends! The volunteering was an absolutely amazing experience that I'll never forget. The children that I was teaching English to have made such a big impact on my life. I not only taught them English, but they also helped me with my Hindi. Walking into school each day and seeing their smiling faces is so rewarding. I also spent a lot of time at the orphanage near my home stay, where a few of the children in my class live. It's amazing to see all these children so happy. The hardest thing about going back to Australia will be saying goodbye to the children. The staff who run IVHQ were also amazing!! They always make sure you are enjoying yourself and are happy to help at any time. I want to do volunteering overseas again and I will definitely be going through IVHQ. I would recommend them to everyone. It has been a life changing experience!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Victoria, We are so glad to hear that you had such a positive experience in India. Thanks for choosing IVHQ and we look forward to welcoming you on another program for your next overseas adventure.

Yes, I recommend
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Angela
10/10

Namaste from India

From meeting 25 other volunteers from around the world (including two other vegans from Melbourne!) to sightseeing all over Delhi and Agra, orientation week was above and beyond what I expected. It was then off to homestay with the most amazing family I could have stayed with, and by the end of the 3 weeks, I didn't want to leave. I taught at a slum school, and the kids were just amazing - they shared their lunch with me, drew me heaps of pictures and sung songs with me. They stole my heart, and have a special spot in it no one else ever will. I would recommend this program and anyone and everyone who wants to immerse themselves into the Indian culture.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hey Angela, It's great to hear about your time in India. It sounds like you had a great time, both volunteering and in your free time. Thanks for sharing! We hope to see you back on another IVHQ program again in the future.

Yes, I recommend
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Emily
10/10

Wonderful Experience

IVHQ is a wonderful program for any traveller on a budget! the cost is affordable and covers EVERYTHING. my host family made me feel right at home and I will miss them sooo much.
IVHQ has helped me see a part of the world I have always dreamed of seeing. the slum school I volunteered at was amazing. the kids were so eager to learn and I wish they have a bright future. Mohit and Chandni were so helpful and kind they made me feel right at home. I will definitely recommend IVHQ to my friends, family and any first time travellers. I feel that I really made a difference to the kids. Namaste

How can this program be improved?
Nothing, Everything was AWESOME
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Emily, It's great to hear from you. Thanks for the recommendation. We are glad that you had such a positive experience in India and that our local team and your host family made you feel welcome and at home in India. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Yes, I recommend
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Escarla
10/10

From India, With Love

It's my final day in Faridabad, India and my heart is already aching from everything I will leave behind. I was very lucky to be placed in Mohit & Chandni's home (they are also coordinationators for IVHQ). They provided delicious meals and accommodations. But most importantly they made me feel a part of their beautiful family. I spent hours talking to them over dinner, laughing and joking around. I also had the opportunity to pick up some basic Hindi thanks to their help. I wasn't homesick for a second because they were always available to speak to.
My program was walking distance from my homestay. I taught English, and Math but also dabbled on some other subjects. The kids ranged from kindergarten to 8th grade. I worked mainly with the 5th and 7th graders. They were all incredibly friendly, happy, and eager to learn everyday. I would leave school every day with atleast 10 pictures drawn by them. I will miss them so much. They've taught me more than they could ever imagine. Their smiling faces will be in my heart forever.
This experience has been more incredible than I would've imagined a month ago. I am already working out my next volunteering trip with IVHQ! I highly recommend visiting and volunteering with IVHQ India, you will learn so much about yourself and the beautiful, colorful culture here in India. -Namaste!!!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Escarla, Thanks for taking to share your thoughts from your experience volunteering in 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 the recommendation and we hope to see you on another IVHQ program again in the future.

Yes, I recommend
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Hetal
10/10

You won't regret joining IVHQ

I'm an American born Indian and this is my third time coming to India, and by myself as well. I have no family in India anymore. I've always wanted to give back to the less fortunate and connect with my home country. After researching many volunteering opportunities, I found IVHQ and I was hooked. It was the best decision I've made. Everyone took such care of me. The hosts I stayed had made me feel so at home and comfortable that they became my actual family. We had soooo much fun together and I'll never forget them.

Volunteering in the slum school was an eye opening experience but also so humbling. Being able to speak some hindi helped so much but it is definitely not necessary. You will fall in love with the children in the school.

All in all, this program is amazing. The people you will meet are amazing and you will not want to come home after. I promise. I'll be back.

How can this program be improved?
Nothing :)
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Hetal, We look forward to welcoming you back! Thank you for your review and we are glad to hear that your experience in India with IVHQ was such a positive one. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Yes, I recommend
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Bradlie
10/10

The lifetime mission in India

My name is Bradlie Mattinson. I am 18 years old. I am a volunteer here in India. I have been here for six months. My project was childcare. I helped teached the children how to read, spell, do basic math, and to speech English. I have enjoyed being with them for the last six months. A story that I have from my mission in India is meeting new people. Every other week we get new volunteers come in from all over the world. I have seen many people from all over the world. Some of them were good others no so good. But I got to experience many different kinds of people. Doing this has taught me that volunteering in an other part of the world can help you grow up and become more of a grown up. I have grown up from being here and this mission has made me a better person and more responsible than I could ever be at home. Thanks to IVHQ for giving me this chance to find myself.

How can this program be improved?
I would like that this program had more things to do. Like teaching the kids sports, music, acting, and art. That's what I would change.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Bradlie, It was great to have you volunteer with us in India. We are glad to hear it was such a positive experience for you. Thanks for choosing IVHQ and we hope to see you on another of our programs again in the future.

Yes, I recommend

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