Most Affordable & Impactful Volunteer Programs in India from $250

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IVHQ Delhi
IVHQ Delhi
Slum clinic, Faridabad
Slum clinic, Faridabad
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.
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.

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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Jessica
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Elli
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Yuxuan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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!

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T
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

What would you improve about this program?
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.

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Victoria
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Angela
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Emily
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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

What would you improve about this program?
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!

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Escarla
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Hetal
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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!

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Bradlie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.

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Candelaria
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

from Argentina to India

This program changed my life and trust me, it will change yours. It was my fist time travelling alone but when you arrive here you are not alone anymore. You have a team, a big family and friends waiting for you. At fist I was a little bit scared about coming to India alone ( specially my parents) but the IVHQ team is here to help you with EVERYTHING. You can trust them 100%. Whenever you need help or you have problems they treat you like no one has ever treated you before. They even cook with less spices for volunteers since they know we are not used to the flavours here!!!! Even when you travel during the weekend you can call them whenever you want. I am a family person back home but I didn't miss them at all because I felt like I was home here. There are so many volunteer organisations out there but IVHQ is the best. Not only it's affordable but everything is so well organised and prepared. This experience is 20 times better than what I expected.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Candelaria, We are so glad to hear that you had such a positive experience and that with the support of IVHQ you felt at home in India. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

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Beth
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing host family!!!!!

I was in India for 3 months volunteering at the EVAD placement. The kids at the school are so nice and excited to learn, it was a joy to see. The director of the school and his wife are great people who care about your experience at the school. The host family (Rashmi, Rohit and Reyansh) are an amazing family!!! They are so willing to help you in anyway. They are so protective of the volunteers and making sure they don't get ripped off or are treated badly from the locals. Rohit and Rashmi are so open about their religion and life that I didn't feel like a bother asking them question about it. They loved having us participate or watch them worship. They love spending time with the volunteers by watching tv, dancing around the house, playing cards and just hanging out. The food is amazing, it's always different and Rashmi does a great job at accomadating to the needs of the volunteers. Leaving here is like leaving behind another family that you've come to know and love! I was very blessed and lucky to have gotten to stay with them for 3 months!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Beth, Thanks for sharing your review. We are glad that you felt supported by the local team and well looked after by your host family. It sounds like you had a really memorable experience which we love to hear. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

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Natalie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The most amazing place :-)

Spent 5 weeks with the Miracle Charitable Society, I was welcomed like a member of the family. The children are incredible and it was great to have the variety of volunteering in a the school, orphanage and adoption centre.

The volunteer coordinators were so supportive and make regular contact to ensure that all was going well, I would now consider them friends and they do such a great job. The orientation week was incredible and really worth the extra money!

I'm so sad to leave and can't wait to plan my next trip to India!!

100% would recommend volunteering with IVHQ and most definitely with Miracle! I've made a new family in India!

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Despina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A small home away from home

Arriving in India for the first time and staying with the Raj family was a one in lifetime experience. Not only did they have their services to provide but also a homey feeling and feeling of safety. The placement I was put in by the Raj family turned out to be a great surprise seeing as no other volunteer had previously attended that school. This meant that the children as well as the teachers were not familiar with having foreign volunteers around. It was a new profound experience for them. Their way of reacting to me on a daily basis was unique. I will never forget them or the Raj family.

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Annie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Nothing like India

This experience as a whole is extremely rewarding, however it is not for the faint hearted. India will obliterate your comfort zone and if you're not prepared for that you will have a rough start, potentially a rough trip. Be prepared to be emotional. You'll see things that will break your heart, but you can't let it ruin your whole day. Be prepared for it to be hard! It was a lot more difficult than I had anticipated, however that didn't prevent me from loving every minute of it. I came here with the expectation of helping others change their lives, but this experience changed mine. I've learned so much over the last six weeks, I would need a novel to adequately convey how much. Coming to India is one of the best things I've ever done.
Here are some tips from me:
1. Come alone. It will force you to branch out and meet people.
2. Leave your cell phone home. Its amazing what you learn about your life when you completely abandon it for awhile.
3. Take advantage of your weekends. Go crazy and travel until your legs give out! There is so much to see here and no two places are the same.
4. Put any guards that you have down. Allow yourself to fall in love with the kids, your family, and this country because it's absolutely amazing.
5. If you're still considering this, just do it. Don't think about it for too long because you can always come up with a reason why you shouldn't go. Just do it, it will change your life!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Annie, It's nice to hear from you. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about your experience volunteering in India. Great tips as well, my favourite 'just do it', we totally agree! Thanks for being an IVHQer and we hope to welcome you on another program again soon.