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 85 reviews
  • Impact 9.4
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.6
  • Value 9.5
  • Safety 9.7
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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 this program
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Candelaria
10/10

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!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Beth
10/10

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!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Natalie
10/10

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!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Despina
10/10

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.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Annie
10/10

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.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Daniel
10/10

AWESOME ADVENTUROUS EXPERIENCE

There are not enough hours in the day to write all that I have to say about my experience here in India. For a first time solo traveller, I have very much enjoyed the hospitability of the close friends I have made in the past 3 weeks here, who invited me into their home and took care of me. The program has enabled me to further enjoy the time spent, allowing me to experience the magical, adventurous, romantic, culturally and historically rich wonders of this great country with a bit more substance than if it just were staying in hotels and plain sightseeing. I have learnt so much, more than I could ever hope to teach others, especially from the kids I have been volunteering to teach. It is such a humbling experience. I wish all the lovely people I have become close friends with all the best for the future - I am definitely coming back!

How can this program be improved?
Its is unrealistic to think one can change the word in a couple weeks. At the same time, It is my onus to make the most out of the time spent here. I think continuing to reiterate that the sharing of experiences from past volunteers is the best way for new volunteers to achieve results.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi there Daniel,
We are stoked that you found your experience in India magical and that you enjoyed the cultural immersion. Thanks for your review - we hope that you can join us again in the future!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Snowing
10/10

To Delhi with Love

Chaotic, colorful, enchanting...I'm totally in love with this country. Had a blast with the host family and all the amazing friends here. I felt loved, thankful and lucky in the journey. However, for the first time in my life, I'm feeling blessed. Thanks to Rohit and Rashimi for the host. I enjoyed every minute of it. I wish I could stay here longer. India is such a magic country that it worths your time exploring more than once. Hope more and more people from all parts of the world will join in IVHQ and make a difference to the world as well as to themselves.

How can this program be improved?
I wish there's air-con in the accommodation.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi there! Thanks for the account of your time in India. It's great to hear that you made some amazing friends and felt enchanted by the culture and the country. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Mikaela
10/10

I dont want to leave!

This was easily the best experience of my life! I came here all alone but never felt alone! I was welcomed with open arms into everyones family that i meant, i truelly feel like i am apart of them now! The host family, Chandni and Mohit are the best! The volunteering was eye opening and the kids are beyond cute and so smart! They are very eager to learn, and you will leave feeling very rewarded. As i am sure they have impacted me more than i could have impacted them!
You will not be dissapointed by doing this, and i would highly recommend everyone doing this! It really is simply the best! Oh, and also do orientation week, because it is sooo helpful and a great time! My only regret is that i couldnt stay longer. :(

How can this program be improved?
It really was great! And i cant really think of much to change. Maybe just know that you will have plenty of free time in the afternoons, so plan on going around and seeing as much as you can!
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hey Mikaela! Wow, sounds like you had the most amazing time! We are so glad that you never felt alone while on your trip and that you left feeing rewarded. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Tahni
10/10

Bahut Acha !!

Me, like most other volunteers came in to this country overwhelmed. Let me tell you, there is no need to be! As soon as u step out of the airport there is someone waiting for you to take you to orientation.
After that you are greeted ar the home stay where you will stay for the night. After that if you aren't going to orientation you will be taken to your program and your host family.
My host family Rashmi & Rohit were welcoming and very helpful in anything that I needed. They have a beautiful home and make delicious meals everyday! I definitely felt safe and comfortable living with them. They planned my trips to other cities and a always made sure I was never paying to much for anything. I consider them family now!
The school was amazing, teaching the kids was unlike any other experience I have had, I'm so grateful for such a great organization and school like EVAD. It is a school that has kids from the slums and kids that are disabled.
The only thing I would change is that if I could stay longer.
I will definitely volunteer with IVHQ again!!

How can this program be improved?
I wouldn't change a thing!
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Tahni, Thanks for sharing your thoughts from your volunteer experience in India. We would love to have you back and hope to see you on another IVHQ program soon. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jeslyn
10/10

Bahut accha!

If you're worried about coming to India because of all you've heard on the news, DON'T. India is an amazinggg country with lovely, helpful people and if it's your first time going there, then going with IVHQ is a good place to start. They will help you get adjusted and will take care of everything. Volunteering at the Bal Vidhaya Niketan school through IVHQ was one of the best decisions I ever made. Teaching the children was so overwhelming and rewarding and I am definitely going to miss them and India.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Jeslyn, Thanks for choosing to volunteer with IVHQ. It's great to hear that you had such a positive experience on our Slum Teaching project in Delhi. See you on another IVHQ program soon.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Seda
10/10

amazing month in india0

I have spent an amazing month in india.
I enjoyed everything that I lived here. My host family, Rashmi and Rohit are two wonderful people and they have been like a real family to me. I enjoyed very much staying with them and had a lot of fun during my stay. I am thankful to them for their everyday hospitality and kindness and for all that they did for me. I loved volunteering in India and working with the children, it changed my perspective of seeing things. I wish I could stay longer.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Seda, Thanks for the review. It's great to hear you enjoyed your 4 weeks volunteering on our Childcare project in Delhi. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Maria
8/10

India delhi ivhq

Came here was a huge step for me, I was leaving my comfort zone for the first time so I was scared but as soon I as I arrived in the airport there were other volunteers that at time I didn't knew and today I call friends because they are people that I won't forget, people who shared this amazing experience with me and that made feel like home. E felt the same thing when I went to my host family first it's strange but then they became family to you. When we put our fears aside and actually embrace the experience we finally star seeing how amazing it is.

How can this program be improved?
I was doing childcare and I had some issues that I'm sure other volunteers had, when we try to teach English to the children the teacher doesn't help much because most of them don't know how to speak English so the communication between the volunteers and the teacher can be hard sometimes and since the children also don't speak English teaching can became a nightmare sometimes.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Maria, It's great that you stepped out of your comfort zone and had this experience, it sounds like it is one that you will never forget. Thanks for taking the time to review your experience volunteering in India with IVHQ and we hope to have you on another program again in the future.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Rachel
10/10

INDIA!!

The programme is super organised, I was picked up from the airport with no problems and taken straight to the hostel.
Orientation week was such a good experience, I am so pleased I decided to do it as it helped me to become really familiar with India without feeling like I was completely on my own. It also gave the opportunity to make great friends who I was then able to travel on weekends with.
The staff at IVHQ India were so flexible - on arriving I wanted to change my programme and was able to do this with no problem at all. And again a week into my programme I requested to change and was able to do this very easily, moving into 2 members of staffs' house (Mohit & Chandni - who are amazing) within a few days.
The BVN school was great, within close proximity to the home stay and this was a placement where volunteers were really needed and greatly appreciated. I enjoyed my time at the school massively.
My homestay family were equally as amazing, always there at any time of day I needed them and welcomed me into the home like I was part of the family. I am so grateful to them. Thank you IVHQ!

How can this program be improved?
Nothing, I loved everything!
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Rachel, Thanks for sharing your thoughts from your experience volunteering with IVHQ in India. It's great that you felt welcomed and cared for by the local team and your host family. Thanks for being an IVHQer.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Samantha
10/10

India delhi ivhq

I had the most experience my host family was a home away from home and without them I don't think my experience would have been as amazing.and the placement was the most rewarding and amazing experience working with the kids and getting to understand the culture properly

How can this program be improved?
I wouldn't change anything and I'm definitely coming back
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hey Samantha, thanks for sharing about your experience in Delhi, India. IVHQ are so glad you that felt at home with your host family and that you created amazing memories! Thanks for being an IVHQer, we can't wait to have you on another program in the future!

Yes, I recommend this program

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