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.
The view from this temple took my breath away.
The view from this temple took my breath away.
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.

About

Trusted by 110,000+ 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 110,000+ 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

Popular Programs

India Childcare Project

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.

India Healthcare Project

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.

India Slum Teaching 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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Daniel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

What would you improve about this program?
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!

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Snowing
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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!

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Mikaela
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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. :(

What would you improve about this program?
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!

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Tahni
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!!

What would you improve about this program?
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!

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Jeslyn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Seda
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

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Maria
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.

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Rachel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

What would you improve about this program?
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.

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Samantha
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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

What would you improve about this program?
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!

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Shannon
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life-changing Experience

I'm a student, and it had always been my dream to travel
to India. The IVHQ program in Delhi was perfect. I was able to get a very full experience that involved travel and volunteer work. I always felt safe and supported with the staff, and they went above and beyond to make sure I was happy and comfortable. I did the slum teaching project, and I also felt like my work was very rewarding. The kids and my host family were amazing. I had the best experience possible. I HIGHLY reccomend this program for anyone who is excited about traveling and volunteering abroad. I had the time of my life.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Shannon, Thanks for the recommendation! It's great to have you as an IVHQer and we are stoked that you had such a memorable volunteer experience in India. See you on another IVHQ program soon!

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Dolly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching in India Experience

The experience here in India is life changing. It opened my eyes to the different conditions. Honestly, it has set my dream of going to medical school and helping more people. Everyone here is kind and very welcoming to us even though we were foreigners. The students at school are my favorite. They have so much energy, so much to learn, and so much to share. It was always exhausting after teaching, but it was worth it. I will miss the people here the most.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Dolly, It's great to hear from you! We are so glad to hear that you had such a positive experience volunteering with IVHQ in Delhi. Thanks for being an IVHQer. Good luck at medical school!!

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brogan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Incredible India with IVHQ!

What an amazing experience! This is my 2nd time with IVHQ and it has been even better than the first. From the minute we arrived we were made to feel very welcome and very much a part of the family we have stayed with. IVHQ have really gone out of their way to ensure that we are happy and well looked afyer. The children have been a delight to work with and I truly feel I'm leaving a little piece of my heart behind in Faridabad. We have had a lot of fun and not only learnt a lot about India but also ourselves. I'm already thinking about my next IVHQ experience in India and I haven't even left yet!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Brogan, We are stoked to hear that you had such a positive experience. Thanks for sharing your thoughts of you experience volunteering with IVHQ in India. We look forward to seeing you back on another program soon. It’s great to have you as a multi-trip IVHQer!

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Claudia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best way to experience India

Choosing an organization to volunteer with it's hard, specially when the country is very different and far from yours. IVHQ was the best choice. Great staff and good projects. Travelling was also possible on the weekends which is a good point cause you get to know India too.

What would you improve about this program?
That some more money which we pay go to the projects.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Claudia, Thanks for the recommendation. We are glad that you chose to volunteer abroad with IVHQ in India. Thanks for being an IVHQer.

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Jessica
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My thoughts

I loved the program in general. I taught mostly deaf students, which was challenging at first, but they've taught me so much along the way. It's been one of the best decisions to volunteer in India. It was also wry easy to travel on the weekends and on our days off. The host family would always help plan and give us suggestions on locations. The culture was in vast contrast to America but it was well worth the experience.

What would you improve about this program?
Maybe working for EVAD school, have an orientation video with basic sign language (abc's and numbers)
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Jessica.
It's great to hear that you loved your volunteer program in India. Sounds like you had great cultural experience. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

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Kate
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Funky, Fabulous and ALOT of fun.

All together I spent four weeks in India, one on orientation and three on my placement at Mohit and Chandni's house. I would suggest for everyone to do orientation as it really settles you in to life in India and makes you feel comfortable.
My placement was challenging but very rewarding. When I had a good day at the school it was absolutely brilliant and I really will never forget the last day.
The first day I moved into the homestay I was made to feel 100% at home. Mohit and Chandni were so helpful for whenever we wanted to organise a trip away they were fantastic! I don't know what we would have done without them! Also not only that but in the evenings we would always have some good conversations and a lot of laughs. They would also treat us to things like ice cream, mangos, homemade fries, mcdonalds and funky dancing!

I thought I would be more excited to go back home, but really I just feel sad to leave everyone I met, they have made my time in India the best!

What would you improve about this program?
No. Very happy I chose to volunteer with IVHQ.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hey there Kate. Thanks for the great review. IVHQ are super happy that you felt settled and welcomed at your homestay. Thanks for volunteering with IVHQ - we hope that you will join on us on another program in the future!