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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Shannon
10/10

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!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Dolly
10/10

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!!

Yes, I recommend this program
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brogan
10/10

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!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Claudia
10/10

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.

How can this program be improved?
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.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jessica
10/10

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.

How can this program be improved?
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!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Kate
10/10

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!

How can this program be improved?
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!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Rodrigo
9/10

Great experience

Loved the freedom we got to travel and expend our time when the volunteering finished. Felt really like home with my host family, great atmosphere with other volunteers and all the members of the family.

I would have liked to know that I was coming to Faridabad and not to Delhi itself. I would have also liked more communication with the teachers at school, their English is not very good and that made it more difficult when getting coordinated with them.

How can this program be improved?
I would have liked to know that I was coming to Faridabad and not to Delhi itself. I would have also liked more communication with the teachers at school, their English is not very good and that made it more difficult when getting coordinated with them.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hey there Rodrigo! Thanks for sharing your thoughts about your time volunteering in India. We are so happy that you felt at home with your host family. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Raby
10/10

Slum Teaching

One of the best experiences I have had thus far! The program was a little difficult at first, mainly because of the language barrier. After a week of teaching, I began to pick up a little hindi and that was very helpful! The students in the slums are the best. They are so eager to learn. During the weekends I got to travel throughout India with friends I made during orientation. My host family was so welcoming! The locals STARE a lot and love to take pictures! ( it's almost like being a celebrity) Everywhere you go people will be staring, so get use to that! Anywho, I highly recommend this program!!! I cried on last day. The students did not want me to leave.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi there Raby. Thanks for the recommendation! We are so glad that you felt welcomed and that you overcame your initial language difficulties - awesome work! Thanks for being an IVHQer and we hope that you join us on another program in the future!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sam
10/10

Teaching in Delhi

The host family I stayed with had two 13 year old boys, who loved taking me to the park and playing indian games. They also liked to play chess (and were very good). I also enjoyed taking them to the movies to watch Bollywood films.

I had lots of fun playing games with the children. They were so eager to learn english, and were very willing students. The kids were so funny, and had great attitudes.

All in all, I was very happy with my host family and my teaching experience.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Sam, thanks for sharing some of your experiences from volunteering in Delhi. IVHQ are thrilled that you had such a good time teaching English! Thanks for being an IVHQer - we hope that you join us on another program in the future.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Gabrielle
9/10

IVHQ Delhi, India- Childcare

For my childcare placement I worked and stayed in an orphanage. When I got here it wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but in the end I made amazing friendships with some of the children that I will never forget. I had the opportunity to teach a kindergarten class in the morning and then in the afternoon we would work with the 7th grade girls and teach them English. We also helped out in the kitchen a lot and assisted with the some of the daily duties/jobs the children had. It was really a fun time! Since we were living here we had the opportunity to spend as much time as we wanted with the children instead of just spending 3 or 4 hours at the placement and then leaving like normal volunteer projects!

You should definitely try it out! You'll love it!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Gabrielle, it's great to read about your volunteer experience. We are so glad to hear you had such an amazing time in Delhi and made unforgettable friendships. We hope to have you back on another IVHQ program soon. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Shanice
8/10

IVHQ India Dehli, Childcare

Note exactly what I initially expected. I was expecting more guidance but the orphanage is more of taking initiative rather than being told. It was trying in the beginning, but got better as time went.

How can this program be improved?
Choosing childcare, I was not expecting to teach. I would have also liked to have known prior to the schedule of the orphanage set up rather than a week prior.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Shanice, thanks for sharing a little from your experience on our childcare project in Delhi. As stated within our childcare project description, there is some teaching incorporated and although you weren't expecting this, it's great that you stuck at it. We have no doubt that you took away new skills from this experience. Thanks for being an IVHQer, we hope that you will join us on another program in the future.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jessica
10/10

Great program

The program was wonderful. I felt very welcomed by the host family and was able to easily immerse myself in the culture. It was an eye-opening experience volunteering in the "slum teaching" program. Spending time with the children had a very positive impact on my life. I would definitely recommend this program to others.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi there Jessica, sounds like you had an amazing cultural experience while on the IVHQ program in India. We are so happy that you felt welcomed by your host family while you were there. Thanks for the recommendation.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Ana
9/10

Great experience

It has been an enlighting experience, I have learned so much about myself and about others. Even if India is a crazy, messy place, in never stops amazing me and giving me great stories.
I did both the medical and the slum teaching program, both were great on their own, in both I got to learn much more than what I got to teach.
Mohits and Chandni's family is the best place to be, love them so much, I felt like this was not only my hose but also my home.
Loved it here.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Ana, we are thrilled that you have had an enlightening experience in India. Thanks for the great review and for being an IVHQer!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sarah
10/10

IVHQ India Dehli, Slum teaching

I thoroughly enjoyed everyday in the 4 weeks I spent in India. The children were a delight to teach and they were always happy and eager to learn. I was able to see them progress over the time I was there and it is rewarding to see how capable they are. Every day their excitement and enthusiasm put a smile on my face. I met volunteers from all over the world including America, Australia, Canada, Spain, Switzerland, Hong Kong and the UK. We had a great time at our placement and travelling together in our free time. Our weekends were filled with activities and we were kept busy all the time. Orientation week was a great start to my experience and I got to see many sights in Delhi. It was a great opportunity to meet people and make friends. The hindi lessons were very beneficial especially when it comes to teaching the young children. My homestay was within walking distance of the placement. I couldn't have asked for a better family to share my experience with. They provide a fun, relaxed environment for volunteers and were always willing to help with any problems I had. They made me feel welcome when I first arrived and I feel very lucky to have been placed here especially when the food is so good. I have never experienced anything like what I have in the last month. Working in the slums opened my eyes to the lifestyle some of these people in India lead and having the chance to help although it was for a short time has been wonderful. IVHQ have been very supportive from the start. I have had no issues or problems since I arrived here and I know that they are always here to help if I need them. In my opinion 4 weeks was not long enough. I hope to come back someday and volunteer with IVHQ again for longer. I came to India to help change people's lives and I ended up changing my own.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Sarah! Thank you for the review - IVHQ are delighted that you had an amazing time in Delhi. Great to hear that you are keen to join us for another Volunteer Program - we look forward to having you onboard again soon! PS: - Love this quote from your review "I came to India to help change people's lives and I ended up changing my own" - such a cool statement!

No, I don't recommend this program
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Maggie
10/10

IVHQ India- Slum Teaching

I loved my time volunteering in India. The program is very well run, organized and has excellent staff. During my time there i felt supported and encouraged in my placement. THe orientation week was fantastic, i learned alot about the culture, language and country. I got to see some beautiful places and enjoyed my time there. My homestay was wonderful, they prepared great meals, had a lovely home and made me feel apart of the family. I felt safe and cared for during my time and knew if there was any problems they would help me. IVHQ is a terrific program and you get a lot for the cost. I would highly recommend volunteering with IVHQ in India. The slum teaching was such a rewarding experience. India is a beautiful experience, made so by the fantastic and caring staff of IVHQ!

How can this program be improved?
It would have been helpful to have some teaching curriculum in the school.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Maggie, It's great to hear that you had such a rewarding experience while volunteering in Delhi on our Slum Teaching project. We are so glad that that you felt prepared and cared for by IVHQ and our local team in India. Thanks for the review and we hope to have you back on another IVHQ program at some point soon.

Yes, I recommend this program

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