Volunteering in India on a Budget: Tips and Tricks

“There are three trips you take to India: the one you think you’re going to have – that you plan for; the one you actually have; and the one you live through once you go back home.” – Erin Reese.

Beautiful words, aren’t they? Well, I know that a trip to India there on every traveler’s bucket list. Truth to be told, India’s rich history, vibrant culture, diverse projects, delectable cuisine, warm hospitality, and friendly people make it a top choice for thousands of travelers who participate in volunteer programs each year, and if you have been thinking of volunteering in India and contributing towards change, then we’ve got the most meaningful and affordable opportunities for you.

Volunteering India is the oldest and most trusted organization, offering volunteering and internship opportunities to high school and college students, university graduates, and gap year travelers, as well as others who are keen to make a difference in India.

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Here are some tips and hacks to volunteer in India on a budget:

1) Plan in advance

This advice always comes in handy when considering any international trip. Start planning at least 6 months before your estimated arrival time in India, so that you can get cheaper flights, and also you’ll get some time to put down your travel bucket list. By planning ahead and setting a budget, you can avoid overspending and make the most of your volunteer experience in India.

2) Travel during off-peak season

Of course, we understand that you have summer, winter, and spring breaks when you would want to travel and volunteer, but you can always get in touch with us, and we’ll help you plan your trip during off-season, so that you can save some bucks on flights and other miscellaneous costs. Your volunteering experience in India would not suffer for this reason, and you’ll also get to travel slowly and in a more immersive manner if you consider volunteering during quieter times of the year.

3) Stay with the locals

Once you complete your volunteer program work in India, you can keep a week in hand to explore. During that time, instead of staying in hotels, opt for homestays or guesthouses run by local families. Not only will it be more budget-friendly, but it will also give you a chance to immerse yourself in Indian culture and connect with the community.

4) Savor local delicacies


While most of your meals will be covered by us while you volunteer in India, you’ll also get ample opportunities to try local delicacies in India. Rather than going to five-star restaurants, you can eat at local cafes and stalls, as well as binge on amazing street food. Indian cuisine is known for its variety and flavors, and you can enjoy authentic dishes without spending a lot.

5) Use public transport while traveling in India

The public transport system in India is extremely well-connected and you can save a lot of money on transportation by using buses, trains, and rickshaws instead of taxis or private cars. If you need any guidance (or help) while exploring Delhi, you can simply get in touch with our country coordinator, and he’ll assist you.

6) Choose the 2-Weeks Special Travel and Volunteer Program in India

Last, but not the least, if you have just 2 weeks in hand and wish to explore while volunteering, then we have a specially curated program for you! This short-term volunteering opportunity will let you experience the goodness of serving society, as well as take you around Delhi and Agra – to visit some of the famous UNESCO Heritage Sites in India, including the Taj Mahal.

Volunteering India has hosted more than 7000 volunteers in India, since 2004 and the journey has been incredible for the participants.

To quote Kate Wood (Volunteered in India),

“Eye-Opening and heart-wrenching experience working with the poor runaway or abandoned boys at the shelter. Despite their plight, the boys were happy, friendly, and smart. Most with great potential. The staff working at the shelter give boys an opportunity they would otherwise not get for return to families, or training for jobs or further education. I have such admiration for those staff working there. It was an inspirational place.”

So what are you waiting for? Write to us at [email protected] and start planning your volunteer trip to India.

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