Orphanage Volunteer Program In India

  • Program Location Program Location
  • Program Duration Program Duration
    1 to 24 Weeks
  • Starting Program Cost Starting Program Cost
    $475 (1Week)

Join Orphanage Volunteer Program in India to provide support to the underprivileged and uncared children to alleviate their suffering by helping them live a dignified life.

Volunteering India has partnered with trusted organizations and shelter homes and ensures that these little ones are provided with whatever they require for a healthy growth.

In some Centres, volunteers will live with the little ones at the shelter homes and provide them lessons about personal hygiene and sanitation along with other basic necessary lessons that are required for a healthy living. They will also provide the little ones with love, care, affection and warmth that they deserve.

What the volunteers need to do:

  • Assist the kids in doing homework, making notes, playing and other activities.
  • Helping staff in organizing the Child Care Center
  • Exchanging cultural Center
  • Take kids aware of health, sanitation, and hygiene.
  • Take the kids out for picnics and value-based excursions.
  • In some of the placements, volunteers can also assist in administrative tasks in the centers or in their fundraising activities.


Volunteers/Interns are provided accommodation in a volunteer house or in a homestay (on request) accommodation managed by the local coordinating team.

Two meals a day (Breakfast and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday - Saturday.

You would be staying at one of our Volunteer home base in South Delhi. The accommodations are neat and clean. 

Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Air conditioning facility is provided during the night in the volunteer home accommodations. Wifi internet is also available for your convenience.

The homes are close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes, and shopping arcades. All placements are around 10 - 30 minutes from the accommodation. Volunteers/Interns will be shown their placement site on the first day of work.

On Sunday, participants are free to eat out and explore the different gastronomical delights that Delhi has to offer. 

Some volunteers/interns are also provided accommodation in the project premises itself. For example - Volunteers working in the orphanage project can be provided accommodation in the project premises itself in a separate room that is allotted for volunteers. All meals will be provided to the volunteers in that case. 

When volunteering in Palampur, you will be living in a beautifully built volunteer house in the lap of Himalayas with an in-house and all basic facilities to keep you comfortable and safe. When traveling, living is arranged in a 3-star hotel with all facilities and on a same-gender sharing basis.

Orientation and Briefing
There will be an orientation session on the first day of the program. Volunteers/Interns will be told about India in general, and about their specific project and if there’s any question, our in-country coordinators will be glad to reply.

To give a proper feel, mostly Indian food will be provided to the volunteers/ interns.

Breakfast - Paratha, Bread, Tea (chai), Jam, Butter, Porridge etc.

Dinner - Dal (lentils), vegetable, rice, roti (Indian bread), pickle, yogurt may be provided along with some sort of curry.

Volunteers/Interns will have to manage their lunch on their own. Our coordinator will assist you regarding the best places for lunch, that's near the program location.

We'll ensure that you get to experience a pleasant stay.


Participants should arrive on a Sunday, before the project commences. There will be an orientation on Monday, after they will be taken to their placement locations.

Volunteers who would live at the centers would save the traveling time on weekdays, while others staying at volunteers’ house will have to reach the centres on time. In many cases, volunteers are required to go to the centres post-lunch, as the kids return from school at that time.

The work schedule will slightly vary, but in general it would be 4 - 5 hours of work on all weekdays.
Food will be provided on weekdays, and you are free to explore the amazing food in Delhi on weekends.

For volunteers living in the volunteers’ house, this would be a general routine:
Breakfast - 08:30 am onwards.
Working hours at the placement - 10:00 am (leave the accommodation by 09:30 am) to 04:00 pm.
Lunch - Between 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm (manage lunch at your own expense).
Dinner - 06:00 pm onwards.

The same volunteer work schedule will continue from the second week onwards.

Weekends : Free to explore the city (No meal is provide on Sunday, as volunteers are encouraged to try the local cuisines).

Cost / Start Date

Program Cost
Program Duration Program Fee Registration Fee Total Fee
1 Week $250 $225 $475
2 Weeks $390 $225 $615
3 Weeks $490 $225 $715
4 Weeks $590 $225 $815
5 Weeks $690 $225 $915
6 Weeks $790 $225 $1015
7 Weeks $890 $225 $1115
8 Weeks $990 $225 $1215
Extra Week $110 $225 $110

Note: You will be required to pay USD 225 / GBP 185 / AUD 320 / EUR 220 as an Application Deposit which is part of the program fees mentioned above, at the time of application to confirm your spot.

A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment


  • 24/7 assistance from in-country coordinator
  • Comprehensive Pre-Departure Guidebook
  • Airport Pickup
  • Orientation Session
  • Accommodation and meals (2-3 times a day as mentioned)

Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Visa Costs
  • Vaccinations
  • Airport Drop (Can be arranged for an extra cost)
  • Meals not mentioned, and on weekends
  • Local Transportation

Program Start Date Available Fast Filling Not Available
Months 2019
January 0620
February 0317
March 031731
April 14
May 0519
June 021630
July 14
August 0418
September 0115
October 0620
November 0317
December 0115


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People from which countries can join the volunteer programs offered by Volunteering India?
We welcome people from any part of the world to join our programs irrespective of which part of the world volunteers belong from outside India. Majority of our volunteers are from USA, UK, Europe and Australia.

Are there any necessary requirements to participate in the Delhi volunteer programs?
Below are the necessary requirements to participate in the India volunteer projects :

  • Volunteers must be 17 year or older at the time of joining the project. Medical Program volunteers must be at least 18 at the time of joining.
  • 16 year old volunteers can participate in Childcare projects with a Letter of Consent from their parents.
  • Need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. India is a country of different cultures and traditions, though it is modernized, the cultural sensitivities need to be kept in mind before volunteering in India. The volunteers should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
  • Must be in good health.

Will I get an airport pickup facility?
Volunteering India representative would be there to receive you at the airport, holding placards, displaying your name. You’ll be picked up from the airport and taken by a car to your accommodation. Volunteers need to send us their arrival information at least 10 days in advance so that we can facilitate your airport pickup.

Can I volunteer as part of a group?
Yes, you are welcome to take part in any of the India Volunteer Programs as part of a group. We welcome families, friends, high school students, college/university and corporate groups to volunteer together in the Indian programs.


Flights and Visa

Does Volunteering India helps with Visa?
All enrolled participants are provided information about the appropriate Visa requirements for India in the pre-departure manual. You can also contact your pre-departure point of contact to know more about the Visa requirements.

What are the recommended airlines to fly to Delhi?
The Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi is connected with all major airports across the globe and flights are easily available. Some of the major flight carriers operating direct flights to Delhi are :
British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Air India, Jet Airways, Etihad Airways, United Airlines, Swiss Air, KLM Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa, Austrian, Air France, Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Finn Air.


Health & Safety

How safe is India and Delhi in particular?
India is a country of diverse cultures and practices. and Delhi being the capital city is home to varied ethnicities. Like in any new foreign country, participants are advised to follow the guidelines specified by the project coordinator to enjoy their Indian experience fully. The program coordinators are always ready to help and give helpful safety tips. During the first day of the orientation, you will be given safety guidelines and will be informed about the do's and dont's.

What immunizations/vaccinations will I need ?
All participants are recommended to consult their physician or travel doctor before traveling to India. To view the general list of vaccinations recommended for your travel to India, click here.

Do I need to buy health insurance?
Yes, for all participants, it is mandatory to have a valid travel medical insurance for their trip. Volunteers have the option to purchase Travel and Medical Insurance at a nominal extra cost from Volunteering India. To provide the best option to our participants, we offer comprehensive insurance coverage in collaboration with a leading insurance provider.

If you already have a valid Travel and Medical insurance, you can email us a copy of the same. It is also advised to bring along the Insurance documents during your trip.


Accommodation and Living

How do I get to the program location?

Your project coordinator will take you to your project placement and introduce you to everyone after giving you a basic orientation about the program/city/culture etc.
You will be told about the directions to the project from your accommodation as well as the best and the most affordable mode of transport you can use. Volunteers use a variety of modes of transport to commute to different locations in Delhi. Major modes of transport are Delhi Metro and auto rickshaw (tuk tuk).

I want to know more about accommodation and food arrangements?
Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer house or in a homestay (on request) accommodation managed by the local coordinating team. Two meals a day (Breakfast and Dinner) are provided to the volunteers from Monday - Saturday.

On Sunday, volunteers eat out and explore the different gastronomical delights that Delhi has to offer. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Air conditioning facility is provided during the night in the volunteer home accommodations. Wifi internet is also available for volunteers’ convenience. Some volunteers are also provided accommodation in the project premises itself. For example - volunteers working in orphanage project can be provided accommodation in the project premises itself in a separate room that is allotted for volunteers. All meals will be provided to the volunteers in that case.

Can vegetarians be accommodated?
Yes, that is not a problem at all. In fact, volunteers are served vegetarian meals at the accommodations in India.

Would I have free time during my program ? Can I do sightseeing during my program ?
Volunteers work from Monday - Friday and have their weekends free for sightseeing. You can utilize this time to visit local markets of Old Delhi, Janpath or simply visit the Central Park (Garden) and Connaught Place. During the weekend, you have the option to take a short trip to Jaipur and Agra, and the Golden Triangle tour. Strategic placement of Delhi also allows you to take quick weekend trips to Palampur in Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh in Punjab as well as Amritsar. There is a lot to do and explore, and the local Delhi office team would happily assist you in making travel plans and arrangements for short trips.

Are there more expenses once I arrive in Delhi?
Your program fee does not cover your personal expenses. You will need to provide for yourself your personal expenses, such as bottled water, local transport, telephone, shopping, sightseeing etc. However, you should carry around $50-60 per week for your basic personal expenses. This amount can vary and you would need a higher amount if you go on different weekend trips out of town.

For how many hours will I volunteer every day?
Depending on the project, elected volunteers will work during the week from Monday- Friday. You will have weekend off so you can travel on weekends. However, volunteers need to be flexible, open minded and understand that work requirements can change as well on certain occasions.

What if I do not speak the local language? Would that interfere with my volunteering experience?
Do not worry, all the coordinators can speak and converse in English. Most of our participants are non-Hindi speakers and they’ve never had any problems while communicating. Like we say, love is expressed better through actions than the language.

To add to the project experience, you can also join the Language and Orientation Week in Delhi before beginning the program. It's an optional week, besides that we recommend participants to brush up their Hindi skills (learn basic terms and phrases, greetings) before traveling.

Where can I change my money in Delhi? Are there ATMs in Delhi?
On arrival at the IGI airport, you can change your foreign currency to Indian Rupees (INR) at the money exchange counters. India has a modern banking system and all the major credit and debit cards are accepted without any problems. ATMs are available in plenty and you will be shown the nearest ATM from the accommodation as well.

To know about the necessary items that you should pack before setting out for India, Click Here.

To know more about the things to do in Delhi while volunteering, Click Here.


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