Summer Volunteer Program 2024

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  • Program Duration Program Duration
    3 to 4 Weeks
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Join the Summer Volunteer Program 2024 in India with us and immerse yourself in the best that India has to offer, all within two weeks! This program is meticulously crafted to provide you with a meaningful travel and volunteering experience while allowing you to explore the cultural, historical, and popular attractions of major North Indian cities.

As a participant in this initiative, your primary focus will be working with underprivileged children in Delhi, alongside contributing to beautification and renovation projects in Jaipur. The itinerary also encompasses sightseeing tours of Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, and Pushkar. 

This program caters to high school, college, and university students, as well as gap year travelers, backpackers, corporate groups, and solo travelers who are enthusiastic about positively impacting developing Indian society.
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Individuals interested in volunteering for the project must be at least 17 years old when they join. A receptive mindset and adaptable approach are essential for thriving in a diverse and novel environment. Volunteers are expected to contribute energy and enthusiasm to create a meaningful impact. 

Prospective participants should be in good physical health upon joining the program. Additionally, individuals must have a clean criminal record and provide a clear criminal background check report. If applicants are under 18, a parental consent form is mandatory for participation in the program.


Airport Transfer

Upon arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, volunteers will be greeted by a member of the local coordinating team in Delhi. Pickup services are available between 6:30 am and 10 pm on the program start date. Participants who are already in the country or arriving early can also be picked up from a predetermined meeting point.


Accommodations are provided at the volunteer houses in both Delhi and Jaipur. These residences are maintained with the utmost hygiene and cleanliness, offering volunteers a comfortable home away from home. Equipped with amenities such as Wi-Fi/internet, geyser facilities, air conditioning, television, modern toilets, and comfortable beds, the volunteer houses ensure a pleasant stay. During weekend tours to Agra and Pushkar, accommodations will be arranged in standard/deluxe hotels with modern comforts.


A comprehensive half-day orientation session will be conducted by our staff on the day following your arrival. The orientation covers essential topics such as culture, greetings, locations, transportation, and other details outlined in your trip itinerary.


Renowned worldwide for its diverse flavors, Indian cuisine takes center stage during your volunteering experience. Meals will be provided at the volunteer house as specified in the itinerary. Breakfast offerings include parantha, bread, tea, jam, butter, and porridge. For lunch and dinner, volunteers can enjoy a variety of dishes such as dal (lentils), vegetables, roti (Indian bread), rice, yogurt, and curry.

Free Time Activities

During their free time, volunteers are encouraged to explore local markets, visit internet cafes, and dine at different restaurants in Delhi to savor the rich variety of Indian cuisines. In Jaipur, volunteers have the opportunity to explore the Pink City and engage in additional activities like yoga lessons and Bollywood dance classes.


Day 1 (Sunday) – Arrival at Delhi

Welcome to India. Today, you will be received at the Indira Gandhi International Airport and will be transferred to your accommodation. Pickup timings are between 6 AM to 10.30 PM. Take rest on your day of arrival, get acquainted with the area, venture out to the local markets and prepare yourselves for the three-week journey ahead. 
(Meals – Dinner – subject to arrival time)

Day 2 (Monday) – Orientation and Welcome Meal

After breakfast, your coordinators will discuss your program itinerary with you for the days to come and give you all the necessary information for the trip. You will be given a detailed orientation covering different aspects such as safety, your role on the program, do’s and dont’s etc. In the evening, you will be formally welcomed with a delicious and traditional Indian meal. 
(Meals – Breakfast and Dinner)

Day 3 (Tuesday) – Delhi Sightseeing Tour

Today, after breakfast, we will take you for a city tour of Delhi. You will be visiting some of the most famous places in the capital; such as Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple, Humayun’s Tomb and India Gate. You can have lunch at a local restaurant (at own cost).
(Meals – Breakfast and Dinner)
Day 4 (Wed) to Day 6 (Fri) – Volunteering in Delhi 

Volunteers will be working in the Street Children or the Child Care Project in Delhi. Under this project, volunteers take informal education classes with the children, play games with them and introduce them to different new activities.
Volunteers work at the various contact points or shelter homes, being run by various organizations, which serve as day care centers for these street children. They can assist in providing love, care, basic literacy, recreation and most importantly spend time with them and shower affection on them.
(Meals – Breakfast & Dinner)

Exciting Evening Programs During Volunteering Week:-
On Day 6, (Thu), we will take you to the Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple followed by a spectacular Water Show. This will be a memorable evening as you will witness one of the most beautiful temples with superb architecture followed by an amazing laser water show.

Day 7 (Sat) – Travel to Agra by air conditioned train 

In the afternoon you will board a super fast air conditioned train to Agra. Upon reaching Agra, you will be picked up from the railway station and transferred hotel accommodation.
(Meals – Breakfast)
Day 8 (Sun) – Visit the Taj Mahal And Transfer To Jaipur  

Early in the morning, we will take you to the TAJ MAHAL. The Taj Mahal is considered to be one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also listed among the NEW SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD. Famously known as the Monument of Love, it was built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. 
After a memorable visit to Taj Mahal, you will also be visiting Agra Fort. In the afternoon we will transfer you to Jaipur by afternoon train journey. Upon arrival in Jaipur, check in at the accommodation and relax for the day. 
(Meals – Breakfast)

Day 9 (Monday) Sightseeing In Jaipur 

The day starts with a briefing about your week in Jaipur followed by Jaipur city tour covering important landmarks such as City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Markets and other important landmarks in the Pink City.
(Meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 10 (Tuesday) – Day 13 (Friday) Volunteering in Jaipur

While in Jaipur, you will get an opportunity to volunteer in Construction and Renovation Project. With this project we aim to select vulnerable schools, centers, clinics in Jaipur which don’t have enough money for renovation and send our delighted volunteers to “save” the building with their beautification or renovation skills.
(Meals – Breakfast)

Day 14 (Saturday) – Day 15 (Sunday) – Explore Pushkar

Upon completing volunteer work in Jaipur, volunteers will head to the Holy City of Pushkar which is located around 3 hours drive from Jaipur. You will enjoy sightseeing and camel safari in Pushkar and stay there for one night. On Sunday return back to Jaipur for your last day in the program.

Day 16 (Monday)

Take return flight back home from Jaipur or head back to Delhi to take your flight. Local team shall provide assistance in making travel arrangements to Delhi (at extra cost) if required.

Cost / Start Date

Program Cost
Program Duration Program Fee Registration Fee Total Fee
Extra Week $150 $225 $150

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

What's Included in Program Fee

  • Comprehensive pre-departure guide
  • Round the clock assistance from support staff and In-country program coordinator
  • Airport pickup
  • Program orientation
  • Accommodation in Volunteer House/Guest house
  • Volunteering in Delhi and Jaipur
  • Breakfast and meals as specified in the itinerary
  • City tour of Delhi
  • Visit amazing Taj Mahal in Agra
  • City tour of Jaipur with a visit to historic Amber Fort
  • Services of program coordinator during tours
  • Accommodation in deluxe hotels during tours
  • Experience of traveling by air-conditioned train in India

What's not included in Program Fee

  • International/Domestic Airfare
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance (available at nominal cost)
  • Entry fees at monuments
  • Local transportation to and fro program location
  • Departure transfer to airport (can be arranged at nominal cost)
  • Vaccinations
  • Any personal expenses

Program Start Date Available Fast Filling Not Available
Months 2024
June 1630
July 0721
August 0418


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Reyes Felip

It was an excellent program. Within four weeks, you get lot of experiences, the orientation week, the placement with the children and the final travelling Golden Triangle trip.

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Orla Maher

My highlight of the trip was working with the group of children and meeting other volunteers from around the world.I would recommend this program to others.

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Le-Marie Thompson

The pre-departure booklet was very helpful and outlined everything I needed to know. My placement with street children kids was a wonderful experience. I enjoyed my placement and will miss the daily interaction with the kids and the staff.

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Ellena Limb

My journey in India was extremely heartwarming. It was a life-changing experience. The kids were so loving it has changed my perspective on life.

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April Werner

The website was very informative. I had a very nice experience and was so sad to leave the children. Program coordinators were responsible and helpful.

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Assel Aubakirova

I enjoyed it was an eye-opening and life-changing experience. The accommodation was good and meals were nutritious.

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Julia Gmeiner

The people were very friendly and the kids were eager to learn new things. It was a very interesting trip, to see the life of kids in a developing country.

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Joanna Thomson

I really enjoyed my placement. Being with the children was wonderful. All the staff has been wonderful, welcoming, helpful.

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Thomas Thomson

The accommodation was good. food was nice and healthy. Placement was amazing and the weekend trips were very enjoyable.

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Jodie Yung

I enjoyed my accommodation, the staff was helpful from the start to end. It was a well-planned program and we were able to experience the lives of less fortunate.

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Kara Chivers

The staff, food, and accommodation were great during the trip. The coordinators were very comforting. Helping kids at the street project was very rewarding. The elephant village was also great fun to see.

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Joanna Glick

The service and support in Delhi were amazing and set a high standard. Visiting the Taj Mahal and working with the Elephants are the highlights of my project.

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Jennifer Trigueira

I enjoyed it very much. The kids were keen and very cute. It is a worthwhile organization. I am grateful to the organization and the staff - they do good work!!

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Priscilla Anne Marie Vogl

Being able to meet such amazing kids at my volunteer placement. They were truly memorable! The chance to explore north India during the weekends with an amazing group of other volunteers.

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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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