Volunteer Opportunities in India

About Destination and Volunteer Opportunities

About India

India is a country that occupies the greater part of South Asia and is the second-most populous country in the world. It has one of the oldest civilisations in the world and has a territory extending from snow-covered heights to tropical rainforests. The population of India is incredibly diverse boasting a variety of ethnic groups, languages, religions, etc. Some of the major religions are Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhisk, Muslim and Christian. Over 1,600 languages and dialects are spoken in India. Hindi and English are the official languages, though each state and territory has its own official language as well.

Among the many attractions that India has to offer, you can discover the temples of Mysore and the beaches of Kerala. India will overwhelm you with its beauty and vibrancy with its diverse ecosystems encompassing everything from the Humalayan mountains in the north to tropical rainforests and beaches in the south. It is also home to many endemic plant, animal and bird species. Some of the most iconic animal species found in India include the Bengal tiger, Indian elephant, Indian rhinoceros, Asiatic lion and snow leopard. One notable environmental wonder is The Sundarbans, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest mangrove forest in the world.

Despite the incredible biodiversity and the rapidly developing global economy, issues of poverty affecting a large portion of the population continue to persist. India faces many challenges including inequality, environmental degradation and access to healthcare, and education.

Best places to volunteer in india

There are many volunteer opportunities and projects across India. Many are located in the urbanized areas such as New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Dharamsala and Jaipur. However, there are also numerous volunteer opportunities in rural areas such as Tamil Nadu or Rajasthan.

Is india safe for volunteers

The projects are very safe and there is support, guidance and access to emergency aid 24/7. Nevertheless, you should always exercise caution when in an unfamiliar area. Petty theft and tourist scams can also occur, especially in urban and touristic areas. The traffic can also be chaotic at times so be careful and always adhere to traffic laws. Take any recommended health and safety precautions as well.

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Advice before volunteering in india

Although English is an official language of India, learning some basic Hindi phrases or learning some of the local language spoken in the region where you’ll be volunteering would be very useful in connecting with the local communities as well as in showing respect for the local culture.

Be sure to look after your health and safety both before you leave and when you arrive at the project. Check with your doctor and the Pasteur Institute for any recommended vaccines and medications.

Always respect the local culture and keep an open mind. In any volunteer program, it is important to have a flexible, positive attitude. Mentally prepare to be put outside your comfort zone.

Requirements to volunteer in india

In order to volunteer in India, you must be 16+, have at least proficient English, have a valid passport and have travel insurance.

Volunteer opportunities in india

Our volunteering programs in India focus on educational projects for children and the emancipation of women. You can join an international volunteer program in Kerala state. Your daily activities will consist of helping children or teachers and organizing arts and sports activities. During your free time, visit the country: on a bike, cruise, spend a night in a national reserve to observe the animals.

Whatever volunteering project you’d like to engage in, chances are that India will offer it.

Volunteer in India with Freepackers!

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For all visa applications, please visit the following website: Indian e-Visa


Please check with your doctor or travel clinic in regards to the vaccinations you need for your project destination. You can also check the pasteur institute for the up-to-date health recommendation per destination at


For any international project, Freepackers Care requires the subscription of a travel insurance including the coverage of accidents, diseases, repatriation and includes civil liability in case of damage to third parties.

You can subscribe online with our partner CHAPKA, which offers 5% discount with this link. If you subscribe to another insurance, we will ask you to send us a copy of your certificate in English.

For complete protection during studies or an internship abroad, you can subscribe to Cap Student insurance online by following this link. This insurance also includes civil liability in the context of an activity abroad.