Volunteer in India, home of Bollywood, the Taj Mahal and over a billion people. India certainly marches to the beat of its own drum. Its bustling cities, mountains, sandy beaches and exhilarating culture make it a captivating place to volunteer.

Volunteering in India

Economic inequality is rife in India, and the divide between the affluent and the disadvantaged is widening and concerning. In India poverty is widespread and deep-rooted, so the work of volunteers is essential to helping men, women and children from disadvantaged communities out of their extreme circumstances. All of the volunteering in India projects Kaya offers are focussed on community development. Projects like Community Teaching and Cultural Immersion would be perfect for anyone who is passionate about helping disadvantaged children, or perhaps if you have healthcare experience or are studying then consider the Medical Assistance project.

The volunteering in India projects Kaya currently offers are based in and around Jaipur, Goa and Himachal, and there are plenty of ways to spend your spare time in each of these destinations.

Known for its architecture, history and culture, Jaipur is a lively, colourful city. History lovers should visit the City Palace in Jaipur’s Old Town or the stunning Amber Fort which overlooks the city.  Experience the hustle and bustle of the city by exploring one of Jaipur’s bazaars. Jaipur plays host to a multitude of markets and craft stalls, selling everything from jewellery to textiles to street food. There’s an astronomical amount places to eat in Jaipur for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, with vegetarian thali available alongside Jungle Maas, lovers of food will never go hungry.

Volunteers based in Goa should take advantage of its iconic white sandy beaches and clear blue ocean. There is a great range of watersport activities to take part in, so parasail, jet ski, snorkel or simply enjoy some time relaxing in the sun. For some time away from the beach, why not visit Calangute with it’s bars, restaurants and the picturesque 18th century St Alex Church.  You can also organise a weekend trip to Mumbai if Bollywood tempts you!

With the world’s most famous mountain, Mt. Everest, volunteers that chose Himachal will enjoy scenic mountain towns. The peaceful scenery offers many opportunities for participants including world class trekking and the abundance of temples reflecting the Indian culture.

Volunteering in India, where you’ll help to improve the lives of people who live in devastating poverty and get the chance to experience this  stunningly vibrant country.


Here are some important facts about India:

  • Population 1,251,695,584 July 2015 estimate
  • Language – Hindi 41%, Bengali 8.1%, Telugu 7.2%, Marathi 7%, Tamil 5.9%, Urdu 5%, Gujarati 4.5%, Kannada 3.7%, Malayalam 3.2%, Oriya 3.2%, Punjabi 2.8%, Assamese 1.3%, Maithili 1.2%, other 5.9%
  • Religion – Hindi 41%, Bengali 8.1%, Telugu 7.2%, Marathi 7%, Tamil 5.9%, Urdu 5%, Gujarati 4.5%, Kannada 3.7%, Malayalam 3.2%, Oriya 3.2%, Punjabi 2.8%, Assamese 1.3%, Maithili 1.2%, other 5.9%
  • Currency – Indian Rupee (INR)
  • Climate – it varies from tropical monsoon in the south to temperate in the north.  Monsoon season is from July to September and the dry season is March to June.  It can become quite cold in October to January especially in the mountainous regions


Volunteering for 16 and 17 Year Olds In India
Join our volunteering for 16 and 17 year olds in India and spend time with other young people developing global citizenship.
Child Development Volunteering in India
Volunteer in India and help with the provision of child care to disadvantaged children as well as participating in a range of exciting activities essential to Indian culture.
Community Teaching and Cultural Immersion in India
By volunteering in India on a Community Teaching project, you have the chance to give back to a number of communities where support is needed to enhance the quality of teaching.
Experience India and Volunteering
Our Experience India Tour encompasses charm, culture and care over 2 or 4 wonderful weeks where you will be able to see the sights, learn about the real India and get a taste of volunteering.
Family Volunteering: Childhood Development and Education in India
The purpose of this project is to allow education centres to increase their resources via the help of volunteers.
Medical Volunteering at a Hospital in India
Volunteer on our Medical Assistance Projects and help to support India's over-stretched healthcare service whilst improving your knowledge of medical treatment in a different healthcare setting.
Women’s Empowerment and Community Volunteering in India
Volunteer in India on this Women’s Empowerment project and help challenge the problems facing women today in local communities.

Easy 3-step application process

APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.

TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.

GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.


We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process and whilst on the ground. Connect with us if you have any questions.

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