A flower necklace being sold at a traditional market in India.

Volunteer Work in India

Experience the culture while supporting community development on our service projects in India

Volunteering in India with us is the ultimate authentic experience. You can spend your days giving back and learning new skills from professionals; absorbing the culture from the people you meet on your journey.    

We offer volunteer opportunities In India that cover a range of areas, and you can do things like: 

  • Participate in medical volunteer opportunities in India, and shadow doctors to observe procedures and treatment methods different from those back home
  • Become a volunteer for women empowerment in India, and help to build their confidence and improve their English
  • Work with children on a Childcare or Teaching Project, focusing on Early Childhood Development skills and English conversation

Our India volunteer trips run throughout the year, and our flexibility lets you choose your own start and end dates. Perfect for a summer break or gap year, and we accept volunteers of all ages, from students to those over 50.  

No matter which of our volunteer travel programmes in India you choose, rest assured that you’re in safe hands with us. Our staff are available 24/7 if you have any questions or concerns. We do our best to make sure you have the experience of a lifetime and have the freedom to discover what you’re capable of! 

If volunteering abroad is your dream, and you’re looking for affordable volunteer programmes in India, talk to us! You only pay a small deposit to book your place, and we offer a flexible payment plan, along with plenty of fundraising advice.

As a volunteer in India, you’ll be based in Kochi in the state of Kerala. Due to the city’s stage of development, it’s the perfect place to experience India for the first time. Use your free time to discover the beaches, travel through the mountains, and eat your fill of Indian curries and other traditional dishes.

Projects available in India

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Dentistry volunteer and dentist do a routine oral checkup on a patient in India.
Dentistry Internship in India
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 1 week
  • From $3,045 NZD
A local man takes travellers on a canoe through the Kerala Backwaters in India.
Discovery Tour in India
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  • Fixed dates throughout the year
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
  • From $4,195 NZD
Medical interns listen to a local doctor explain an injury in India.
Medical Internship in India
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 1 week
  • From $3,045 NZD
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We have the expertise and staff on the ground to create a custom project for you, or simply help you find the best volunteer programme in India for you.

Speak to one of our India experts on:

09 889 0587

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to start planning your project

Where we are based in India

Kochi

When it comes to voluntary work in India, all of our projects are based in Kochi, a beautiful city in India's Kerala state. This cosmopolitan city is known for its palm-lined beaches, coastal harbour, and a network of canals spanning the city called the Backwaters. 

Inland, you’ll find the Western Ghats, a mountain range whose slopes support tea, coffee, and spice plantations, as well as wildlife. It’s perfect for the adventurous spirit looking to get out into nature. During your travels, you’ll come across national parks and other sanctuaries that are home to elephants, langur monkeys, and tigers. It’s truly a sight to behold.

If you’d prefer to stick to the cities while volunteering in India, then the urban areas of Kerala will delight your senses. The organised chaos of buses and taxis, the colourful stalls that line the streets, and the fragrant smells that seep out from local restaurants will draw you in. You can spend your free time bartering at local markets, enjoying the warm coastal waters on the beach, and eating your fill of some of the most delicious Indian food in the country.

Airport pickup, flights and visas

Our projects are based in Kochi. When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our India Arrival Procedures page

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Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.


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