Volunteer in India with International Volunteer HQ today. IVHQ’s local team in India require volunteers NOW! IVHQ has a wide range of volunteering projects in the bustling region of Faridabad, Delhi. Volunteers are needed for the following projects; Teaching English, Orphanage Work, Slum Teaching and Health.
LOCATION OF INDIA VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
IVHQ India Delhi has volunteer placements located in Delhi NCR. It is important to note that the Delhi placements are not located in central New Delhi, as this is the Central Business District. Delhi NCR is made up of nine sprawling cities and the poorer communities where our volunteers work are located on the outskirts of Delhi NCR, mainly in the city of Faridabad. These communities have many projects that are in desperate need of volunteers.
VOLUNTEERING IN SUMMER
If you are going to be volunteering in summer (April to August), it is important to consider the climate. Past Delhi volunteers will tell you that in summer time, the heat and humidity are so extreme that it can often become unbearable. Accommodation generally has fans, however with power cuts not unusual (recent summers have been extremely bad for this), these become ineffectual. In recent years we have had some of the hottest summers on record, and placements during the day where volunteers work generally do not have air conditioning or fans. Therefore, our recommendation is if you are indifferent between the two programs, the India Dharamsala program will be more pleasant from April through to August. The Dharamsala program is at a higher altitude which means it is much cooler and more temperate. However, if you are not adverse to the heat then you will be fine on the Delhi program but it is important you keep climate in mind when planning your trip. During these months Delhi is by far our hottest program.
START AND DURATION OF INDIA VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
Programs in Delhi begin on the first and third Mondays of each month. Volunteers in Delhi can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 6 months (24 weeks).
INDIA VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS
Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the beginning of their program and should have at least a high school education. All volunteers must provide a criminal background check in order to participate on the program, and this is provided to our IVHQ partner staff on arrival in India. Volunteers on the Health project must be studying or qualified in a relevant field, and must also provide evidence of this in their online application to IVHQ.
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INDIA VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIALS
INDIA VOLUNTEER PROJECT DESCRIPTIONS
Orphanages and Childcare centers in India are often extremely full with children due to a lack of appropriate facilities. Due to the high incidences of poverty and illness orphanages in India can host 50-300 children at any one time and there is always a high demand for more volunteer assistance. These orphanages and childcare centers (who care for children from very poor families whose parents have to work during the day) face many problems such as a lack of funding, lack of resources and help. Volunteers who work in an orphanage help with general work and daily chores, ranging from cooking and cleaning to assisting with feeding programs, caring for children and babies and teaching. Volunteers also assist the children with their education, by taking extracurricular lessons, assisting with homework and helping with general education on life skills such as personal hygiene. We work with a number of different orphanage placements and the majority of these are located in Faridabad, Delhi. In some of the orphanage placements, volunteers will live onsite at the orphanage with the children, but sleeping in separate volunteer dormitories. Other orphanage placements have home-stays nearby where volunteers are accommodated.
Teaching English in India gives you the great opportunity to share your knowledge with others and experience a new culture from within. It is one of the best ways to truly catch a glimpse of the soul of a place. You’ll have a lot of fun and gain valuable skills while your students practice their skills with you learning English in a whole new way. Volunteers will teach for approximately 4 hours per day, five days a week. In this program, volunteers can work by themselves or alongside other teachers and volunteers. Volunteers for this program are encouraged to work with local teachers to develop new teaching practices and help with their personal conversational English to enable them to teach English in the future. We work with a number of schools (rural schools and slum schools) in Delhi, and the majority are located in and around Faridabad. Volunteers DO NOT need to be qualified teachers or have previous teaching experience in order to participate on this project.
For many children in India, school is simply not an option as they work the streets with their parents to help stay alive (it is estimated there are 100 million street children in India). Every day, 365 days of the year these children work the streets of Delhi with their parents, selling goods, foraging and performing to make a living. The Slum Teaching program in India focuses on giving these children an education. This program is popular with the children and their families as it gives them opportunities and perspectives on life they would not otherwise have been provided with. Work consists of taking basic school lessons in a makeshift classroom within the slums, playing with the children after school, providing one-on-one support for them and introducing them to activities (such as painting) that are not possible outside of the school. We have a few Slum Teaching projects in India, and these are located in Faridabad, Delhi.
Volunteers working on the Health project are provided the opportunity to gain an insight into the healthcare system of one of the world’s fastest growing countries. Volunteers on this project will be shadowing well-respected physicians in clinics and hospitals who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and expertise with volunteers. In Delhi NCR, we work with seven hospitals and one mobile clinic. While hospitals are under resourced and equipment is basic, these institutions are bound by government regulations and cannot afford to have international volunteers perform tasks independently. In Delhi, the role of pre-medical students is primarily to observe and learn about prevalent diseases and the related practices of various healthcare environments in India. Volunteers generally assist nurses and doctors with their routine jobs, such as taking height, weight and blood pressure measurements of the patients. During routine checkups, volunteers can provide advice regarding nutrition, health, and sanitation. Volunteers can also treat minor injuries and perform tasks such as, cleaning and bandaging wounds. Qualified volunteers may request to work in their area of expertise or training and it is important to note that volunteers are only able to perform tasks relevant to their skill, training and qualifications. Longer-term volunteers in Delhi (3+ months) will have more scope to assist with hands on tasks, and occasionally fully qualified volunteers can assist with surgical procedures, provided they are volunteering for a longer duration.
Please note that pre-medical students are able to participate on our Delhi Health project, and must present a copy of their qualifications and/or certificates of their qualifications/experience to our program staff on arrival in India.
INDIA PROGRAM COSTS
One of the strengths of IVHQ is our extremely affordable fees. Click here to see the program cost to volunteer in India and what you receive in exchange for your fees. It is important to note that we have two program locations in India (Delhi and Dharamsala) and they have different fees.
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
Volunteers in Delhi are accommodated in home-stays run by local host families. Volunteers on the Orphanage project in Delhi may either be staying at a home-stay or at the Orphanage placement itself, which is again run by a host family. Volunteers who are accommodated in a home-stay will live with a local family and other volunteers. We give the local family money from your fee for support, food and board. It is exciting to stay with a family; that way you will learn the Indian way of life, meet local people, eat local food, speak the local language (predominantly Hindi) and engage in local customs and traditions. Living is comfortable and all home stays have electricity and running water. All bedding is provided, however during the winter months (November to February) volunteers should bring their sleeping bags. Both the home-stays and orphanage accommodation are safe and secure and volunteers can expect to share a room with other volunteers. Three meals are provided per day and Indian food is tasty and divers. Volunteers can expect to experience a myriad of flavours and meals during their home stay experience. If volunteers wish to eat out, there are restaurants and diners to suit all tastes and budgets either nearby or a short bus/taxi ride away. If you have special eating needs, please let us know ahead of time so that we can make arrangements for you. However, we need to stress the point that you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, but also as a volunteer there is also a need to be flexible.
Orientation will begin on the first and third Mondays of each month and there are two options available for volunteers; a standard half-day orientation, or a week-long “Orientation Week”. Orientation will be conducted by the staff in Delhi for either the half-day or the full week, starting on the first and third Mondays. Orientation covers everything you need to know for your volunteering placement – Introduction to India, Indian Customs, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Basic Hindi, Travel Opportunities in India and Introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing. Once orientation is complete, volunteers will be transported to their home stay and introduced to all relevant parties – home stay family members and project placement staff.
An alternative option is to take part on the week-long Orientation week in Delhi. This week consists of a language and cultural orientation in Delhi and is available to all volunteers. This will take place in Delhi, starting on the first and third Mondays of each month, and the volunteer work will begin the following week. Your total stay with IVHQ in India will therefore be increased by one week and your end date will be shifted a week later. When applying online please choose either the first or third Monday regardless of whether you are planning to do the Orientation week. You must then specify you wish to do the orientation week with your program coordinator when you register onto the program to secure your place. Orientation week is very popular among volunteers, as they find it is a great way to help settle into the "culture shock" that is India. It is highly recommend by past volunteers and important in helping volunteers settle into India.
Details & Itinerary of the Orientation Week in Delhi, India
- Day 1 (Monday): Welcome to India and introduction to the program staff and procedures in Delhi. A short history, including history of India, religion, caste system, marriage, festivals, dress/clothing, family values, safety issues, food and transportation. You will also learn about your orientation week schedule and the local staff will provide details about your volunteering project and accommodation in India, to follow after the orientation week. Then you will have an introduction to the Hindi language.
- Day 2 (Tuesday): New Delhi Sightseeing (5 to 7 hours): Lotus Baha’I Temple, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar – All entrance fees are included.
- Day 3 (Wednesday): Hindi language class for approximately 3 hours. Learn basic letters and words of welcoming, greeting, short expressions, as well as learn about important and handy words, which will help you while at your placement. In the afternoon go to see a new Bollywood Hindi movie. Entrance to the Hindi movie is included in your fees. There are more movies made every year in Bollywood than there are in Hollywood and they say if you have not seen a Bollywood film you have not experienced India!
- Day 4 (Thursday): Old Delhi Sightseeing: India Gate, Red Fort, Jama Mosque and Raj Ghat (Gandhi Samadhi’s Cremation) - All entrance fees are included.
- Day 5 (Friday): Hindi language classes during the day time covering more words and vocabulary to help you in daily use. In the evening explore the local markets, visit internet cafes, practice your Hindi or visit restaurants with other volunteers..
- Day 6 (Saturday): Hindi language classes in the morning. Hand washing clothing and preparation for your departure to your home stay.
- Day 7 (Sunday): Optional extra: The Taj Mahal tour; this includes Air Conditioned Car or Van from Delhi to Agra and back, state insurance, driver, parking and toll taxes, breakfast, lunch and guide but NOT the entrance fees to the Taj Mahal, these are extra). You can expect to pay 750 Rupees (equivalent to about US$15) for the entry ticket at the gate when you arrive. For those not doing the Taj Mahal tour, you will depart for your project and have your briefing with the local staff and introduction to accommodation and project. Those doing the Taj Mahal tour will do this the next day.
The cost for Orientation week is US$220 (accommodation and 3 meals per day covered during this time).
The upgrade to see Taj Mahal on the 7th day is an extra US$100.
If you wish to do the Orientation week, you must email your program coordinator once you have applied online and registered with IVHQ to secure your place. They can then assist you in booking this week in addition to your volunteer duration.
The following is a basic guide to what a typical volunteer schedule can look like. However, it is important to note that this is an example schedule, and the specific placement schedules may vary from day to day, or from project to project.
- First Day: On the first day of volunteering, the volunteers will be escorted to their placement and introduced to the placement staff who they will be working with.
- Weekdays: While our programs are flexible and can be tailored to your requirements, an example of a typical day is as follows.
- 8:00am - Breakfast at your accommodation.
- 9:00am - Volunteer leaves home and travels to the project placement; once there, the volunteer joins with the placement staff to carry out the tasks and responsibilities of the day. There is usually a tea break during the morning.
- 12:00pm-1:00pm - There is usually a lunch break and work hours are dependent on the placement and location that the volunteer is participating in. Lunch is either at the volunteer’s placement, or at their accommodation.
- 1:00pm-4.00pm – Some placements continue in the afternoon, although work usually ends between 2:00pm and 4:00pm. The volunteer at this point is free to relax, sight-see or go shopping. Volunteers may also be able to stay and hang out with the kids up to around 5.00PM.
- 7:00pm-9:00pm – Dinner at your accommodation. The specific start-time for dinner will vary at each home-stay.
Weekends: During the weekend, volunteers have spare time and can relax or take the opportunity to explore other parts of their local town and India. Long weekends can be taken to travel further afield such as Agra or Jaipur, and volunteers should always let the local staff know of their plans if travelling away over the weekend. If volunteers wish to volunteer over the weekends this is sometimes possible, and they can ask the local team in-country for more information once they have arrived.
Please note that this is an example schedule and the specific placement schedules may vary from day to day, or from project to project.
India - Delhi Volunteer Fees
|Volunteer Period||Program Fee US$|
|1 Month (4 weeks)||500|
|2 Months (8 weeks)||900|
|3 Months (12 weeks)||1300|
|4 Months (16 weeks)||1700|
|5 Months (20 weeks)||2100|
|6 Months (24 weeks)||2500|
|Orientation Week||NB This is optional||220|
|To convert these prices to your local currency click here.
Please note: All programs attract a Registration Fee of $249 USD on top of the Program Fee.
What do my fees pay for?
Registration Fee (Refundable if you choose not to go*) – pre-departure support from IVHQ staff, program marketing costs, information pack, administration costs, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with volunteers.
Program Fee – Airport pick up, orientation, program supervision, accommodation and meals during volunteer placement period, In-country 24/7 volunteer support and In-country administration costs.
What additional costs will I have?
Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), criminal background Check, transfer back to the airport at conclusion of program, vaccinations, souvenirs, orientation week (optional and adds an extra week to your time - $220), spending money (volunteers in India generally find US$30 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses).