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Childcare Volunteer Program in India - Delhi

Childcare Volunteer Program in India - Delhi

Interested in being a Childcare volunteer in India - Delhi? International Volunteer HQ’s Childcare project empowers volunteers to gain experience in early childhood education at childcare centers in Faridabad. These centers are often extremely busy with large numbers of children attending. Support from volunteers can ease the workload for local staff and improve access to care and education for young children.

  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Affordable fees from CA$478 for 1 week
  • Includes accommodation, meals, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
  • Help with education and games to create a nurturing environment

  • Explore one of the oldest and biggest cities in the world

  • Stay in a safe apartment with other volunteers

Key information

Provide a safe space for children to learn
Based in childcare centers
Volunteer house or homestay
Volunteers aged 18+ and families
Fully hosted experience from CA$478 for 1 week
Durations from 1 - 24 weeks
Tour the majestic Taj Mahal
Up to 5 hours volunteering a day

This program is ideal for:

Energetic volunteers who are passionate about early childhood education and enjoy working with children. You’ll work under the supervision of local staff so no prior childcare experience is necessary.
Who is this program suited to?

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

Children growing up in India often face significant challenges including struggling for food, shelter, education and healthcare. However, dedicated assistance with both traditional and social education can make a genuine difference to their lives. Volunteers can provide valuable support to disadvantaged communities by helping at busy childcare centers and relieving local teachers of some of their heavy workload - which in turn allows them to focus on quality education for the children.

As a Childcare volunteer, you will work in early childhood education centers in Faridabad. Children at these placements are typically aged between 4 and 8 years old.

Childcare volunteer duties often include:

  • Running English lessons
  • Assisting with homework
  • Teaching essential life skills
  • Arranging games and activities
Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #4: Quality Education

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #4: Quality Education

More than half of all children and teens do not meet minimum proficiency standards in reading and mathematics. Quality education provides an opportunity to learn and grow in a safe environment and is key to preventing poverty, securing long-term employment and improving quality of life.

Why do Childcare volunteering in Delhi with IVHQ?

When you volunteer in Delhi you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Improving access to care and education for young children
  • Helping students develop life skills in a safe place
  • Learning or practicing Hindi
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Gaining childcare experience
  • Immersing yourself in Indian culture
  • Enjoy the energetic streets of Delhi

Volunteer requirements

  • Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate in this program
  • All volunteers aged 13+ are required to provide a criminal background check to IVHQ prior to departure. Those aged 13-17, if unable to obtain a criminal background check, can provide two character reference letters instead
  • All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance
  • All volunteers must speak fluent English.
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What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

Lukas Greyson
01 Apr 2024

I have been extremely happy with the ease of scheduling, booking and correspondence with IVHQ and the local team. They were beyond accommodating, friendly and helpful. The intro week also gave me a sense of comfort and understanding of India. The means were the absolute best Indian food I’ve ever had! All 3 meals were delicious and traditional - I will miss those meals greatly! I miss everything about my program and miss India immensely!

Amrin Mughal
29 Nov 2023

Volunteering in India has been an eye-opening and life-changing experience for me. It provided me with a unique opportunity to step out of my comfort zone, gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by underprivileged communities, and make a positive impact on the lives of those in need, I would recommend that anyone who is hesitant about joining this program just go for it, it will make you see life in a different perspective, you will not regret the experience it will stay with you for life.

I was guided by IVHQ with any queries or problems I had with planning my trip, the support I received was amazing, IVHQ made me feel at ease and were willing to help me make changes if needed without any worry. From start to finish the local team were amazing. They made me feel at home if I had any questions or queries they were always there to help. I cannot thank them enough!

Giorgia Arena
30 Aug 2023

My IVHQ Program Manger was amazing providing all information and answering all my extra questions and concerns! She was really helpful. The local team was always available to suggest activities and flexible with any kind of need during my stay at the accommodation. It was the strongest experience I have ever had. I feel like a newborn person. I recommend this experience to anyone who has a sensibility and empathy to feel like there is a place for us in this world. I am very grateful.

Aaron Albrecht
22 Sep 2022

It was great to show my kids a whole different world and prove to them they can do hard things. The local team were great and welcoming hosts. I really felt they cared and were doing everything they could to make our stay pleasant. They get a 10 out of 10 from me!

Just do it! There are so many unexpected things to learn and experience. Of my four international volunteering experiences, my favorite part has always been the other volunteers I’ve met and shared the experience with. I have multiple lifelong friendships that began this way. It’s a special self-selecting group of people that sign up for this kind of thing - you should be one of these people, you won’t regret it!

Beth Albrecht
22 Sep 2022

Volunteering with our kids was a really special bonding experience. We had to work together, be creative and really be present for the students. It really brought us together as a family and gave us so much perspective and compassion. One of my favorite moments was at the end of our second week we made crowns with the kids and all of them were so excited to wear them and decorate them. It was a special moment where we were all just having fun together! Volunteering internationally is an amazing way to give back while developing yourself. You'll build up someone/somewhere else, while building understanding, compassion, and determination in yourself.

Rui Moreno
25 Aug 2022

The guidance and preparation resources as well as the local assistance were the main factors that lead me to choose IVHQ.

The biggest impact the volunteering experience had on me was knowing I had the chance to make a difference by planting a seed of ambition in some of the children we worked with. That is something I will keep with me forever.

Our host always prepared the most delicious meals and the local team were very kind and always ready to help!


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Volunteer Abroad in New Delhi, India with IVHQ


Delhi is home to India’s capital city, New Delhi. The city and surrounding National Capital Region are home to 46 million people in a number of cities and towns. One of these is Faridabad, where many of IVHQ’s India - Delhi projects are based. With more than 1.4 million people, Faridabad is the biggest city in the state of Haryana and part of one of the fastest growing places in the world. This means lower-income communities and slums are becoming more overcrowded and resources more stretched. Volunteers can help local initiatives that aim to address some of these issues, making life better for the people who live there.

If you’re planning to volunteer in India over the summer between April and July, it is important to consider the climate in Delhi. You’ll be in your element if you like it hot, but some past volunteers have found the heat and humidity were more extreme than they were expecting and often there is no air conditioning at placements. If you are looking for a more temperate destination, the IVHQ India - Kerala volunteer program is a great option. Located in southern India, volunteers can expect a more tropical climate throughout the year.

Arrival and orientation

The program orientation begins on the first and third Monday of each month, and volunteers need to arrive in Delhi on the Sunday before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at the New Delhi International Airport (DEL). Your airport pick-up is included in your program fee.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation in Faridabad, on the southern outskirts of Delhi. Your accommodation is covered by your program fee and includes the night before your program orientation.

If you are traveling in India prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up in Delhi on the day before your program orientation.

There are two options for orientation in India:

Half-day Orientation:

This covers everything you need to know for your volunteer project and stay in India. You will have an introduction to the IVHQ India - Delhi program, your project and the local staff, Indian customs, rules, expectations, and safety.

1-week Language and Introduction Week:

A week-long orientation which not only teaches you everything you need to know for your volunteer project, but also gives you detailed information about life in India, basic Hindi language lessons, tours, entertainment and sightseeing including the chance to visit the Taj Mahal. This week is popular with volunteers and is a great way to settle the culture shock you can face when arriving in India.

The fee for this longer orientation is CA$318 and takes place in the first week of your program. Accommodation and three meals per day are covered during this time. The Taj Mahal Tour costs an extra CA$144. If you want to join the 1-week Language and Introduction Week, please indicate this on your application form.

Volunteer schedule example

First day

On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with.


Work and hours are dependent on the project and placement that the volunteer is working at, but a typical volunteer day would be:

7:00 AM Breakfast at the volunteer accommodation
8:00 AM Volunteers leave home and travel to their placements.
12:00 - 2:00 PM Lunch break either at the placement or the volunteer accommodation.
2:00 - 4:00 PM Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel back to the volunteer accommodation, go sightseeing, or do some shopping.
7:00 - 9:00 PM Dinner at the volunteer accommodation.


During the weekends, volunteers have spare time to relax or take the opportunity to explore Delhi’s numerous street markets, malls and museums, or discover ancient temples, important religious sites and beautifully curated gardens. You can also travel further afield to destinations such as Agra, where you can see the Taj Mahal; or admire the rose-hued buildings in the Pink City of Jaipur. Volunteers can make travel arrangements after arriving in Delhi, however if you are planning a long weekend trip during your time in India, it is a good idea to look into train tickets in advance and visit a travel agent to discuss travel options.

Accommodation and WiFi

You’ll stay in a volunteer house outside of central Delhi, in Faridabad, where you can expect to share a room with one to three other volunteers of the same gender. While bedding is provided, it is recommended that volunteers bring their own sleeping bag for the winter months of November through February.

Living is comfortable and all accommodation has electricity, WiFi, fans, shared western toilets and running water. The volunteer house has heated water for showers, a dining area and kitchen facilities. It is located in a gated apartment block within Faridabad and volunteers are provided with transport to and from their placement and accommodation each day.

Volunteers may request homestay accommodation or a private room within the volunteer house and both options are dependent on availability at the time. There is an additional fee of US$91 (approximately CA$131) per week for a private room which can be booked and paid for via your Pre-departure Checklist once you have registered. Families will typically be accommodated in homestays, and on some placements on the Medical project volunteers may also be in a homestay.


Volunteers on the India - Delhi program are provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner, which are all served at the volunteer accommodation.

Toast, eggs, spreads, fruit and tea are served for breakfast. Typical Indian food served for lunch and dinner include chapati, a flat wheat bread; dahl, a lentil soup; curry; paneer; vegetables and salads. Meat is rarely eaten in India, except on festive occasions so you can expect all meals to be vegetarian.

India is home to a great variety of teas and you are sure to be served an authentic home brew of chai tea during your stay. Bottled water is readily available in India and volunteers should budget approximately CA$7 per week for 2 liters per day.

If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply so as we can discuss this with you further. As you will be living and volunteering abroad, you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home; however, the local team will do their best to ensure you are well taken care of. It’s important that you come to India with an open mind and understand that there is a need to be flexible when it comes to meals. If you wish to supplement some of your meals with home comforts, there are basic kitchen facilities available to use.


  • USD
Program Fee
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
  • USD
1 week CA$478 Equivalent to CA$68/day
2 weeks CA$601 Equivalent to CA$43/day
3 weeks CA$796 Equivalent to CA$38/day
4 weeks CA$992 Equivalent to CA$35/day
5 weeks CA$1187 Equivalent to CA$34/day
6 weeks CA$1383 Equivalent to CA$33/day
8 weeks CA$1803 Equivalent to CA$32/day
10 weeks CA$2194 Equivalent to CA$31/day
12 weeks CA$2585 Equivalent to CA$31/day
16 weeks CA$3368 Equivalent to CA$30/day
20 weeks CA$4150 Equivalent to CA$30/day
24 weeks CA$4932 Equivalent to CA$29/day
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Airport pick-up
  • Personalized preparation tools, guides and check lists
  • Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
  • Discounts on travel and tour add-ons
  • Certificate of International Volunteer Service

Learn more about what's included in your IVHQ Registration Fee and Program Fee.

  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately CA$476) in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services. IVHQ fees are priced in USD but you may elect to pay in CAD.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • Additional things to budget for include: Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, return transport to the airport when your program finishes.
  • Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Delhi generally find US$50 - US$100 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses.

Free-time experiences & tours in India

Take your volunteer experience to the next level with IVHQ's affordable activity and tour add-ons in India! Explore your options below and learn how to book them once you've been accepted onto the IVHQ India program.

Backwaters Boat Trip (1 day)
Backwaters Boat Trip (1 day)

Ready for Deeper Exploration of Fort Kochi and Kerala? Consider This Day Trip.

Goa Tour (4 days, 3 nights)
Goa Tour (4 days, 3 nights)

Once your volunteer duration has completed, you can visit Goa - a much loved, picturesque destination located on the banks of the Arabian Sea.

Munnar Tea Plantation Visit (overnight tour)
Munnar Tea Plantation Visit (overnight tour)

Unearth the scenic treasures and rich culture of Kerala with this unforgettable Munnar Tea Plantation Expedition.

Backwaters Boat Trip (1 day)
Backwaters Boat Trip (1 day)

Ready for Deeper Exploration of Fort Kochi and Kerala? Consider This Day Trip.

Goa Tour (4 days, 3 nights)
Goa Tour (4 days, 3 nights)

Once your volunteer duration has completed, you can visit Goa - a much loved, picturesque destination located on the banks of the Arabian Sea.

Munnar Tea Plantation Visit (overnight tour)
Munnar Tea Plantation Visit (overnight tour)

Unearth the scenic treasures and rich culture of Kerala with this unforgettable Munnar Tea Plantation Expedition.

Taj Mahal Visit (1 day)
Taj Mahal Visit (1 day)

If seeing the iconic Taj Mahal is on your bucket list, this visit is your dream come true.

Introduction Week
Introduction Week

A great way to meet other volunteers and settle the culture shock you can face when arriving in India.


Check what's required to visit India

Safety and support with IVHQ

Safety and support

IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.

  • All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
  • All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
  • All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
  • All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
Learn more about IVHQ's safety

Essential country information

Capital New Delhi
Population 1.366 billion
Languages Hindi, English
Currency Indian Rupee (INR)
Time zone UTC+05:30

Weather and climate

India is subject to six different climates and can be loosely characterized by four seasons; winter, summer, monsoon, and a post-monsoon period. Delhi experiences intense heat during the summer months (April to June) and temperatures can reach 45°C (114°F) during heat waves from the south. Dust storms are common during summer months. Following the dry summer, there is a period of monsoon weather from late June until September bringing heavy rain and average temperatures of 29°C (85°F). As winds from the Himalayas descend from November, winter in Delhi begins and average temperatures will sit around 12°C to 13°C (54°F to 55°F) until February. Heavy fog is typical during the winter.

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