Volunteer in India

Volunteer in India with IVI today and choose from a fascinating and diverse mix of affordable volunteer programs. With an ability to inspire, frustrate, thrill and confound all at once, India presents an extraordinary spectrum of encounters. Volunteering in India, is the best way to truly experience the real India and integrate into the community.

Why IVI India

  • Life Changing Experiences!  
  • Non Profit Org – 27 Years of Global Volunteering
  • Quality & Flexible Programs Starting Year Round
  • Meaningful Projects – Genuine Needs
  • Low Program Fees 
  • 1 Application Fee – Multiple Countries/Placements!
  • Amazing Destinations & Road Trip Options
  • Home stays and Volunteer Centers
  • Up to 50+ Volunteers Starting Each Month

Apply Now!

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“My volunteer placement in Bodhgaya was a profoundly rich experience, which I’m quite sure has altered my path in life to align more closely with my soul’s purpose.  I’ve now seen how the volunteer experience can create a deep mutual exchange of love, humility and gratitude.
Brad Scale (Australia) 2015

About India

India is an eclectic and intoxicating cultural experience like no other!  Home of the famous Taj Mahal, the Himalayas, the sacred Ganges river, and over 1 billion people of varying languages, cultures and beleifs, India is sure to push you to the boundaries of your comfort zone.

IVI is focused on establishing sustainable employment and education through volunteering efforts in India. Children in some of the regions we service have not had basic nutritional background. Over 950,000  newborns per year in India die from infections.  Education about health for families provides a strong foundation for self-care in the communities we service in India.

Location of Volunteer Programs

IVI’s volunteer India programs are situated in various parts of the country, however our preference is the state of Bihar which is the poorest region in India with the most needs.  If you haven’t been to India yet…. Go!   It’s truly an amazing experience no matter what part of the country you visit.   The following is an overview of the key regions we service for volunteering, however note the road trips involve heaps of other destinations including Agra (Taj Mahal), Mysore (Yoga Capital of India), Munnar (Southern Tea Plantations) and much more!

Bodhgaya, Bihar
If you want a real India experience with truly unique culture and inspiring grass roots project that is transforming communities, say yes to Bodhgaya. Bodhgaya is certainly the most fascinating and sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world and the place where Gautama attained supreme knowledge to become Buddha, the Enlightened One in approx 525 BC.  Bodhgaya, is famous for Mahabodhi temple which stands above the Bodhi Tree. Its architectural effect is mesmerizing.  This is a very poor region with many needs from social and civil infrastructure, education, healthcare etc.  At the heart of this placement is truly inspired people making positive changes in the world.

Sikkim, Bihar
Sikkim is a small state in northwest India, bordered by Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal.  Spectacular scenery coupled with buddhist monasteries are the highlight of this fascinating region.  Here you’ll be interacting with monks on a regular basis, learning about their way of life and exchanging ideas and intercultural learnings.  This is a project in it’s early days of development so those looking for off the beaten track should choose this option.

Goa, Kerala
The beach goers destination with the right mix of infrastructure and order coupled with that crazy un-ordered Indian charm.  Here you will join a well established project that has been helping the poorer communities in education and community support for over 10 years.  Goa is a really fun destination, with plenty of party goers and a relaxed funky vibe great for the free spirited types who want a more ‘westernized’ taste of India!

Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Visited on the India Road Trip, Shimla, ‘The Land of snowy mountains’ is situated 2,205 metres (7,234 ft.) above sea level.  Famous for the many cheeky monkeys which love to steal your juicy mangos (or anything they can get their hands on) it was declared the summer capital of the British Rule in India in 1864.  It’s an incredibly picturesque and uniquely cultured destination that is a must see any time of the year!   Local markets and street vendors are present everywhere.  Due to its pleasant climate, it attracts a favourable blend of Indian and International tourists throughout the year.

Udaipur, Rajasthan
Visited on the India Road Trip, Udaipur is commonly called the Venice of the East and nicknamed ‘the city of lakes’ is located in the state of Rajasthan. Primarily known for its art and architecture, it has temples dating as far back as 950 AD and palaces dating back to the Rajput era. The Lake Palace (Jag Niwas) located in the middle of Pichola Lake is an architectural and cultural marvel. The grand City Palace on the banks of the lake along with the Monsoon Palace (Sajjan Garh) on the hill above enhances the beauty of this magnificent city. Udaipur is also the centre for performing arts, crafts and its famed miniature paintings.


Accommodation & Meals

All accommodation is included during your volunteer program.   Accommodation will be comfortable, clean and is single gender either twin share or dorm style with adequate bathroom and toilet facilities including running water.   Please click on the projects below for specific details about the accommodation.

Single supplements are available at an extra charge.

3 meals are provided each day.  Volunteers may be expected to help prepare meals and clean up depending on the program.  The volunteer working week is generally Monday to Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm with weekends free to relax and explore your local surrounds.


Airport pick-up is included in the volunteering cost unless specified.  This may involve either a local pick-up by your volunteer host or a public transport ticket where necessary.  These details will be finalized with you upon making a booking as this will depend on your arrival information.[/toggle]

24/7 Program Support

Throughout your stay, you will have the support and guidance of our local ground operator program coordinators, they will provide you with competent assistance and help with anything that you may need. Additionally, the IVI head office exists within Australia providing additional support where necessary 24/7.

Volunteer India Expectations

You are welcome to come with a group, with a friend, with family or own your own. If you are coming on your own don’t worry you will make lots of great friends!  Generally, volunteers must be 18 years of age, however we can cater to as young as 16 years old depending on the application  There is no upper age limit. Volunteering is becoming increasingly popular with many mature guests, some of retirement age looking to give back to developing communities.

Our programs are designed for proactive individuals with a mindset of supporting the less fortunate and/or gaining specialists skills.  The more you put in, the more you will get out.  A high degree of patience and understanding is also necessary as it’s likely that conditions will be very different to your home country.[/toggle]

Weekends and Extra Tours

Weekends are always free for relaxing or sightseeing of your choice.  Our ground operators will help you organize additional trips with special (non tourist) rates which can be paid directly in local currency.  As a volunteer you will gain access to local knowledge, opportunities and value you simply would not find if staying as a standard tourist.[/toggle]


GoGetFunding is a Crowd funding site which offers a simple and professional online fundraising solution to help fund a portion of your trip or even a donation toward your chosen project.  Simply create a fundraising page to share your story via social media platforms such as facebook & twitter.

Some of our past volunteers have raised over $2000+! Why not give it a try? If you use the above link, our logo will be displayed in your profile to help us share our message through your social network community.

Program Fees

What’s Included

  • Arrival  Airport Transfer
  • All internal transfers (bus, train and taxis)
  • 3 Meals p/day
  • Accommodation (Volunteer Centers & hostels – shared dorm style rooms)
  • Use of necessary equipment incl program materials
  • 24/7 emergency assistance, volunteer support, local guiding and advice
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Internal airfares as specified in itinerary (Road Trips)
  • Entry fees to all monuments specific in itinerary (Road Trips)
  • English-speaking guide wherever required (Road Trips)

What’s Not Included

  • Travel Insurance (Mandatory)
  • Inbound/Outbound Airfares & Visa fees
  • Souvenirs, Spending Money

Bodhgaya Placement

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Rural Community Development Bodhgaya


  • Volunteer House Inclusions: 3 meals p/day, 7 nights accommodation Sun-Sun, Arrival and departure transfers from Gaya Airport, Certificate of completion, Extra nights US$40 p/night (incl meals), Flexible start dates (weekends preferred), In country 24/7 support, Single or twin share room

Arrival Date *


Standard Placements

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India Placements


  • Volunteer House Inclusions: 3 meals p/day, 7 nights accommodation (Sun-Sun except final day of program - Saturday), Arrival airport transfer, Certificate of completion, Extra nights US$40 p/night (incl meals), In country 24/7 support, Shared single gender rooms, Sunday arrivals only

Arrival Date *

Project *

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Specialty Placements

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India Specialty Placements


  • Volunteer House Inclusions: 3 meals p/day, 6 nights accommodation Sun-Sat, Arrival airport transfer, Certificate of completion, Extra nights US$40 p/night (incl meals), In country 24/7 support, Shared single gender rooms, Sunday arrivals only

Arrival Date *

Project *

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Road Trips

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India Road Trips


  • Volunteer House Inclusions: 3 meals p/day, Arrival airport transfer, Certificate of completion, English speaking guide, Excursions and inclusions as per itinerary, Ground transportation & touring as per itinerary, In country 24/7 support, Internal airfares as per itinerary, Shared single gender rooms, Starting 1st & 3rd Monday of each month

Arrival Date *

Project *

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