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Cross-Cultural Solutions: Volunteer Abroad for the Experience of a Lifetime!
Experience another culture like never before while making a real difference in people’s lives. You’ll gain perspectives and insights into the local culture and yourself. It’s an exciting and personally inspiring experience, and you’ll develop memories that will be with you forever. Programs operate in New Delhi and Dharamsala, India.
Dates Offered: Choose from start dates year-round and lengths-of-stay from 2-12 weeks.
Costs: The U.S. tax-deductible program fee for a two-week program is $3,068 with each additional week of stay only $588. Program fee includes: personalized Volunteer Placement, language instruction, cultural education, food, lodging, transportation to and from all Cross-Cultural Solutions’ placements and programs, pre-departure guidance from headquarters staff, 24-hour access to in-country staff, travel medical and emergency evacuation insurance, and more.
Contact: Cross-Cultural Solutions, 2 Clinton Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801.
Tel: 800-380-4777 or 914-632-0022. Fax: 914.632.8494; in the UK call 0845 458 2781/2782; other countries call +44 (0) 1273 666392.
Email: info@crossculturalsolutions.org
Website: www.crossculturalsolutions.org
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Volunteer in an Orphanage in India
This volunteer program is based in Kerala, known as 'Gods own Country', where you will teach in a local school attended by children from disadvantaged families, as well as from the adjoining girls’ orphanage. Days are spent assisting local teachers in the classrooms, and also taking small tuition groups and activity lessons before and after school. The focus is on improving conversational English of students from Lower Kindergarten through to Grade 6, as well as introducing sports and arts.

Your assistance will help keep students in school and greatly aid the overwhelmed teachers as well as making a huge difference in these kids’ lives.

Volunteer in India with Children Dates: Visit our website for upcoming start dates
Costs: From $1445 for 2 weeks
Email Contact: info@gviworld.com
Phone Contact: 888 653 6028
Where do I go from here? Visit the website for more information to volunteer with children in India
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Volunteer Abroad in India – United Planet – 6 or 12 Months
United Planet's volunteer abroad Quests offer volunteers a unique blend of work, cultural immersion, and fun. Ages 18 and up are invited to enroll. Live in India for 6 or 12 months and volunteer with an education or social project! Volunteers live with a local host family, participate in cultural activities and excursions, and receive 24/7 support – a true immersion experience that allows you to build relationships that last a lifetime.
Volunteer in India Cost: Varies with duration of your stay. Please visit our website for more details.
Dates: Quests depart in January or August.
Contact:
United Planet, 11 Arlington St, Boston MA 02116, USA.
Tel.:
800-292-2316 or 617-267-7763.
Email: quest@unitedplanet.org
Website: www.unitedplanet.org
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Projects Abroad in India
Projects Abroad is the world’s leading short-term international volunteer organization.
Projects start year-round and last from one week to a year. Opportunities exist in teaching, child care, social work, sports, conservation, building, medicine, business, journalism and veterinary medicine. Programs are for ages 16+.
Volunteer in India with Projects Abroad Dates: Start any day you choose.
Cost: Please see our website for prices.
Contact: Projects Abroad, 80 Broad St, Floor 32, New York NY 10004.
Tel: US Toll-free 1 888 839 3535.
Email: info@projects-abroad.org
Website: www.projects-abroad.org
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Volunteer in India — Delhi, Dharamshala / Palampur, Kolkata and Bangalore starting $249 only!
Volunteer in India with one of the oldest established volunteer programs in India. Volunteering India has received over 2500 volunteers since 2004. Volunteering India programs are available in New Delhi, Dharamshala/ Palampur, Kolkata and Bangalore, with costs starting at only $249. We also have special programs for summer volunteering in India, group programs for schools and universities as well as planned trips for families who would like to volunteer in India.

Volunteers can choose to join programs in Teaching English, Orphanage work, Women Empowerment, Childcare Programs, Disabled Children, Mini Break Trips, Summer Programs, Dental Elective, Medical & HIV programs in India.

Low Cost Volunteeing  in India Dates: Starting every Monday throughout the year.
Cost: Starting $249 only.
Contact: Volunteering India, 10, Siri Fort Road, Ground Floor, New Delhi – 110049 INDIA
Tel.: +91-9716 235 166. From UK - +44 - 2081339939. From US/Can. - +1 - 347 410 9730
Email: info@volunteeringindia.com
Website: www.volunteeringindia.com
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Volunteer Abroad in India from US$250
Affordable volunteer opportunities available in Delhi and Dharamsala, India. Volunteers can participate in Orphanage Work (Delhi only), HIV (Delhi only), Teaching English (Both Cities), Street Children Work (Delhi only), Childcare (Dharamsala Only) and Health (Both Cities). IVHQ sends over 5000 volunteer travelers worldwide annually — one of the world's most popular volunteer placement organizations!
Volunteer in India with VolunteerHQ Cost: Program Fees start from US$250.
Dates: Programs start on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. Duration: Volunteers can volunteer anywhere from one week to six months.
Contact: International Volunteer HQ
, PO Box 8273, New Plymouth, NEW ZEALAND.
Tel.:
+64 6 758 7949.
Email: volunteer@volunteerhq.org
Website: www.volunteerhq.org
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Volunteer in India
The Indian subcontinent has a vibrant culture full of fascinating and unforgettable sights, smells, and sounds! ELI works with organizations in the South India to create volunteer opportunities that benefit locals that give volunteers a unique cultural learning experience while giving back to the communities. Placements are available in the orphanages, women’s projects, health, teaching, and more. All placements are set up on an individual basis based on the needs of the local organization and the specific skills of the volunteer.
Volunteer with ELI Dates: Throughout the year — 2 weeks to 6 months
Cost: Varies by length of stay
Contact: ELI, 1557 Ogden St. #5, Denver, CO 80218
Tel.: 303-321-8278
Email: info@eliabroad.org
Website: www.eliabroad.org
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Volunteer India
Endlessly fascinating and amazingly diverse, the subcontinent of India is an ideal location for international volunteers. Volunteer placements that match your interests and fulfill local social service needs are available in Goa, Himachal Pradesh or Rajasthan. Typical placements include primary schools, day care centers and other community-oriented projects. There are also special workshops about Indian culture, such as yoga and cooking, as well as planned excursions to local sites of interest.
Dates: Depends on region
Cost: From $1295
Contact: Interexchange Working Abroad, 161 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY 10013.
Tel.: 212-924-0446; toll-free 1-800-597-3675.
Email: workabroad@interexchange.org
Website: www.interexchange.org/working-abroad
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Globe Aware
Fighting Poverty in India

Participate in Globe Aware’s India program and combat poverty by working with slum dwelling and other disadvantaged children in the community of Jaipur. In this “Pink City,” volunteers will work with rescued child laborers, assist at day care centers, and provide support for local teachers, in addition to completing beautification activities for public facilities. Volunteers will be accommodated in one of several modest hotels which all have running hot-water, Western-style toilets, and electricity. During leisure time, volunteers can have dinner with a local family, visit a traditional carpet factory, take an elephant ride, or walk through the colorful streets. Come and fight poverty in India and enhance the lives of poverty-stricken children in ways that you can only begin to imagine.
Fighting Poverty in India Dates: Please refer to our website for trip dates
Cost: $1380
Contact: 6500 East Mockingbird Lane, Suite 104, Dallas, TX 75214
Tel: 1-877-LUV-GLOBE
Email: office@globeaware.org
Website: www.globeaware.org
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Affordable Volunteer Opportunities in India
Volunteer in India with Volunteering Solutions to experience the beauty and culture of this amazing country. India offers unlimited exciting opportunities for their travelers which is why it is highly popular among volunteers from different parts of the world. Volunteering Solutions provides volunteering opportunities in Delhi, Palampur - Dharamsala and in South India and volunteers can choose from a wide variety of options such as the orphanage program, street children program, teaching program, women empowerment program, volunteer and travel program and medical - healthcare programs.
Volunteering in India Dates: Every Monday of the Month
Cost: Starting at $250
Contact: Volunteering Solutions
Tel.: US Toll Free: 1-888-790-3096. UK Toll Free: 0-800-014-8160.
Website: www.volunteeringsolutions.com/india/volunteer/volunteer-in-india
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Volunteer in Kerala: Traditional Medicine Project
Volunteer with our Traditional Medicine program in Kerala, India, to get an insight into the ancient science of “Ayurveda” and apply the same to serve the local community. Volunteers spend the first few days learning to recognize medical plants, their usage, making oils, theory behind the healing technique, massages, Kalari etc. Volunteers then assist the Vadhiyar (medicine man) with treatments; and, slowly, with gaining more confidence, they handle patients independently. The project is specially designed to not only give volunteers a chance to learn the theory but also practice the healing technique in the real world.
Volunteering in India Dates: Year-round
Cost: Starts $345
Contact: Volunteer in India, #4, Level 8, Millennium Towers, Sector 47, Gurgaon, India
Tel.: +91 124 4381738
Email: info@volunteerinindia.com
Website: www.volunteerinindia.com
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Blossom Trust
Volunteer Projects in India
Blossom Trust offfers a variety of projects in India, including Volunteering on Organic/Eco-friendly Farm, Volunteering in an Orphanage, and Volunteering in support of Women's Health Issues. Please the website for details.

Visit: www.blossomtrust.org.in

Cosmic Volunteers
Volunteer Projects in India
Our programs in India include teaching English, orphanages, healthcare, and working with street children. Volunteer locations include Mumbai, Chennai, and Bangalore. This is a unique opportunity to learn about and contribute to communities in India in a meaningful way.

Contact: info@cosmicvolunteers.org; www.cosmicvolunteers.org

Foundation for Sustainable Development
Volunteer to Implement Sustainable Practices in India
FSD partners with grassroots organizations around the globe to improve the socioeconomic status of marginalized populations. We have sites in Jodhpur and Udaipur India. Volunteer in Microfinance/Micro-enterprise, Gender Equity, Community Development, Environment, Public Health, Youth and Education, or Human Rights.

Contact: info@fsdinternational.org, www.fsdinternational.org

Global Choices
Volunteer in India
This program will give you a chance to make an important contribution to the Indian society, while gaining knowledge about the country and its culture. Volunteering will provide you with new friends, new skills, the opportunity to explore a new country and culture, learn a language and have a rewarding travel experience which can often be life changing. A typical volunteer at Global Choices gets the opportunity to experience and participate in the rich and diverse cultures and traditions of India. Voluntary workers need to possess basic English language skills and motivation to contribute to the society.

Contact: placements@globalchoices.co.uk, www.globalchoices.co.uk

Himalayan Education Lifeline Programme (HELP)
HELP supports impoverished schools in the Himalayas with both financial and volunteer resources.

Contact: help@help-education.org, www.help-education.org

ISEC (International Society for Ecology and Culture)
The Ladakh Farm Project

Participants are placed on a Ladakhi farm with a Ladakhi family for one month in the summer to help with farm and household work and to take part in family life. Educational workshops included.

Visit: www.localfutures.org/ladakh-project

Joining Hands
Volunteering in India
Joining Hands facilitates placement of volunteers among over 25 partner-NGO’s which work at the grassroots level with diverse communities on varied social issues (education, health care, income generation, environment). The duration of the programs is flexible, depending on the availability of the volunteer and the NGO's need. A volunteer can start year-round. Locations: Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

Contact: info@joininghandsindia.org, www.joininghandsindia.org

people and places: responsible volunteering
Volunteer with education development in India
This project offers volunteers a genuinely rich heritage experience, while they work to support essential primary education in some of the most economically poor villages of Rajasthan. “Learn by Play” is the school motto – an inspired and visionary concept in the local education system. Working with local teachers – in the classrooms as well as in training sessions – volunteers help to build local skills and knowledge in an ongoing education programme.

Contact: kate@travel-peopleandplaces.co.uk, www.travel-peopleandplaces.co.uk

SMILE Society
International Volunteer Programs in India

SMILE (member of CCIVS, UNESCO) , a registered NGO from India, welcomes international students and seniors to participate in our short- to long-term projects for the street and poor children in India. Your valuable participation can change many needy children's lives. Groups and individuals are welcome to take part in our projects with a nominal program cost which will cover your food and shared accommodations.

Contact: info@smilengo.org, www.smilengo.org

Volunteering with India
Offfers a variety of volunteer projects such as Teach English in Rural Areas, Orphanage Work, Women Empowerment, Street Children Program, Work with Elephants, and Theater Volunteering.

Contact: info@volunteeringwithindia.org, www.volunteeringwithindia.org

WWOOF INDIA
Volunteers for Organic Farms in India
WWOOF is a network that allows volunteers to live and learn on organic properties/farms. It brings together Hosts and Volunteers ("WWOOFers") helping each other to make a healthier world. WWOOF India was started on 15 Aug 2007, it promotes cultural understanding of the many diverse peoples and cultures around the world through the intercultural exchange that takes place while sharing in the daily life of others.
WWOOF India focus on sustainable livelihoods and addressing issues of poverty, through community mobilization around income-generation activities combining cultural, craft and ecological dimensions of rural life.

Visit: www.wwoofindia.org

Yearoutindia
Reach and Teach: English and Arts Teachers Needed in South India
Are you adventurous? Enthusiastic? Resourceful? Flexible? Patient? Can you teach? and do you have a big heart? If you have any or all of these and want to work on "REAL" teaching projects, then...Yearoutindia is looking for enthusiastic individuals with an interest in teaching and art to live and teach at our partner schools set high up in the beautiful Western Ghat mountain ranges in South India.

Visit: www.yearoutindia.com.

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