Volunteer in India

About the programs in India

In India we have 15 Gap Year & Volunteering Programs available in Goa, Rajasthan or Sikkim near the Himalayas including teaching English, construction, kindergarten, sports coach and gap year programs such as an adventure week and a yoga week. You can combine different projects easily with us without any extra costs.

Join the best volunteer trips in India with various volunteer abroad opportunities including teaching English at a school, be a teacher at a kindergarten, community activities, and construction projects for short term 2 weeks up to long term or on a gap year for young people, students, couples and adults international volunteers who want to help to make a difference and give their free time and effort to local children and people with ethical volunteering work programs in developing countries with legitimate development organisations overseas in summer and throughout the year with no qualifications required.

Join from only £535, US$695 or €545 with NO extra costs such as registration, application, credit card, bank, admin or any extra costs!

India Program Summary

Location: Goa, Rajasthan & Sikkim in India
Start Dates: Every Monday all year-round
Duration: 2-8 weeks

Why Join with GapXperience ?
 

  • Experienced and Trusted Organization – Established over 14 years ago, we have grown to become one of the world’s leaders for Gap Year & Volunteer Abroad Programs with over 200 programs in over 30 countries around the world, having placed thousands of participants abroad.
  • Most Affordable Prices – Our fees are the some of the most affordable for quality volunteer travel that you will find with just one low fixed fee without additional registration or application fees.
  • Responsible Projects – Our volunteer projects are run responsibly and have a positive impact on local needs.
  • Great Support – Before you go and throughout your stay, you will have the support and guidance of our team and the local partner’s team who will provide you with assistance. Checkout our reviews to see the wonderful feedback we have received from our participants.
  • Participant Safety – Safety is a top priority for us, with trustworthy projects, partners and coordinators that have been fully trained to deal with safety issues.
  • Make Friends – Meet up with the friendly locals and like-minded travelers during your program.
  • Explore on Weekends – You have the weekends free to explore and travel and create great travel experiences.
  • Self Development – We see volunteering as an essential part of personal and career development, playing a key role in building on life and work related skills.
Program Info & Location

Doing a volunteer program in India provides a unique and worthwhile experience. Help children & communities in India while experiencing the culture and beauty of this wonderful country. You can join the program from 2 to 4 weeks. You can start every Monday, except for the Road Trip which starts the first Monday of every month.

Transportation between different locations is not included. This is included in the India Road Trip.

For most projects you can start every Monday, except for the India Road Trip which have fixed start dates (see details in the brochures below).

The minimum duration of the program is 2 weeks. You can start your program with the culture week but this is not compulsory.

On your first day you will start your program with an introduction to the area, accommodation, facilities and a cultural introduction.

Requirements

  • Participants need to be 18 years or over to join
  • Participants need to be in good physical and mental health
  • You need to have your own travel insurance, including health and 3rd party liability coverage
  • Participants must have a clean criminal background check, click here for details

Accommodation & Meals

There are three meals included from Monday to Friday and two meals during the weekend. The volunteer accommodation is based on single gender rooms.

More info on accommodation and meals are in the brochures below.

Projects

There are several projects available and you can build your own schedule and choose which project(s) you want to join from a short term 2 weeks program up to 4 weeks and you can also combine different projects!

Arrival Details
You need to arrive on the Sunday before the start date of the program. You will be picked up from the airport and taken to your accommodation.

You need to arrive at these airports according to the project you will start with :

All Goa projects : GOI (Dabolim International Airport)
All Udaipur (Rajasthan) projects : Udaipur (Rajasthan) UDR (Maharana Pratap Airport)
All Sikkim projects : Siliguri Bagdogra Airport, Bagdogra (IXB) (8:00 to 17:00)
India Road Trip : DEL (Indira Gandhi International Airport)

Departure day is on Saturday of your last week.

Accommodation and Meals
There are three meals included from Monday to Friday and two meals during the weekend.

Participants share a room together with other participants in single-gender rooms in volunteer accommodation.

Requirements to Join
  • Participants need to be minimum 18 years to join
  • Participants need to be in good physical and mental health
  • You need to have your own travel insurance, including health and 3rd party liability coverage
  • Participants must have a clean criminal background check, click here for details

“It was one of the most rewarding experience for me. Originally the volunteering was for my own satisfaction of giving back to the community but when I saw how much it meant to the kids to interact with us, learn & play, it made the experience much more satisfying. The local coordinator was very helpful in arranging our transportation and to see to our comfort.”

Sonya Narendra

“I helped to decorate and paint and played games with the children. The accommodation, the food and the coordinator is very good. This project is useful for the local community.”

Daniel Claeys

Projects in India

There are different volunteering projects available which can be combined. You can build your own program on the application form where you can choose which project(s) you want to join and build your own program in India!

For most projects you can start every Monday, except for the India Road Trip which have fixed start dates (see details in the brochures below). 

About the accommodations :

For info on the accommodation in Goa, click here.
For info on the accommodation in Udaipur (Rajasthan), click here.
For info on the accommodation info in Sikkim, click here.
For info on the accommodation in India Road Trip, click here.

Here are all the wonderful options in India :

Goa Introduction Week

Get familiarized with the customs, culture, surroundings and more of this rich and colorful country. Experience the beauty and culture of this beautiful city. 

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Kindergarten Education and Outreach School in Goa

Embark on a journey into Goa to teach English, impart workshops and more to the migratory students who attend our school in the remote villages of Goa. The school teaches various educative subjects to migratory children from underprivileged backgrounds. 

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Goa Construction and Renovation

Get your hands dirty and help the underprivileged communities and their schools in India with construction projects. While assisting the local community with their developments, you will gain valuable experiences as well as cultural exchanges with Indian people.

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Goa Community Project

Take part to work with us to improve the quality of the local communities of Goa. This project is designed to provide basic informal education, life skills, art and crafts, teach subjects such as math, science, geography, and also English.

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Goa Adventure Week

Tread along the rugged, challenging and fascinating trails of the Western Ghats and let yourself loose in the arms of nature. This trek is an amazing experience. 

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Goa Body and Mind

Spend the week practicing yoga and meditating in a week designed to relax your body and soothe your mind after your projects. Our program combines yoga and meditation.

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Rajasthan Introduction Week

Get familiarized with the customs, culture, surroundings and more of this rich and colorful country. Through these activities, you will begin to get acquainted to this country and its culture, an important step into making your experience more enriching.

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Rajasthan Special School Education & Community Teaching

Education and Community teaching takes place in the city of Udaipur, this program adds an unique educational component to the existing teaching program. You will work with hearing impaired children belonging to underprivileged families and also have the opportunity to work with local community children of Udaipur. 

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Rajasthan Sports Coach

Help out with fun sport sessions at local schools and introduce new activities to children from rural areas. During this program, sport is utilized to create opportunities for children to develop socially, physically, mentally and academically. With team sports such as soccer, volleyball, cricket, hockey, athletics and gymnastics, the children will gain valuable team building skills and a sense of discipline that will be of great assistance throughout their lives.
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Rajasthan Construction and Renovation

Get your hands dirty and help the underprivileged communities and their schools in India with construction projects. While assisting the local community with their developments, you will gain valuable experiences as well as cultural exchanges with Indian people.

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Rajasthan Body and Mind

This week is specially designed to soothe both your body and your mind. This week long therapy will make you feel relaxed. After your long stay and work at the projects sites, on your last week, you can choose to take up his week of rejuvenation which is specially made to relax.

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Sikkim Introduction Week

Traverse into the little beautiful state of Sikkim located at the foothills of the Himalayas in the North most part of India. Immerse yourself into the Himalayan culture; visit breathtaking view sites, local markets, and Buddhist monasteries; and learn to cook local food. The week will give you the perfect way to become a part of the local community.
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Sikkim Kindergarten Teaching

Education plays a vital role in the development of a child. Visit Sikkim, and work with enthusiastic underprivileged children who will be happy to meet and learn from you. Whether you are a qualified teacher or simply interested in helping kids abroad, you are invited to teach English to the local children at local kindergarten and primary schools.

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Sikkim Teaching Project

On the education project, we not only teach the course but it brings positive change which help the children to be self motivated and independent. You will teach and foster good relationships with the children as you assist with extracurricular activities and inspire them to achieve their full potential and broaden their perspectives through creatively structured lessons.

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Sikkim Teaching at Buddhist Monastery

Teach English to novice monks in authentic Himalayan monasteries. This program is tailored for those who are interested in teaching English, Mathematics, Spoken and Conversation, and at the same time learning something new themselves! You will be teaching to monks of all ages inside a monastery, which will give you the unique opportunity to immerse in their day-to-day lifestyle and learn about Buddhism.

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India Road Trip

Get to visit five vastly distinctive regions of this exotic and diverse country and experience the perfect road trip of a lifetime. This Road trip takes you all the way from the foothills of the Himalayas to the sandy beaches of Goa. You will see the magnificent Taj Mahal, spend a night in a desert in Rajasthan, travel to the home of the Dalai Lama, trek, ride camels, explore palaces, visit world heritage sites, and give back by participating at our project in Goa.
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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find an overview of the frequently asked questions about our programs. If you have a question please feel free to contact us.

Are the program fees subject to change?

When you apply, we will email you your acceptance to the program together with a price quotation. When you confirm your booking paying your deposit within one month from the date you applied then your program fee will remain unchanged, even if the fees might change on the website during this time.

What is the average age of participants?

We have participants of different ages. Most are between 18 and 35 years. But we also have participants who are older (up to 55 years). The programs are suitable for both younger volunteers and older volunteers.

What is the support like overseas?

We believe our support at our destinations is excellent, just check our testimonials and reviews to see what our customers said. We have full-time staff in each destination. It is their job to set up and coordinate your placement, check out your accommodation, meet you at the airport and provide you with any support you need.

Can I also join my friend or family member?

Yes, you can book any of our programs together with one or more people. We will then organize your program together. Just let us know when you sign up and you will each receive a discount of £35/US$45/AU$60/€40.

Can I participate for a short period?

Yes you can participate from one week (from 2 weeks for some programs). You have a choice of different projects where you can gain a fantastic experience.

How well should my English be?

Anyone who can understand and speak reasonable English and express themselves in English can participate in the program. The level of English of the children you will teach is usually low.

Is travel insurance mandatory?

Yes this is mandatory. You are responsible for yourself if something happens to you abroad. That is why you have to take out travel insurance yourself before you leave.

Will I be picked up from the airport?

Yes, you will be picked up from the airport by the local coordinator. Let us know your flight details and we will arrange this for you.

Can I choose what type of project I want to work at?

Yes you can certainly do that. During your registration you can let us know which project (s) you want to join. You work about 4-5 hours a day, from Monday to Friday. At the weekend you are free to travel or to discover the surroundings.

Are your programs suitable for an internship?

yes that is possible for some projects. In the past we have had several participants who have done our program as an internship. Contact us if you have specific requirements for your internship.

Can I combine different countries?

Yes you can combine different countries. That is a great way for a unique experience of different cultures in one journey.

Can I still travel around after the program?

Yes, you can do this, we have several volunteers who travel around after their program has been done or before their program starts.

Will other volunteers be present on the project?

The number of volunteers can vary depending on the period, the country and the project. We can not guarantee the presence of other volunteers on the project.

Do I have to reserve my flight myself?

Yes you book yourself for your flight. Once you book we will let you know the details of your arrival and then you can book your flight. Let us know your flight details and we will arrange your pickup on arrival.

What to do in case of difficulties on the spot?

In the event of difficulties on the spot, you should first contact the person in charge of the project on site to inform that person about your situation. If the problems persist, contact us so that we can help if needed.

When can I register?

The earlier, the better it is to be certain of your place on a project on the dates of your choice. You can still register up to 4 weeks before departure, we will let you know within 24 hours if the program is still available.

prices of the programs in India

Prices in Pounds
2 weeks : 495 Pounds
3 weeks : 665 Pounds
4 weeks : 825 Pounds
+1 week : 185 Pounds

Prices in US$
2 weeks : 695 US$
3 weeks : 895 US$
4 weeks : 1125 US$
+1 week : 245 US$

Prices in Euro
2 weeks : 545 Euro
3 weeks : 725 Euro
4 weeks : 895 Euro
+1 week : 190 Euro

There is an extra cost per week for these projects :
£370/US$430/€375 per week for Medical, Body & Mind, Adventure, Road Trip, Construction, Culture Week, Sikkim Projects, Migrant School, Adventure

There are NO EXTRA COSTS with us such as registration, application, credit card, bank, admin or any extra costs, just one fixed price!

What’s included : Volunteer Program • Airport pickup • Accommodation • Meals • Support • Pre-departure information
Not included : flight, insurance, visa, criminal background check, vaccinations, transport back to the airport at end of the program, personal expenses

How to Book your Program

Participants are encouraged to submit their applications as far in advance as possible as places on the program are limited. You can apply up to 1 month before your start date. Apply today and get ready for one of the most amazing experiences of your life!

Application Form
Fill out the Application Form. We will process your application and let you know if your application was successful within 24 hours.

Deposit
Pay your deposit to reserve you place in the program. You can pay the deposit in these currencies: £145, US$175 or €150.

Remaining Fees
Pay the remaining fees, minus the deposit which you already paid, six weeks before your start date of your program.

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