Affordable Volunteer Programs in India from $250
97% Rating
(81 Reviews)

Affordable Volunteer Programs in India from $250

Thousands of volunteers have joined a range of highly affordable IVHQ volunteer projects in Delhi for durations ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks. Choose from 4 volunteer project options in India, including Teaching, Health and Childcare!

Volunteers are accommodated in a volunteer house and are provided with three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and a light dinner). The IVHQ India - Delhi program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support.

IVHQ Volunteer Projects Available in India:

  • Childcare
  • Teaching English
  • Slum Teaching
  • Health

Highlights

  • Programs available year-round, starting on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Highly affordable program fees from $250 for 1 week
  • Community-driven projects focused on supporting local needs and delivering sustainable positive impacts
  • Superior support services both pre-departure and while volunteering
  • Free online volunteer training for all IVHQ volunteers
  • Between 20 and 40 IVHQ volunteers start in India each month
  • Weekends are free to explore India with fellow volunteers - see the Taj Mahal and more!
Locations
Asia » India » Delhi
Length
1-2 Weeks
2-4 Weeks
1-3 Months
3-6 Months
Language
English
Housing
Apartment
Starting Price
$250.00
Currency
USD
Price Details
India Program Fee includes airport pick-up, orientation, program supervision, accommodation and meals during volunteer program period, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs.
Other Locations
Dharamsala

Questions & Answers

Nope! When I was in India, our orientation group had volunteers of various ages!
It all depends how long you are staying for, while volunteering you do get meals with the families you stay with but some may not like the food and want to eat out, generally India is one of the cheapest places you can visit, if you are purely just going to volunteer and don't intend doing any other activities which is doubtful in India then you won't need much at all, if you are the type to live...
I took a look and you can find the price breakdown for both programs in India here: https://www.volunteerhq.org/affordable-volunteer-fees#fees185 https://www.volunteerhq.org/affordable-volunteer-fees#fees379 Hope that helps!

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Program Reviews (81)

Giorgia
Female

IVHQ INDIA, New Delhi healthcare program

9/10

The program is amazing: you'll get to work in a slum clinic and experience the real India with the opportunity to learn a lot from the local doctors about general medicine and being able to do hands on assesment of the patients.
The host family (Dr. Prabhat's) is amazing and they'll become your new mom and dad.
The weekends will be free, so you'll get the chance to do some sightseeing too.
To help the people in the slum you're more than welcome to bring with you any medications or material that will be extremely useful for the daily practice like gloves, hand sanitizer, betadine, ecc.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Giorgia, Thank for sharing a little of your time on the Medical project in India! It sounds like you had an incredible time and it looks like you were joined by a great group of volunteers. Thanks for your recommendations and we would love to have you join us again in the future!
Sarah - IVHQ India Program Manager

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Leah
Female
20 years old
United States

Across the World - India

10/10

Two weeks I will never forget. I went to India with IVHQ this summer in June. My time there was a beautiful experience. As my first trip abroad and as a relatively new traveler, I was a bit hesitant to fly across the world alone to a country in which I knew no one. My family and friends thought I was crazy to want to go there on my own, but I did not care. I had no idea what to expect when I landed in Delhi, but I had been planning this volunteer trip for over a year by that point, so I was more than ready to go. I had dreamed of seeing the world for as long as I could remember. Dreamed of experiencing different cultures and meeting the diverse people across the world. India's culture intrigued me, so I chose to go there. Once I landed in India and met the other volunteers at the airport, I felt so relieved. I was finally there. After all of the anticipation.

Talking with volunteers from all over the world was so exciting. After orientation, we were taken to our host families and projects. Staying with a host family was one of my favorite parts of the trip. It is a great way to be submerged into a country's culture/lifestyle. Plus, I gained a new family!

Our orphanage on the Childcare project was a small Christian one; there were about 12-15 kids ranging from 8 to 18 years old. The first day the other volunteers and I went to the orphanage, we met the kids and we drew pictures with them, learning their names and where they were from. Over the short span of two weeks, I had grown close to them and I did not want to leave them. I had struggled with the idea of having people come into your life and then parting ways with them too soon. But I will always carry them with me, and hope to see them again some day. Throughout my time in India, I met various people who shaped my soul through their words and actions. I learned a lot from the people I was surrounded by. From my host families to the local staff to the children at the orphanage and in the slums to the people we met in passing, I always felt welcome in their country.

The other volunteers and I got to travel on weekdays after the orphanage and weekends. We had a lot of time to explore, which was so cool! My time in India was an incredible experience overall. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity. India is a complex and intriguing place. The only thing I would change is the duration of my stay - I wish I had stayed longer than 2 weeks! I will definitely be back one day to continue exploring! Thank you, IVHQ, for helping me see the world and showing me all the places I want to go next.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Leah, Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful review! It is lovely to hear that you had an unforgettable time on the program; meeting other volunteers from all over the world, living with a local family, helping at your placement, and exploring "Incredible India" in your spare time. Thanks for joining us and we can't wait to see where you will volunteer next!
Louise - IVHQ India Program Manager

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Diego
Male
20 years old
Mexico
Other

Life changing experience

10/10

At first going into my ivhq program I was kinda scared and filled with questions, but at the very moment I arrived to India I knew there was nothing to be scared off. The local ivhq staff greeted us at the airport and was really kind. When being placed in our programs they were really understanding and were really flexible in what we as volunteers wanted and thought fitted us the best. My homestay was also really good, the family was so kind and so welcoming that they made me feel like home. I have no words to describe how amazing the volunteering was, since day 1 y knew this was going to be a life changing experience and I can say it really was, I feel like I really left a part of me with the kids at my slum teaching program but I can as well say I took a part of them that I will for always remember. I have nothing else to say but to give it a go and not be scared, it will truly change you as a person.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Diego, Thanks for sharing. We are so glad to hear that you pushed through your initial nerves to have an amazing volunteering experience in India. It is awesome that you felt supported by the local team and welcomed by your host family. Thanks for encouraging others to give it a go and for being an excellent volunteer!
Louise – IVHQ India Program Manager

Ashley
Female

I LOVED IT!

10/10

The IVHQ program in India was awesome! All the staffs were very helpful and so nice! The orientation was very organized and super fun! I made so many friends from all over the world during my stay in India, along with so many cherishable memories I would never forget. However, the one thing I would never forget during my stay in India would be the time I spent with the children in the slum teaching program. All the children in the B.V.N Slum School were amazing, funny, and eager to learn English! I taught 4th grade through 10th grade and they were all so special that I even went to school on Saturdays to teach them! I regret volunteering for only 4 weeks here, if I could, I would have stayed so much longer! It broke my heart to say goodbye to all the children I taught because we became so close over my short period here. I'm happy I chose IVHQ India for my first volunteering abroad experience because they helped me tremendously to transition smoothly for my stay!

How can this program be improved?

Nothing!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Ashley, What an awesome review! Thanks so much for taking the time to share a little about your time on the program in India. It sounds like you had a really special time and we are glad that we were able to help facilitate this for you. Thanks for your kind words and for being an IVHQer!
Louise – IVHQ India Program Manager

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Julia
Female
25 years old
Virginia
Shenandoah University

India will open your heart in ways you never imagined.

10/10

HOMESTAY
Arriving in India was easy. Immediately greeted by a long-time staff member of IVHQ, I could breathe easy and enjoy the chaotic drive to my temporary homestay. Over my first weekend I explored the city with some new friends while other volunteers slowly arrived from the airport. Our house "parents" were so kind to immediately offer a ride to the market for water and toilet paper upon arrival. The orientation was very helpful- covered basics about the culture, the volunteer program, languages, etc. The volunteers were then sent to our permanent homestays for the duration of our programs. The other volunteers seemed wonderful so it was sad that we didn't get to know each other more before being split up. Auntie and Uncle at my homestay were some of the nicest people I have ever met. They were always there to answer questions, make sure we are enjoying ourselves, and keeping well. All accommodations have wifi, not necessarily good wifi- but 3am is usually a good time to sign on. Auntie walked us to our school on the first day of teaching and made us all memorize her house number which saved us on numerous occasions :) The IVHQ staff members checked in every Tuesday and Thursday to make sure we were happy and comfortable.

FOOD
The food was always delicious, but quite heavy with bread, rice and potatoes. Don't worry about gaining weight because you walk, sweat, and drink too much [bottled] water to retain any fat. We would buy fruit a lot for breakfast because we needed to switch it up. Having an upset tummy is pretty much inevitable, but don't hesitate to ask for a doctor visit- it is so cheap and you don't want to ruin the rest of our trip!

TEACHING
The school was extremely disorganized, but I attribute that to Indian culture ;). We had no idea what we were supposed to be teaching, what the students were previously taught, etc. I think the local teachers had a hard time seeing situations from the volunteers perspective because they were unable to offer much guidance. The classrooms were mixed with different age groups and levels so it took a few days to get settled into a routine. Once in a routine, each day proved itself to be a rewarding experience. A note to future volunteers: be prepared to discipline as much as you teach and know that the local teachers will use corporal punishment on the kids. The younger ones can be quite rambunctious, so sometimes pairing with another volunteer helps to keep control of the classroom. On the positive side, the kids were so eager to practice their English and volunteer during activities. They adore games, but resources are quite limited. I recommend planning out some games ahead of time that would work for larger groups of kids without extra resources. They will tell you what they want to play, but their favorite games are not usually educational (which is obviously ok every now and then). I also brought colored paper and pencils from home which brought plenty of afternoon entertainment! Travelling to the city after class and on the weekends is pretty easy, it just takes a lot of energy especially during the hot months.

TRAVEL
We were able to travel to the Taj Mahal through IVHQ, but found out that we probably could've gone for much cheaper on our own. Everything works out- by going with IVHQ we didn't have to work out a single travel detail all day..peace of mind is sometimes worth the price. We used the weekend to travel to Jaipur where we made new friends, painted elephants, fed monkeys, and shopped till we dropped (literally- we were so exhausted!). Mohit, an IVHQ staff member, is super cool and coordinated the taxi that picked me up to take me to the airport on my last day. I couldn't have planned a more smooth trip.

SAFETY
I always felt safe in India- of course that doesn't mean I didn't travel with precaution. The buddy system is a must everywhere you go, especially for women. The metro offers cars and separate security lines just for women. Always stand alert (not staring at your phone) and walk with a purpose to lessen your risk of an uncomfortable situation- this obviously applies everywhere you go, but it is something to keep in the front of your mind when you are in a unfamiliar place. As part of the orientation, IVHQ reminds women to dress modestly- this is also to reduce unwanted attention. Anyone who looks European will still get plenty of attention regardless, but for safety don't feed into it by dressing skimpily which is so tempting in the heat. From my pre-departure research I anticipated being groped on the trains, but luckily never had to deal with that situation.

OVERVIEW
From the beginning Louise, the IVHQ-India coordinator, was always responsive, friendly, and amazingly professional. She checks up on you during your stay and follows up with you when you return home. Everyone already knows that India is chaotic, dirty, and known for scams, but what you don't realize until you get there is that the pros outweigh the cons. The beautiful sites, the strangers that offer help and don't ask for your money, the laidback "India time" concept, the compassion of the different religions represented...all of these things remind you of what is important in life and teaches you to live more simply and enjoy each day.

I originally signed up with IVHQ because it offered short or long term programs which fit my life and what I was looking for. IVHQ was the easiest, best decision for volunteering overseas and I recommend it to everyone. I plan to volunteer again and definitely use IVHQ.

So....I hope my book of a review is helpful, especially to those new to travelling! I also included some pics that I think summarize my experience with IVHQ. Louise at IVHQ has my email in case anyone wants to reach out.
*Namaste*

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Julia, What an awesome review! Thanks so much for taking the time to write an in-depth review from your time on the program in India, we really appreciate it. We are so glad that you found your homestay welcoming, the food delicious, the teaching work rewarding and managed to explore India in your free time. It sounds like you had a really special time and we are glad that we were able to help facilitate this for you. Thanks for your kind words and for being an IVHQer. We can’t wait to have you back!
Louise – IVHQ India Program Manager

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Tasha
Female
21 years old
New Zealand
University of Otago

Best Thing I've Ever Done

10/10

I was fortunate enough to spend January 2017 in India with IVHQ, in particular, the most amazing family and compassionate children at one of the slum school volunteering programs in Faridabad.

Mohit and Chandni, as IVHQ staff and a host family, very quickly became trusted friends and in every regard, my family. When I was feeling isolated and unhappy in my first homestay placement, Mohit and Chandni were incredibly helpful, as staff, when they came to check in. They personally provided the best support and concern for my wellbeing. When I asked, they were happy to move me into their house due to being more familiar with the volunteers already living there, already knowing Mohit as my orientation guide, and knowing that as a more social individual, I would be more comfortable there.

Mohit and Chandni both, along with Raj and Aryan, the 2 guys living with them, undoubtedly provided me with some of my most treasured moments, and loudest laughter during that month. I cannot thank all of them enough for the Bollywood dancing, movie nights, late night discussions, laughter, amazing food (I am still dreaming about puri and poha) and endless helpful advice and answers on the ins and outs of everything India. But most of all I value their friendship, and for welcoming me into their home where I felt the happiest I have been in a long time.

The school was a definite challenge at first. It was something I found I was unable to prepare for. The style of teaching and classroom layout definitely induced some fear in the first few days as I observed what appeared to be complete madness. I questioned if I would be able to give any form of beneficial service to the school. But, I began to build relationships with a few of the students through interaction and discussion, allowing their conversational English to be extended, as well as developing a personal connections, genuine friendships, and sharing of cultures. It was an absolute pleasure to meet such compassionate and eager kids who were willing to include you in afternoon cricket sessions in the nearby park; as well as taking you back to their homes after school to be introduced to their families, and experience their way of life. A unique side of India that would be inaccessible by travelling in any other way.

My time in India I can confidently say was the best and most beneficial experience I have had in my life. Travelling during orientation week was effortless and stress free, and the best way I could imagine to meet genuinely good people, and see so much of New Delhi in such limited time. As well as weekends away with the kind souled volunteers I met, whom I know I will remain in contact with for a lifetime; the kids I built firm relationships with; and the most incredible host family I could ask for. It’s clear to me that I will be back to visit as soon as I possibly can.

After the initial culture shock and adjustment to an alien environment (which truly knocks you off your feet!) all wears off, the magnetism of India remains long after you leave. I could not recommend more highly visiting for yourself and soaking up as much of the culture, beauty and chaos as possible.

Thank you Mohit, Chandni, Raj, Aryan and IVHQ head office for making my stay incredible, and something I miss every single day back home!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Tasha, Thanks for sharing this beautiful and insightful review from your time in India! It is heartwarming to know that you were so well supported by Mohit, Chandni, and the local team, and found considerable happiness in their company. We are thrilled that you were able to push through the challenges at your placement to have a meaningful volunteer experience. It is apparent that you made the most of your time in India and we’d like to thank you for your recommendation and for being an amazing IVHQ volunteer!
Louise – IVHQ India Program Manager

Chuck
Male
26 years old
Buffalo, New York

Living again

10/10

My experience was absolutely incredible. I learned so much and came home with different values for life I never even knew about. It taught me things in life I've only came across in dreams. I came home learning realize there are things in life we cannot change and we need to let them go. I seen how much beauty is in this world from seeing the lights, the colors and smiles from one place. Letting go is when the fun starts.

How can this program be improved?

Volunteers are sent at different times. There should be one time where groups are sent at once. Better way for people to socialize.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Chuck, We are stoked to hear that you had an incredible experience on the program in India! Learning to let go of the things in life that you cannot change is an incredible lesson to have learnt. Thanks for being an awesome IVHQer!
Louise – IVHQ India Program Manager

Ashlyn
Female
23 years old
Sussex, WI
Cardinal Stritch University

My Second Home

10/10

In just five weeks, not only did I come to think of India as my second home but I came to think of my Indian host family as a second family. By offering homestays, IVHQ offers FULL cultural immersion - the only real way to experience and learn about a different culture - and with a culture as distinct and rich in history as that of India, there is no other way to volunteer in India short-term as a college student than to do it through IVHQ. Easily the highlight of my trip was my homestay, which enabled me to learn about Indian travel tips, food, music, pop culture, customs, religion, and history through the eyes of one amazing family - a family that I am now broken-hearted over saying goodbye to. In addition to the homestays, I fell in love with the students at the school where I taught English. In the time I was blessed to have spent with them, not only was I able to help them practice their English skills, I was also privileged to be invited to visit students' homes and play cricket with many of the students after school. I was stunned by their generosity, curiosity, and pure joie de vivre and formed incredible connections that left me in tears on my final day. Centrally located within India, I was able to tour New Delhi, Jaipur, Rishikesh, and Varanasi with relative ease - something I would not have been able to afford were it not for the EXTREMELY low cost and high value IVHQ offers in the Delhi program. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE contact me if you are considering doing IVHQ, have any questions or reservations, and I would be overjoyed to help you out.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Ashlyn, Thanks for your fantastic review! It is heartwarming to hear that you came to find a second family in India, and a place where you could immerse yourself in Indian food, music, pop culture, customs, religion, and history. We love hearing how you assisted and interacted with the students at your school placement – I am sure your willingness to connect would have been greatly appreciated. Thanks for kindly offering to help potential volunteers with any questions and reservations they may have. It has been a joy to have you volunteers with IVHQ and we would love to have you back one day.
Louise – IVHQ India Program Manager

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Anna
Female
37 years old
manchester

Career Break :)

10/10

Well, I'm at the end of my stay here in India, I've been here for a month now volunteering at a slum school with IVHQ. I decided to do the program over the Christmas break as this would allow me a full month off work...I'm 36 and wanted to experience a different culture whilst also helping a good cause. I can highly recommend this program to all ages...I loved my homestay with Mohit and Chandni and I loved my placement at the school. Go for it xx

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Anna, We are so glad that our program in India allowed you to experience a different culture while helping a good cause. Thanks for your recommendation and for being a wonderful volunteer.
Louise – IVHQ India Program Manager

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Diana
Female
21 years old
Cuernavaca
Other

Wonderful experience with IVHQ

10/10

My time in India was for sure the most adventurous experience of all my life, I was here for 5 months and I only wish I could stayed longer. Everything about India was great, the volunteers that I met, the children at the school, the weekend trips, the babies at the adoption center and for sure my host family. I swear everyday in India was an adventure, something new was waiting for me to explore and experience. India is so diverse and the fun never ends in this country. India is full of culture, history, religions and of course full of amazing people. I had the best time and I would do this trip again.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Diana, Thanks for your brilliant, short and sweet review! We are stoked to hear that your time in India was full of adventure, fun, culture, history, religion, and amazing people – this is what we like to hear! Thanks for being a great volunteer and we would love to have you join us again in the future.
Louise – IVHQ India Program Manager

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Kathryn
Female
22 years old
Sydney

IVHQ INDIA - DHARAMSALA

9/10

I volunteered on the IVHQ INDIA - DHARAMSALA in the town of Bir for 2 months in 2014, and I'm going back again for another trip in 2017. The program is a perfect mix of culture, self-realisation and volunteering.

I did the English teaching program, which meant I taught monks in one of the 4 local monasteries in Bir. The monasteries are all within a 5 min walking distance from the homestay. Volunteers are generally the only teachers in the classroom, and classes in English are taught around their schedule of Buddhist classes. Volunteers are expected to teach things like maths, cultural studies and english on weekdays, with a morning and afternoon session and a break in the middle of the day for lunch back at home. The young monks are VERY energetic and sometimes uncontrollable, but they are generally eager to learn and being able to help with that is rewarding. There are plenty of resources already in the homestay to use for lessons, and there is a local printing shop down the road which can be used for photocopying at around 2 rupees per sheet.

The local homestay is a 3 storey Tibetan home, with a rooftop balcony. The home belongs to a Tibetan family who live in and run the house with the help of a local cook/maid. They are some of the most friendly people you will ever meet, and English is well understood. The house has a TV with local channels and wifi. Running water is generally constant, although hot water is solar powered and can be unpredictable. There are washing lines already set up on the balconies, and there is a washing machine, although most volunteers generally did their washing by hand.

Bir is up in the Himalayas, and there are lot of things to do on the weekends. You can go to Macleodganj for the weekend, which is a tourist hub around 2-3 hours away, which has lots of western (and tibetan) restaurants, souvenirs and scenery. The Dalai Lama's residence is in Macleodganj, and you can visit while you're there. I'd also recommend doing the overnight hike to Triud, going to Amritsar, Manali, Chauntra and Barot.

Bir is a very small town, but there are many local shops which sell things like toilet paper, water, biscuits, chocolate and other necessities. For more western items, the best place to go in Macleodganj.

To get to Bir, you can either fly or take the bus. The bus is the cheaper option, departing from Delhi at night and arrives in Macleodganj in the early morning. From there, IVHQ will send a taxi driver to pick you up with a project co ordinator and take you to Bir. Be aware that the bus can be challenging is you are prone to motion sickness, and many people have raised concerns in terms of safety, especially if travelling alone. However, I took the bus with another young women, and we were fine. For my next trip, I will be flying to Dharmsala airport, and then getting a car to Bir.

I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is particularly interested in Tibetan of Himalayan culture, Buddhism or traditional Indian practices like yoga and meditation - Bir is a fantastic place to experience all these. The lifestyle is very relaxed, and it's a great place to make friends with the locals and learn about their culture whilst also helping the community through your volunteering!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Kathryn, We are so excited to have you join us again this year! It will be interesting to hear your perspective on how the program has developed since you were last there in 2014. Thanks for posting such a detailed review of the India Dharamsala program that will be incredibly helpful to future and potential volunteers. We couldn’t agree more that this program is the perfect mix of culture, self-reflection and volunteering!
Louise - IVHQ India Program Manager

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Valentyina
Female
36 years old
Budapest

Wonderful Experience

10/10

It's very hard to explain about my experience in India because it was awesome. The pick up was well organised. From the Airport I was taken to the host family. I did the orientation week. It was very helpful because I get to know about tradition and culture of India. After a week I was shifted to the host family ( Mohit and Chandni) They were so welcoming. I felt very safe with them. The food was amazing. I tried so many different food. The slum school I went was not so far from the house. Children were so lovely and willing to learn. I am going to miss them alot. I am so sad to leave but I will be back soon.
Thankyou IVHQ!!!

How can this program be improved?

Nothing

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Valentyina, We are thrilled to hear that your volunteer program in India was awesome! Thanks for being an IVHQer and we can’t wait to have you back.

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Nicola
Female
21 years old
Somerset West, Cape Town, South Africa
University of Stellenbosch

Spice of Life

8/10

If your are looking for a once in a lifetime adventure, then look no further than India! Having spent two weeks in Delhi, I can honestly say it was one of the most enriching experiences of my life.

Highlights definitely included riding the Tuk Tuks, which made me fear for my life a few times! Driving in India is like nothing you have ever seen before! Order amongst chaos is the only way to describe it!

The Taj Mahal - whilst it did take 5 hours to get there, the mausoleum was definitely a sight for sore eyes! It's no wonder it's one of the seven wonders of the world! My friend and I were stopped by a very handsome young Indian man asking to take a picture with us (not uncommon in a land where white is seen as intriguing ). It seemed like a simple enough request so we politely agreed, not knowing that this would lead to a whole series of questions followed by him wanting our contact details. We decided to make a run for it and spent the next hour hiding from our 'stalker'.

But what really made the whole experience worth it, was teaching the kids at Tender Heart NGO. They have such zest for life and despite all their hardships, they are all so eager to learn and make a better life for themselves. I am so glad I had the chance to spend time with these precious little souls, and I hope to visit them again sometime in the future.

How can this program be improved?

I definitely think there could be more interaction with the host families. Our host never once ate dinner with us which was rather disappointing, as we were expecting to share our traditions/stories with each other over meals.

Also, I think there should be a more clear outline of what we should be teaching the kids, as it was quite hard to know what exactly was expected of us.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Nicola, Thanks for your great review! It is brilliant to hear that your time on the program in Delhi was one of the most enriching experiences of your life. We will be sure to take your feedback on board and would love to have you join us again in the future.

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Billy
Male
31 years old
Seattle, WA
Colorado State University

IVHQ India Experience

10/10

I volunteered teaching in the slums of India with IVHQ, it was an amazing experience. I highly recommend it. I was placed with a local family who treated like me like my own family. Always looking out for me and making sure I was conformable. The IVHQ staff was also amazing. They visit me every week to make sure I was getting the most out of the program. Both the IVHQ staff and the host family made a difference to my experience. Without a doubt, I will volunteer again and choose IVHQ.

How can this program be improved?

I think IVHQ is doing amazing job, I do not have any specific recommendations. I truly had a great time. I would definitely doing again with them. This was my second time with IVHQ and still want more.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Billy, Thanks for your great review! We are stoked that you had an amazing experience teaching in India. Volunteers often comment on how welcoming the homestays are and we think this is a great way to get to know a local family while volunteering. Thanks for being an IVHQer and we would love to have you back!

Andromeda
Female
24 years old

It was something else

9/10

It was something else in every scence, the noise, smells, people, and feelings but when you get use to it and I am still in the process it can be life changing. It make you value a lot and put you to the test in my case it was especialy my patience. Tesching the kids was difficult cause the lenguage barior and age but i had an amazing coworker that supperted me and I did the same, we where a team discovering something new step by step and laugh by laugh. In this two week I felt more more and confortable but now its time to leave. I really likef my host family they made me feel like home and made this easier...! I grew as a person and made good friends I am different in a good way and for sure had some amazing laughs but also hard moments. Its real world sometime in your little host family bubble! Thanks to all and I recomend this 100%!

How can this program be improved?

A little more guidance and not changing the proyect i wss suppose to be chilcare and ended teaching. Dont regreted but...

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Andromeda, Thanks for posting a review from your time on the program in India. We are so glad to hear that you were supported by your other volunteers, the local staff and your host family. It is great that you grew more comfortable the more time you had on the program – it is often the case that volunteers wish they could stay longer. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

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Danaé
Female
21 years old
La Rippe, Switzerland
Other

Your involvement can make a change

9/10

I've volunteered for "only" three weeks, but I have the feeling that I already made a little change. In fact, some of the kids improved their English thanks to my involvement.

I've done the Slum Teaching Program in Delhi, and I tried my best to teach English. It was really hard, as the conditions in which the kids have to study are not the best, but I did everything I could to catch the kids' attention. For example, I turned EVERYTHING into a competition, as they love it ! Or for the youngest, I gave them stickers when they had done what I had asked.

The best moment in my volunteer experience was when I felt that the kids were proud of themselves. I always tried to make the kids believe in themselves and when they were proud of their improvement, of what they've done, I was even prouder ! And even if I tried my best to teach them a lot, I'm pretty sure that I've learned more than them, thanks to them. By talking to the students, by spending time with them, I learned about their habits, their culture, their beliefs and I am thankful for what they've brought in my life.

Danaé Faivre

How can this program be improved?

I would have liked to know a little more about what I was going to have to do during my program. I could have had prepared myself better if I had known what I had to do before coming in India.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Denae, Look at all those smiles! Thanks for being a great volunteer and persevering through the challenges to give the best you could to your students – it looks like your hard work was much appreciated. We are so grateful to have had you on the program and we would love to have you join us again in the future.

Dulce
Female
19 years old
Lisbon, Portugal

Life changing experience!

10/10

They all say good things always come to an end and unfortunately so has my experience here at the orphanage in India. I have loved every single second of it. The children, the people, the food, even the weather. It is a shock and overwhelming at first but once you get used to the fast pace of this country you start to love it and just go with the flow. Will miss everybody I got to know here. Every child thought me something about myself that I didn't know whether it's good or bad. Their honesty and capability of hard work made me stronger. I will definitely come back. After all 4 weeks is a long time, enough time for you to get attached to them.
So I really have to thank IVHQ program and all the staff for the guidance and protection
I really feel safe as one of the staff came to check up on us twice a week. They were also very helpful throughout this journey, all questions were answered which made everything much easier. Thank you again.

How can this program be improved?

No complaints.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Dulce, It is our pleasure! We are so glad that you felt safe and supported during your time on the program in India. Thanks for adapting to the India way of life and learning about yourself along the way. We would love to have you join IVHQ again in the future.

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Hannah
Female
21 years old
Lakeland
Polk State College

an experience of a lifetime

10/10

From the moment I arrived in India, IVHQ made me feel comfortable and catered to my needs as I began to navigate a completely new country for the very first time. I am so thankful for my experience, and for the children, fellow volunteers, and IVHQ staff that made it everything it was.
I learned so many new things in India, all the while feeling right at home, thanks to my homestay (Chandni & Mohit). I would recommend this program to anyone that is open to exploring a new culture with resilience and an open mind! India will change you.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Hannah, It’s our pleasure! Thanks for being an IVHQer! We are so glad that you felt right at home on the India Delhi program and we hope to see you at another IVHQ program again soon. Also, that is a great photo!

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Chloe
Female
19 years old
Cheltenham, England

Incredible experience!

10/10

I arrived in Delhi on the 17th of July, and will be leaving on the 13th of August 2016. This whole month has flown past and been an incredible experience! It has been so rewarding, challenging, and inspiring to work with all of the kids in the school - from kindergarten to 16 years old. My entire time here has been filled with wonder, laughter, and happiness. There have also been difficult times, but those times have only served to spur me on, and looking back at this month my dominant feeling is one of joy, and sadness that I could not stay longer! The host family I have stayed with have been wonderful, truly supportive and loving in a way that makes you feel right at home even when you are missing your home country. Thank you, IVHQ!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Chloe, Thanks for your great review. We are stoked that you felt supported while on your program in India - wonder, laughter, and happiness sound like a wonderful mix. We’ve loved having you as an IVHQ volunteer and we hope to have you join us again in the future.

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Khusminder
Female
45 years old
Melbourne
Griffith University

IVHQ SLUM TEACHING

10/10

I came to India in May not knowing what to expect, but with the help of IVHQ: India I was able to experience the country. The program was challenging, but working with the children was so fulfilling. My homestay family (Chandni & Mohit) were great, helpful and funny. It was an amazing dynamic, and felt so much like family. I am thankful for my time in India. I have learned so much about the culture.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Khusminder, It’s our pleasure. We are thrilled that you had a fulfilling time on the program in India. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

Abigail
Female
22 years old
Los Angeles, CA

LIFE CHANGING

10/10

I discovered IVHQ over 2 years ago online! After watching a video on youtube of a girl who had volunteered with IVHQ in India I knew I had to experience this program! After two years of planning I flew to Delhi and was planning on doing 4 weeks of volunteering and one week of orientation! Orientation was by far the best decision that I made to start this trip! I has such an amazing time and met some of the most amazing people that are now some of my best friends! Our host family was so amazing and now feels like my home here in India! I was assigned to volunteer at the all girls orphanage which has been the most amazing experience of my life! We are the only volunteers that live at our placement which I actually prefer as we spend 24/7 with the girls. My 4 weeks are coming to an end and its so heartbreaking knowing I have to leave all the magical little faces I met during this experience! I wish when I signed up for this experience that I would have signed up to stay longer especially in my placement! I has such a life changing experience that I plan to come back to India in a few years and stay at this orphanage for a few months! Over all this experience was much more then I could have ever asked for! The staff was incredible, my placement was so amazing and the beautiful culture of India will always hold a special place in my heart!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Abigail, What an awesome review! Thank goodness that you watched that video 2 years ago. We are so glad that your host family was welcoming and your volunteer placement was amazing. It sounds like you had a really special time and we are glad that we were able to help facilitate this for you. Thanks for being an IVHQer and we can’t wait to have you back!

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Camille
Female
25 years old

Incredible slum teaching in India

10/10

The time that I've spent in India is indescribable. I've had so many experiences and met so many people that I never had dreamed I would be blessed to experience. I was scared and nervous about my experience as I had never travelled outside of my country before. At the airport I was greeted by a warm and friendly staff member and fellow volunteers who helped me to feel part of a community. The next orientation week was just what I needed to get use to the Indian culture and to make valuable friendships. It was such a good idea to do the main sightseeing in that week so I could focus my remaining time on my volunteer placement. My host family in India was such a blessing! They were so helpful and so funny! I haven't laughed as much as I have in the past five weeks! They were so helpful in giving us their opinion on our volunteering and our extracurricular activities. I was able to create lasting friendships with my host family and fellow volunteers. My volunteer placement was so amazing! I was able to help teach kids in a school within a local slum. It was a challenging yet rewarding opportunity to see these kids learn and grow! I think I will leave with more lessons they taught me than what I taught them. I find it hard to describe just how life changing this experience has been. I truly believe that I am a better person because of the time that I've spent here. I feel as though I am leaving part of my heart here but I know that I am taking so much more with me home!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Camille, thanks for sharing your experience. What an incredible review! We are so glad that you had such a positive experience and it is great to hear that the local team, and the other volunteers, were friendly and supportive. Despite the initial nerves, it sounds like you really made the most of your time in Delhi. Thanks for being an IVHQer!

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Julianne
Female
20 years old
Chelmsford
Worcester State University

A Second Home

10/10

In total, I spent 3 weeks in India. Orientation week was an incredible experience that I am so grateful I got to have. Being immersed in such a rich culture was a great way to learn about the lives of the people and their language. I then spent 2 weeks teaching English in Bir, a Tibetan village near Dharamsala. As a first time volunteer, I was obviously very nervous. My nerves subsided as I found myself in an amazing, kindhearted group of people, not only in the program but in the village as well. I really felt as though I was a part of the community and it started to feel like home. I am still in close contact with people I met on my journey, and will hopefully remain in contact for a long time.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Julianne, thanks for being an IVHQer! It is great to hear that you were surrounded by kindhearted people while on your program; we are so glad that you had such a positive experience in Dharamsala. We look forward to welcoming you on another IVHQ program in the future!

Gracie
Female
20 years old
Katy, Texas

Teaching in the Slums

10/10

I spent three months with about thirty children in Faridabad, India. I didn't think it was possible to care so much about so many people at once, but I definitely fell in love with each and every one of them. With IVHQ I was able to adapt to the culture and environment comfortably with a host family from Faridabad. I would recommend this organization for anyone who is compassionate and hard working. It's life changing and well worth the small fee you pay. India is a tough country but IVHQ makes life there easier.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Gracie, thanks for your great review! We are so glad to hear that you had such a positive experience in India. It sounds like you were an incredible, compassionate volunteer and we would love to welcome you on another IVHQ program in the future!

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Maliha
Female
23 years old
Jackson Heights
Hunter College

Healthcare Volunteering in India

9/10

My experience with IVHQ and it's local team in India was far better than I expected. The local staff, host family, and other volunteers were immeasurably helpful and overall amazing people to spend time with. I participated in the healthcare program, where we did regular check-ups and provided free medicines to the people in a local slum in Delhi. The impact the project has on the underprivileged is direct and profound. The summer heat in Delhi was almost unbearable at times, but the smiles of our patients made up for it. We had more than enough time during the day to explore Delhi and Faridabad, and it is very easy to take weekend trips to neighboring cities.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Maliha, Thanks for sharing! It's great to hear that the program exceeded your expectations and that you were able to get the most out of both your volunteer project and your free time exploring Delhi and Faridabad. It sounds like you had a really rewarding trip, and we are glad IVHQ and our local team could provide this for you. Thanks for being an amazing IVHQer!

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Kaitlin
Female
20 years old
Milwaukee

IVHQ India-Delhi

10/10

Choosing India to travel to at the age of 18 was a very "why not" kind of decision. I knew the culture shock was going to be crazy, and boy was I right. Every thing about India screamed "different" than the comfort of my western home in the states. But boy did I love it! India was such a beautiful and magical country that one can only be there to know what I am talking about. Being around temples, monuments and just the people was eye-opening! The kids were also the best part about it! They were so sweet and and gracious for everything I did! IVHQ was a great program and I cant wait to do another one!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Kaitlin, What a great review! Thanks for being so adventurous and open to the beauty and magic of India. It sounds like you had a really special time and we are glad that we were able to facilitate this for you. Thanks for being an IVHQer and we can’t wait to welcome you on another IVHQ program in the future!

Kate
Female
27 years old

IVHQ India Program - Review 2016

10/10

IVHQ India
IVHQ organisation was an amazingly straight forward program that was efficient, organised and easy to work with. They provided a lot of information about all aspects of the program and country. They were also very responsive to email inquiries. I was grateful for how smoothly everything went for me, from airport pick up and a very helpful orientation.

Program
My program was teaching Slum Children. Before beginning I was nervous and didn't know what to expect, however once I arrived in India I received a lot of tips about how to manage the kids and ongoing support from the IVHQ staff. Working with the kids was an unbelievably humbling experience, you really get to know them on a personal level, teaching them every day and then playing cricket or soccer with them after school. I grew so much as a teacher, learning how to manage the kids and came to really enjoy going to school and seeing their smiling, excited faces.

Homestay

I had THE BEST homestay family. I stayed with Chandni and Mohit - living with them was so much fun. I felt like part of the family as they took us to the movies, shared amazing food with us and had hilarious late night conversations. I could't feel safer and more at home in India then with these amazing people.

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Mengyi
Female
24 years old
Shanghai
Other

New start of life

10/10

I graduated from university last month, and want to start my new life. It's very lucky that I choose to be a volunteer in this slum school with my cute host family. I taught maths in school,and students have so many passions for learning that.Finally, I forgot I was a volunteer cause students are helping me to know myself! My experience here let me know who I can be and who I want to be. Also, staying with the host family is the best choice to experience the real Indian life. I had a lot of good Indian food I've never tried before. My host family members ate meal with me, we sat around the table, had dinner together,and talked about Indian culture and our interesting stories. I'm so happy to have such a sweet family. Now I have more brothers and sisters.They warm my heart,and let me touch the feeling of home.

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Sydney
Female
22 years old
Birmingham, AL USA
University of Alabama- Birmingham

Incredible India

10/10

Dropping everything and heading to a new country for three months to volunteer can be a scary thing. As a college student, I wanted to do something meaningful with my summer. IVHQ made my volunteer experience an incredible one. They provided me a fully arranged sightseeing week, an incredible homestay family, and truly caring local staff. On top of that, IVHQ gave me the chance to impact a community.

My placement was in the Sandesh Slum school. I taught twice per day with three other volunteers. The children were so precious. Everyday we could always count on twenty kids eagerly running up to us to shake our hands, saying "hello ma'am!" in their excited little voices. Fridays were "fundays", and all the students would bring goodies from home. As with any teaching job, it can be challenging, but the reward from doing it in the end is so great.

The homestay life was incredible. I stayed with four other volunteers, and our family was beyond great. I had such a positive experience that I've actually already made plans to come back and see them in the future. I'm a vegetarian and one of the other volunteers was vegan, and Mamta (the homestay mom) always accommodated to our dietary needs. The food was delicious. Her hospitality was unparalleled, also. She had twins who always accompanied me to the fruit market or to hail a tuktuk, and we even made dessert together one night.

The local staff was so helpful and kind, and all of the volunteers really got close to them during our time in Delhi. In addition, the 30 volunteers that I began the program with have become some of my best friends. We traveled on weekends together, and we're even making plans to visit each other after we all part ways.

I'd be happy to answer any questions about IVHQ or the Delhi program more specifically. I am going to Rabat, Morocco with IVHQ tomorrow and I am super excited because of the super positive experience I've had here in India.

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Ellen
Female
29 years old
Nashville

My review

10/10

Every day I got to walk in the door and see the happiest smiling faces ready to learn! We helped with English math and taught other fun activities like yoga dance and art. One of my favorite lessons we taught was about emotions. The kids loved learning these and always love to say happy when we ask how they're feeling! I loved getting to know each child's personality and learning how to communicate with them without sharing a common language

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IVHQ (International Volunteer HQ) provides safe, unique, meaningful and extremely affordable volunteer programs in 35+ countries around the world, with a constantly expanding base. Programs are available in Asia, Africa, Europe, Central America, South America and the Pacific, where IVHQ works alongside local NGOs to

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