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Volunteering in India

We invite you to consider partnering with Saint Teresa of Calcutta Indian Mission There are many opportunities to give to a specific part of the ministry, but an unrestricted gift helps keep all aspects of the Mission working effectively

Volunteering in India with Saint Teresa of Calcutta Indian Mission (STCIM) will open your eyes to a rapidly developing country, filled with a rich culture, traditions and beautiful landscapes. However, there are major community development issues and a huge gap between the rich and poor. It is estimated that 35% of India’s population are living below the poverty line and 61% of children have disease causing germs on their hands due to a lack of proper hygiene practices.
Whether on your gap year, career break or volunteering holiday, you can make a sustainable long-term difference through a variety of different project focuses:

  • Volunteer with children in a local care center 
  • Contribute to valuable women’s empowerment initiatives
  • Improve the access to healthcare in local communities, or
  • Assist in construction projects addressing basic needs such as water security

STCIM has been operating volunteer projects in Central America for the past 15 years, and our projects in the India are no different. We are proud of our approach of establishing long-term and sustainable projects, in which the local community is always consulted first and foremost in order to determine their needs. With the contribution of volunteers, we work together in partnership to achieve these goals.

Women's Empowerment Project in India
Contribute to sustainable, long-term women’s empowerment initiatives when you travel to India. Join a team of international volunteers and help give women and young girl’s access to equal education, health care and income opportunities.

With two-thirds of the world’s illiterate population female and countless girl still children not receiving a basic education, supporting women in developing countries is vital to helping overcome critical social issues such as poverty and unemployment.

By supporting women in society and giving them access to equal opportunities such as an education, jobs and health care, everyone benefits. Infant mortality rates go down, more children stay in school, incomes increase and the cycle of poverty can be broken. By volunteering on this program with
 STCIM, you will join a dedicated team of international volunteers assisting on sustainable and invaluable women’s empowerment initiatives.

In India, women are born into a society that is still having to face social inequalities ranging from gender-specific abortions, mistreatment from their spouses, eve teasing, being married off at an early age and in some cases being denied an education by their families. Through our initiatives in India, we aim to assist in gender equality through various educational, healthcare and income initiatives and empower local women by educating them on their rights the opportunities available to them.

Contribute towards meaningful and sustainable women’s empowerment initiatives and make a serious difference in the lives of girls and women in the local community; meet volunteers from across the world; and immerse yourself in the Indian culture; experience a new culture through its local people; explore India, while kayaking along the river and cycling through villages; spend the night on a houseboat and cruise along the enchanting backwaters; indulge in a traditional Ayurvedic massage or simply spend your down time relaxing on the gorgeous beaches the country has to offer!

Volunteer with Children in India
Discover India when you volunteer supporting disadvantaged children by assisting with their educational needs and providing care. Get involved in education and childcare projects whilst exploring the vibrant culture of Kerala

Volunteer alongside local teachers supporting disadvantaged children in India, famed for its tropical greenery and beautiful backwaters. On arrival, volunteers will be given an orientation around beautiful India. Your living arrangements will be in a share-house in the heart of the local community, where you can experience the rich culture of India.

You will work in schools which support low-income families and a local care center. Due to the high level of demand classes can be very crowded making it difficult for teachers to provide the necessary level of support to students. Your support will ensure that their needs are met helping to improve attendance and grades, making a valuable contribution in the school.

Highlights Include
Learning new skills in caring for and teaching underprivileged children, experiencing a new culture through its local people, local cooking lessons, and a traditional dance performance, and exploring the amazing local environment. Support our local artist and immerse yourself in the Indian culture. Nearby highlights that some volunteers choose to experience include staying overnight on a houseboat and cruising along the enchanting backwaters, kayaking along the river and cycling through villages, relaxing on the gorgeous beaches, language classes, or indulging in a traditional massage.

Project Life

Monday to Friday
You will work Monday to Friday assisting local teachers at local slum schools with planning and delivering educational activities. Focusing on English language skills you can add your unique touch incorporating art, sports and games into your lessons. In the evening, you will need to prepare activities and plans for the following day.

On weekends, you will travel to a nearby care center and spend time with the children leading fun educational games. 

Field Conditions
You will live in comfortable shared accommodation in the center of town with electricity, running water and flush toilets and shared rooms. Lunch and dinner with fresh vegetables will be prepared for you in the local style.

Accommodation Upgrades
If you would prefer to stay in private accommodation while on this project, this location does offer upgrades. 

Free Time
On the weekends you will be free to explore the stunning surrounding area. Sample the local cuisine, shop in exotic spice markets, or just relax in your base town.

What's Included:

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • All meals 
  • Welcome meeting
  • Location orientation
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Local cooking lessons
  • Training
  • Project equipment
  • Internal transportation - related to project work
  • What's Not Included
  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Personal Equipment

Free Time
Volunteering with STCIM not only allows you to participate on programs assisting disadvantaged communities or endangered ecosystems but it also offers wonderful opportunities to travel in the local area in your down time or further afield either before or after your program. Many decide to travel after volunteering, solidifying the lifetime friendships established on program.

Our long term field staff is a great source of advice and are here to help you make the most of your time abroad. Remember to ask about discounts on local activities and side trips through your association with STCIM. Our field teams have helped us put together the following information on trips and travel options in India!

Included Side Trips
You will embark on an orientation during your arrival weekend, seeing the main tourist sites of the local town, as well as the many hidden treasures. You will also be taken to a traditional dance show, which will open your eyes up to the wonders of India and its culture.

Optional Side Trips
India offers a variety of different adventure trips from trekking to rafting, kayaking and even diving in some of the most beautiful locations that India has to offer. The 14th century Chinese fishing nets, St Francis Church and an amazing array of boutique art galleries, cafes and restaurants make for an amazing cultural experience.

One of India’s finest attractions popular with our volunteers is the backwaters tour, an experience of breathtaking beauty and serenity as you snake through the incredible landscape on a houseboat. You can stay overnight, eat amazing local cuisine, and gaze at the sunset: a perfect weekend getaway.

The Periyar Forest and National Park offers safari outings and a chance to spot elephants, monkeys and tigers if you’re lucky, combined with some spectacular scenery along the way. For the more active, you can get even closer to it all with a number of trekking options.

India can boast some incredible beaches within reasonable distances from your base with restaurants and cafés perched spectacularly on cliffs offering incredible views of the ocean

And if tea is your poison then this is the location for you…tea plantations stretching as far as the eye can see and jaw dropping views of mountain ranges and valleys await. There are sightseeing and trekking options available (depending on seasons) for the adventurous, or you can just sit and relax, breathe the fresh mountain air, and soak it all in.

For those with a little more time on their hands, you may want to consider some of the following. The Taj Mahal will be top of most India bucket lists but beyond this famous landmark; the quaint hill stations in Darjeeling; the Ganges at Varanasi; the desert and fort palaces of Jaisalmer and Udaipur; safari at Kanha National Park (home of Kipling’s ‘Jungle Book’); the lively nightlife of Mumbai; or the laid back atmosphere of Goa will leave you with an everlasting experience of India.

The area of Kerala is one of the highlights of India and a must-see destination. Project work takes place around the city of Kochi (Cochin), a port town since the early centuries offering fascinating snippets of history and culture that including the oldest European Church in India, an enchanting spice market and the famous 15th Century Chinese fishing nets, a truly stunning location to volunteer in.

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