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Volunteer Orphanage India

Has your heart been calling you to come to the aid of orphans in need? How would you like to travel to the exotic country of India to answer that call? Consider joining this orphanage volunteer program to do just that.

India is a place unlike anywhere else in the world, full of stark contrasts. Elaborate palaces tower over desperate slums, yet even the poorest of the people are rich in culture and often have warm and welcoming smiles on their faces.

Sadly, India is a developing country and due to extreme poverty and social discrimination, there are more than 20 million orphans, many of them having left their homes to travel to cities to work in restaurants, houses or companies, where they are often oppressed and exploited.

Local orphanages and private organizations are making a valiant effort to protect these orphans who are deprived of basic needs like education, a home and future opportunities. Unfortunately, most of these orphanages are lacking in both resources and manpower and need volunteers to ensure the success of their mission.

By joining this orphanage volunteer program in India, you can play a direct role in improving the lives of these orphans by providing educational support and organizing extracurricular activities. Your dedication will motivate and inspire the children as you share your love and passion with them.

This is your chance to do something amazing and monumental for children in need, while also getting to explore India and immersing yourself in the deep culture of the country.

Join our India orphanage volunteer program and offer orphans the love, care and attention they desperately need. Contact IFRE today to make a difference in the lives of orphaned children in India!

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Skills and Qualifications:

Anyone can volunteer to help in the orphanages of India! There are no specific skills, experience or education required, and so long as you are 18 years of age or older and patient, flexible, and understanding, you will be well suited to this project.Maximum volunteer age is 65 years. You should bring with you a passion and love for the orphans, and a willingness to really make a difference in their lives.

Volunteer Responsibilities and Impact:

You will be acting as a caregiver, mentor, and friend to the children living in the orphanage. You will teach them English, provide them daily care, help them get to and from school, assist with their homework, and engage the kids in fun extracurricular activities like sports, arts and crafts, playing games, and more.

Your time volunteering in an orphanage in Indiawill make a huge impact on the lives of abandoned children in need. The orphanages are understaffed and desperately need the help of volunteers like you. You’ll bond with the children, and they will touch your heart forever.

As you interact with and care for the children on a daily basis, you will have plenty of fun teaching, playing and speaking with the children. Their faces will light up when they see you every morning, and you will be able to finish each day knowing you’ve made a huge difference while also having a whole lot of fun!

You are probably curious what a typical day will look like for you in our India orphanage volunteer program. Your hours and duties will vary based on your final placement, but here’s a sample schedule to give you an idea of what to expect:

7:30 am – Eat breakfast with fellow volunteers and project staff.

8:30 am – You willassist in preparing breakfast for the orphans, which can include cooking, serving food or cleaning up after the meal.

9 am – Help take the kids to school. While they’re gone, you can assist with cleaning, planning activities or lesson plans.

1 pm – Take a break for lunch, using the time to chat with fellow India orphanage volunteers. Make friends from all around the world!

2 pm – You’ll have some free time to go to the market or get on the internet and contact friends and family back at home.

4 pm – Around this time, the children return to the orphanage from their school day. You’ll spend the evening playing with them, helping with their homework, doing fun activities, and teaching them English.

Volunteer Orphanage India: Dates and Fees

Our Fees

IFRE is the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to travel internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured; we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly program fee goes directlyto your host family, and includes housing, food, project donation and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.

Program Dates

IFRE programs begin every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.

Volunteer Program Fees (US$)

Duration Orphanage Projects
  1 Week   $250
  2 Weeks   $300
  3 Weeks   $400
  4 Weeks   $500
  5 Weeks   $600
  6 Weeks   $700
  7 Weeks   $800
  8 Weeks   $900
  9 Weeks   $1,000
  10 Weeks   $1,100
  11 Weeks   $1,200
  12 Weeks   $1,300

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day ( below 28 years) and $4.49/day ( above 28 years) »

How your fee is allocated?

Language and culture program $250

Aiport Pickup & Transfer (Dharmasla- 9 hours) $100

Delhi to Palamapur transfer by air $100-125, bus $15-20

Summer volunteer and adventure (4 weeks include tour ) $1769

Program Fees Cover:

  • Accommodation (volunteer house or host family)
  • Food (only breakfast and dinnery)
  • Program Orientation
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers

Program Fees Exclude:

  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

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Accommodation and Meal

While volunteering with orphans in India, you will be staying in a safe and comfortable room at the orphanage that is set aside for international volunteers. You’ll be fed three local healthy meals a day and have plenty of opportunity for cultural exchange and immersion.

Learn more about your housing and food in India.

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Free Time and Weekends:

IFRE knows you’ll want to get out and explore the exciting destination of India, so our programs are designed to give you the flexibility to do just that. You’ll have your evenings and weekends free, so use this time to travel and see the sights and sounds of your fascinating host country.

Discover what to do in your free time in India!

Safety and in Country Support

Your safety is our top priority while you are participating in our India orphanage volunteer program. We are there to help guide you every step of the way, and you’ll have the support of our professional and experienced in-country team.

Read more about IFRE’s dedication to safety and meet our in-country team.

Volunteer Orphanage India- FAQ

You probably have quite a few questions, and we’re here to provide the answers you’re looking for. Review this key information below to get in the know when it comes to volunteering abroad:

Arrival and departure

Please arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport to participate in our India orphanage volunteer program. You are requested to arrive a day before to your assignment starts. Make sure to send your final flight information to our country coordinator, and we’ll have someone waiting for you when you land that will transfer you safely to your


We do not offer airport drop off services, so you’ll need to book a taxi when you complete your time at your volunteer project. Check with local staff for advice if you need it.


You’ll need to secure a tourist visa in order to be eligible to volunteer at an orphanage in India.To avoid unnecessary hassle, please secure your visa before heading to India. You can get it from an Indian Embassy in your home country.Furthermore, some nationalities may be able to apply for an e-visa. Learn more at the official website for India’s visa applications.

Depending on your nationality, you may be eligible for a visa on arrival at the airport. You can apply to extend your Indian visa, but your visa must be valid for at least 60 days before extension. Be sure to do your research ahead of time, as the requirements will vary based on your home country.


You’ll definitely want to get vaccinated before heading off on your India orphanage volunteer trip. Make an appointment with a travel doctor to discuss your trip and get up to date on needed vaccines.

The CDC suggests the following vaccines for travel to India: Adult diphtheria and tetanus vaccine, Hepatitis A vaccine, Hepatitis B vaccine, Oral polio vaccine (OPV), Typhoid vaccine, Varicella vaccine, Japanese encephalitis vaccine, and Meningococcal vaccine.

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How many children are in the orphanage and what are their ages?

We work with a number of orphanages for our Indian orphan volunteer project, so it depends on which orphanage you are placed in. The minimum number of children is 15 and the maximum is 84. Most of the orphanages are girls’ orphanages and some of them are mixed. The ages range from 5 to 16 years old.

We place volunteers where they are needed most, based on how many volunteers are already working at a certain location.

How many hours a day do we work?

In total, you’ll work about 5-7 hours a day, with breaks whilethe children go to school and rest. Volunteers generally help with breakfast in the morning, kitchen duties and cleaning when children are at the school, lunch preparation when the children return, and teaching and homework assistance in the evening.

Is volunteer orphanage Indiaprojectavailable year-round? When will it close and for how long?

Yes, this program is available year-round, but there can be less work during the holidays, festivals and the school exams of the children. These exams can take place at various times, so check with us regarding your proposed dates.

Is there any other important information that you want to share about this project?

You need to come to IFRE’s India orphanage volunteer program with an open mind. The children at the orphanage speak less English than you might expect, so you need to act accordingly.

Each child is different and unique, so we encourage you to ask many questions to gain a better understanding of their personalities. This willmake it easier for you to help them. Working with orphans is challenging but very rewarding.

Why volunteer in IFRE’s India Orphanage project?

Working in an orphanage in India is an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling experience that not only changes the lives of the orphans you help, but your own as well.

Touch the lives of orphans in need

There is no better reason to join this project than the orphans who desperately need your help. They are without families, alone in the world, and struggling to make their way. Offer love, hope, care, and encouragement, making a huge impact on the lives of these poor kids.

Make friends from around the world

While volunteering with orphans in India, you’ll make new friendships that could last a lifetime. You’ll connect with your fellow volunteers from around the world, get to know the local orphanage staff, and of course bond with the orphans you are there to help.

Get experience working with kids

Are you pursuing a career in childcare? This is a great opportunity to hone your skills in a challenging yet rewarding environment. Looks great on a resume!

Immerse yourself in a new culture

India is culturally diverse and rich, and one of the best parts of your India orphanage volunteer trip will be the chance to immerse yourself in the culture and learn about a completely different way of life.

Travel to an exotic country

India is a traveler’s dream, and there’ll be no end to the adventures you can get into there. See beautiful sites, meet amazing people, and travel with a purpose!

Contact IFRE today to learn more about volunteering in India with orphans!

Other Volunteer Programs in India

IFRE arranges many different kinds of volunteer work in India. You can

Raise awareness of HIV/AIDS,

Teach English to disadvantaged children,

Help empower women,

Provide crucial healthcare and much more.

Contact IFRE for more information today!

Orphanage Volunteering Programs in Other Countries

There are sadly huge numbers of orphans in countries all across the world. Thus, IFRE arranges programs to aid these children in need wherever we can. See our list below of the most popular orphanage programs to learn where you can make a difference!

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