Volunteer and Intern in India
- Location: Jaipur
- Accommodation: Host families, Shared volunteer accommodation
- Local languages: Hindi
As a volunteer with Projects Abroad in India, you will find yourself living and working in an extremely complex country. Although India is one of the largest and fastest growing economies in the world, poverty is widespread and many communities suffer as a result. Volunteer efforts can have a significant impact on the lives of disadvantaged people, and our projects and internships are available for anyone interested in volunteering abroad in the developing world. You can volunteer whether you are on a gap year, a summer vacation, or a career break.
With a strong IT sector and an active space program, India is sometimes spoken of as an emerging superpower. On the other hand, endemic poverty persists. India ranks 127th in the UN human development index, has the largest number of undernourished people of any country in the world, and four-fifths of the population lives on less than two dollars a day. However, its standard of living is expected to rise sharply in the 21st century. The national literacy rate is rising too, and is currently at 64.4%, although women lag far behind men.
Projects Abroad India has its office in Jaipur, where there is a great deal that can be done to help people. Volunteers can get involved with several different service projects and internships, including helping care for children in orphanages or teaching English and other subjects in schools.
“India is a land of tradition and variety. When you travel from one state to another within this great country, you will feel like you have traveled from one country to another. Each state is different from the other in geography, climate, culture, politics, and even religious faith. You may find people in poverty but you will also find unique friendliness and helpfulness. You will see age-old temples, beautiful forests and mountains and peaceful beaches. Many volunteers develop a life-long attachment to their host family and the place they stay.”
Where You Will Live in India with Projects Abroad
To live in India is to participate in a lifestyle that is unlike anything you’ll experience in North America. The most mundane tasks often become adventures. Everything is colorful and nothing is predictable. Life – especially in urban areas – is truly chaotic. The sights, sounds, and smells that greet you in each new place will overwhelm your senses.
India is the world’s seventh largest country but the second most populated, which is particularly evident in its overcrowded cities. However, tribal Indian society remains strong especially in the uplands and woodland areas. Economically, India has taken the positive elements from its colonial past and developed a sound, well-developed infrastructure. Though, the exploding population means that this is often tested beyond capacity.
The cultural heritage of India dates back over 5000 years. You’ll find fifteen official languages, a diverse array of religions and spiritual practices, a wide variety of performing arts, colorful festivals almost every day of the year, and tradition and variety in all aspects of life.
Despite India’s colossal size, you will experience a strong sense of community. You’ll be treated as an exciting addition to any family or school that you join for your placement.
Travel and Sightseeing Opportunities in India
From the towering Himalayas that mark India’s northern borderlands through to its plains, deserts, and tropical rainforests, this is a country of awe-inspiring ancient temples and colorful tribal villages.
Northern India will allow you to tick off many of India’s most classic tourist destinations including the majestic Taj Mahal in Agra and the captivating pink city of Jaipur. You could also explore the state of Rajasthan. Almost every village in India is connected to the rest of the country by a vast fleet of rickety buses, and an elaborate train service. Public transportation ranges from the eccentric to mind-boggling – an orderly line is an alien concept.