Volunteer with Children in India
- Placement locations: Jaipur
- Types of care projects: Children’s homes, orphanages, special needs centers, and day care centers.
- Age of children: 2 - 22
- Number of people cared for: Variable
- Role: Assisting local staff by playing with children, teaching basic lessons in literacy and numeracy, and giving general help
- Requirements: None
- Accommodation: Host families, on-site volunteer accommodation
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
As a Care volunteer in India with Projects Abroad, you will have an important role to play in the lives of disadvantaged children. We welcome volunteers of all ages and skill levels, whether you are a gap year student, a career breaker looking to gain some experience in development work, or a trained professional offering us the benefit of your experience. As a volunteer, we only require that you are willing to work hard and are committed to the children in your care.
Care volunteers in India work at orphanages, care homes, centers for street children, and special needs centers for children with disabilities in Jaipur. In most cases volunteers stay in accommodation at the care placement where they are working. This gives you the opportunity to get involved with the children throughout the whole day.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our India Care Management Plan.
Volunteering in Orphanages and Care Homes in India
Care volunteers in India have the option of working in orphanages and homes for children in temporary care. The children in these placements are aged from 2-18. For the younger children, there is often a nursery attached to the home where you can help or you could even go with the children to school and help teach some English. When the older children come home at 4.30pm, you can help with their homework or organize games and activities for them before dinner.
In many cases, your day will begin early when you will help the children get ready for school. You might have the middle of the day free or you may want to stay on to help local staff with other tasks around the home.
Some care homes are more inclusive in their approach, teaching both life skills and handcrafts to the older children. If you have any skills in art, crafts, sports, or even gardening, you will be a great help in improving their children’s skills and social abilities. Interaction, friendship, and support are the most important things you will need to be able to offer the children we work with.
Volunteering with Special Needs Children in India
Projects Abroad Care volunteers in India have the opportunity to work with children who have health problems or who require special attention due to disabilities. These placements can be demanding and volunteers need to be prepared for a challenge. By giving these children all the help, love, and attention they desperately need, volunteers can help improve the quality of children’s lives and make a positive contribution to the community.
If you would like to work with children with special needs, please let us know when you apply.
Volunteering at a Care Placement in India with Projects Abroad
Twice a month Care, Teaching, and Sports volunteers join forces to serve the community in Jaipur. The teams work together to tackle a variety of community issues, for example the setting up of a library, the creation of learning tools, or participation in local sporting events. Volunteers are welcome to suggest other ways in which they would like to help. Monthly workshops support volunteers and provide training related to their work at placements.
This project is available for less than a month if you don't have time to join us for a month or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for shorter durations for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone participating for a longer period.
If you are a high school student and first-time traveler you may want to consider our High School Special programs in India.