Care Volunteer Projects in India
- Placement locations: Madurai and surrounding districts
- Types of care projects: Adoption centres, children’s homes, orphanages, special needs centres
- Age of children: 2 - 22
- Number of people cared for: Variable
- Role: Assisting with local staff including playing with children, basic teaching and giving general help
- Accommodation: Host families, on-site volunteer accommodation
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From two weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
As a volunteer on a Care project in India you will have an important role to play, whether you are a trained professional offering us the benefit of your experience or a volunteer on a gap year or career break looking for some experience of development work. Everybody is welcome, provided you are willing to work hard and be committed to the role and the children you are there to help.
Voluntary Orphanage and Special Needs work with Projects Abroad
The orphanages and care centres in India that we work with are located in and around the city of Madurai and in the surrounding districts of southern Tamil Nadu.
The centres cater for orphans, children in care and children with disabilities aged from 2 - 18. In many cases your day will begin early when you will be required to help the children get ready for school. You might have the middle of the day free, or you might like to stay on to help out with other social care activities.
In whichever volunteer Care project you find yourself, you need to be ready for a challenge. Many of the children are desperate for attention and there will be many present who have health problems or who require special attention due to disabilities.
Volunteering abroad on a Care Project in India
For the younger children there is often a nursery attached to the home where you can help, or perhaps you might even go with the children to school and help teach a little English. When the older children come home at 4.30pm you can help with their homework or organise games and activities for them before dinner.
Some care centres are more inclusive in their approach, teaching both life skills and handcrafts to the older children. As a volunteer, if you are good at art, crafts, sports or even gardening there's a lot you can do to help on a social level. Interaction, friendship and support are the most important things you will need to be able to offer the children we work with.
Twice a month Care, Teaching and Sports volunteers join forces to serve the community in and around Madurai. 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.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our India Care Management Plan.
In most cases volunteers stay in accommodation at the care centre where they are working. This gives you the opportunity to get involved with the children throughout the whole day.
You can join a Care project in India for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain a 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 volunteering for a longer period.
If you are keen to get more involved in work within the local community, you may be interested in our Community Farming project. Our volunteers are helping to encourage conservation and sustainable organic agriculture in local villages and schools. All volunteers taking part in any other project in India also have the opportunity to add a 1 Week Community Farming Add-On at the end of their main placement. To find out more detailed information please go to our Community Farming page.