Love Volunteers

Provide Essential Life-Skills to Street Children

Delhi, India show on map
Educate and empower vulnerable children and youth through various programs and initiatives. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

The program

Sadly, there are an estimated 100 million or more homeless children in India who do not have access to even the most basic of education and spend most of their time roaming the streets in search for food or anything valuable to sell. In the city of Delhi alone, India’s sprawling and crowded capital, it is estimated that there are close to 175,000 street children, of which 7-10 % are runaways who have fled their poverty-stricken families, many of whom simply could not afford to feed them. Forced to fend for themselves, these children are the worst affected by the cycle of poverty that has gripped this great nation. For this reason the help and assistance received from international volunteers is invaluable, not only in the provision of basic education, guidance and support, but in the simple act of giving love and attention – something that every child desires and deserves. Through this wonderful program volunteers can help to bring smile to the faces of these severely disadvantaged children by helping to create an environment conducive to their holistic development, which in turn enables them become a part of mainstream society and onward toward living a long and happy life.

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide a safe place for street children and youth to come to for support
  • Educate and empower vulnerable children and youth through various programs and initiatives  
  • Improve the health and long term wellbeing of the street children of Delhi
  • Provide an opportunity for cross cultural exchange between volunteers and locals

How you can help

Volunteers who choose to join this amazing project will work hands on, usually in small groups, at various shelter homes for street children in and around New Delhi. They can assist in providing essential life-skills including basic literacy, teaching general knowledge, etiquette/norms and manners while talking, sitting, moving, eating, reading, speaking etc. Sports, games and other recreational activities are conducted to develop their motor skills and physical stamina, and also helps them to feel part of a team. Volunteers also raise awareness of the importance of health, hygiene and nutrition, which is helpful in working towards a better living standard for the children. On this project the need for improvisation and creativity in teaching methods is paramount and can challenge even the most experienced volunteer, but the rewards are amazing and in many cases, instantly life-changing! Volunteers on this project will work 5-6 hours per day, 5 days a week, and are welcome to bring along pens, pencils, books and other teaching material which will help them with teaching their subject/topic of choice.

Volunteers will be kept busy on a variety of tasks on this wonderful program and can expect to;

  • Help provide basic care to children
  • Teach basic life skills and educate children
  • Plan and participate in recreational activities - playing with and organizing fun activities for children

Typical day

A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 5 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

8:30am Breakfast at the volunteer house

9:30am Travel to the project site

Placements are located within a 20 - 40 minute commute from the volunteer house using local transport. Volunteers will be shown the transport options during their orientation and can choose the one that suits them best (bus, metro or rickshaw).

9:50am Pre-start meeting with the project supervisor

10:00am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START

Lunch can be taken at nearby cafes and restaurants which the local team will point out during the orientation session.

4:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

4:10pm Free time before dinner to spend either in the volunteer house or out in the city

6:00pm Dinner at the volunteer house

Evening Free time to spend exploring the city or relaxing in the comfort of the volunteer house.

Details on Arrival

This project is available year round and starts the 1st and 3rd week of each month with arrivals on SUNDAY. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

Free-time activities

Volunteers on this incredible program have the pleasure of experiencing a stay in India's capital city. Delhi is a sprawling metropolis absolutely crammed full of everything you can possibly imagine. From the walled city of Old Delhi, where visitors can be forgiven for thinking they have been transported back in time, to modern architecture and commerce in New Delhi. An absolute assault on the senses and a wonderful introduction to India, this is a must visit destination for travellers and volunteers alike.
Concert/Music
Museum/Opera
Sports
Yoga/Meditation

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School/University level
Required Documents
Emergency contact, Resume and Passport
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
This highly interactive and varied project does not require participants to have a background in the field of childcare, as there are many ways you can assist. However, volunteers with suitable education, qualifications or experience are highly sought after. Regardless, a volunteer’s individual role can often be tailored to suit their particular skills and interests.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 - 16:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Love Volunteers (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Dedicated pre-departure support
  • Exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner! 
  • Airport pick-up on arrival 
  • Orientation & full safety briefing on arrival
  • Accommodation
  • Food & Meals
  • 24/7 local support network 
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Lifetime LV Alumni Membership
  • The opportunity to make a REAL difference!
  • Certificate of Completion (on request)
  • LV registration fee
Airport Pickup at Indira Gandhi International Airport

Volunteers are met on arrival into Delhi airport and taken to the volunteer house where they can meet with their hosts and fellow volunteers. The following day (Monday) an orientation session is held to introduce volunteers to the programs and their new environment. The session will cover safety, transportation, basic culture and history and is a chance to get to know other volunteers and the local team and ask any questions you may have. 

Volunteers in Delhi also have the option of joining the one week orientation program before starting their placement (details are provided in the Additional Info. section).

  • Arrival Day: SUNDAY 6:30AM - 10PM
  • Departure Day: SATURDAY
  • Arrival Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, India (DEL)
Accommodation

Volunteers on this incredible program are accommodated in a fully equipped and comfortable Volunteer House in the pleasant residential are of Greater Kailash (colloquially known as ‘GK’) in South Delhi.

Rooms are shared by up to 4 volunteers in dormitory style (bunk) or single beds.  Bathrooms have western-style facilities and hot showers and air-conditioning is provided for comfort in the summer months. Bed linen is provided so volunteers need only bring personal toiletries and towels. Super easy!

WiFi is available in the house so keeping in touch with friends and families is both free and easy. Satellite television, a fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities mean that volunteers have everything they need for an enjoyable stay.

The volunteer house is conveniently located close to metro and bus stations as well as great local markets and shops so exploring the locality and city is easy and recommended!

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Volunteers are provided with breakfast and dinner daily at the volunteer house throughout their placement and lunch can be purchased from the many local eateries near to the placement (the local team will show you their favorites during the orientation) and is both cheap and delicious.

Indian food is not restricted to the ubiquitous ‘take-aways’ Westerners might be used to and there will be something for every palate from delectable street food to rice based dishes and curries, naans and kebabs and so much more. Dishes are often vegetarian with lentils (known locally as dal) a common ingredient. 

Delhi is an extremely cosmopolitan city and international cuisine is readily available as well.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in Delhi. We assist you to find cheap flights to India.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for India provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in India you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for India.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,171
5 weeks
$ 1,274
6 weeks
$ 1,378
7 weeks
$ 1,481
8 weeks
$ 1,573
9 weeks
$ 1,723
10 weeks
$ 1,861
11 weeks
$ 1,999
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 2,137
Average fees
$ 235 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Delhi/India between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Love Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in India.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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