- Official Language(s)
- Hindi, English
- 1.2 billion
- % of Population Below Poverty
- 29.8% (369.5 million people)
- GDP per CAPITA (PPP US$) (?)
- 4,000 (Canada = $43,100)
- UN's Human Development Index (?)
Why volunteer in India?
Although India is emerging as one of the world’s more powerful countries with an increasing middle class, the majority of its people still struggle with severe poverty. India has many long-term challenges that have not been fully addressed, including inadequate physical and social infrastructures, limited non-agricultural employment opportunities and scarce access to quality basic and higher education. A large number of India’s poorest people live in the country’s semi-arid regions. Deforestation and poor land management, compounded by the harsh climate, has made it difficult for many rural poor to eke out even a subsistence living. Drought and water shortages hinder the development of sustainable agriculture.
Developing World Connections has two in-country partners in Rajasthan state. Located in the Thar Desert, Rajasthan is India’s largest state that is home to more than 68 million people. High levels of illiteracy, insufficient water sources, inadequate health care and extremely limited access to social services are pervasive problems.
Volunteers can work in villages around Bhinder, a community on the outskirts of Udaipur known as the Venice of India, with our in-country partner Sahyog Sansthan. You will work with subsistence farmers and their families in the construction of water harvesting structures, like small sub-surface dams, so they can grow two or three crops per year instead of one. That enables them to provide for their families and earn an increase income by selling their produce.
Alternatively, volunteers can work with Jatan Sansthan, a grassroots non-government organization working with rural people in the districts of Rajsamand, Udaipur and Bhilwada in Rajasthan. In the last nine years, Jatan has facilitated programs ranging from women empowerment and youth development to migration and health initiatives. In the past, DWC volunteers have built a women’s community washroom in the village of Morra in the Udaipur district.
Choose your trip
ADULT AND FAMILY, CUSTOM OR CORPORATE TRIPS: These are typically two weeks in length and include in-country food, in-country ground transportation, in-country accommodation, program costs and a substantial direct donation to the project with our in-country partner. It does not include airfare. However, the entire cost paid through DWC is 100% eligible for a charitable tax receipt, including airfare.
Trips may be cancelled if not enough people are registered so please sign up early to avoid disappointment. A $500 deposit is required to hold your spot on the trip; the remaining balance is due 60 days prior to your trip.
Read about our volunteers’ experiences
Find our what it’s really like on a DWC volunteer trip. Check out our India blog which features entries from DWC team leaders and participants.
When can I go?
How much does it cost?
We invite people who cannot give the gift of time to donate to Indian projects and programs through Developing World Connections.
After you’re done volunteering, you should consider spending time in Udaipur, known as the Venice of India. Udaipur is a beautiful lakeside city in the state of Rajasthan and one of India’s most romantic and picturesque destinations. Visit Jodphur, Jaipur and Jaisalmer and experience Rajasthan’s fascinating history, captured in numerous and impressive forts, palaces and castles that dot the landscape View the stark beauty of the Thar Desert by taking a camel safari. A tour would be incomplete without visiting Agra to see its Red Fort and experiencing one of the world’s seven wonders: the Taj Mahal. To see another side of India, don’t miss the impressive organized chaos of Delhi. You will have an unforgettable shopping experience.