Volunteering in India: Where to Start?


Volunteer Tourism or “Voluntourism” as is the new catch phrase, has been gaining popularity over the past few years and is especially appealing to those with a desire to travel and see the world. It provides the opportunity to travel to exotic destinations such as Thailand, India, Africa and South America to experience fascinating cultures, while at the same time engaging in activities that benefit the less fortunate.  The experience can be truly fulfilling.

India, in particular, provides a large variety of options to suit any volunteer’s preference. In terms of types of projects, options range from wildlife and environmental projects to those that aim to empower women and educate rural children. One could choose to work by the seaside, at a hill station, in a jungle, in the desert, in a rural setting or to experience life in a busy Indian metropolitan city. You could choose your volunteer tourism holiday based either on the type of work you want to do or the type of Indian holiday experience you would like to have.

When it comes to volunteering in India, there is something to suit everyone’s requirements and capabilities. But where do you start? With the thousands of NGOs that exist in India, how do you find the one that best suits what you desire?

PledgeBack was founded to answer specifically that question.

The organisation facilitates an interface between volunteers from around the world and NGOs across India, helping you find exactly what you are looking for.

Registering on the PledgeBack website takes less than a minute and gives you access to a variety of PledgeBack approved NGOs whose activities you can browse, while also ensuring that the options you are considering are with genuine organisations. Registering also means that whenever a project comes up that could use someone with your capabilities or requirements, PledgeBack can inform you immediately.

PledgeBack also runs several programmes, such as the The India Trail, which offers exciting and adventurous internship opportunities in India to people from all over the world.

If your volunteering requirements necessitate detailed customisation, you can directly contact Rohan Abraham, founder of PledgeBack at rohan.k.abraham@pledgeback.org

To know more about PledgeBack’s services visit: http://www.pledgeback.org/services/

You could also visit PledgeBack’s Facebook page to stay current with their ongoing activities.


7 thoughts on “Volunteering in India: Where to Start?

  1. That’s great! 🙂 Hope to see some pictures of that on your blog. What sort of work are you planning to do there? If you ever plan to volunteer in India, do contact PledgeBack. Loved your ‘Henry’s Head Shots’ photos – a lot of character in them 🙂


  2. This is a lovely post Gitanjali 🙂 volunteering in India is so rewarding. I will check out the site you have recommended. I am volunteering this trip at the Sri Narayani Vidyalaya School at Thirumalaikodi doing music with the children. Thank you ~ Lakshmi x


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