Role and Responsibilities Of Volunteers Working In India

Mahatma Gandhi’s once said, ‘the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others’ and keeping that Gandhian spirit in mind, volunteering is definitely the best way to find our way back to the realities and understand our roots and traditions of a collectivist society. Volunteering, which is a distinctly human characteristic, essentially calls for sharing and caring about fellow human beings irrespective of one’s class, nationality, religion, race, mother tongue and so on.

Volunteering India, too, thus aims to encourage and facilitate the act and spirit of volunteering by people across the globe for the up and coming country that is India. Facilitating over a dozen projects in the capital city of India, Delhi, and in the Himalayan region of Palampur. VI volunteers, in these projects, have undertaken numerous tasks over the years and fruits of it are for all to see. From helping build a primary education center for children in Palampur to enthusiastically participating in the street children program, a good amount of work in being done on the ground.

And to encourage, motivate and guide future volunteers, a list of tasks usually undertaken by volunteers is given. This, by no means, is exhaustive and all volunteers can use their own creativity and efforts to contribute to the best of their capacity in the projects.

Take a look:



Street Children Volunteer Program

Childcare volunteering in India

Voices of children need to be heard for a more peaceful and livable world.
Space and opportunities need to be created so that children can contribute towards global
Sustainable development. The actions of volunteers, citizens and civil society (groups and institutions other than governments and business that work for the common good) are very important to ensure peace and development in all communities.

And this is how our volunteers contribute to the noble cause:

  • Spend quality time with the kids – The kids in the street children project are, as the name suggests, children of the streets. Without homes and means of proper care and education, too often they’re led to begging or undertaking menial jobs for survival. As grim as the situation sounds, spending time with the children, interacting with them, paying attention to what they’re saying is the most basic but the most impactful thing to do.
  • Conducting informal educational sessions – Not all of the kids go to school or even if they do, the govt. Schools don’t too often take proper care of their educational needs and to thus help the kids keep up with their course and formal classes, volunteers can help them through informal and remedial classes.
  • Playing games and other extra-curricular activities – One of the most effective ways to impact learning and cultivate self-confidence and volunteers can come up with a range of games and extra-curricular activities to help with the kids of the assigned center feel more involved and engaged.


Orphanage Volunteer Program


A project placement where volunteers work for orphans, following are the tasks that can be taken up.

  • Teaching English, Math, Basic General Awareness and Science to kids at the orphanage who come from classes and age-groups. The teaching will be informal and conversational in nature.
  • Assist them with their home-assignments – Several kids come to the center after their school hours and help can be given to them to finish their homework and other assignments.
  • Provide information related to personal hygiene and civic sense – As a part of the general awareness and moral science lessons, tips and tricks for personal hygiene and civic sense can be given, in an interactive and conversational manner.

NOTE: The roles and responsibilities at the Street Children and the Orphanage Volunteer Program are often interchangeable and can be taken up by participants of both the projects.

Women Empowerment Program

women empowerment in India

  • Provide counseling to the women at the center.
  • Take several motivational lectures and adult literacy, classes.
  • Train them on several income-generating skills; such as beautician course, computer classes, etc.

Mini Break Program

mini break volunteer work india

Volunteers under this program work under the Street Children Program and are expected to-

  • Ensure attendance by the children of the area to these centers.
  • Help, prepare and, serve nutritious meals for the children every day with the help of a local worker.
  • Create a fun, colorful, “Play Way” environment for the children through games, stories, and other creative activities.
  • Decorate and paint the daycare center with charts, colors, papers to make it look attractive and inviting for more children to join these centers.


The Indian civil society has utilized the culturally embedded voluntary spirit to attract volunteers into the social development sector. Volunteers also fill the human resources gap for many small NGOs in rural areas. Palampur is one such rural area where volunteers participate enthusiastically and undertake the following tasks :

Childcare Volunteer Program

Volunteering in Palampur India

  • Playing with the children and helping in making a playful environment at the center
  • Assisting the staff or caretaker in taking care of the children
  • Teaching basic English alphabets and singing poems and rhymes.
  • Playing with kids and spending time with them
  • Decorating the day care centers to make them more attractive
  • Making educational toys

Mentally Disabled Children Program


  • Help in tasks for development of the children
  • Support in day-to-day activities at the center
  • Teach arts & crafts, games, English, and other fun subjects to engage the kids.

Teaching Volunteer Program

volunteering in India- palampur

  • Help in improving the level of Spoken English in children.
  • Assist in-house teachers to conduct classes and taking lessons.
  • Take outdoor sports classes.
  • Make children aware of social issues and activities to do to keep society clean and better.

Yoga & Volunteer Adventure

Volunteers will work at the Childcare Volunteer Program and are expected to;

  • Create a fun, colorful, “Play Way” environment for the children through games, stories, and other creative activities.
  • Decorate and paint the daycare center with charts, colors, papers to make it look attractive and inviting for more children to join these centers.
  • Help, prepare and, serve nutritious meals for the children every day with the help of a local worker.

Additionally, volunteers also get to attend Yoga and Meditation sessions in the lap of Himalayas as a part of the program. The location of the project is Palampur, which is the quieter cousin of Mcleodganj, a mini-Tibet in India, that receives a lot of travelers throughout the year.

The location allows for a lot of exploration and adventure activities throughout the course of the project. Apart from Yoga and Meditation, volunteers can take up paragliding, trekking and forest walk in the mountains.

Medical/Dental Volunteering and Internship

Medical volunteering in India

Volunteering India also facilitates medical and dental volunteering and internship opportunities in Delhi and Palampur to help students and learners from across the globe get an insight into the workings of the health sector of a developing country.

While the responsibilities of such interns and volunteers vary based on their qualifications, a major component of the work includes shadowing and assisting professionals, setting up medical examination camps/check-up camps in the rural areas of Palampur and garnering a bird’s eye view of how the medical system works in India.

While it is not practically possible to list what an individual can do when working on different projects in India as individual subjectivity and creativity bring in different shades to a project, these are the largest generic guidelines on what volunteers tend to do.

To know more about your project and also secure a spot for yourself, feel free to drop us a mail at [email protected]

  • Sagar Kumar

    Loved reading your practical tips!!

    We at Don Bosco India started our volunteer tourism program fairly recently.

    I will be pleased if you can read and post your suggestions here:

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