Volunteering in South India

Travel in India for a life changing experience !

Join a volunteer programme in the country of Hindu gods and goddesses!

The volunteer programmes in South India are located in Bangalore, capital of the Karnataka state, in the state of Tamil Nadu or in Andhra Pradesh.
Add some meaning to your life and join one of these volunteer projects in South India.
The contrasts in India are everywhere, and amongst the most visible are:

. Modern Life/Tradition

. Spirituality/Superficiality in big cities

. Beauty/Misery

. Wealth/Poverty

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Where does the volunteer programmes take place ?

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Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka state, is also called "Garden City" because of its many parks, lakes and boulevards in the city centre. Here we have the cradle of technology and with its contribution to the new Indian economy, it is the most progressive city in the country.In the city centre there are several laboratories for natural and industrial research.

Everywhere you can see fast food outlets, hippy bars and nightclubs for the Indian jet set. The architecture is an amazing mix of modern buildings and old ruins.

Volunteer in South India GlobalongAs in all major Indian cities, the initial impression is of rubbish decay and chaos, but it is also a centre for modern business and computer science students and home to more than six million people in the slums.

The state of Karnataka:

is a contrast to its capital Bangalore. On the one hand we have modern, technological progress, computers and a new economy. On the other, we have ancestral landscapes, majestic forests, huge waterfalls and protected nature reserves. In Karnataka, religion is extremely important for the people and you can discover countless temples.

Hampi and Pattadakal are two sites listed as World Heritage by UNESCO and worth visiting.

The state of Tamil Nadu:

Tamil Nadu is one of the richest and most urbanized states of India. Demography is more stable and population density is less of an issue. 

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The capital is called Madras/Chennai and has more than 4 million inhabitants. Here there has been far less influence from other religions and Tamil Nadu is a very Hindu state. You will find sandy beaches, and a surprising culture and architecture.

The state of Andhra Pradesh:

The capital is called Hyderabad, and the official language is Telugu. This language has inspired many artists, and the state has become a mecca for culture, both music and art. There are many museums and some of the best Indian universities.

The volunteer programme in South India !

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So that the culture shock is not too great we run an intro-course of cultural immersion during between 1 and 10 days depending on the total length of your stay. This will include basic vocabulary and an introduction to the culture so that you will avoid making any faux pas.

You can also try your hand at yoga and meditation. You will also be informed about your volunteer mission, accommodation, living conditions and other important information. The coordinator remains available in case of doubts or questions. If you choose to participate in the volunteer programme in South India, you will receive a comprehensive guide to the area with useful advice and information.

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Meals and accommodation in South India:

You will have 3 meals per day. Breakfast usually consists of bread and tea, and lunch and dinner of rice, lentil soup, curried seasonal vegetables and possibly meat. During the first days you will stay with other volunteers in an apartment in Bangalore. You will share a room with 2-5 other volunteers.Accommodation then depends on the program you choose. You will either stay with a host family or live at your work placement. Most of the time you share your room with at least one other volunteer.

The majority of accommodation has electricity, but are subject to cuts.

Volunteer in South India GlobalongHousing and toilets are basic but generally well maintained.

Expect very basic living conditions in the countryside.

Most host families are used to receive foreign volunteers, and usually at least one family member speaks English.The projects are located around Bangalore, or a little further out, in the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Note that you may need to take public transport to get to your place of work. Travel costs are your responsibility, but remain small (usually less than a euro a day).

Useful information to your volunteer programme

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Internships in South India:

An additionnal internship fee of 135€ per month is applied. If you wish to volunteer as part of your studies and do an official internship, please choose the case that applies to the lenght of your stay when you enroll. 

Included in South India's programme:

Initial membership fee (200 €) enrolment as a member of the GlobAlong Association is valid for a period of 9 years (renewable).


  • Sheets
  • Pillow
  • Blanket
  • Running water
  • Hot water

Programme, follow-up, customization :

  • Pick-up at the airport
  • Transfer to your accommodation
  • Help and guidance from our team in Europe before your programme starts
  • Transfer to your volunteer placement on the first day
  • Accommodation
  • Full board for the duration of your stay
  • Globalong mission bénévolat IndeTransfer to your project location (apart if your project is in Dharamsala)
  • Customization of your programme
  • In-country intro days to prepare for your project
  • 7/7 support from the local coordinator
  • Support from the Globalong team during your entire stay
  • Personal blog on our network
  • Advice on how to get your visa (if needed)
  • Country guide
  • Traveller's guide 
  • Organization fees
  • Echange culturel en Inde GlobalongCertificate of attendance to a volunteer programme
  • Donation for a project

Non-included in South India's programme:

  • Extra outings
  • Personal expenses
  • Flights to and from India
  • Daily transport to and from your volunteer placement
  • Transfer back to the airport at the end of your stay
  • Travel and cancellation insurance (mandatory)
  • Vaccinations (click here for more information)
  • Visa fees
  • Globalong international volunteering in South indiaFees if you wish to take yoga, music, dance, art, computer or other lessons that our partner organizes
  • Internship fee (135€ per month)

Bank holidays in South India in 2017/2018:

Teaching projects are closed :

  • 19th October 2017: Deewali
  • 25th December 2017: Christmas Day
  • 26th December 2017: Boxing Day
  • 1st January 2018: New Year
  • 26th January 2018: Republic Day
  • 02nd March 2018: Holi Festival
  • 30th Mars 2018: Good Friday
  • 29th May 2018: Bouddha’s birthday
  • 15th June 2018: Idul Fitr
  • 15th August 2018: Independence Day
  • 20th September 2018: Day of Ashurah
  • From 29th till 30th September 2018: Dasara
  • 2nd October 2018: Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday
  • 19th October 2018: Deewali
  • 25th December 2018: Christmas Day
  • 26th December 2018: Boxing Day

From 12th till 25th October 2018: Hollidays
From 22th till 26th December 2018: Hollidays

Climate in South India:

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For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@globalong.com

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