Chennai (formerly known as Madras) is another fascinating place to volunteer in India. Chennai the capital of the Tamil Nadu state and one of the largest cities in southern India, with a population of 6.9 million.
Our volunteer programs in Chennai take place in many sections of the city. Most foreign visitors, including our participants, arrive in Chennai by air, at the Chennai International Airport. Many airlines have direct flights to Chennai, while the city is well-connected by air and train to the Indian cities Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore.
The majority of residents in Chennai are native Tamilians and speak Tamil. English is the primary language of our volunteer programs in Chennai. English is widely spoken, and is used almost exclusively in business, education and other professions.
When you volunteer in Chennai, you will have to commute at least a short distance to your place of work, as Chennai is a spread-out city. You can use the efficient and cheap local rail system, buses, auto rickshaws and taxis. Transportation is very cheap compared to western standards. Volunteers are responsible for the cost of their daily transport in Chennai.
The climate Chennai is very hot and humid most of the year. Temperatures range from 100-107 F (38-42 C) in May-June to 75 F (24 C) in January. So when you volunteer in Chennai, you will experience seasonal rainfall from October to December, leaving the city prone to occasional flooding.
Sightseeing & Activities
Chennai’s historical past can be seen in the numerous temples, shrines, palaces and forts scattered around the city. Marina Beach (12 km) is the 2nd longest beach in the world and a must-see. Other important attractions include Parthsarthy Temple, Santhome Cathedral, the National Art Gallery, and Fort St. George which was the first estate of the British Empire in India. The city is also known for its sport venues and hosts India’s only ATP tennis event, the Chennai Open.