Volunteer and live in India’s capital city New Delhi, one of the most multicultural and massive cities in the world.
Hindi is the official local language in Delhi, however English is also widely spoken. Other languages include Punjabi, Urdu and Haryanavi.
You will stay with a local Indian family who will provide you with your own room, most meals, include you in family activities, and generally help you adjust to and learn about their culture and country. Our families can host more than one volunteer at a time, so you can stay in the same house with your friend(s) or partner. You may also need to share a room with another volunteer if you are traveling alone.
Meals usually will be vegetarian and will be freshly cooked 2/3 times a day depending on your program. A typical Indian meal consists of rice, roti (bread), dal (lentils), vegetables and salad. Meat is seldom cooked, however you can always order some if you wish to eat.
Delhi is safe in terms of personal safety as well as health, especially compared to other large Indian cities. The biggest problem faced by volunteers is usually an occasional upset stomach as their bodies adjust to the food and water and warmer climate. Only drink bottled water, which costs $0.30 (12 Rupees). There is also the risk of malaria, so check with your travel doctor to see if malaria medication might be appropriate. There are medical clinics and large hospitals in Delhi that can handle basic and serious medical problems.
The climate of Delhi is very hot and mostly dry. High temperatures range from 90 F in April to 120 F in June. There is a brief wet monsoon season in July/August. Click here for the current forecast.
Sightseeing & Activities
There are many sightseeing and cultural events to see in and around the Delhi area as well as in the Northern and Western regions of the city. Some of the highlights include the Qutab Minar, Red Fort, Himayuns Tomb, and Lotus Temple. You can also to go visit the Agra Taj Mahal on weekends.