India Orphanage and Care Projects
Our orphanage and care projects are based in several orphanages,
schools for the disabled and child care projects in and around Kerala's
state capital, Trivandrum. Many of the projects are run by the Catholic
Church and usually care for groups of either boys or girls. Some
of the projects look after up to 200 children who are lovingly cared
for by a dedicated team of monks or nuns. The children usually come
to the orphanages and child care projects from the age of 4 years
old upwards and are usually from families unable to support them.
The children go to school during the day so you will be busiest
helping the staff get the children ready for school in the morning
and after they come home from school in the afternoon. They are
particularly keen for you to help with the children's homework or
to get the children involved in after school activities.
Not all of the children in the orphanages or the schools we work
with are technically orphans. Some are 'economic orphans'. These
children may have parents who are in prison or who work in the fishing
communities of Trivandrum. Their parents may not have the time or
resources to look after the children or to pay for their education
so send them to an orphanage or para-residential care project run
by the church.
If you are interested in cricket, the boys homes will be particularly
keen to hear from you. Most boys in India are fanatical about cricket
so bring out your bat, some balls and a set of stumps and you'll
be incredibly popular!
If you are interested in computers, we would value your skills
to help at a project to help disabled girls in Trivandrum. The project
aims to teach the children valuable computing skills that they can
then use to improve their employment prospects.
If you're interested in music or drama, why not get the children
involved in a play. If you have a particular interest, we'll encourage
you to bring this to the project. For example you may be interested
in nature, model making or reading. Why not get the children interested
in this too by running a club.
The orphanage and care projects are incredibly varied and we have
a wide range of projects that will take advantage of your hobbies
and interests. When you join, we'll ask about you and your interests
and hobbies so that we can match you the most appropriate project.
Contact us to chat about which project
would be most suitable for you.
Even though most of our projects are run by the Catholic Church,
we should point out that we are a non-religious organisation. The
projects welcome volunteers of all ages, faiths, cultures and backgrounds.
Note all projects working with children require a background
check. This is an extra cost of about £10 but we will make
the necessary arrangements. Parking tickets, speeding fines, and
some criminal convictions will not prevent you from joining us;
we simply check if you have any prior convictions relating to harming
All costs shown above are for one month. Additional months can
be added for £595.
You choose your dates for teaching, orphanage, journalism and medical
placements but spaces throughout the year are limited so reserve
your space now.
Why are some dates cheaper than others?
Our pricing policy explained.