Volunteer in India

Welcome to India.  The most incredible country on earth.

Home to 1.25 billion people, India is a vast country full of culture, flavours and experiences to be enjoyed!  All of our placements are based in the ancient city of Madurai, in the heart of Tamil Nadu.  Tamil Nadu is a huge state, and is at the southernmost point of India.  We’re sure you’ll love exploring here, and we can offer you the chance to truly get the most out of your stay.

NOTE: We do not currently have any volunteering opportunities available.  Please register your interest at the bottom of this page, and we’ll let you know as soon as we have availability!

Your Invitation

We would like to invite you to volunteer with us in India, where every pound you contribute goes straight to good causes.  Find out all the information you need below to embark on the most incredible journey of your life.

What can I do?


This role involves working in the Primary School, based on the Russ Campus.  Our Primary School boasts 120 students of various ages from 4 to 10 years old.  The children all come from rural villages surrounding the Russ Campus, alongside a small number who live at our Home for Children without Parents.


All of our volunteers have a real chance to get fully involved in the daily school routine, alongside any additional events that occur throughout the year.  Additionally, our volunteers are able to sometimes take part in our Community Outreach works, particularly at the Evening Tuition Centres that we operate for children who are unable to attend school.


Being a Care Work volunteer is a great chance to spend time at the Home for Children without Parents, currently home to 39 children with various backgrounds.  This is a truly rewarding opportunity to get the chance to really influence the lives of children that all have their own unique, often horrific, stories to tell.


All of the children at our home have been given a new life, where they can prosper as individuals – and spending time here is often a highlight of any volunteers time at the Russ Foundation.  Whilst here, you will also have the chance to spend time at the school.


Our Medical placements offer you the chance to get an insight into work on the front line.  At Russ, we are proud to run many Outreach programmes, typically with a focus on Sexually Transmitted Diseases – such as HIV/AIDS – and also our Doctors Clinic, that enables people from rural backgrounds to be properly diagnosed and treated for various ailments.


As with our other placements, volunteers are based at the Russ Campus, meaning you still have plenty of time to interact with the children at the Home for Children without Parents!

What's Included?

We have outlined our placement times, alongside the cost below.  Unlike the many ‘Voluntourism’ companies that are now operating, we do not take large administration fees.  The costs below cover all of the following;

  • Accommodation and Food
  • 24/7 support
  • State Coordination
  • Pre-departure support and advice
  • Airport pickup*
  • Emergency contact number (with SIM) both in India and the UK
  • Advice on flights, visas and insurance
  • Donation to the Russ Foundation

Our fees do NOT include the cost of flights, visas, or insurance.  We can organise your flights on your behalf, for a small additional fee.


6 month Placement – £1,800 (Best Value – just £300 per month!)

5 month Placement – £1,650 (£330 per month)

4 month Placement – £1,500 (£375 per month)

3 month Placement – £1,200 (£400 per month)

2 month Placement – £900 (£450 per month)

1 month Placement – £500 (£500 per month)

Free Time and Travel

Every week, you’ll be guaranteed two free days.  If you would like more, this is also fine – but as a minimum, we’ll make sure you have two.


What can I do during my free time?

  • Visit local landmarks, such as the famous Sri Meenakshi Amman Temple
  • Take excursions to more distant locations, by the coast, city or mountains
  • Travel to north India, and witness incredible sights such as the Taj Mahal
  • Immerse yourself in nature, enjoying wonders such as elephants and tigers at natural parks
When can I volunteer?!

Volunteering opportunities are typically open between January and April of each calendar year.

Why? This is so that we can ensure that you always have contact available with our placement trustee, Carol.  Applications typically open around the Summer of each calendar year, for the upcoming New Year.

You can register your interest for the upcoming volunteering period using the form at the end of this page!

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Complete the details below to register your interest in our ethical volunteering opportunities.  Once completed, we’ll be in touch soon.

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