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 has around 50 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.

there is opportunity for supporting the teachers in the lessons that are taught in English, whilst working with groups of children alone…


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, whilst providing additional support to children whose parents are unable to assist in their studies (a bit like a homework club).

Children’s Home

Being a Care Work volunteer is a great chance to spend time at our Children’s Home, currently home to 25 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 very sad, 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.


The campus has a hospice


Ask Berlin what we can put in relation to working at the hospice / if it is possible



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 Children’s Home.

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
  • Three meals per day whilst on campus
  • 24/7 support
  • Pre-departure support and advice
  • Airport pickup*
  • Emergency contact number (with SIM) both in India and the UK
  • Advice on flights, visas and insurance

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.


Other benefits

Our placement trustee, Carol, is able to advise on experiences, excursions and other opportunities available for you whilst visiting India.


1 month placement – £600

2 weeks placement – £350

Additional weeks at £200 per week

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
  • Shopping at the ancient Pudumandappam market in Madurai
  • Coir making village
  • Azhagarkoil Temple
  • Samanar Rock Temple
  • Jain Temple
  • Thirupparamkunram (TPK) Murugan temple

  • Visit the southern seaside pilgrimage site Kanyakumari (2 day trip)
  • Visit the former French colony, Pondicherry (2 day trip)


Take full advantage of your Indian experience after your trip….

  • 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 March of each calendar year.

Why? This is an amazing time of year in Madurai due to the fantastic weather, alongside our ability to 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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