Volunteer » Shanti Bhavan Children's Project


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We’re glad you want to volunteer.

Shanti Bhavan’s top-notch volunteers help break the cycle of poverty by contributing to our children’s world-class education.

Volunteering at Shanti Bhavan is an experience unlike any other. Your work as a volunteer at our school will be a challenging, moving, diverse, and life-changing experience.

Our volunteers teach classes, mentor students, and lead extra-curricular activities such as art, dance, sports, and debate. They help plan events, assist with projects relevant to their skills, and introduce our children to new ideas and cultures.

Volunteers supplement the full-time teaching staff for pre-school to twelfth grade. Shanti Bhavan is a boarding school with a tight schedule that runs from 6:30 am to 9:30 pm. Volunteers are expected to teach four to six classes a day and lead extra-curricular activities, such as arts, dance, sports, and debate.The school is accredited by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) in New Delhi. The core subjects are English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Indian Languages (Hindi and Tamil specifically), and World Events. 

Volunteer positions at Shanti Bhavan are highly competitive and given out based on merit, with additional preference given to early applicants. Volunteers for the summer cycle are expected to commit to a minimum six-week stay. Volunteers for Spring and Fall cycles are expected to commit to a minimum four-week stay. Because volunteers make a significant time commitment to the school and our children, Shanti Bhavan provides all volunteers with on-campus accommodations and meals. 

We accept volunteer applications in three cycles each year. Depending on when you want to volunteer you should complete an application in the following windows of time:

  • Summer (June – August): Accepting applications from September 1st to January 31st
  • Fall (September – December): Accepting applications from March 1st to June 30th
  • Spring (January – April): Accepting applications from June 1st to September 30th

Come make a lasting difference in the lives of our children!

Application Requirements

  • Volunteer applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • There is a six week minimum commitment for summer applicants and four-week minimum commitment for spring and fall applicants, waived only under special circumstances.
  • One letter of recommendation is required, submitted with your application.
  • Applicant must be able to provide proof of  current or previous attendance/enrollment in a university or high school.
  • Application must be submitted in English. Shanti Bhavan is an English medium school, and volunteers are required to be fluent in English language.

Application Process

  • Submit the online application form below.
  • Have your recommender send us their letter within one week of submitting your application.
  • Fulfill two rounds of skype interviews.
  • Participate in two online, pre-departure training sessions.

Before you apply, here are some things that are important to think about:

  • Personal stress management is important when working in the field. Consider how you handle yourself in stressful situations and if this could impact how you work with children.
  • The children of Shanti Bhavan have experienced extreme trauma and difficulties. Whether it is domestic or sexual violence, loss of immediate family or friends, or being a victim of racism and discrimination, these children have all survived some form of crisis. Please consider how the reality of these traumas may affect you, and impact the way you interact with the children.
  • Due to a variety of unpredictable factors, you will likely feel uncomfortable at some point in time – whether it’s due to food, conditions, time, or cultural differences.
  • The volunteer’s workload is demanding and requires very long hours.
  • Volunteers are role models for our children. No smoking, alcoholic beverages, or illegal substances are permitted on Shanti Bhavan property ever, without exception.


Ready to join the Shanti Bhavan family? Start your application here.

The Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, origin, age, sex, religion, handicap, gender, or sexual preference. All information will be held confidential unless specified otherwise.

Help us support hundreds more children from their first day of school to their first day of work.