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We’re excited that you want to work with Shanti Bhavan.


COVID-19 Update: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Shanti Bhavan has canceled the volunteer program for the remainder of 2021. We will open spring 2022 applications on October 1st. However, we have yet to determine when volunteers will be invited back to campus, as travel to India continues to be restricted.


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

Volunteer positions at Shanti Bhavan are highly competitive. Placements are awarded based on merit, with additional preference given to early applicants. Please complete the entire application below, and expect a 4-8 week processing time.

Shanti Bhavan recruits volunteers with the understanding that almost always at some point in time, due to a variety of unpredictable situations, you will be uncomfortable – whether it’s due to food, living conditions, time constraints, cultural differences, etc. The children of Shanti Bhavan have experienced extreme trauma and difficulties. Please carefully consider how you may respond to this context.

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 this application.
  • Application must be submitted in English. Shanti Bhavan is an English medium school, and volunteers are required to be fluent in the English language.

Application Process

  • Submit the online application form below.
  • Submit your recommendation letter within the online application form, or have your recommender email their letter to sophy[email protected] within one week of submitting your application.
  • Fulfill up to two rounds of video interviews.
  • Complete online training modules and required training deliverable (post-acceptance).
  • Participate in two online, pre-departure training sessions (post-acceptance).

The Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, status as an individual with a disability, gender, or sexual orientation. All information will be held confidential unless specified otherwise.

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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Shanti Bhavan! We are excited to learn more about your experiences. Please note that thorough responses will be given preference and incomplete applications will be discarded. Due to the high volume of applications, not all applicants will be offered the opportunity to interview.

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