I’m Volunteering in India!

A New Adventure Starts ….

I’m so excited to be returning to a very special country that really sparked off my wanderlust. This incredible country gave me a real culture shock but also provided me with some of the most rewarding, as well as challenging, experiences and for me, is the epitome of transformative travel.

back to india
I’m so excited to be volunteering in India

Welcome to Bangalore

I’m going to be volunteering in India, based in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, capital of the state of Karnataka and the 4th largest metropolitan in India with a population of about 9 million people.

Bangalore, or Bengularu, is often described as India’s silicon city a it is the major center of India’s IT industry.  Off course there are still many people in desperate need in this big, busy city. I’ll be volunteering there with a local NGO working to empower women and help street children. This exciting opportunity has all been organised by an amazing local NGO there called Leave Ur Mark.

Who are Leave Ur Mark?

Leave UR Mark is a social enterprise that matches volunteers, interns, and travelers from around the world who want to come to India for a meaningful internship and volunteer experience that benefits both your career development as well as positive community growth through local initiatives.  They work with a variety of well deserving charitable and professional organisations that are working towards the betterment of India.

You can get an idea of the types of projects available on the Leave Ur Mark website and for more information you can read more about what its like working with Leave Ur Mark at Give for Granted.com 

Vidhana Soudha ( State Legislature House), Bangalore under the morning Golden SunLight
Vidhana Soudha ( the State Legislature House), Bangalore

Why Volunteer?

The poverty and inequality that I witnessed on my first visit to India really shocked me and I’ve longed to give something back ever since. Volunteering is also a great way to get learn more about Indian culture, get more involved with the local community, learn new skills, meet new friends and gain an all round more meaningful and immersive Indian experience. I think I’ll get just as much out of it as them!

Introducing Reaching Hand

Leave Ur Mark have organised an incredible volunteering program with an NGO called Reaching Hand. Reaching Hand is a registered Charitable Trust started in 1996 to work with vulnerable children, marginalized women & deprived families empowering them to lead a life of hope, self-worth and dignity. It envisions a promising future for all by acting as a catalyst for social change. Empowerment of children, women & families from weaker sections of society through quality education, health care and skill development is the key focus of Reaching Hand.

How you can help

Right now Reaching Hand desperately need funds and volunteers to help with their work, including building a new children’s home to house, protect, educate and nurture 100 vulnerable children and orphans. According to UNICEF in 2007, there are an astounding 25 million orphans recorded in India, these children lose the opportunities for school, health care, growth, development, nutrition, and shelter in addition to the profound loss and burden they experience from the death of their parents.

Reaching Hand create an environment of care & compassion for all those in need. The children’s home reduces the suffering of the abandoned, destitute and vulnerable children by providing them the necessary support, protection, nutritious food, health care and quality education along with life skills.  The goal of the project is to make “Today’s Destitute into Tomorrow’s Leader”.

The amazing children from New Home - Reaching Hand's home for orphans
The amazing children from New Home – Reaching Hand’s home for orphans

Come and Volunteer in India!

Reaching Hand, and many other organisations, desperately need volunteers.  You could help out in the office with fundraising and marketing, writing and blogging, or organising events to raise funds and and awareness. They also need help with teaching English or ICT, working to empower women by teaching them further life skills and women rights, caring for our children in the New Home and teach extra-curricular activities or by assisting and caring for HIV/AIDS affected families and organising and running Health Camps in Government Schools.

If you are interested, or to see other opportunities for volunteering and interning in India look on the Leave Ur Mark website or contact [email protected]

If you cannot spare your time then you can also see more about Reaching Hand’s work and donate or sponsor a child using this link https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/education-and-hope-for-50-orphans-children-in-india/

volunteering in india with reaching hand
Volunteers at a Reaching Hand project in Bangalore

Thanks so much for your support!

As well as donating you can help by volunteering in India with Leave Ur Mark – check out the programs available here.

It’s not all work though – there are plenty of things to do in Bangalore . I’m also looking forward to exploring some more of beautiful, luscious South India at the weekends; admiring the palaces of Mysore, the refreshing hill stations, the enigmatic ruins of the temples at Hampi, chilling out with the cows on the beaches of Goa.

Keep following on the blog and at facebook, twitter and instagram for the latest updates from India!

Bangalore kids
kids in Bangalore, India

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Marcus Eriksson December 2, 2014 at 2:57 pm

This will be really fun and interesting to follow. Mostly because I was born in India. I was lucky to be adopted to Sweden when 6 months though, but still have some kind of connection to the country and the people…

Do you like Bangalore so far? I have been there and didn’t like it at all. Together with Chennai, I think it was the worst place I have visited in India. But it is close to amazing Mysore and jungles and other cool things which is awesome! 😉

Anna Phipps December 3, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Thank you! That’s interesting – so do you like to visit India then? It’s a shame you didn’t like Bangalore. For me Bangalore seems really quite modern and chilled out compared to the cities in the north especially Delhi which I did not enjoy. I like what I’ve seen so far but I’ve been so busy volunteering I haven’t had much time at the weekend. Mysore is on my list of places to go at the weekend – do you have any other recommendations while I’m in Bangalore?

Marcus Eriksson December 6, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Yes, India is still one of my favorite countries to visit. 🙂

In the south I would recommend Kerala (backwaters in Allepey) and Kanyakumari – at the tip of India – is quite picturesque. Closer to Mysore there are some safaris that are really cool. I went to K Gudi Wilderness Camp (http://www.junglelodges.com/k.gudi-wilderness-camp) in 2010. Saw lots of animals, including a leopard. My last visit I took local buses between cities/places and just sitting there watching the scenery and life go by can be really amazing.

I did some blogging if you are interested, or just see some photos – it is in Swedish and I am not sure how good u can google translate it tho…


Carol Griffin March 9, 2016 at 7:40 am

India is one of my favorite places too, because while doing volunteer travel in India I learned lots of things such as Indian culture, yummy and spicy food cooking, true friendship and many more. hope you have experienced more than what you have written.

Anna March 9, 2016 at 5:28 pm

Hi Carol. Thanks for your comment and I’m glad you had such a good experience while volunteering in India. This is an old post which was just an announcement before I started hence why I didn’t have much to write about then. I have written much more about my experience here – http://www.global-gallivanting.com/day-life-volunteering-india/

Amit May 31, 2017 at 2:18 pm

Great post, I was looking for something like this one.

Banudurga June 1, 2017 at 1:53 pm

Hi,very nice blog..thanks for such a good post.

wevolunteerinindia January 31, 2019 at 12:08 pm

nice blog, thank you for sharing the useful information with us.

Martin Bankers October 8, 2019 at 10:21 pm

I like to volunteer in Karnatama


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