When you have nothing much to offer to others in their grave needs or helplessness, all you can do is commit yourself to their service by becoming a volunteer. However, mostly, you are required to pay a price—usually exorbitant— even to become a volunteer.
Spend some time looking for the free volunteering opportunities in India—or anywhere else for that matter—you would come to realize that volunteering opportunities that are absolutely for free are few and far between. And the programs that are genuinely free are either unreachable (due to intense fight for the available positions) or unreliable (due to the shady nature of their operation).
So what do you do about your desire and determination to volunteer abroad? How do you move forward with your aspirations of making some difference in the life of others by your volunteering work, and, of course, experiencing India and its magical life for yourself?
Being Realistic about the Free
Ideally, a volunteering work should be available to anyone for free. It should be a free exchange of participation opportunity and services. But, whether you go to India or elsewhere, the reality is different, and the term ‘free volunteering’ does not imply absolutely free volunteering.
Anybody who has travelled to India as an international volunteer and knows the ins and outs of volunteering in the country would suggest you to have a realistic expectation when it comes to free volunteering opportunity in India. They would point out to the fact that most of the leading volunteering organizations in India are able to operate mainly because they receive generous support from the local and international volunteers.
A few of the international volunteer organizations that are well-funded provide you food and shelter for free and do not expect you to contribute to cover the operational costs. A large number of the organizations, however, rely on your participation and generous contributions. They want you to bear the responsibility of supporting yourself with your personal expenses and, usually, spare a little extra for the operational costs. Thus far, you should consider your volunteering involvement with them as free.
Some Noteworthy ‘Free’ Volunteering Organizations in India
Seeing the volunteering programs in this light, we have seen a great number of organizations active in providing meaningful volunteer services in India, ranging between free to low-cost to affordable. Here is a list of ten of such organizations as an example.
As a note of caution, while looking for a volunteer project in India, do not overemphasize the ‘free’ factor. Yes, avoid the programs with chokingly high fees, but be equally careful not to be trapped by the programs that seem dirt-cheap in the beginning but come to bite you from the back with hidden fees. Do a thorough research about social profile of the potential organizations before venturing out with.
Do you know any volunteering organization that meets this free criteria and you want to add to our list? Share your information with us and our readers.
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