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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, culturally enriching, 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. The school is accredited by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) in New Delhi. Core subjects include English Grammar and Literature, Mathematics, History and Civics, and Indian Languages (Hindi and Tamil specifically). Volunteers are usually responsible for teaching Social Studies, English Grammar, English Literature, Geography, Economics, Indian History and Civics, and elementary level Computers and Science. The classes available for volunteers to teach can vary depending on the active roster of full-time teachers.

Shanti Bhavan provides all volunteers with free 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 term (June – August): Accepting applications from September 1st to January 31st
  • Fall term (September – December): Accepting applications from March 1st to June 30th
  • Spring term (January – April): Accepting applications from June 1st to September 30th

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


Media Volunteer

We’re excited to announce a new volunteer position on campus! Shanti Bhavan is looking for an experienced photographer or videographer to serve as a media volunteer, helping to gather content for our website and social media platforms. Unlike the teaching volunteer position, the minimum length of stay for a media volunteer is two weeks. Please send a resume, a cover letter, and a sample of previous work to [email protected] if interested in volunteering during our fall semester.


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.
  • 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.
  • Submit your recommendation letter within the online application form, or have your recommender email their letter to [email protected] within one week of submitting your application.
  • Fulfill two rounds of video interviews.
  • Complete online training modules and required training deliverable.
  • 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.

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