Application » Shanti Bhavan Children's Project


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

ANNOUNCEMENT: Our summer volunteer application cycle is closed, and we are now in the process of revising our volunteer application. Please DO NOT complete an application until our new cycle begins on March 1st. Thanks for your understanding!

Volunteer positions at Shanti Bhavan are highly competitive and are given out 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, conditions, time, culture, etc. The children of Shanti Bhavan have experienced extreme trauma and difficulties. Whether it is domestic and/or sexual violence and/or abuse, loss of immediate family/friends or being a victim of, or directly affected by racism/discrimination, these children have experienced some form of crisis. Please carefully consider how you may deal with these feelings.

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 (1) letter of recommendation is required, submitted with this 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 1 week of submitting your application.
  • Fulfill two (2) rounds of skype interviews.
  • Participate in two (2) online, pre-departure training sessions.

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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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. Only successful candidates will be contacted for first round interviews.

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