Volunteer at Shanti Bhavan

Be a Part of Our Story

Shanti Bhavan’s top-notch volunteers help break the cycle of poverty by contributing to our children’s world-class education. When you volunteer at Shanti Bhavan, you have an experience unlike any other. Your work as a volunteer at our school will be a challenging, culturally enriching, and life-changing experience.

Our volunteers teach classes, tutor students, and lead extra-curricular activities such as art, dance, sports, spelling bee and public speaking. They help plan events, assist with projects relevant to their skills, and introduce our children to new ideas and cultures.

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, supplementing the full-time teaching staff for pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade. The school is accredited by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) in New Delhi.

At the primary level, volunteers are usually responsible for teaching Social studies, Science, Computers, General knowledge, and English. At the middle school level, they are often asked to teach History, Civics, and Geography. At the high school level, they may be responsible for Economics, English literature and English language. The classes available for volunteers to teach are subject to change, as they can vary depending on the active roster of full-time teachers.

Shanti Bhavan provides all volunteers with free on-campus accommodations and meals. Read our volunteer FAQ for more information on the volunteer experience.

We accept volunteer applications in three cycles each year. Depending on when you want to volunteer at Shanti Bhavan, you should complete an application in the following windows of time:

  • Summer term (June – August): Accepting applications October – January
  • Fall term (September – December): Accepting applications April – June
  • Spring term (January – April): Accepting applications July – September

Please send a resume and a cover letter to [email protected] if interested in volunteering. Please also specify the term you’re interested in volunteering for: Summer, Fall, or Spring.

Application Requirements

  • Volunteer applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • There is a six-week minimum commitment for summer applicants and a 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 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 [email protected] within one week of submitting your application.
  • Fulfill up to two rounds of video interviews.
  • Complete online training modules (post-acceptance).
  • Participate in two online, pre-departure training sessions (post-acceptance).

Before you apply, here are some things that are important to think about:

  • COVID Update: Shanti Bhavan has several new volunteer policies in place related to COVID-19. These include proof of vaccination, 3-day on-campus quarantine upon arrival, restricted travel off-campus, and required testing. It is important for volunteers to know that COVID policies may change from month to month depending on the state of the pandemic.
  • Flexibility is essential when working in the field. Consider how you handle yourself in new, different, or 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 a lack of access to nutritious food, loss of immediate family or friends, or being a victim of racism and discrimination, the 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. We encourage our volunteers to practice self-care throughout their time on campus.
  • Due to a variety of unpredictable factors, you will likely need to step out of your comfort zone at some point during your time on campus – whether it’s due to food, living conditions, time constraints, or cultural differences.
  • The volunteer’s workload is demanding and requires very long hours. Prospective volunteers should expect a full-time workload with little opportunity to engage in side projects.
  • 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?

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.

Start Your Application

Media Volunteer

Do you have a background in videography or photography and an interest in coming to campus? Shanti Bhavan is looking for an experienced individual 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 becoming a volunteer at Shanti Bhavan. Please also specify the term you’re interested in volunteering for: Summer, Fall, or Spring.

What Shanti Bhavan Means to Me

Volunteer Chinmay

Chinmay

“A day at Shanti Bhavan is a day with purpose. It’s a day to be curious and laugh freely and cement memories so vivid that you can still taste them years later (or maybe that’s the dosa?). My conception of opportunity and of true commitment to community is grounded in my time spent at SB; it is an experience that guides me everyday.”

Volunteer Eduard

Eduard

“I came to Shanti Bhavan as an engineer and I discovered myself as an educator. After more than a decade of repeated visits and volunteering, I can say that there is no other school like Shanti Bhavan. This school is the reason why I now dedicate myself to designing and developing educational innovation projects. It is not only a magnificent place to share your knowledge with children who really deserve it, but it is also a place to learn and transform yourself.”

Volunteer Abby

Abby

“I’ve never met a more tight-knit community than the one found at Shanti Bhavan. From the first time I stepped onto campus, I felt like I had been welcomed into a new family. At Shanti Bhavan, I grew immensely as an individual, learning from the students the values of love, community, hard work, and strong character. The children inspired me every day, and will continue to have a lasting impression on my heart.”

Volunteer Diego

Diego

“My Shanti Bhavan experience was a pivotal point in my life. I had never felt such passion for anything else. In the school, I found probably some of the biggest challenges but also the best rewards. The children’s joy is contagious and it stays in your heart forever. After Shanti Bhavan, I decided to become a teacher and now I am a Teach for America Corps member in Detroit.”

Volunteer Emily

Emily

“The Shanti Bhavan model proves that the cycle of poverty can and will end through education. My experience at Shanti Bhavan has not only transformed my work as an educator back in the United States but also has given me a renewed sense of purpose and a home away from home. Shanti Bhavan truly is a haven of peace.”

Boys racing at Shanti Bhavan

Karan

“Shanti Bhavan has cultivated a truly unique community in which all members, from teachers and volunteers to staff members and administrators, have the best interests of the students at heart and work incredibly hard to that end. This spirit, as well as the beautiful SB children who embody it, has made my involvement with SB one of the most rewarding aspects of my life and a source of great friendship, pride, and joy.”

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