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


ANNOUNCEMENT: The application cycle for fall 2019 applicants is now open!


Volunteer positions at Shanti Bhavan are highly competitive. Placements are awarded 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 letter of recommendation is required, submitted with this 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.

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. Due to the high volume of applications, not all applicants will be offered the opportunity to interview.

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