The Best Places to Volunteer in New Delhi

Volunteer in India | © Johan Bichel Lindegaard / Flickr
Volunteer in India | © Johan Bichel Lindegaard / Flickr
Photo of Mridu Rai
21 January 2018

Being a volunteer in Delhi can be an enriching experience. You can contribute to the society while also getting the chance to explore this historically important city. Delhi has some great not-for-profit organisations working to support those who are in dire need. Here’s our pick of the best of them.


Katha started off as a humble magazine for children living in the margins of society. With dedicated efforts, the award-winning organisation has grown to include several innovative projects all committed to bringing quality education to those in need. Over the years, Katha has helped underprivileged children graduate and find employment in top firms. The Katha School of Entrepreneurship has also produced many enterprising individuals. By choosing to volunteer here, you can help improve the future of many others.

Katha, A3, Sarvodaya Enclave, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi, India, +91 11 414 166 00


A classroom in session | © Tom Maisey / Flickr

Salaam Balak Trust

Salaam Balak Trust is an organisation that supports children living and working on the streets of Delhi and Mumbai. The non-profit body was created with the proceeds of the 1988 Mira Nair-directed film Salaam Bombay!, which explored the harsh lives of street children trying to make ends meet in Mumbai. From improving their health and hygiene to offering educational opportunities and even setting up residential centres, Salaam Balak Trust works to provide holistic support to these children forced into difficult lives.

Salaam Balak Trust, 2nd Floor, DDA Community Centre, Gali Chandiwali, Paharganj, New Delhi, India, +91 11 235 864 16


Street children in India | © Randy Adams / Flickr

Happy Hands Foundation

India has a rich tradition of folk arts and handicrafts, but often, the skilled artisans who mostly live in rural areas tend to get the raw end of the deal. Happy Hands Foundation is committed to empowering these artisans, who not only deserve more wages but also respect for their craftsmanship. The organisation also encourages women and young people to become self-dependent and contribute to the community through arts and crafts.

Happy Hands Foundation, A-17/3 Saket Enclave, New Delhi, India, +91 11 465 241 23


Indian handicraft | © Priyambada Nath / Flickr


If you care about the preservation of the environment, you can volunteer at Greenpeace India’s Delhi office. Working at a global NGO can be a good learning experience as well. Some of the organisation’s work here includes conservation of Indian forests, promotion of renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and providing clean air and water for everyone. It also supports the planning and execution of any personal campaigns through the GreenpeaceX project.

Greenpeace, +91 1234 5678 90


Purana Qila, New Delhi | © Varun Shiv Kapur / Flickr

Music Basti

The positive effect of music on learning and the cognitive processes has been scientifically established. Working on this premise, Music Basti has helped many underprivileged children living in institutionalised child-care organisations to improve their learning abilities through unconventional music education programmes. If you love music and want to help make a difference through your passion, volunteering at Music Basti can be truly rewarding.

Music Basti, B 38, Fourth Floor, Hill View Apartments, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi, India, +91 9654 1991 07

Umeed The Rehabilitation Centre

Umeed is a rehabilitation centre providing residence to those animals for whom finding homes can be hard since they are old, paralysed or suffer from some chronic diseases. The organisation also takes care of abused and neglected animals and helps facilitate their adoption processes. Umeed believes that all animals are equal, and if you agree, join in their cause to make lives better for these lovely furry friends.

Umeed The Rehabilitation Centre, Baliawas Village, Behind Pathways School, Gurgaon, Delhi-NCR, India, +91 9999 9565 41

Picture Wala

Calling themselves a “moving entertainment circus”, Picture Wala travels across the country to provide entertainment in the form of creative arts to children living in the streets and slum areas. They conduct workshops on art, cinema, theatre, dance, sports, photography, self-defence and more for economically disadvantaged children. Help make the lives of these young ones more fun and meaningful and volunteer with Picture Wala.

Children dancing | © Trocaire / Flickr

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