Volunteer with Manav Sadhna
Embark on a Journey of Transformation
What to Expect
– Mahatma Gandhi
Volunteer Requirements & Application
Housing and Food
We provide simple volunteer housing, located close to the main MS campus. The volunteer homes are separate for men and women and have equipped kitchens.
We prepare a simple vegetarian lunch everyday (except Sundays) for our volunteers at the MS kitchen. Volunteers must arrange for their other meals.
Volunteer Home Rules
- Absolutely No Alcohol or Drug Use Permitted
- Observe Vegetarian Diet (at MS and Volunteer Housing)
- Live Simply and Be Mindful of Others
- Be Responsible for Daily Housekeeping and Cleaning of Volunteer Accommodation
Vaccinations and Medicines: Contact your local travel clinic for information on vaccinations and medicines that should be brought to India.
Visas: According to recent government changes, foreign nationals entering India to volunteer with a registered NGO must obtain an employment visa for more six months. However, different visas are required for different nationalities and also depend on what kind of travel/research/volunteerism you intend to carry out during your time in India. Please see the Indian Consulate website for your home country for more details.
Money: Visa and MasterCard are accepted by most ATMs. You may also bring your home country’s currency to be exchanged once you arrive. Travelers’ checks are accepted by most banks but the conversion process may take some time. Check with your bank for more details.
Travel Insurance: All volunteers must purchase travel health insurance that covers their time at Manav Sadhna. You must submit a copy before your arrival.
Arrival Dates: Please send us a copy of your ticket with your arrival dates and any number we can reach you at through WhatsApp (if you have something) so that we know when to pick you up, prepare housing and plan your orientation. In the case of ticket changes or cancellation, please let us know immediately.
Post-Arrival Registration with Police: All foreign nationals who have a visa and plan to stay for more than 180 days must register at the local Foreigner’s Registration Office (FRO) within 14 days of their arrival in India. Manav Sadhna will arrange for the registration with the local FRO upon your arrival in Ahmedabad.
Get Your Team Volunteering Today
Schools, Institutions and Companies
Do you want your students or team to grow in empathy, mindfulness and service? Do you want to help them find more meaning in their lives? Do you want to contribute to building a more compassionate, peaceful and just society? If yes, we welcome you to join The Human Transformation Project (THTP), in collaboration with Tarsadia Foundation.
Launched in 2021, based on 30 years of insight and expertise in volunteerism, we have curated this initiative to engage local youth and young adults in service as a means for inner and social transformation. The program nurtures connectivity and empathy, builds character and perspective and helps bridge the gap between different socioeconomicbackgrounds. It is open to local schools, universities and corporations and includes an orientation, grassroots volunteering, interaction with leaders from the field, reflection sessions and a debrief. To get involved or learn more, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“My time at Manav Sadhna has been one of the most intense, humbling and enlightening experiences of my life. I came to learn so many things about myself, but most importantly about the kindness of human beings, and how to utilse this beautiful attribute to understand and make the changes required in the world I wish to live in.”Fernando Grajeda
“Manav Sadhna and the Earn N Learn initiative hold a special place in my heart. I not only got the opportunity to explore and learn about the integration of art with social development, but I also got to witness and learn what it truly means to be a part of a values-centric community service organisation. My experience was wholesome, enriching and humbling. I am grateful to MS for welcoming me into their community.”Sudiksha Patil
“What an enriching experience it has been! Six weeks have gone by so quickly with lots of exploring, both in the Manav Sadhna ecosystem and in Ahmedabad as a city. I have been embraced by the loving arms of MS and am leaving with a bigger heart as a result…I am inspired to bring the MS way to other parts of the world!”Chi Phan
“It is hard to describe how incredible the last month has been here. I worked mostly at the Shakti Center (Manav Seva), and the entire experience was beautiful. These girls at the Shakti Center had so much energy, positivity and kindness to share not only with each other but with anyone with whom they interacted. The work Manav Sadhna is doing every day at every center is truly inspirational, and I am beyond thankful to have been able to immerse with the team and experience their work firsthand. Thank you to the staff, teachers and all the children. You all welcomed me with open arms and tremendous love. I hope to continue my work with MS in the future and can’t wait to see how far organization and its children go.”Deesha Desai
To become part of the MS family has been one of the most gratifying and rewarding experiences of my life. The extraordinary generosity, sincerity, openness and kindness which is displayed by everyone at MS creates a bubble you find difficult to leave. I’d come to MS to look help build Bholu 11 as part of the Anganwadi Project, but I found myself involved in so much more, and loving every day of it. The process of creating friendships and working every day in tandem with the amazing community, has left me overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of those who have so little, giving so much. I had planned to stay a couple of weeks to a month, however this somehow morphed into 3 months… and even now I feel I am just getting started! The experience, friendships and spirit gained from these past months has left me with the desire to return here as soon as possible. In India there is ‘no sorry and no thank you’… but thank you anyway Manav Sadhna and all the wonderful people there.David Heymann, Volunteer from TAP
“My three months in Manav Sadhna’s volunteer program have been unlike anything I have ever experienced and its hard to imagine I will ever witness so much again…It was truly an honor to work on an MS documentary and I was blown away at each story of internal and external transformation. MS doesn’t change people or communities; it inspires and gives support for people to change themselves. And once that seed is planted, each person can go on and continue to inspire change.”Jenny Love
“From the second I walked into Manav Sadhna, I felt love and positive vibes surrounding me. Every day I got to spend time with the most beautiful souls, whether they were the teachers, kids, other volunteers, or staff of MS. After one year I got so close and attached to all of them that it made saying goodbye really hard. Learning from all of you helped me to grow into a stronger and more compassionate person. I am so grateful for this year and I am full of love and joy. I will carry all these special moments and memories in my heart. I will miss this place, but I will be back.”Jasmin Khal VIA.eV Fellow from Germany, 2018