Volunteering with Manav Sadhna
Manav Sadhna welcomes volunteers from around the globe to join hands with us in our humble efforts to sow small but meaningful seeds of change in the community. We follow Mahatma Gandhi’s values in our work and we encourage the inner journey as much as the service journey. Manav Sadhna believes in treading the path of service with the dual forces of love and compassion.
The Volunteer Experience
Over the last 30 years, hundreds of volunteers from India and around the world have served with us, giving their time, talent and love to strengthen our communities through education, healthcare, sports, the arts, architecture, creative learning, elderly care, mentorship, workshops, trainings and so much more. Volunteers serve with us anywhere from one month to countless years. In return, volunteers have a meaningful and transformative experience connecting with the community, learning more about themselves and experiencing the profound joy of helping others. They become part of a global family connected by these shared experiences and the spirit of service.
We thank you for considering Manav Sadhna as the organization of your choice for volunteering. To participate in our volunteer program please take note of the following requirements:
- You must be able to commit to a minimum of one-month, full time volunteering at MS. This means Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm. Volunteers may spend Sundays as they please.
- Please plan all travel and attendance to any family events before or after the time you are committing to MS.
- You must participate in a three-day orientation, after which we finalize your volunteer project(s). When possible, we try to pair your strengths and interests with the current needs at MS.
- You must attend our weekly volunteer meetings.
- You must purchase Travel Insurance and send us the policy before arrival.
Please respect and observe our volunteer and housing guidelines:
- No Alcohol or Drug Use
- Observe Vegetarian Diet only (in MS and Volunteer Housing)
- Dress according to local cultural norms
- Live simply and be mindful of others
- Be responsible for daily housekeeping and cleaning of volunteer accommodation
- Although we do not ask volunteers to pay for their experience, please pay it forward by contributing to our volunteer program so that others may also have the same experience.
If you are interested and agree with our requirements, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we receive and review your application, we will get back to you. We have a maximum capacity for the number of volunteers at Manav Sadhna at any given time, and accordingly, we will inform you of the availability of volunteer opportunities during your requested dates.
Housing and Food
We provide basic and clean housing situated in the Gandhi Ashram, close to the Manav Sadhna campus. We have separate facilities for men and women. Both housing facilities have fully-equipped kitchens. We provide a simple vegetarian lunch everyday (except Sundays) for our volunteers at the Manav Sadhna kitchen. Volunteers must arrange for their other meals. If you have any questions please contact us at email@example.com.
“Living and working with Manav Sadhna has been a profound experience that has provoked many positive changes in the way that I view life. One of the key things I learned here is simplicity, and who better to teach you this than the kids of Manav Sadhna. I spent almost six months working with the Earn Learn program and quickly learned that where there is heart, there is a language that is common to all. Through their generosity and good humor, the Earn Learn kids helped keep my ego in check and ensure that I was doing honest work that served others. And that is as simple as it needs to get.”
“My three months in Manav Sadhna’s volunteer program have been unlike anything I have ever experienced and it is 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. Manav Sadhna 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.”
“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 utilise this beautiful attribute to understand and make the changes required in the world I wish to live in.”
“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!”
16th January 2019
“Thank you for this eye opening and wonderful experience. This had been, by far, one of the best experiences of my life. I came initially with the
thought that I would help educate and better children’s’ lives. However, I feel like I have learned immensely more than I have taught…Thank you
Manav Sadhna – you have given me the experience of a lifetime. I will surely be back soon enough!”
“The decision to come here and be a part of Manav Sadhna was one of the best decisions of my life, genuinely. What I did not realize before is that with service and giving there is a form of receiving as well, in the form of learning and love. I have learned something from everyone I have interacted with, including the kids and women, MS staff, and other volunteers. The most important thing I’ve learned: service starts at home, and now especially I find I take service in my heart wherever I go. The experience here has been invaluable and unforgettable. I am more than thankful to have had the opportunity at this early phase in my life and am sure to take a huge part of this community and experience with me to share with the world. A lot of love and thank you to everyone and the universe.”