Volunteer in India 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.

Volunteer Requirements

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.

Please go through our Volunteer Handbook and FAQ to learn more

If you are interested and agree with our requirements, please contact us at volunteer@manavsadhna.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 volunteer@manavsadhna.org.

Volunteer Voices

Volunteer Photo Gallery