Camvol was established in November 2006, and is a UK registered charity.

Camvol organises volunteer placements and internships with think tanks, and environment- and development-sector related organisations in India. Students usually volunteer during the University summer vacation, between July and September each year, for a period of eight weeks. Undergraduate and graduate students who are finishing their degree courses can be accommodated for longer periods, and can start their placements in the September-October period.