ActionAid Association is a national organisation, an affiliate of ActionAid International federation which is active in more than 40 countries across the world and is committed to fighting poverty and injustice. In India, we have been working since 1972. We currently operate out of 12 Regional Offices spread across 25 States and 1 Union Territory.

Together with the people, we claim legal, constitutional and moral rights to food and livelihood, shelter, education, healthcare, dignity and a voice in decisions that affect their lives. Our work is centred around issues of land, livelihoods, urban poverty, natural resources, women and girls’ rights, child rights, work with minorities in their struggles and building solidarity and progressive actions beyond local and national boundaries.

Website: www.actionaid.org/india

Possible Volunteering Opportunities

ActionAid India engages volunteers from different backgrounds and with varied skill set to its various programmes, projects and campaigns in different regions of the country. We seek volunteers to support us in the following areas of our work:

  • Research and Documentation on the issues of natural resources, land, agriculture, commons and livelihoods.
  • Data research, data mining and documentation to support fundraising.
  • Policy research – Labour, Skills, Habitat, Sustainability, Climate change etc.
  • Developing manuals/handbook for Development or Human Rights practitioners.
  • Support to the One Stop Crisis Centre, the first of its kind in India, to help women who are victims of violence by providing them with medical treatment, psychological counselling and legal help.

Preferred skills

  • Passion and zeal to contribute to the development sector.
  • Excellent communication skills with an inherent ability to write.
  • Good analytical skills and attention to details.

Approximate cost

You should expect to spend about £1250 for eight weeks - this covers costs for food and accommodation, as well as local travel. There are no programme fees payable to Camvol.

In addition to these local costs, volunteers will need to book return flights to India (typically about £550 if booked early), and apply for an employment visa, as required by the Indian High Commission (for visa charges, please check the Indian visa facilitation service website for exact fees).

Vaccination and other medical costs have NOT been included in estimated costs, and applicants should take this into account while planning their budgets. If you intend to travel for recreation and tourism, these costs will be additional, so please budget accordingly.

Financial support is available, including Camvol-CMEDT Commonwealth Travelling Scholarships; support from Colleges; and from the University. If selected, the Camvol Director can advise about funding opportunities.