Seva Mandir offers participatory and democratic development for rural villages and tribal communities by using volunteers from all over the world to help create change. The organization has more than 40 years experience in rural development in Rajasthan.
Seva Mandir’s volunteer and internship program provides an opportunity to gain an insight into the development sector through hands-on grassroots work. The organization hosts over 100 interns a year, and believes that they have a large impact on the organization’s mission. The organization also hosts formal internship programs with leading universities, Ivy Leagues, and colleges from all over the world. Volunteers conduct independent research in the field on some projects, and all volunteers will have a good deal of autonomy once they are trained.
The organization runs nearly a dozen programs with specific and unique goals. It’s best that you navigate their latest documents to discover which programs need support. The volunteer coordinator can help volunteers understand where their skills can best be used.
Volunteers can spend anywhere from two months to a year or more with Seva Mandir, observing and participating in rural development projects. Though two months is the minimum, six months more ideal.
Seva Mandir offers limited guesthouses and dorms for volunteer accommodation. These are provided free of cost to volunteers based on availability. Though options are liable to change, currently Seva Mandir provides two female guesthouses on campus, as well as single-sex male and female dormitories with 4 beds for males and 6 beds for females. Some volunteers arrange off-site accommodation as well. Food is not offered.
For more information about volunteering with Seva Mandir, visit them online: