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India Street Children

India Street Children

Use your skills and enthusiasm to contribute to the education and support of outcast kids. Discover captivating wildlife, remote villages and some of the most arresting scenery in the world.

Prices from $1,895

A land of sensory overload, cultural extremes, and extraordinary beauty and mystery, India has become one of the most desirable destinations to travel and volunteer. Its sheer size and dynamic, complex population combine with fascinating wildlife and a mystical and pervasive heritage filled with tales of ancient gods, kings and queens, to make it a place that will turn your expectations upside down.

Almost impossible to fully appreciate in one visit, you can gain an insight into the lives of some of India's poorest and most vulnerable communities as you bring hope to the street children of Bangalore, a sprawling Indian city brimming with diverse culture and varied influences.

Use your skills and enthusiasm to contribute to the education and support of neglected and outcast kids. At the same time, discover this ancient and fascinating city, and its beautiful surrounding countryside where you will find captivating wildlife, remote villages that uphold traditional artisanal lifestyles and some of the most arresting scenery in the world. Travel to India for a unique volunteering experience that will provide lifelong memories whilst totally changing your world perspective!


  • TEFL qualification included in the price
  • Use your initiative on this life-changing project
  • Experience the splendours of India


  • Please check availability when applying for this project!


Location Madikeri, India
Activities Teaching English
Singing & dancing
Teaching sport
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Shared volunteer house


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
FREE Frontier TEFL Certificate
In-country Food
Airport pick-up 
Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
Local orientation & project training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


There are millions of street children and working children in India. Many have suffered neglect and abuse at the hands of family members or are addicted to sniffing glue or other narcotics or are sold into slavery.

The local police forcibly house the children into shelters, from where many subsequently run away. This might be because shelters are centres of abuse or because children have developed a distrustful attitude towards caretakers. They don't understand that they need to be cared for, or believe that they have a future to look forward to.

Furthermore, the quality of education for children from underprivileged backgrounds is very poor in India. Even where basic education is provided, in many cases the creative, physical and key skills education is completely neglected. You'll help these children to reach their true potential and bring joy to their lives by teaching, playing football, singing songs, and doing arts and crafts with them - a truly rewarding and enriching experience.


As part of your volunteer experience, you will work with neglected or outcast children at a local orphanage or shelter. Your activities could involve helping with study and education, making music and art together, playing games and sports or just bringing love, care and affection into the blighted lives of these deserving children.  We invite you to use your creativity and imagination whatever you are interested in.

Schedules are not strictly structured and there is plenty of room for you to implement your own ideas. Volunteers are expected to take responsibility for their own project within their placement, either continuing a previous volunteer's work or starting something new and exciting. You will discover the enormity of the difficulties these marginalised children have experienced and have the opportunity to make a great difference.


You will fly into Bangalore airport on the Sunday, where you'll be met by a friendly member of the in-country staff. You will then be transferred to Madikeri where you will be based for the remainder of your stay.


You will be staying in basic but clean shared volunteer accommodation. You will have access to all basic facilities, toilets, and shared leisure areas.


There are enough choices for both vegetarians and meat eaters, as India provides you with a fabulous and wide variety of national, regional and local specialities. The food is delicious and often spicy. The cuisine at the accommodation has been 'spiced down' to meet the requirements of international volunteers! International cuisine is sometimes provided, however, and Bangalore city has a wide range of fabulous street food and international restaurants.

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In your free time, or after your placement has finished, you may have the opportunity to engage in a number of cultural and adventure activities. Get taught yoga by a true Indian master, attend Bollywood festivals and theatre performances, explore remote white sand beaches, learn Indian cooking, visit magnificent ancient temples, test your nerve as you rock climb high above coffee and tea plantations, and spot tigers and monkeys from the back of an elephant as you trek through the jungle.


Volunteers on the Frontier-India Street Children Project can get a TEFL certificate. This will help you to teach anywhere in the world and is great for demonstrating your experience to foreign language education employers.

Your TEFL training will take place over a day at our London Office. We'll take you through everything from basic grammar and punctuation to lesson plan development and communication skills! This is also a great opportunity to meet other volunteers and learn more about Frontier.

You might be worried that you don't have any teaching experience. Don't be! This course is designed for people who are teaching for the first time. We'll take you through the basics, making sure that you are comfortable with the material at every step of the way.


4 weeks $1,895

Extra week $395




You can join the project from a minimum of 4 weeks

This project is available throughout the Christmas period


Before you go

  • Comprehensive pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up 
  • Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
  • Local orientation & project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup


Nearest airport(s): Bangalore (BLR)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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