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Bordered by
Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Bhutan, China + Pakistan

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Population = 1.3 Billion People

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Currency = Indian Rupee

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Language = Predominantly Hindi (multiple official languages)

About India

Enjoy the scenic beauty of lush greenery while surrounded by incredible mountain ranges when you volunteer in India with Challenges Abroad. You’ll be based at our hub in Palampur, a rural hill station affectionately known as the 'tea capital' of Northern India. Here you’ll be able to explore stunning tea gardens, temples, colonial architecture and local markets in your spare time from volunteering.


You’ll also have time to make the trip to Dharamshala, which serves as the capital of the Tibetan Government in exile. You’ll experience a culture completely unique to other parts of India, with fluttering prayer flags, monasteries and monks dressed in brilliant robes. Dharamshala is a fantastic place to relax, unwind and enjoy the serenity surrounding you when you’re not volunteering. It will also give you an insight into the background of some of the Tibetan families we work with in Palampur.


Volunteer programs in India

With a population of over one billion people and one of the fastest growing economies in the world, India faces a range of social and economic development issues. Those living in rural areas often face the majority of these challenges, with many people living on the poverty line and lacking access to quality healthcare, education and income generation opportunities. To make a difference, we’re going to need your help.

You can choose from a variety of volunteering programs to make your impact with Challenges Abroad in India, including:


Make an ethical impact when volunteering in India

In Palampur, you will be volunteering with our charity, the FutureSense Foundation. Our FutureSense India team are based in Palampur year-round and work alongside the local community to ensure that our volunteer programs are meeting current needs and are part of a long-term plan that aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Through this model our volunteers can make a contribution that will have an ongoing, positive impact in the community.


We are committed to ensuring that our volunteer programs in India and around the world are ethical and sustainable, while safeguarding children that we work with and fostering global citizenship. You can learn more about our sustainable development projects in India by visiting the FutureSense website.

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