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Volunteers for Rural India (VRI), previously known as Indian Volunteers for Community Service (IVCS), is a registered charity which can help you get more involved in rural India.

Want a flexible volunteering scheme
you can afford?

volunteers painting a mural

Become a volunteer by joining VRI's low cost volunteering scheme for only 265, including three weeks' board and lodging at our project."

Give a villager the gift of sight

cataract patient

We organise free eye camps and health camps which enable villagers to get proper medical care. For the elderly and for many women, it is their only chance to see a fully qualified doctor. We welcome sponsors to enable us to continue holding these camps."

Interested in an experiment in sustainable livelihoods?

our new Eco-Harmony project Sadbhavna Vidyapeeth

We need volunteers to help on our new Eco-Harmony project Sadbhavna Vidyapeeth. This innovative venture aims to teach villagers how to achieve sustainable livelihoods. Find out more.

What does Volunteers for Rural India do?

village children

VRI is a registered charity that has been running a volunteering scheme and supporting rural development work in India since 1982. Its partner project in a village in north India provides education, health services and practical training for the rural poor. All donations are sent to the project without any deductions.