Volunteer in Rishikesh (Stay and meals @10$/day)

Company : The Tarzan Way
Location : Rishikesh, India
Duration: < 1 week to 1 Year+
Approx Costs: 50 to 1250 $ Dollars (US)

Rishikeshi, is also known as the yoga capital of the world. Lying across the holy river Ganga, it is one of the most spiritual cities in India lcoated in the lower Himalayas. 

As a volunteer you will work with an NGO providing formal education to children from slum area teaching them various subjects, sports etc. You can use your knowledge in various subjects or skills as an artist or musician to teach the students. As a foreigner, you can also give them various cultural sessions about your own country.

Don't worry though, it is not all work. Rishikesh is a cultural hub and their is no lack of places to visit and enjoy with various markets, temples, river side beaches, yoga ashrams to visit. For the adventure seekers there is no lack of adventure trekking trails and activities like bungee jumping near by.


Volunteer Tasks:

The volunteer will be working in an NGO which provides formal education to children. As a volunteer you will have various job roles:

  • Teaching subject such as Maths, Science, Social studies, English etc
  • Incase the volunteer is skilled in any extra curricular activities such as sports, art. music etc, then arrangements to have special sessions for these can be made.
  • The volunteer can paricipate in classes as a student attending classes such as HIndi, History etc. This will help them learn more about the country.
  • Interaction with students. The children love talking to volunteer about everything and nothing. We often ask the volunteers to act as a older brother or sister to the volunteer since they often have such a figure whom they can look up to missing in their life.
  • Cultural exchange - We organise one day of cultural exchange during which the volunteers showcase the cultures, important things about their own country while the children do the likewise.


About Rishikesh:

Rishikesh is often referred to as the Yoga capital of the world. One of the most spiritual cities in India is has a lot of cultural significance to it. You can spend your free time at the local bazaars or visiting the many cafes that have opened here because of international travelers. You will most definitely end up meeting someone form your own country here.

An adventure enthusiast? There is no lack of trekking trails or adventure activities like bungee jumping here. And for the ones who are much more spiritual, they can spend their free time taking yoga lessons. Volunteers often end up travelling outside during the weekends, visiting places such as Delhi, Agra (Taj Mahal), Dhanaulti, Haridwar and many more.


Program Specifics:

  • Volunteer Work DurationWeekdays, 9AM - 3PM (Approximately 6 hours).
  • Accommodation- Stay is provided at either a guesthouse or host family near the NGO or a backpacking hostel. A guesthouse or host family helps the volunteer mix well with Indians and each Indian home cooked meals. Athough living in a backpacking hostel has the benefit of meeting with lots of other international travelers or volunteers. You can plan your weekend trips, evening tours etc with them. 
  • Excursion- One day tour of Agra and one day visit to Old Delhi (Chandni Chowk, Chawri Bazaar and Jama Masjid) is included. 
  • Orientation - Orientation is provided before arrival to India through Skype and the first day in India is for orientation for things such as local transport, food, safety, SIM Cards etc.
  • Experience Captain - Your go-to guy, he will always be just a call/message away. He is there to make sure you hav a safe and meaningful experience.

Costs / Benefits

Project Cost - USD 240 (1st 2 weeks). USD 80 for every consecutive week. Cost may vary sometimes depending on availability and in case of variation in project. The price difference will be minor so there is nothing to worry about.


- Visa
- Travel Insurance
- Medical check up before arrival in India

Booking / Enquiry

The Tarzan Way Volunteer in Rishikesh (Stay and meals @10$/day) Reviews

Home country

Although I am Indian, I have never really lived here. I was born in the US and came to visit Delhi only a few times where my relatives stayed. When I decided I wanted to spend my summer break exploring my home country, I wanted to stay in place away from the crowded cities, somewhere quiet where I could get the true essence of my home country. I found this place in Rishikesh with its beautiful valley and friendly people. It is like a small town with everything at a walking distance! I was hosted by Ramesh and worked at a small school run for poor children. Teaching them Maths and English was like therapeutic for me. Rishikesh will always hold a very special space in my heart and I will always remember it in my heart. Really thankful for TTW for giving me such an amazing opportunity.

By: Anam Ahmed
Nationality: United States
Age: 21

Changed person

I would’ve never thought that I would ever travel to India. I had often thought about travelling abroad after school but it had always ended with thoughts of partying in Europe. I would have never thought that I would go for a volunteering program in India and I am really glad that I did. The things that I learned through this experience were immense. Humility, understanding, respect for other religions, cultures - the list just goes on and on. I learned to respect the things that I had taken for granted for life. The children I worked with in the school didn’t even have a quarter of what I often took for granted and were still so happy, always enjoying life. Even after facing so many hardships they harboured no resentment or hate. They just spread love wherever they went. It was really a life changing experience and I will look back to these weeks in India even when I grow old. A huge thanks to Ramesh, my host during my stay in Rishikesh. You are a really amazing person and I hope you stay blessed. Also appreciate all the effort put in by TTW to make sure my project went smoothly and I never faced any issue from my arrival to departure.

By: Jake Pereira
Nationality: Australia
Age: 20


It was such a crazy and memorable experience. India is beautiful country. My project was in Rishikesh but I spend my weekends travelling to all corners of Uttrakhand, Delhi and Rajasthan. There is so much to see that I think it will take me a lifetime to explore the whole India. There are so many things to see and to do. I could just go on and on and on. It might sound crazy but you will have to actually visit this country to find out the real beauty about it. There is no other way about it at all.

By: Eddie Francesco
Nationality: France
Age: 29

Yoga Capital of the world

From the very start to the end my volunteering project was very smooth. On sending an enquiry I got a response within an hour and by the end of the day I was already having a Skype call with Aryen who was my coordinator all through the application process and during my stay in India. On arrival I was picked up from the airport and transferred to Rishikesh which is a beautiful hill station. Opposite of what India is considered as noisy, it is such a quite little hill station with a beautiful river and so many fun things to do. During my stay here I did rafting, bungee jumping, camping, trekking, basic yoga classes and so much shopping. I was hosted in a school in Rishikesh itself where I taught children drawing. All the kids aged 5-12 were really sweet and funny. They would be playful all the time, always running around and very energetic. Overall as I said my trip was very smooth and anyone who comes to India, I would recommend either going for the Rishikesh program or at least staying there for a few days.

By: Elaine Zhao
Nationality: China
Age: 24

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