Orphanage and Farm based in Tamil Nadu, Southern India

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    Since 1993, our organisation has been committed to improving the welfare of society’s most marginalised groups, particularly women and children affected by HIV/AIDS and/or TB. The organisation conducts programmes in providing medical and social support to those affected by the diseases. At the same time, smaller programmes have made improvements in economic empowerment, employability, and skills training for these populations.

    We have a children's home that is located in Chitoor, a rural village of the Madurai District, Tamil Nadu. It is home to 30 children between the age of 5 and 18 years. The children here have all been affected by HIV/AIDS or TB in some respect – orphaned by the disease, infected themselves and then rejected by their families or can no longer be supported by infected parent(s). We provide food, shelter, medical expenses, and social support to the children.

    Instead of charging for food and accommodation, we ask that volunteers to select a project and take ownership of it. Projects may be chosen according to length of stay and individual interests. Our staff will loosely guide project implementation, but we are looking for volunteers who can work without a lot of oversight and micromanagement. We also ask volunteers to fund their selected project if new materials are needed (very small contribution - e.g. purchase paint for 500 rupees). In the photos section you will find ideas for potential projects as well as past volunteer work. This list is not exhaustive and we welcome any ideas you have that are particularly suited to your skill-sets.

    We expect daytime hours to be dedicated towards projects and/or working in the office while evening hours can be devoted in aiding children with homework. It is important to note that children are at school Monday-Friday until 16:00 or 17:00 so you can only spend time with them in the evenings, when they usually need help with homework, and on the week ends. They are ideal for organising activities together. Volunteer roles and schedules are flexible, but require initiative and are for the most part self-directed. We require our volunteers to stay a minimum of two weeks.

    For more information on our organisation, our children's home, or past volunteer testimonials, please contact us directly!


  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help


    Home fix-ups and renovations:
    Painting, landscaping, planting, and any other handy work you can contribute to the home.

    Games, activities, and academic support for children:
    Help with the children in the home before and after school. School hours are from 8am-18h.

    Organic farming:
    Working directly with the crops e.g. planting, weeding, picking, helping out with the animals (cow, chicken, goats).
    General maintenance on the farm.

    Office work:
    Helping out with administrative tasks with the office of the NGO. These include: communications, media, fundraising, and project/grant proposal writing.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Our volunteer model allows travelers to take ownership of projects and see a tangible impact on the lives of children.
    A less visible, but equally real impact derives from the relationships formed with the fun-loving, outgoing children at the home. We also offer an opportunity into authentic Indian life in a town unscathed by tour buses and selfie sticks.
    We have a welcoming, international staff who will help you make the most of your time here and help see the best parts of beautiful Tamil Nadu!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Tamil, English

  • Accommodation


    We have 3 rooms available for our volunteers at the children's home and 2 at the office in Virudhunagar. All have fans, and access to western style toilets. The home has a water purification system so you will always have access to clean drinking water! Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served at both locations and will be provided for volunteers. Meals mainly consist of rice, dosa, or idly and a curry. Volunteers will have access to free WiFi and English speaking staff.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Volunteers may participate in children's excursions, holiday and festival celebrations, and school events.
    The local train station (Virudhunagar Junction) makes travel easy for day or weekend excursions.
    Our local and international staff love giving tips and ideas on the best ways to take advantage of your time here, where to visit, and what to see!

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    3-5 hours a day, no more than 5 days a week.

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    Volunteers will fund their selected project (Very small budgets – e.g. purchase paint for 500 rupees)

Farm and Orphanage

Sports day with the kids and couple of awesome volunteers!
Got a knack for gardening or landscaping? We could use a hand!
Food scraps are now composted, recyclables sold as scrap, and rubbish disposed of responsibly (NOT burned!) #ReduceReuseRecycle
Design a mini eco-project!
Our play area could use a face lift!

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