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Volunteer in New Delhi

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Poverty in India is a historical reality. With close to 533 million (40%) of the population expected to live in urban areas by 2025, the vulnerability of India’s cities should be gripping the world’s attention. Parents struggling to cope in the slums of Delhi have to weigh the merits of providing their children with an education against the need for children to contribute to the household income. 45% of people living in poverty are illiterate and only 15% of children complete secondary school. Without education, future generations face continuing the cycle of poverty.

Gender inequality in India persists and is particularly apparent among marginalized groups. Women participate in employment and decision-making at a much lower rate than men. India ranks very low on the Gender Inequality Index, at 127 out of 146 countries.

Join CCS to volunteer in Delhi as we fight urban poverty and its impact on the education of vulnerable children and girls, and deliver public health campaigns to those that lack adequate health care.


Population Below Poverty Line
24% under $1.25
Human Development Index Ranking
130 / 188 countries
Average Schooling for Girls
3 years less than boys
Maternal Mortality Rate
190 / 100,000


Once enrolled, you will have the chance to select the volunteer opportunity that's most interesting to you. Volunteers will always receive their first preference. The only exception to this will be when there are national or school holidays, or there are exceptional circumstances.

Child Development
Women, mostly single mothers, need to work to support their family, and rely on community support to help with their children. Community groups and childcare centers are present to provide these essential services, but they are grossly under resourced and understaffed even in formal school settings. CCS volunteers assist teachers, conduct early education programming, teach English language skills, and provide children with one-on-one attention. CCS volunteers in Delhi greatly contribute to improving the quality of education that every child deserves.

Global Health
Access to high quality health care in rural area is severely limited. Through outreach, education, and care, you will provide much-needed support to vulnerable children and adults in low-income communities. In addition CCS leads multiple public health projects in India including vision screening for children, oral health campaigns, and the promotion of hygiene in schools.

Girls' & Women’s Empowerment
Fostering economic opportunities for women creates financial independence and the leadership skills that builds stronger communities. These Indian women are eager to receive your support and determined to transform themselves, their families, and ultimately the community at large.

Voices from the Community
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"When our students get the chance to interact with people from foreign countries, their desire to engage motivates them to learn English in order to share their thoughts and feelings with the volunteers. They understand that the volunteers accept them with their disabilities. This really improves their confidence and brings happiness in their life."

"The children's English has improved and they are noticeably happier and more confident when working with volunteers."

"The impact is really positive because it is the English language which keeps the children as candidates for mainstream educational programs. Every child has benefited by attending these classes with the volunteers."

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Your New Delhi Staff

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I am passionate about giving everyone choices and resources to meet their goals in a current India that has wide economic divisions based on caste and income.

Starting at a young age, I was inspired by my mother to stand up for the oppressed and take action in my community. At 9 years old, I was involved in knitting socks and sweaters, cooking food, and collecting resources for Indian soldiers. My passions developed to a focus in girl's and women's education, whether it be teaching students to use coal to write on the floor in under resourced schools to working alongside women fighting domestic abuse.

I was fortunate to be raised in a home that valued education and was able to provide for my needs. I fight for every man, woman, and child to receive the same opportunities.

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