Being a CCS volunteer means more than just traveling, or just volunteering. It means becoming part of a unique community; an international network of CCS alums, in the fellow-volunteers that you’ll meet at the Home-Base, and of course, the local people in your new home away from home. The CCS experience is all about creating community and meaningful connections, and all of this happens organically from the comfort of your Home-Base and with the support of a full-time in-country staff.

Bela Singh, Country Director: We can’t wait to welcome you in beautiful New Delhi!

A Day in the Life

With its endless opportunities for exploration and cultural immersion, you’ll find that each day in New Delhi brings with it new possibilities for eye-opening adventures and “ah-ha” moments. CCS provides you with all the basics that you’ll need for a memorable, safe, and insightful experience, while leaving you enough space to fill in the blanks with your own passions and experience. And no matter how you choose to experience CCS India, we guarantee that you’ll quickly become “a part of the crew” as you exchange stories, laughter, and knowledge with your new neighbors.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect:

7:00 a.m.
Fill up on a healthy breakfast of eggs, pancakes, tea, and freshly squeezed juices, and then get ready to hit the ground running.

8:00 a.m.
Pile into the CCS vans or taxis and head out to a busy and rewarding morning at your work assignment. Whether you are teaching English in a school, working with people with disabilities, or finger-painting with children in an Aganwadi (daycare), your love, attention, and care makes a big difference.

1:00 p.m.
Meet up with your new friends back at the Home-Base to share a healthy and delicious lunch of tikka masala—a traditional dish of either chicken or veggies simmered in a creamy tomato sauce.

2:00 p.m.
Join our staff for an afternoon cultural activity. You may improve your Hindi during informally lessons on phrases with the CCS staff, tour a Sikh temple or mosque, or engage in discussion about the history of India with one of our famous guest lecturers.

6:30 p.m.
Enjoy another tasty home-cooked meal and free time to relax, unwind, and start preparing for your next day of volunteering.

The CCS Home-Base

Located in a quiet residential neighborhood, the CCS Home-Base is designed with your safety and comfort in mind. We know the importance of a cozy bed and a nutritious and authentic meal to help fuel your volunteer work, and that’s exactly what we’ll have waiting for you when you arrive.

Practice yoga in the mornings before leaving the New Delhi apartment complex to be greeted by the hustle and bustle of New Delhi. There are countless things to do and see in Delhi and public transportation makes it easy for anyone to get around. Ever ride in a tuk-tuk? Here’s your chance! Your home away from home will make you feel comfortable and cozy even in the bustling mega-city of New Delhi.

Get a taste of the CCS New Delhi Home-Base from a volunteer-led tour:
Cross-Cultural Solutions – New Delhi

SFS Flat #167 Hauz-Khas Apt., Hauz-Kaus
New Delhi, 110016
Phone: (91) 112-696-8425

Can’t wait to share your experience? We got you covered! Staying connected at the Home-Base is easy with a landline for incoming calls (or pick up a phone card for international calls), and there’s always Wi-Fi available.

CCS Staff – Your Family in India

Our in-country staff members truly are the unsung heroes of your volunteer experience. They all hail from the local community and their unique experiences, insights, and professional demeanors are unmatched. They are the heart and soul of the CCS program, and ensure that your experience is a safe, fun, and impactful.

Meet Jaggi
Program Officer

Meet Sunil

Meet Mukesh

Enjoying Local Dishes

At the CCS Home-Base, you’ll enjoy three home-cooked meals each day, all safely prepared using locally grown produce and authentic, regional recipes so you’ll get a taste of the culture in every bite! And if you want to learn more about Indian cooking, just ask Pawan or Jaggi! Enjoy some of India’s favorite dishes like tikka masala and mango lassi—a refreshing juice drink.

Your comfort and safety is our top priority and that doesn’t change when it comes to mealtime. Our cooks are all highly qualified in preparing delicious dishes for your dietary needs. No matter what you require, we can make the appropriate arrangements in the CCS kitchen to cater to your specific needs.

CCS Policies

As part of the CCS community, you’ll not only represent your home community, you’ll also be representing the CCS mission, vision, and values, and not to mention a community of over 35,000 intrepid alumni. This is not a typical travel experience – it’s an opportunity to make a real impact and real connections with the local community in a truly unique way. The safety of our volunteers is essential to our programs, and our policies are designed not only to keep you safe, but also to ensure that your shared experience is comfortable, respectful, and as impactful as possible.

Please note that breaking a CCS in-country policy is a serious infraction, as these policies are designed for your safety and to maximize community impact. If a policy is broken, it may result in the immediate termination of your volunteer program. In the case of a less severe infraction, at the discretion of CCS, a warning may be issued before a termination if the policy is broken again.

Drug & Alcohol Use: The use of illegal substances is not permitted on any Cross-Cultural Solutions program, worldwide. Any volunteer who uses or distributes any illegal narcotics will be immediately terminated from their program, and may face local legal action.

Alcohol use is also not permitted in any of our Home-Bases worldwide. In India the drinking age is 25 and alcohol cannot be consumed by any individual of any age in the local community, whether during free time or as a part of the program activities. Out of respect for the community, all volunteers are not permitted to consume any amount of alcohol in the communities we work in. Any violations of this policy will result in immediate termination from the program. Please review the full Drug & Alcohol Use policy.

Donations & Gift-Giving: Our impact in-country is based on volunteers offering love, care, attention, and to support the organizations with which we partner. For that reason, we do not allow donations or gift-giving on CCS programs, as this alters the motivations and sustainability of our work. Please review the full Donations & Gift Giving Policy for more information.

Curfew:As an international volunteer, it’s important to be well-rested for each day of work, and to be in the Home-Base Apartments at a reasonable time as to not disturb your fellow volunteers and to remain safe. In Delhi, all volunteers must be in the Home-Base by about 11:00 p.m. each night before their volunteer work assignment. On Friday and Saturday nights, if you are staying in Delhi, you must be in the Home-Base by about 1:00 a.m. or get permission from the in-country staff to arrive back at a specified time.

Sexual Relations: On CCS programs, out of respect for the in-country staff and fellow volunteers, sexual relations are not permitted in the CCS Home-Base.

Weapons: To protect the safety of all volunteers, weapons are not permitted in the Home-Base.

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