Our orphanage is set within Snehalaya, a community project and safe haven for disabled, abused or destitute children, homeless women and the aged.

These residents live together as families in individual cottages. They receive love, care, medicine, food, shelter, stimulation, support and more to feel loved, safe and dignified.

Snehalaya - the "Home with Love" in Hindi

Multi-disciplinary community living project

There are a variety of volunteer roles to suit all levels of experience with flexible start and end dates.

Accommodation is within Snehalaya, located in a rural setting outside the historic City of Gwalior in central India.  Indian vegetarian food is served three times a day. English language translators are on-hand.

The following list are just some of volunteer roles we offer:

  • General Orphanage Volunteer
  • Child and Women’s Care Workers
  • Nurses
  • Play Specialist / Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Speech Therapist
  • Special Educational Needs Teachers
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Horticulturists and Agriculturists
  • Environmentalists
  • Carpenters and Builders

Contact us to discuss how we can match your experiences and expectations to create tailor made volunteering roles.

Some of our orphanage volunteering roles

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General orphanage volunteers are essential to the well-being of our children.

Tasks, depending on your experience and expectations, usually involve the following:
  • Playing with children using toys and board games
  • Arranging sports games in our playing fields
  • Helping children learn at the school
  • Helping children stay clean and washed
  • Promoting basic self-hygiene and health
  • Teaching basic subjects such as common English words, numbers, counting, colours, shapes, animals and sounds
  • Helping children express themselves through music, drawing, drama and art
  • And many other fun and simple ways to help our children learn and grow

To apply or discuss any volunteering please contact us

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We need nurses, therapists and experts to provide important physical and emotional support to our residents

Many of whom have been emotionally and sexually abused, are disabled and have learning difficulties.
We need play and drama therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and councillors.

To apply or discuss any volunteering please contact us


Volunteer teachers and special needs teachers play an important role in developing the cognitive and social abilities of our residents

Volunteers also support and train existing Special Needs staff.
Our Special Needs School, where the majority of our residents go to learn, has two classrooms, a multi-sensory room and lots of outdoor space.
See What We Do for further details about Snehalaya, our residents and special needs facilities.

To apply or discuss any volunteering please contact us

Join the team

Volunteer childcare workers provide primary care for our orphan children and support existing care staff and other volunteers.

New or experienced childcare workers are welcome to help care for our children or provide extra training to our care givers.
Volunteer childcare workers can help wash, supervise their medical plans and feed our residents. They can also help support learning activities through our Special Needs School and build enhanced care plans tailored to each resident.

To apply or discuss any volunteering please contact us

By donating just £5 a month you could secure an orphan's education


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