A home and school for the region’s most socially and economically disadvantaged children.


In rural Tamil Nadu, southern India (south of Bangalore on the map above).

Number of volunteers required?

Various and ongoing.

Other requirements?

Relevant experience and / or qualifications (see the Volunteers page on the Shanti Bhavan website).


Meals (mostly vegetarian) and good living arrangements at the school (in very hygienic modern facilities) will be provided free of charge. Volunteers who choose to spend week-ends off-campus will have to make their own arrangements for accommodation, travel, and food while off-campus. Occasional trips to Bangalore will be provided free of cost. (Taken from the Volunteers page on the Shanti Bhavan website.)

Minimum length of stay?

Minimum duration for volunteer service is four weeks and maximum is one year, although that may be extended in certain cases.

Volunteer tasks?

Teaching academic and/or non-academic subjects to children ages 4 -17 and taking part in other school activities. Experts are also needed to offer teachers and staff professional development workshops.

Volunteers have typically taught or assisted teachers in subjects such as arts, science, math, music, theater, and sports. They have also held remedial and study preparation classes and conducted tests, when required. Volunteers with special backgrounds in language and pronunciation, public speaking, ICSE and ISC preparation, library research, etc. are also generally needed. Teacher training and professional development expertise are of value.

We are not looking to volunteers to formulate policy or practice but rather to render assistance in executing our mission. We hope that volunteers continue to assist Shanti Bhavan even after their service at the institution, and help us raise funds and find sponsors of our children.


Shanti Bhavan is a home and exceptional school located in rural Tamil Nadu, India, for the region’s most socially and economically disadvantaged children.

The school follows a completely unique and innovative model of combating poverty, educating the poor and fighting social injustice. Admitting students at the age of four, Shanti Bhavan provides a holistic, high quality education until the age of 17 free of cost, and subsequently funds college education for its students.

No other model of educational intervention commits the same level of long-term and quality investment in the lives of the children it serves, or holds more promise for their futures and those of their families. As adults, our students will have the power to contribute to a better world.

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