Volunteer at the Smile society NGO near Kolkata, India

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When you are volunteering with SMILE, you are joining a family of fellow volunteers and NGO activist. Everyone is considered equal, and everyone is committed to helping each other.

Smile Society is a ngo and a volunteering project in India that offers hundreds of volunteering projects all year long.


Projects in India for energetic youth volunteers.

Projects in India are SMILE projects.


These are 2 weeks camps where volunteers (15-45 years) from all over the globe join together to help in different projects.


These are 4-24 weeks projects where individuals can participate to help in assigned projects.

Special Groups

Customized 2-4 weeks projects made for specific groups of youth/students/professional coming from same Country / Institution.

Teen Groups

Specially customized camps made for Teen groups between 12-15 years coming from same country/Institution leaded by at least one adults leader.volunteering in India

Family Volunteering

An unique opportunity for families to spend their holidays for good causes in India or Abroad while having fun to explore that part of the world in very affordable ways.


An exciting opportunity for national and international students to volunteer in different good causes during their gap year.

Due to limited places, however, availability to this project is subject to change.

No financial support is available for volunteers.

All projects based in India are available for the whole year.

While Projects in abroad mostly available between May-September by our partners (Ngo/Npo).
Registration Fees

International volunteers coming through our partners required to pay a nominal fees to our partners from their own country.

All Indian volunteers participate in Volunteer Abroad/India projects are required to pay a registration fee to SMILE, India.

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Living cost for International volunteers

International volunteers participating Volunteer India projects Organised by SMILE required to cover their own living cost as per local host family.

It is your non-refundable living cost which goes to the host family for their services to provide food, accommodation and other facilities for volunteers.

You are requested to pay preferably by cash to the host representative on your arrival for your full duration applied in advance.

Please exchange your money from the airport if needed for your personal use.

You can also withdraw money from the ATM machine with your visa/master etc. cards
Please remember that SMILE receives no financial help from local government or any international agencies.

Our local members, volunteers and host families are the only people who help the organization to run its activities around the country.

By joining SMILE you became the part of this movement.

Indian volunteers also required to cover their own living expenses in India.

Visa type

As per required.

Please contact your nearest Indian Embassy or the Embassy of the destination country.

For any assistance please contact us any time.


All volunteers are requested to look after their own medical expenses and other personal expenses

(transportation, medical cost, medicine cost, communicational cost, gift, toilet papers, laundry, drinks or anything that are not mentioned in the living cost section will be the volunteers’ own responsibility).

Volunteers are also requested to carry their own medical and travel insurances.


Volunteer Activities.


Free, You are welcome to travel to nearby places but you are requested to join the Monday morning project on time.
Nearest Indian Airport

Netaji Suvash Chandra International Airport, Kolkata

[8 km away from SMILE office and your accommodation].

SMILE Head Office location

It is located at Madhyamgram, which is around 20 k.m away from the centre Kolkata but just 8 km away from the Airport.volunteering in India


You will have to use the local available public transportation during your term. Airport transfer would be available as per information.

Soon after the Volunteer arrives in India, they will be taken to host family place for orientation and to get a refresh.

They are allowed to take a bit of rest before the orientation meeting.

There would be 2 days of orientation.


Dormitory basis at host family (as a group/individual) or as per available on arrival (on a cot with mattress/on the floor with mattress, group volunteers will stay at the same place) shared accommodation (normally male & female separate room).

You will get accommodation till 6 pm on the last day of your camp.

We are unable to provide you with any accommodation before or after these dates.

Please arrange your own accommodation in case of early arrival or late departure.

You are requested to meet our representative at the meeting place on exact time as per infosheet.

If you arrive early then you can have your stay in any of the different hotels available nearby Airport, within 2 -3 km on the road popularly called as V.I.P road.

You are requested to take any cab to check in any of these hotels.

If you arrive at earlier night then you are requested to stay inside the airport terminal and meet at the next morning with our representative at 12 noon.


You will get 3 times local veg food from host family as per available on arrival. Please do not expect any kind of special dishes (veg/non veg) or cold drinks or special living room or air-conditioned room during your term. You are requested to get ready for a simple and challenging life.

What to bring

You can follow traditional packing lists, but there are several items that would be particularly helpful for this volunteer experience:

  • – A bed sheetvolunteering in India
  • – malaria medication
  • – flashlight
  • – umbrella
  • – mosquito repellent with DEET
  • – sunscreen
  • – alarm clock OR watch with an alarm clock
  • – journal
  • – sleeping bag
  • – Any games or craft items like Origami would be great for the kids
  • – Raincoat
  • – Snacks from your country
  • – Music/ dress / special souvenir from your country
  • – Medicine and first aid supplies for emergency personal use
  • – Any special games or study material for kindergarten standard kids
  • fibrous (ex: linen or cotton or anything that is COOL and dries fast in the natural sun)
  • – for women, bring conservative clothing that covers the shoulders (ex: shirts with capped sleeves) NO shorts, bikinis, sleeveless clothes outside your own bedroom (strictly).
  • – sandals
  • – head covering (bandanas, hat)
  • – a towel that dries Fast.
Documents required to Volunteer with SMILE are as follows:
  • * Passport and Visa copies
  • * Recent colour photograph (4 copies).
  • * Police background check report
  • * Reference Letter either from your Employer/Educational Institution / Organization.
  • *Parents NOC for all minor applicants.
  • * Another Photo id copy & original issued by your government other than a passport.


How to Apply

Indian applicants & applicants applying from the country where we got “No Active Partner” available at this time are welcome to apply directly using our Online Application Form/Downloadable Application Form through our ‘ApplyNow’ section.


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