Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
Long term experienced staff
All necessary project training by experienced staff
All necessary project equipment and materials
Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
24-hour in-country support
24-hour emergency phone
Volunteer for Women's Empowerment in Kerala, India
90 People are researching this program
Global Vision International
From $1700 USD for 2 Weeks
2 - 12 Weeks
Select Start Dates
18 And Older
Contribute to sustainable, long-term women’s empowerment initiatives when you travel to Kerala, India. Join a team of international volunteers and help give women and young girls access to equal education.
With two-thirds of the world’s illiterate population female and countless girl children not receiving a basic education, supporting women in developing countries is vital to helping overcome critical social issues such as poverty and unemployment.
By supporting women in society and giving them access to equal opportunities such as an education, jobs and health care, everyone benefits. Infant mortality rates go down, more children stay in school, incomes increase and the cycle of poverty can be broken. By volunteering on this program with GVI, you will join a dedicated team of international volunteers assisting on sustainable and invaluable women’s empowerment.
In India, women are born into a society that is still having to face social inequalities ranging from gender-specific abortions, mistreatment from their spouses, eve teasing, being married off at an early age and in some cases being denied an education by their families. Through our initiatives in India, we aim to assist in gender equality through various educational, healthcare and income initiatives and empower local women by educating them on their rights the opportunities available to them.
– Contribute towards meaningful and sustainable women’s empowerment initiatives and make a serious difference in the lives of girls and women in the local community
– Meet volunteers from across the world
– Support our local henna artist and immerse yourself in the Indian culture
– Experience a new culture through its local people
– Explore India, while kayaking along the river and cycling through villages
– Spend the night on a houseboat and cruise along the enchanting backwaters
– Indulge in a traditional Ayurvedic massage or simply spend your down time relaxing on the gorgeous beaches the country has to offer!
Arrival and Orientation
Upon your arrival, you will receive an introductory orientation by the staff covering health and safety, a basic local language lesson, a tour of the township, an introduction to our local partners and some initial training to prepare you as much as possible for life on the project.
During your time on this project, you will be living in the southern state of Kerala. A region famed for its beautiful backwaters, mountains and art forms like Kathakali. You will be staying in shared dormitory style accommodation with your fellow volunteers, near to the center of town, with running water, electricity and flushing toilets. Volunteers can look forward to experiencing authentic dishes from the local community, with lunch and dinner being prepared in the local style.
From Monday to Friday you will be working at your volunteer placement. Volunteers can expect to be involved in numerous facets of our women’s empowerment program depending on the needs of the projects at that given time and as such should be prepared to be flexible and adapt to change in the field. From providing one-on-one educational lessons with girl children in local schools, to hosting alternative income and health workshops around the community or working in vocational training centres, all your time and effort will be geared to uplifting the women of India and providing long-term solutions to gender imbalance and discrimination.
In India, women and girls experience different forms of gender discrimination. Whether it's from sexual harassment, fewer employment opportunities or unequal pay, Indian women are often not treated as equals to their male counterparts.
GVI is providing women and girls with the skills to make opportunities more accessible through our Women of Kerala and Girl's Voice courses. Our projects will be focused on providing education, health care, life skills and income opportunities in order to help women further their education and become more financially independent, while at the same time making sure they are aware of their rights, have access to basic health care and skill development opportunities.
Volunteers on this project might have the chance to help us achieve these goals in the following ways:
– Providing access to education on literacy, rights and life skills
– Providing alternative income generation skills workshops
– Providing courses on women's health
– Providing additional educational support to young girls in local schools and communities
How this project makes a difference
Through the various objectives that this project focuses on, GVI is able to address the various gender inequalities that exist within the local communities in Kerala. Through our health care initiatives, we are able to educate local women in general and family health care, thereby helping to reduce infant and child mortality rates and create healthier families. By giving women access to the same local resources as men such as an education, we can increase the income threshold per household, empower women to become more financially independent and help them to achieve their personal and professional goals.
India short, mid, and long-term objectives
All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.
Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.
Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.
Learn about the long-term objectives you will be contributing to in India:
1. Increase women's opportunities in Kerala.
2. Ensure healthy lives, well-being and promote opportunities and equality for those with special needs in Kerala.
3. Enable the absolute development of children and young adults in Kerala by providing support and training in LSBE (life skills base education).
Where you will be volunteeringKerala, India
Volunteers will assist in educational lessons, hosting workshops, and training.
Where you'll be stayingKerala, India
Volunteers will stay in a dormitory-style accommodation with other volunteers.
Nearest AirportCochin International Airport, Kochi, Kerala, India
What’s Not Included
Police or background check (where necessary)
Medical and travel insurance
International and domestic airport taxes
Extra local excursions
Additional drinks and gratuities
Project Start Dates
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Founded in 1997, Global Vision International (GVI) is an award-winning organization that provides volunteer and internship opportunities in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. GVI has sent more than 25,000 volunteers overseas on programs ranging from construction, to animal care, to education, and beyond with 95% of past volunteers stating they would want to travel again with them again.
GVI has been featured by National Geographic, CNN, the Daily Telegraph, and the BBC. Their university partners include Duke University, Stanford University, Northeastern University, and Ohio State University.
Since 1998, GVI has been running multiple-award winning, high quality and high impact conservation and community development programs worldwide. At the core of who we are and what we have managed to achieve is of our team of passionate individuals.
We are committed to our mission of making a difference because we believe in what we do and have seen the impact we make in the field first-hand. With most of our staff having started out as GVI volunteers themselves, they have confidence in our projects and are dedicated to ensuring you have the same amazing experience that they did.
All our projects are directed by our local partners and we ensure all rights and credits stay in the country.
Through our various partnerships with prolific organisations such as Save the Children, The Red Cross, WWF, SANParks and The Jane Goodall Institute, to smaller community based organisations on the ground, we are able to provide quality programs that provide aid when and where it is needed the most. So you can be assured that our projects are legitimate and are making a difference.
GVI supplies funding and manpower to multiple grassroots initiatives in developing countries all over the world.
Some of our biggest achievements to date have been awarding over 3,865 education scholarships; providing support to over 380 organizations worldwide; investing over 35,000,000 USD in our projects and running over 900 environmental sustainability initiatives in over 350 locations, including over 100 protected areas covering more than 12 million hectares.
I completed the Marine and Wildlife Conservation program in Phang Nga, Thailand with my boyfriend. Throughout the application process, we were offered heaps of support including visa information, airport pick up and an introduction to Thai culture.
The staff on base were also very helpful in assisting us integrate into ... I completed the Marine and Wildlife Conservation program in Phang Nga, Thailand with my boyfriend. Throughout the application process, we were offered heaps of support including visa information, airport pick up and an introduction to Thai culture.
The staff on base were also very helpful in assisting us integrate into the community also demonstrated how our work makes an impact on the locals. They provided us with Thai language and culture courses, to ease the transition of adapting to a new country and living conditions.
It was also evident that the staff wanted us to get more out of our experience and were flexible. They allowed us to join the teaching and community teams in their orphanage visits and English classes.
The living conditions were modest, which is expected when you are volunteering at a developing country. However living in a village among villagers helped me appreciate the program and its contribution more and learn more about the locals.
Overall I highly recommend GVI and their volunteer programs.
The two weeks I spent in Kerala, India, were absolutely amazing! I worked in a a school teaching English and it gave me such confidence. I got to experience the local culture as well as the way in which the school worked. This experience really is invaluable and it started ... The two weeks I spent in Kerala, India, were absolutely amazing! I worked in a a school teaching English and it gave me such confidence. I got to experience the local culture as well as the way in which the school worked. This experience really is invaluable and it started my need and interest to travel! +more
"I spent 6 weeks in the beautiful region of Phang Nga in Phuket, Thailand taking part in the Marine Coastal Expedition. I had a variety of different experiences varying from teaching English to cleaning little hatchling turtles.
I fell in love with the village of Baan Nam Khem in which ... "I spent 6 weeks in the beautiful region of Phang Nga in Phuket, Thailand taking part in the Marine Coastal Expedition. I had a variety of different experiences varying from teaching English to cleaning little hatchling turtles.
I fell in love with the village of Baan Nam Khem in which i lived. Me and the whole GVI team were well known to the locals and were always greeted on our way to a days work!
The food, atmosphere and pure beauty of Phuket is unreal, now that I am home I truly appreciate my time there.
I have gained lifelong friends and feel truly blessed to have been a part of this experience!" +more
"I spent 2 months at Luang Prabang, Laos in spring/summer 2014, teaching English at Xayadeth college for 6 weeks and at Mekong English Center (MEC) for two weeks. Both colleges are private and charge their students about 150 to 200 USD per year, the students ranged between 17 and ...
"I spent 2 months at Luang Prabang, Laos in spring/summer 2014, teaching English at Xayadeth college for 6 weeks and at Mekong English Center (MEC) for two weeks. Both colleges are private and charge their students about 150 to 200 USD per year, the students ranged between 17 and 25 years of age, going to school, working or studying at university. At Xayadeth, teaching was done by two GVI volunteers per class, none of whom spoke any Lao. The volunteers changed every 4 weeks on average. There was 6 classes with an estimated 150 students. Teaching - and students - were extremely good fun, but the teaching model is very inefficient. We volunteers conducted the final exam, the outcome of which was very disappointing, the results ranging between 10% and 90% of the full score - main reason being that only 50% of the students appear in class and no discipline and assessments imposed. Nevertheless, each and every student received his diploma. Why do students have to pay, when the volunteer teachers are for free? There was only 2 Lao teachers present, who earn about 200 USD per month. Is GVI contributing to the local (rampant) corruption? Fortunately I was also teaching at MEC, where the students were more motivated and the management imposed 'discipline' and proper assessments. Teaching is efficient: there is a 'normal' Lao teacher (paid!) who ensures the continuity and an assisting volunteer.
My financial input to GVI amounted to 40 USD per day. 10 USD are used for accomodation, 6 USD you get handed out to buy your own food (which is definitely quite below subsistence level since the cheapest meal in a cheap restaurant is 1.9 USD), about 10 USD go into scholarships, local charity, etc. and the rest never arrives in Laos. Accomodation was ok - in single rooms with attached bathroom and fan in a standard guesthouse. In short, you pay double of what you would pay for living on your own, but you cannot decently eat with what GVI allows.
Besides, Luang Prabang is great!