Volunteer for Women's Empowerment in Kerala, India

Kerala, India Human Rights



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!


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).

Field conditions

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.

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.

Your stay


  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

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.


Volunteers will stay in a dormitory-style accommodation with other volunteers.


from $850 USDper week

from $850 USDper week


What’s included

  • Welcome meeting

  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)

  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)

  • Long term experienced staff

  • Location orientation

  • 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

What’s not included

  • Visa costs

  • Police or background check (where necessary)

  • Personal kit

  • Medical and travel insurance

  • International and domestic airport taxes

  • Airfare

  • Extra local excursions

  • Additional drinks and gratuities

Start dates

Select Saturdays Year Round

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.

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