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Shanti Bhavan Children
Shanti Bhavan Children

Shanti Bhavan’s top-notch volunteers help break the cycle of poverty by contributing to our children’s world-class education. When you volunteer at Shanti Bhavan, you have an experience unlike any other. Your work as a volunteer at our school will be a challenging, culturally enriching, and life-changing experience.

Our volunteers teach classes, tutor students, and lead extra-curricular activities such as art, dance, sports, spelling bee and public speaking. They help plan events, assist with projects relevant to their skills, and introduce our children to new ideas and cultures.

Shanti Bhavan is a boarding school with a tight schedule that runs from 6:30 am to 9:30 pm. Volunteers are expected to teach four to six classes a day, supplementing the full-time teaching staff for pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade. The school is accredited by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) in New Delhi.

At the primary level, volunteers are usually responsible for teaching Social studies, Science, Computers, General knowledge, and English. At the middle school level, they are often asked to teach History, Civics, and Geography. At the high school level, they may be responsible for Economics, English literature and English language. The classes available for volunteers to teach are subject to change, as they can vary depending on the active roster of full-time teachers.

Shanti Bhavan provides all volunteers with free on-campus accommodations and meals. You can visit the 'Volunteer FAQ' section of our website to learn more about the volunteer experience. https://www.shantibhavanchildren.org/volunteer-faqs/

We accept volunteer applications in three cycles each year. Depending on when you want to volunteer at Shanti Bhavan, you should complete an application in the following windows of time:

  • Summer term (June - August): Accepting applications October - January
  • Fall term (September - December): Accepting applications April - June
  • Spring term (January - April): Accepting applications July - September
Interested applicants should complete our online application, found on our website, https://www.shantibhavanchildren.org/volunteer-application/
Applicants must be prepared to submit a letter of recommendation, fulfill up to two rounds of video interviews, and participate in two online, pre-departure training sessions (post-acceptance).

Additional items to keep in mind:
  • COVID Update: Shanti Bhavan has several new volunteer policies in place related to COVID-19. These include proof of vaccination, 3-day on-campus quarantine upon arrival, restricted travel off-campus, and required testing. It is important for volunteers to know that COVID policies may change from month to month depending on the state of the pandemic.
  • Flexibility is essential when working in the field. Consider how you handle yourself in new, different, or stressful situations and if this could impact how you work with children.
  • The children of Shanti Bhavan have experienced extreme trauma and difficulties. Whether it is a lack of access to nutritious food, loss of immediate family or friends, or being a victim of racism and discrimination, the children have all survived some form of crisis. Please consider how the reality of these traumas may affect you, and impact the way you interact with the children. We encourage our volunteers to practice self-care throughout their time on campus.
  • Due to a variety of unpredictable factors, you will likely need to step out of your comfort zone at some point during your time on campus - whether it’s due to food, living conditions, time constraints, or cultural differences.
  • The volunteer’s workload is demanding and requires very long hours. Prospective volunteers should expect a full-time workload with little opportunity to engage in side projects.
  • Volunteers are role models for our children. No smoking, alcoholic beverages, or illegal substances are permitted on Shanti Bhavan property ever, without exception.

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About Shanti Bhavan


12819 SE 38th St. #48, PMB 192, Bellevue, WA 98006, US

Mission Statement

As a registered non-profit in the US and India, we provide high-quality education from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. We promote academic achievement, instill values of global citizenship, and emphasize leadership development. Our program gives individual attention to every aspect of a child's upbringing: emotional development, mental and physical fitness, social and cognitive growth, and academic excellence. The support extends beyond pre-K-12 education as we strive to ensure graduates continue to excel in higher education and employment. In total, this is 17 years of intense intervention per child -- from age 4 to 21.


Shanti Bhavan is a residential school exclusively for children born into India's lowest socioeconomic class located in Tamil Nadu, India. Those born into poverty remain entrapped in systems that perpetuate inequality due to a lack of social protection, access to quality education, and low wages. In fact, it would take seven generations for an individual born into a low-income family to reach a mean income. Shanti Bhavan breaks the cycle of poverty in a single generation.

We measure our impact based on how our students perform multiple years after completing the Shanti Bhavan program. Shanti Bhavan boasts a 97% graduation rate, where 98% of our graduates complete college or university degrees across the United States, Europe, Canada, and Asia. Our alums work in finance, business, IT, media, communications, NGOs, engineering, medicine, and teaching in India, UAE, and Europe. Many pursue competitive careers at multinational firms.100% of our graduates and alums earn more in the first five years of their careers than their parents will in a lifetime and give between 20-60% of their salaries to their families, communities, and other children in need.


Arts & Culture
Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


Krishnagiri DistrictBaliganapalli, Tamil Nadu India



  • Literacy / Reading
  • Math / Science Instruction
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Physical Education
  • General Education
  • Theater Arts




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • There is a six-week minimum commitment for summer applicants and a four-week minimum commitment for spring and fall applicants waived only under special circumstances.
  • Volunteer applicants must be at least 18 years of age. The application must be submitted in English. Shanti Bhavan is an English medium school, and volunteers are required to be fluent in the English language.

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