Building Volunteer Projects in Kerala - India

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Group Size: Max 15

Trip code: INBR

Duration: 1 - 4 weeks

Help make a difference to children and communities by volunteering at this rewarding school building project in Kerala, India. Living and volunteering in the lovely port town of Fort Kochi, you’ll provide much-needed, hands-on practical support to a local school as a valued volunteer. The school urgently needs help to improve its facilities and you can help with building, renovation and construction projects at the school. Create a warm, welcoming and safe environment in which local children from poor backgrounds can gain a vital education. With plenty of cultural and adventure activities to enjoy in your free time you can explore Kerala, India’s hidden gem, and have a rewarding volunteer experience you’ll never forget!

Trip highlights

  • Become a valued volunteer and help at a school building project, improving the learning environment for kids in Kerala
  • Make a real difference as you get stuck in with renovation and construction projects in a practical, hands-on volunteer role
  • Help provide a safe and welcoming classroom environment for poor children in the Fort Kochi area
  • Stay in the charming, peaceful port town of Fort Kochi and make new friends in this stunning part of India
  • Explore Kerala’s famous backwaters by boat or make tracks for one of the region’s beautiful beaches on your weekends off
Further trip information

About Kerala

Kerala is a laid-back location famous for its nearby beaches filled with swaying palms, delicious seafood and local cuisine, winding waterways and beautiful backwaters made up of rivers, lakes and canals. Kerala has a balmy tropical climate all year round, with temperatures rarely dropping below the 70s. A visit to this safe and friendly region offers travellers the ideal introduction to India!

About Fort Kochi

The school building project is based in and around the famous port city of Fort Kochi (otherwise known as Cochin). This charming town boasts beautiful historical buildings and unusual, giant fishing nets. Fort Kochi has friendly locals plus great restaurants, bars and cafes, markets, ATMs and plenty of cultural events. Although it is a tranquil, tourist-friendly town it is not a party spot. Fort Kochi enjoys gorgeous coastal views and a relaxed vibe, offering the ideal introduction for first-time visitors to India. Stepping into Fort Kochi is like stepping back in time into another world!

Arrival and Orientation

Day 1, Saturday: You will be met on arrival at Kochi International Airport and transferred to Fort Kochi (approx.1-1.5 hour journey). In the evening you will enjoy a short welcome meeting from the local project team and get a chance to rest, relax and meet your group.

Day 2, Sunday: During day 2 you will have a project and cultural information session with your local volunteer coordinator from 10am-12pm. After your orientation session you will be given an introductory tour of the fantastic Fort Kochi area.

Volunteer Building Project

Make a real difference as a volunteer at this schools building project in Fort Kochi. From Mondays to Fridays you will be helping with building, construction and renovation at a poor, government-subsided school in the area. The school’s infrastructure is in urgent need of help and support – currently the kids are learning in buildings which are in disrepair.

The goal of this brilliant renovation project is to provide safe, welcoming facilities for the children to learn in, by improving their classroom environment and giving them the best hope of a better education. By creating a positive space for kids and teachers alike you can play a part in this rewarding project.

Volunteer activities may include:

  • Tiling floors
  • Electrical work
  • Repairing and painting classroom furniture
  • Replacing windows and doors
  • Painting and decorating, including mural painting
  • Creating sports facilities
  • Creating a garden for the kids to play in
  • Creating a library
  • Improving computer facilities

A typical volunteer day will run from around 9am-5:30pm. There will be an experienced masonry/building tradesperson on hand with you at the project daily, to co-ordinate your building volunteer activities. Depending on the project you are working on, you may or may not work alongside other volunteers. Volunteers must be prepared to use their own initiative at the projects.

The cost of travel from your accommodation to the project site is arranged for you, but the cost is not included (please budget £2-3 per trip).

Please note: These itineraries are a guide only and may be subject to change according to the needs of the local community at the time of your trip. Volunteers should be flexible and ready to adapt to unexpected changes and new situations. 

Free Time

Your evenings and weekends are free time to have fun and enjoy optional activities. Fort Kochi is a fantastic base from which to explore the gorgeous area of Kerala and your local team can help you to arrange exciting optional activities, which include:

  • Cultural shows
  • Football matches
  • Cinema
  • Boat trip in the Keralan Backwaters: £60
  • Visit to a tea or spice plantation: £60
  • Travel to Cherai Beach, 35km from Fort Kochi: £20
  • Trekking/camping trip: £70
  • Cycling tour: £50
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Please note: on certain religious and national holidays, no volunteering will take place.