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Discover the foothills of the Himalayas while volunteering in India's majestic mountain state.

Himachal Pradesh, a northern state in India, is renowned for its magnificent yet daunting hills, fresh air, pristine nature, and it’s warm people. During the British Raj, Shimla, known as “Queen of Hills”, was home to the empire’s summer capital thanks to relatively cooler temperatures. Today Shimla is a favorite destination for people across the sub-continent. Despite Simla’s beauty and strong tourism-based economy, many nearby communities in and around Shimla remain in need. Inequality, public health issues, and education top the list of important development areas.

Travel with your group to India with Cultural Passage and contribute to sustainable development projects while sharing cultural perspectives with our “learning first” approach…

Program Overview


Share your skills, perspective, and passion in your customized learning-service volunteer placement. We partner with local NGOs in education, equality, child protection, and healthcare projects.


Immerse yourself in Indian culture through regular activities such as temple visits, guest lectures, language lessons, and hikes in forested foothills of the Himalayas.


New volunteers pick up where others left off. With a special emphasis on continuity, we provide the tools and resources to pass on projects and lessons learned to incoming volunteers. See the legacy of your contribution with updates from your placements long after you return home.


Share your experiences, insights and fun times with other volunteers in our volunteer home. Comfortable, clean accommodation makes your experience relaxing, comfortable and safe.


Our in-house full-time cook prepares delicious, healthy, and safe Indian meals. Take part in the preparation and bring your new culinary skills back home.


Our full-time staff has decades of experience in international volunteering and sustainable development. Whether you need assistance with your volunteer placement or want an impromptu dance-off, you’re sure to leave India with new lifelong friends in our amazing staff.

Volunteer Projects

Through our “learning first” approach, Cultural Passage partners with NGOs and sustainable development projects to provide meaningful, enriching learning-service volunteer opportunities. After enrolling, we will match you with a volunteer placement that aligns with your skills, interests, and passions. No specific qualifications are required, everyone has something to offer.

Our volunteer projects contribute efforts to attain sustainable development goals. We focus primarily on 6 of the 17 goals as set about by the United Nations Development Project.

No Poverty
Zero Hunger
Good Health & Well-Being
Quality Education
Gender Equality
Reduced Inequalities


Government Primary Schools deliver education to the majority of India’s children. Schools are frequently understaffed, and teachers overworked, posing a challenge to provide education to the world’s second-largest population. Volunteers serve a valuable role by relieving teacher’s workload so they can focus on providing attention to smaller groups of students. Volunteers capture the attention of students and provide them with a unique cultural perspective while helping students improve their spoken English and vocabulary.


The Integrated Child Protection scheme aims to build a protective environment for all children in India, with a special focus on those who are the most vulnerable, such as unaccompanied children, child laborers, and children living on streets. Open shelters give a home to children who have been abandoned by their families or have been found living in a dangerous environment. Volunteers contribute to these shelters by providing valuable attention to children including specialized service such as speech therapy and nutrition assessments.


Persistent inequality in India is reflected in the low human development attainments of the country’s most marginalized groups, including women. Empowerment groups in India work for the welfare and social development of women from poor areas. These women come from low-income family backgrounds who have received little to no education.


Despite India’s socialized healthcare system for low-income families, access in rural areas remains severely limited. Through education, outreach, and care, volunteers make a difference by assist local efforts to reach underserved communities. Projects include the promotion of hygiene in schools, medical screening for children and oral health initiatives.

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$2,400 - PER PERSON

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