Volunteer at Udayan, Kolkata

About Udayan

Udayan is a home and school for children affected by leprosy, in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. We are a non–government organisation working for the care and development of children with a leprosy background. We are also an inter-faith organisation. Established in 1970 by Father James Stevens, Udayan is set on eight acres of lush, green land. The residential home and school helps up to 300 children receive the highest quality of care, compassion and education – to enable them to lead healthy, respected and productive lives.

Udayan brings the children out of difficult living conditions, where they are vulnerable to contracting leprosy and are affected by the stigma of the disease. It also enables these children to realise their full human potential, whilst they live in a safe, secure and nurturing environment under the supervision of caring adults.

Volunteering at Udayan

Udayan is always looking for volunteers and interns to help them achieve their mission!

The volunteering and internship programme aims to motivate and inspire students, working individuals, professionals, retirees and anyone who is passionate about helping needy children, whilst also offering them a unique and meaningful cultural experience in ‘incredible India’.

Are you  proactive and hard-working, with a keen interest in helping the underprivileged?

Have you considered volunteering or an internship abroad?

If the answer is yes, then Udayan may be for you!

Udayan welcomes anyone over the age of 18 for periods of 2 weeks to 3 months.

There are plenty of opportunities to make a difference, using your skills. Udayan is looking for enthusiastic individuals with a passion for supporting an NGO to help develop it into an outstanding organisation. Some ideas of opportunities include:


  • Teaching English
  • Running sports, art & music activities
  • Computer training
  • Specific projects e.g. revamping our Library
  • Small infrastructure projects (mural painting, kitchen gardening etc.)
  • Helping prepare and serve nutritious food
  • Graphic design / marketing
  • Photography and film-making


  • Teaching spoken English and other subjects in Bengali/Hindi
  • Arts and crafts, music, dance
  • Teaching soft skills and personality development
  • Helping with leprosy advocacy and fundraising events
  • Marketing and communications support e.g. blogging, social media, graphic design
  • Helping to write funding proposals
  • Strengthening our office systems
  • Conducting survey and research
  • Digitization of records
  • Capturing case history records of our children
  • Photo documentation
  • Video documentation