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Often you might have found yourself asking this question – ‘I really want to help. But how’? Here, at the International Volunteers Trust - India(R) (IVT-India), we together with your sincere intentions and hard work, help you find a part of the answer. The muse behind the working of IVT-India has always been a belief in making a difference. ‘It takes drops of water to make an ocean’. A firm belief in the same, we continue to make genuine, heartfelt efforts to reach the unreached and the needy through enthusiastic volunteers. The organization is primarily a brainchild of the current President Mr. J R Dwarakanath Naidu and one of his friends, among others. His experiences as the chairperson of several valued designations at various international forums inspired him to conceptualize and conceive of IVT-India.


International Volunteers Trust - India(R) (IVT-India), born in January 2004, is a multi-faith, multi-cultural and secular organisation, headquartered in Bangalore within the State of Karnataka, India. It is a registered non-profit Trust, listed under the Indian Trusts ACT, 1982. It is an autonomous body and exercises its freedom in framing its own policies concerning programs, financial regulations and other administrative areas, in keeping with its larger aims and objectives.


The organization’s mainstay is in the following areas


1. Education for the Underprivileged
2. Community Development Program
3. Working with the special populations
4. Destitute Child Care
5. Rehabilitation Program
6. Geriatric Care (Elderly/old age home)
7.  Women & Rural development
8. Health Care
9. Agriculture & Organic farming

IVT-India provides young people an opportunity to volunteer & engage themselves as Interns in Social Work Projects & NGO run School

IVT-India also conducts various skill development programs for school children, school dropouts, economically disadvantaged youth and rural women & college students. IVT-India trains girls pursuing Engineering with skill enhancement training - Soft skills, Professional skills & Technical skills.


The founder of the IVT-India Trust works out of a rich and diverse experience base in the area of Inter-cultural Program, Volunteerism and Social Work/Service and has also been trained and worked at ICYE, an International NGO, with its Head Office stationed at Berlin, Germany.

IVT-India is enriched with dedicated Executive Committee Members, full time staff and groups of volunteers working at the local and regional levels. As stated before, we feel fortunate to have an excellent support base of host families, residential projects, co-workers, friends and well-wishers for the same purpose.

IVT-India’s President, Mr. J R Dwarakanath Naidu was the Administrator and National Correspondent of ICYE's counterpart in India. He has also represented India as its observer at the Asia Pacific Regional meetings in Bangalore, India in October 2000.He was elected as the Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator with acclamation during the Asia Pacific Regional Meeting held in Taitung, Taiwan in November 2002. He then went on to attend the 23rd General Assembly of the ICYE Federation, as a representative of the Asia Pacific Region in the capacity of a Regional Coordinator, held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia in November 2003 - He was once again elected as the Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator.  However, after discontinuing his work for the ICYE National Committee in India, he chose to step down from the position in the next Asia Pacific Regional Meeting at Pattaya, Thailand in November 2004.


Asia Pacific Regional, International Office with
Board of Managers Meeting in Bangalore, India
29 September to 3 October 2000


Asia Pacific Regional, International Office with Board of Managers Meeting  held in Taitung, Taiwan - 2002 November


23rd General Assembly of the ICYE Federation 
held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
November 2003


IVT-India seeks to network with similar and like-minded organizations not only within the country, but also around the globe. IVT-India offers young people the opportunity to participate in a program designed to facilitate a significant exchange of understanding among nations, as a sincere endeavour to promote peace and inter-cultural appreciation. This is done through direct personal experiences and international volunteer work, with the support of a network of concurring organizations, co-workers, host families, community development projects, friends and well-wishers. 

The programs in India, will facilitate for the youth coming together from diverse nations, a process of discovery, exploration and experiential learning based on the vibrancy and profusion of the country’s glorious history, traditions, lifestyles, culture and spirituality on one hand, and the immensity of its geography, environment, tourism and of course, our unique hospitality.

We will constantly strive to expand and strengthen the network of friends, in order to foster, promote and deepen the feelings of oneness and one world - with "Breaking Barriers" being our motto. Voluntary work placements are provided in Community Development Projects, Working with Children, Elderly, Intallectually / Physically Challenged, Visually impaired, Drug Rehabilitation Centres, Women development projects, Environmental Protection and Education, Health Care, Youth Centres, etc.

IVT-India program participants are young people in the age group of 18 to 30years from different walks of life. However, we are flexible with the age limit depending on the participant. The participant should be open-minded, flexible, and adaptable and should have a Non Judgmental attitude to situations. Basic knowledge of English will be an advantage. Participants are also recruited and selected by our partner organizations around the globe - regardless of their religion, socio-economic status, caste, creed, gender, language or educational status.



IVT-India recognizes the massive need for help in rural India, in the fields of education, agriculture, health or women’s development. In keeping with this belief, we offer young and passionate individuals a forum to come together, share ideas and experiences, and help the cause of universal fraternity and peace. As part of the various volunteering Programs, we take our participants through different regions across South India. Most projects are located in the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu and Maharasthra. We are also in the process of extending our projects… in Kerala, Delhi and Jaipur in the future.

The point of origin for all volunteers is the city of Bangalore, where they first arrive from their respective countries. Bangalore, known as the city of gardens and more recently as the IT and pub capital of India, is one of the major tourist hotspots of India. Volunteers are allocated to different projects across various regions in the country - namely: Bangalore, Mysore, Shimoga, Sagar, Tumkur, Chikkamagalur and spots in and around Bangalore city within the state of Karnataka; Hyderabad, Ananthapur and Pennakonda in the state of Andhra Pradesh; Hosur, Chennai, Madurai, Tirunalaveli and Kalakad across the state of Tamil Nadu; Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra state; Delhi and Jaipur.

Apart from the above mentioned places, we also offer a chance to our volunteers to travel to places of historical and tourist importance at cost price organized by Karnataka Tourism. Some of these places include Mysore - famous for housing the spectacular palace of ancient rulers of the region; Shravanbelagola; where one encounters one of the biggest stone idols of the Gomateshwara across continents; and Belur and Halebidu, renowned for their archaic temple remains. Ooty - well known for its breathtaking, picturesque landscapes, Coonoor and Kodaikannel are other very popular tourist attractions on the itinerary and off-course our world famous Taj Mahal.


IVT -India is

  • A program to gain inter-cultural education, Cross-cultural learning and understanding with the commitment to peace and unity.
  • An International Cultural Exchange Programme, through voluntary work/service and direct personal interactions, welcoming all nationalities, religions, races and ethnic groups with the commitment of breaking barriers
  • A network of friends all over the world
  • An educational experience coordinated by our national office with dedicated Executive Committee, co-workers and friends who shall provide the participants with the necessary orientation, training and support.
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