Women’s Empowerment Program – India

Women’s Empowerment Program

Kolkata and Kerala, India

Dates: Opportunities year round

Price: Starting at $1599 CAD for a 2 week Volunteer Experience

$1899 CAD for a 3 week Volunteer Experience

$2299 CAD for a 4 week Volunteer Experience

Our Women’s empowerment volunteering program in India contributes towards gender equality, by giving women in India access to education, health awareness, income generation, and soft skill education or training through which they can develop self-worth and secure a better future for themselves. We run this rewarding volunteer program in Kolkata, North India with local partners helping women from slum areas, trafficking or in the sex trade. In South India, our volunteer program is in Cochin, Kerala where we help women from conservative and poor slum areas to help them with education and soft skills training. Both locations offer great volunteering as well as travel experiences.

Our Women’s empowerment program contributes towards gender equality, by giving women in India access to education, health awareness and income generation skills through which they can develop self-worth and secure a better future for themselves and their families.

48% of India’s population is female and gender inequality is part of society especially among the marginally poor.  Domestic violence in India is endemic and widespread predominantly against women. India is ranked at 101 among 136 countries that were assessed for women empowerment on social, economic and political parameters. The stats are alarming with :

  • 70% of women in India are victims of domestic violence.
  • A crime against a women is committed every three minutes
  • A women is raped every 29 minutes
  • A dowry death occurs every 77 minutes
  • one case of cruelty committed by either the husband or relative of the victim occurs every nine minutes.
  • Around 100 million women and girls are estimated to be victim of human trafficking and
  •  44.5 percent of girls are married before the age of 18

These statistics led us to start volunteering programs focused on helping women who are in weaker section of society. With the help of volunteers we are able to provide Spoken English class, life skill development classes and healthcare awareness programs. Through this we hope to give women power to build safe and independent lives for themselves, and live with confidence.

When you join the women empowerment program with us you can expect to volunteer in local girls schools, community centers or local charities to assist with English language classes, life coaching as well as conducting health workshops and soft skill development such as computer training.

Many ladies who attend our sessions are parents who are keen to learn English so they can help their young ones at home. With skill building and English classes, the can excel at the current jobs or get opportunities to find jobs that will make them financially independent, help support their families and get out of the poverty cycle. We are also involved in income generation and vocational skill building for women.

Most volunteers will be taking group sessions or one to one sessions working independently or in groups. Project staff will be present at all times and resources and guidelines on what to do will be given.

  • Helping women with income generation activities, education, arts and lifeskills
  • Interacting with local women who have suffered from abuse, financial and health issues, women from prisons or who have escaped prostitution
  • Learning a new culture and ways of life from the locals - you will take cooking classes, visit various cultural and historic sites, and participate in weekend excursions

Price Includes:

1. Airport Pickup and drop off
2. Accommodation (twin sharing)
3. Breakfast and Lunch
4. Pre Departure Information Pack
5.Training and Area Orientation on arrival.
6. 24/7 Local staff support and Program Manager on location.
7. Project Travel
8. Volunteer Activities
9. Local Sim Card
10. Day Tour
11. Rainbow Tshirt

Volunteer Program Typical Week:

Arrival Day Saturday/Sunday: Pick Up from the Airport and arrive to your home in where you meet your program coordinator. After some relaxation you will get a Welcome Presentation, Culture Training and area orientation. On Sunday you will visit local sights and in the evening you are free for your leisure.

Monday- Friday : After breakfast you will be volunteering during the day. You can walk to the project site where Rainbow staff will meet you. Project times will be given to you on arrival

Evenings: You will have evenings free for cultural activities such as visiting Temples in the area, local markets, Language Classes, cooking classes, basic meditation classes, painting class, basic yoga classes, massage classes,or music and dance shows. There will be an additional fee for some of these.


In Kolkata You can spend your weekends to take cultural classes, visit Darjeeling, take a tour of the Sunderban Jungles or Shantiniketan.

In Kerala: You can spend your weekends to visit the beach town of Varkala or Kovalam, Do a backwaters Cruise or trekking in Munnar Tea Plantations.

Living Arrangements for Volunteers :

When you book our this volunteer program we will be making all the necessary arrangements for you pre-arrival.

  • Before arrival : you will be sent pre-departure information, India guide and project information.
  • You will be picked up from the airport by our driver in a car and brought to your home.
  • On arrival you will get some time to rest and we will give you an area orientation followed with training which includes India culture and project details.
  • You will be living with other volunteers in a house with a family or local guardian.
  • Your will have western style bathrooms. Other facilities include use of lounge, kitchen area and terrace.
  • There will be WIFI in the house and you will be walking distance from amenities like supermarkets and local handicraft shopping.
  • Basic project resources such as paper, colours, or pens will be available locally.
  • Breakfast and dinner will be home cooked continental or Indian. Western Cafes are around if you crave pasta or burgers.
  • Daily Project Transport in Tuk- tuks or cars will be pre- arranged.
  • Project coordinator will be present on site for support and daily meetings.
  • Dedicated Program Manager will be available for meetings.
  • Medical facilities and Doctors available for emergencies and you will be given numbers for all on arrival.

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