Live your Experience… Come to the City of Joy to work as a Volunteer

Volunteer with Mother Teresa of Calcutta – Two Hands and a Heart 

Calcutta is a city of contrasts that always leaves its mark on those who visit. It is the third largest city in India, where its 14 million inhabitants speak many languages and boasts the highest concentration of artists. Calcutta has been home to two Nobel Prize winners, Mother Teresa of Calcutta and the writer Rabindranath Tagore. Until 1912 Calcutta was the capital of the British Raj, something that can be seen in its colonial architecture, of which the Victoria Memorial stands out.

A city proud to recover its cultural and spiritual heritage that always offers a warm welcome pleasant to any traveler.


Two hands and one heart“… that is what Sister Mercy Maria told us on our arrival at Mother Teresa’s House in Calcutta. That’s all we need to wear.

There are not enough words to describe or quantify the work that the Sisters of Charity have been doing since Mother Teresa began her work and founded the order back in 1950 in Calcutta. “I never thought there would be so much suffering in this world“. A work and a dedication that is an example for all humanity. Today, more than 4,500 sisters in 133 countries have followed in her footsteps. Today, Mother Teresa is respected, loved and venerated in India as much as the fathers of the homeland. Today, Calcutta is a white and blue city.

To help the poorest among the poor“, the sick, the helpless, the abandoned. That is what you will do in one of the houses of the Missionaries of Charity. Some believe that Charity with the most needy is not development… We believe that development cannot exist without attending to the most needy.

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We also have ORGANIZED PROGRAMS for these projects in Calcutta:


In addition to the Missionaries of Charity, we also collaborate with the Mission of Dr. Sujit, whose objective is the development of the rural areas around Calcutta. In this case it is FREE VOLUNTEERING.

A day of a Volunteer

The volunteers who will live with you come from all over the world and are very different people. But sharing this profound experience imprints the volunteer shelter with a warm atmosphere of fellowship and friendship that is perceived as soon as you land. It’s something close, something special.

So, among friends, your day begins with breakfast before you go to your project, where you will be welcomed with open arms as volunteers are highly valued and respected in India. If you want you can attend the 6:00 Mass at Mother House, an experience of spiritual living that will inspire you. You will work in the morning, eat on your project, and in the afternoon you may have more work, which is just an enormously rewarding time where your help will bring you more than them.

When you finish you will have free time to visit the city or do cultural immersion activities. And on weekends… free to rest, or to travel!



The accommodation option in Calcutta will depend on availability at the time of your trip, and may be in a guest hostel sharing a room between two people and with basic amenities, or a room with a host family that you can share with another fellow volunteer.

Food includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, either delivered to your guest house or prepared by the host and includes vegetarian food and authentic dishes like chapatis, daal, vegetables… not too spicy. Each family is carefully chosen to ensure that it has the standard of living required for our participants and they are people interested in communicating with newcomers and transmitting their knowledge of Indian culture to others.

The facilities have:

Shared room (maximum 2 people; single room available at additional cost).
Common western bathroom for homestays with toilet and shower, and separate for guest hostel.
Hot and cold water.
Filtered water in homestays (guesthouse residents pay Rs 20 for bottled water as tap water is not drinkable).

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean… but the ocean would be less because of that missing drop

CALCUTTA has a lot to see…

The Victoria Memorial, an imposing white marble palace dating from the early 20th century, was built in honour of Queen Victoria after her death in 1901. Inside it houses a museum of Indian history. The Victoria Memorial is located inside Maidan Park, Kolkata’s “Central Park”, where locals gather for walks, cricket, yoga or horse-drawn carriage rides. 

Kalighat, in the “red light district”, is the mother temple of Kolkata, dedicated to the goddess Kali, patron saint of the city. It is an important center of Hindu pilgrimage, and inside are animal sacrifices. The Howrah Bridge, also known as Rabindra Setu, is one of the symbols of the city of Kolkata and one of the busiest bridges in the world.  The river Ghats are the setting for traditional Hindu rituals. 

And of course, the home of Mother Teresa, which is in the Mother House on Bose Road. Here we find her intact room, as well as her tomb, where the Sisters of Charity gather several times a day to pray. A small room gathers some representative objects and several photographs of the nun’s life. 

The Sudder Street area, near the park, gathers most of the volunteers and travelers. In Sudder Street we will be able to find cheap lodgings, restaurants. There is even a “Spanish restaurant”, a meeting point for Spanish-speaking volunteers, where they prepare typical dishes of our Spanish cuisine.


Our Organized Programs include everything (or almost everything), in addition to 24-hour supervision and assistance at the destination, so that you only worry about having a good time and living your experience.


  • Personalized pickup from Kolkata International Airport and transfer to accommodation.
  • Orientation and training on India, local customs and the project in which you are going to collaborate.
  • Accommodation in a Volunteer Hostel or host family (to choose). Three meals per day / seven days per week.
  • Cultural Immersion Activities per week: Traditional Henna painting, Hindu dance workshop, Hindi classes, yoga sessions, Indian cooking demonstration…
  • Assistance in India, permanent 24 hours a day, every day.
  • Administrative costs.
  • Transfer to Calcutta airport at the end of your volunteering.
  • Certified contribution of €200 to the CiENViDAS project
  • International Volunteer Certificate from the CiENViDAS Foundation (and Internship Certificate in Health programs)


  • Air ticket.
  • Indian visa (easily processed online).
  • Daily transportation from the accommodation to the project (round trip). This cost is not high and there are many options: tuk-tuk, rickshaws, metro, uber…
  • Travel and medical insurance. (*)
  • SIM card: highly recommended and affordable. We will help you hire it.

* TRAVEL INSURANCE: You need to take out travel and medical insurance for your peace of mind. Or if you prefer, we can offer you our special insurance for volunteers, with cancellation coverage, for an amount of approx. €90 (2 weeks).

For our work we only ask for a donation to our own project CiENViDAS Jaipur. And we will send you the corresponding Donation Certificate, with which you can deduct your help.


We are in charge of evaluating and selecting these projects for you, and you are in charge of working and being useful… That’s the deal.

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