Crucial support for our work

Volunteers from around the world help us to empower women from oppressed communities in South India.

If you are a committed individual who wants to make a big impact, ADECOM Network is a great place to volunteer. We are an ambitious organisation that aims to bring about large-scale positive change for women. This means that we want to work with people who share our commitment, and are able to put great ideas for improving our work into practice.

How you can help

We are open to receiving volunteers from all backgrounds and with varying levels of experience.

Volunteer trainers are crucial to our IT skills programme. They only need to be proficient computer users with good knowledge of Microsoft Office.

We also work with professional volunteers. They use their experience and skills to develop our organisation and improve our programmes. Past professional volunteers have helped us to design projects, write funding applications, and developed marketing and communication strategies.

To find out more, download a description for one of the professional roles we are currently looking for. We also accept unsolicited proposals, so if you have a great idea for supporting our work, get in touch.

What we look for

Volunteers wanting to support our IT training programme must be available for a minimum of two weeks. However, professional or specialist volunteers stay for a minimum of one month and up to one year. Proficiency in English is essential. Tamil speakers are welcome, as some of our beneficiaries cannot speak English. We do not ask for any financial donations from volunteers, but we cannot cover volunteers’ costs, such as accommodation and travel.

What you can expect from us

On arrival, volunteers can expect full support from ADECOM Network. We will help to make all the arrangements you need for a comfortable and productive stay. This includes finding accommodation, travel booking and leisure time recommendations and planning. We also provide lunch.

Toby's story

Toby is from London, England. In 2013 and 2014, he spent over three months volunteering with ADECOM Network. A marketing and communications professional, he wanted to use his experience to support the organisation.

“ADECOM Network gave me the chance to put my professional skills to use, while learning about the challenges facing Dalit and other oppressed women India and what needs to be done to bring about positive change”, he says.

Toby worked in our head office in Puducherry most days, occasionally visiting the Village Training Centre and Field Office. “Lalida worked with me to help understand where I could make the biggest contribution to the organisation. This ensured my time was rewarding, and I felt valued for my work. One of the highlights was delivering a presentation as part of a training workshop for other South Indian NGOs.”

He also enjoyed his leisure time. “Lalida and Perumal ensured that I was well looked after and settled. I particularly enjoyed eating out in many of Puducherry’s great restaurants, as well as afternoon Badminton games with my ADECOM Network colleagues”, he says. “I made life-long friends, and will never forget my time there”.