Volunteering is such a simple, yet rewarding, way to support a cause you care about. While there are a million reasons why you should volunteer with CRY, here are our top 3 ones!
“While it’s much easier to close one’s eyes to everything that’s happening around us, I strongly consider it my duty to lend a helping hand to others, especially those who are not as fortunate as I am. Children’s education and rights is a cause which is very dear to me and having volunteered with CRY India for a year and half, and having seen so many like minded people come together for a cause and make a huge impact, further strengthens my resolve to continue working towards the cause.”
“Working with CRY as a volunteer has been one of the best learning experiences of my life. It taught me how we can find happiness in small things and how important it is to be connected to your community. CRY has helped me both in personal and professional development. It taught me how to be a team leader as well as a team player. I understood the true meaning of the word selflessness here. At CRY, they never treat you like a volunteer but always like a family member!”
“Humbled, happy and heroic – that’s how I feel as a CRY volunteer. It’s a place that pushes me to be the light for underprivileged children and helps me shine brighter as an individual.”
Here are some common questions that you might have. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, please write to us and we’ll be happy to address your query!
As on date, we have over 4,600 active volunteers across India working on a wide variety of projects – a growing community of young citizens who support the cause.
Our volunteers come from a diverse range of backgrounds – we have students as well as working professionals from across various disciplines. All of them are bound by a common purpose – to ensure happier childhoods for India’s children!
Click here to go back to the section on volunteering options at CRY, select the one you’d like to apply for and click on the button to start your application process.
We endeavor to respond to all volunteering requests within 5-7 working days of closing the application process.
As a premier child rights organization, we select our volunteers and interns on the basis of their alignment with CRY’s vision of ensuring happier childhoods as well as their suitability for the role they’ve applied for.
You don’t need to have prior volunteering experience to become a CRY volunteer. At CRY, we believe everyone can make a difference in their own special way and we look forward to having you on board!
Of course! We’d love to have you on board as a CRY volunteer, no matter where you come from. However, we will be unable to bear your travel, visa and stay expenses so please do provision for the same at your end.
Absolutely! You can choose to become a remote volunteer and work on a variety of impactful projects from the comfort of your own home.
You should be aged 18 years or above to apply for most of the volunteering programs that CRY has to offer. However, if you’re below 18 years of age, you can still apply to become a student volunteer – a guided experience that will need parental consent before initiation.
Our volunteering programs are definitely structured to ensure maximum impact and facilitate learning but they do allow for a significant deal of flexibility by enabling the co-curation of the volunteering experience with the candidates themselves. We also take your academic/professional time commitments into consideration while planning for your experience so that you do not face a disruption of any kind.
During your application process, you can indicate how many hours per week you’d be able to commit to volunteering with CRY. We’ll design your experience basis your availability accordingly.
Being a non-profit, CRY internships are not paid – however, all your field work expenses will be reimbursed on actuals.
No – all expenses undertaken by you through the course of your work as a CRY volunteer will be reimbursed by CRY on actuals.
CRY will induct you into the program and ensure that you have a detailed understanding of the organization as well as your role as a volunteer. You will have a Volunteer Action manager to speak with whenever you have a doubt or need guidance on your plan of action. You will also receive regular feedback on your progress and will be mentored to build your leadership skills.
At the successful completion of your tenure with CRY as a volunteer, you’ll receive a formal certificate of acknowledgement that can be submitted as a part of your future college/job applications.
We understand if you need to leave your volunteering program earlier than expected due to circumstances outside of your control. Just have a chat with your Volunteer Action manager on your reasons for leaving the program midway and discuss suitable alternatives. However if you do not give such advance notice, we’ll be unable to issue you a formal certificate of acknowledgement of your volunteering experience with CRY.
Growing up, Zeeshan was a part of the very community in Kolkata that he works with as a CRY volunteer today. Today, he spends time teaching kids like himself and works towards helping them achieve THEIR dreams too! We’re so happy that we have #EverydayHeroes like him, setting an example in ensuring happier childhoods for India’s children.
A CRY volunteer for the past 7 years, Somejyoti leaves no stone unturned in doing all sorts of different things (including raising funds and even donating a laptop!) to take children closer to their dreams. We’re super happy to have him as a part of our journey in ensuring happier childhoods – #EverydayHeroes like him give us hope for a better tomorrow.
22 year old Kishkinda, inspired by CRY’s philosophy of enabling collective action for India’s children, organizes exciting corporate engagement activities to get folks invested in the cause and believes that every child has the potential to achieve whatever they want! We’re so glad to have #EverydayHeroes like her by our side!
Gargi loves to sing and teach children with the idea of helping them learn. Committed to building a rapport with their families, this CRY volunteer goes the whole 9 yards by understanding their challenges and problem solving for them effectively. We’re so grateful for her dedication to the cause of happy childhoods – it’s #EverydayHeroes like her that make our hearts dance every single day.
Founder, Child Rights and You
Someone from our Volunteer Action team will get in touch with you soon. In the meantime, would you like to read stories of children whose futures are powered by your support?