Canadian Volunteer Internship in India (CVII)


With over 60 years of experience in serving women and children, and in placing Canadians overseas, World Literacy is offering an enriching opportunity through the Canadian Volunteer Internship in India (CVII) Program, to live and work in Varanasi, India.

The tailor-made nature of the CVII Program allows you to go when you like, for as long as you like (maximum 6 months), and to contribute in ways that make sense to you.  Utilize your skill set and tell us what new skills we can help you acquire.  The CVII Program is a rare opportunity to live in the ancient city of Varanasi and experience how empowerment and literacy programming can, and does, change lives for the better.  This is your chance to be part of that change.

You could not find a better place for this life changing experience than Varanasi where, every day, you will experience the convergence of many cultures and religious beliefs, experience the sacred at its most profound, experience the joy of reaching a common understanding of life with people with very different backgrounds, experience the vitality of the music, arts, cuisines of India.

Your work as an international development intern will provide you with much food for thought in making decisions about what you want to do with your life and career. As a result of your time with World Literacy Canada, you will know yourself better, and be able to realize your full personal and professional potential.

With wide-ranging internships, this volunteer internship opportunity provides Canadians with flexible and tailor-made work placements at our Varanasi, India office.  All internships provide a full immersion into program and policies, marketing and fundraising, and “hands on” learning on international development and global citizenship.


Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, interested in international development,  committed to gender equality and global citizenship.


Volunteer internship placements are available for a minimum of one month with a maximum of a 6 month term.


Volunteers are expected to raise funds to cover the cost of the program.  WLC will issue tax receipts for donations collected for your volunteer internship.  WLC will further assist your application to receive any eligible subsidy that may be available. WLC is willing to offer you fundraising best practices and tips to help you raise the necessary funds. Click here to see Sample Expense Budget.

Application Process

Interested applicants should complete the Application Form and submit it online or mail it in to 401 Richmond St W., Suite 281, Toronto, M5V 3A8.  If your application is approved, you will be contacted for an interview.  If you are accepted into the program, we’ll arrange a time to discuss your skills and what you’re looking to get out of this experience. We’ll ask you to sign an agreement and together we will develop a work plan and start planning your trip to India!


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Blogs from past internships:

Beyond the Ganges, Ghats, and Geckos
The Varanasi Monologues
WLC Intern’s Blog
what I ghat
Notes from the 25th Parallel