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Kenosis Foundation

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  • Bangalore, India
English, German, French
Organization Description
Kenosis Foundation (KF) is a not-for-profit and registered (Reg # 166/2013-2014) on 29th June 2013, under Sec.7 of the Indian Trusts Act 1882. Our head office located in Bangalore City, Karnataka State, India.

Bengaluru (aka Bangalore) is the capital of India's southern Karnataka state. The center of India's high-tech industry, the city is also known for its green spaces and nightlife. Near Cubbon Park, Vidhana Soudha is its massive Neo-Dravidian legislative building. Former royal residences include 19th-century Bangalore Palaces, modeled after England’s Windsor Castle, and Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, an 18th-century teak structure.

Conceived by Issac Rayappan, a Christian missionary from the religious congregation of Holy Cross society, a graduate from masters in social work in May 2006. Kenosis is managed by a team of professionals who have earlier worked with various corporations and now have dedicated their careers to making a difference.

We identify and work for causes ranging from child welfare, education, economic empowerment, creating employment opportunities, health and hygiene, life skills education, rural toilet building, and women's empowerment to name a few. Kenosis committed to breaking the cycle of poverty in rural India.

Kenosis in India is a donation platform that allows you to support a cause and project of your choice that have been scrutinized for transparency & credibility. We do not raise funds for ourselves. We help you donate to a few of our direct community based projects and to make a real difference in India. We tell you exactly where your money went and also give you proof of it through a feedback report. We ensure that at least 90% of your contribution reaches the cause of your choice you support.

To promote efficient and effective giving that provides greater opportunities to the poorest of the poor living in the extremist of poverty by providing the tools necessary so that they may step-by-step break the cycle of generational poverty in India.

A world without poverty, patriarchy and injustice in which every person enjoys the right to life with dignity.

As a value-led organization, there is a lot that we stand for, but the essential values that drive us in particular are above all others and make us tick:
• Being Responsible –for oneself and the society, we live to create a safe place, peace and harmony;
• Constantly Innovating – the methodology and approach to develop remote communities;
• Providing a Trusted Service – serving all without discrimination of colour and language;
• Dignity – my rights, your rights, and for all of us!
• Striving for Awesomeness – inspiring youths by being a part of making the change;
• Inherit and foster other cultures – fostering, empathetic listening, living in the present with compassionate hearts;
• Sustainability – individual and in the community through constant economic empowerment,
• Passion – for the development of human dignity;
• Accountability and transparency- for resources and the utilization of funds for designated purpose only.

India is a fantastic destination for anyone seeking a truly unique and new experience. India has it all on offer - from some of the world's most impressive natural biodiversity to its bustling and productive cities. Kenosis programs in India offer something for every curious traveler, with the opportunity to give back to India's under-served populations. Do you want to volunteer abroad, but don't have much time to explore other parts of India? Don't worry! We have several week-long projects for you to choose from! Whether you'd like to be a part of building and renovation , or set up computer center in villages or teach computer and IT skills in rural schools or you really want to teach English, we have it all! Come volunteers with the youth of India in one of our many teaching or orphanage programs throughout the country, or gain experience in the medical field by contributing to local health clinics and community development projects. There are many exciting options; why not combine two of our programs to give yourself a well-rounded view of this fascinating country?

• Bangalore city, in the state of Karnataka and rural district of Hosur, and Krishnagiri , in the state of Tamil Nadu, India

• Min 2 week to 4 weeks (short term) and Max 12 weeks ( long term) and up to 1 year.

• Ongoing start times available all year round.

When you write to us, you can write about your interesting projects that you like. Please see the list of opportunities you have and mention your interesting projects when you write to us.

• Teach English
• Orphanage work
• General Childcare
• Street Children
• Youth employment
• Tuition & Coaching
• Computer & IT skills
• School Outreach
• Health & Medicine
• General Nursing
• Nutrition and Health
• Special needs children
• Counseling & Psychology
• Building & Renovations
• Women Empowerment
• Media and Communication
• Health & Summer camps
• Micro-credit project
• After School Programs (ASP)
• Women Self Help Groups project
• Micro-finance
• Media & Communication
• Education sponsorship project

• Any number of volunteers ( solo, groups, family, couples, corporate, working professionals, students, graduates, freshers, career breakers and travelers etc) can apply.

• 18 to 70

• This project accepts volunteers; who are 17 years old and younger with a letter of consent from a parent or guardian.

• A good or fair understanding of English is required.

• Anyone can apply. Do not really require previous experience nor qualifications. Physically fit and ready to travel anywhere. Able to make their cost of the programs and registration fees.

• Host family, shared rooms in a volunteer or guest house.

• 3 meals a day during the week; 2 meals a day on the weekend and other refreshments at any times.

• Confirmed flight tickets from and to, Visa, Passport, Health insurance and Police Background Check (if necessary) must be submitted.

• Bangalore International Airport. ( nearest flight Mangalore or connect flight from Chennai or Delhi international airport to Bangalore Airport)

• You must apply for this program 1 - 2 months in advance in order to have enough time to get your visa (Tourist) processed by travel agency of your country and host organization (Kenosis Foundation) in India to organize your food, accommodation, project, project transportation, and project plan & activity for volunteers/ daily work schedules, etc.

There are two different prices both for volunteering and internship placement and also depends on short stay (Min 2 weeks to Max 4 weeks) and longer (above 5 weeks) stay. The short stay is a fixed cost ( $ 780 USD a month) and there is no change as you see bellow at # 1 and longer stay is based on weekly as you see at # 2.


Like any other community based organization, like us, we do not have our own infrastructure to provide your food and accommodation and also the project location varies from place to place and the projects you apply. So we hire and place volunteers with host families and shared a guest house according to the projects and locations. The fee we have to pay not on a weekly basis, but on a monthly basis to get their service while you are with us. So, if you stay less than a month, we had to pay one month rent of the cost. It's not a hotel, where we pay as long as we stay and the hotel is not the ideal thing to recommend you, because it's very expensive for volunteers. This is why we encourage volunteers to stay at least for one month and make use of your stay and the fee very effective that you pay.

# 1: SHORT STAY PROGRAM COSTS: The short stay program (min 2 to 4 weeks) fee is a fixed deposit for all participants in all the projects. If you are staying for less than 4 weeks or 2 weeks or 3 weeks you must select 4 weeks when you ready to apply and pay a fixed deposit of $ 780 USD.

# 2: LONGER STAY PROGRAM COSTS: If you stay with us more than 5 weeks , your fee starts on weekly basis. Therefore, you need to select how long or how many weeks or months, you like to stay with us and pay the total value or the deposit that you see when you confirm your volunteering and internship placement with us.

NOTE: Your program cost and the deposits of 10% to Volunteer Alliance included in your fee. You do not have to pay extra to anyone.

• Accommodation (Host family, shared volunteer house or guest house.),
• Food (Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared home food freshly and hygienically by the talented Indian chef and families. Filtered and purified water is also supplied in the accommodation),
• Support (24 hours mentoring and field supports,
• Airport Transfers (Included on arrival, when volunteering for 2 weeks or more) to project location,
• Pr-Departure Kit (Transfers),
• Orientation Kit (Full project details will be sent following registration.),
• Credit offered ( College credit offers, Time work sheet, letter of work experience etc.)

• Flights from and to, Indian Visa, Passport, Health / Travel Insurance, Personal Expenses, Local Transportation, Sightseeing entry fee, Internet and phone calls, Spending money for bottled water, Snack, Foods and dining out whilst on weekend excursions, Local Project Transportation back to airport (can be arranged for $ 80-100 US).

During the first week, you can join an extensive and interesting orientation program in Bangalore. This is a fun opportunity to familiarize yourself with the country and meet other like-minded interns from all around the world. You will have the opportunity to participate in yoga, language and cooking lessons, self defense classes, to visit Tipu and Humayun’s Tomb, take Hindi language classes, learn about India's unique culture, watch a Bollywood movie, and eat at an authentic Indian restaurant, as well as travel to many parts of Bangalore, and Mysore’s cultural and historical sites, British build forts and stone temples, Mysore palaces, Nandhi hills, local temples, a spice plantation, traditional markets and shopping, Kaveri river and Hogennakkal waterfalls in Tamil Nadu state. After your orientation, you'll be assigned to a specific project depending on the needs of the community and then personal preference. The extra fee for this week is US $ 250 and you may book this following registration.

You will volunteer and intern for about 5-6 hours a day, and 5 days a week. Your hours may vary according to the organization of the projects, where you are placed. Your responsibilities will also vary based on your level of experience, education and skills. If you have a broad knowledge and extensive or prior experience in the projects you apply, you may receive a slightly more hands-on experience or can lead a group.


ACCOMMODATIONS: Your accommodation differs where your are placed in the projects. The placement both in the district of rural communities , Tamilnadu state and Bangalore city region of Karnataka State. You will be placed in accommodation depending on the distance from the project and the type of program you are completing. You will get a simple stay in shared, host family or shared same gender rooms or shared guest houses.

Living is comfortable and houses have electricity, running water and hot water heaters. You are expected to keep your room tidy and clean, prepare hot water on your own with water heater and get organized yourself. You will be provided with a basic bed, mattress, pillow, bed sheet and blanket with mosquito repelent. Sometimes you may stay in the project campus itself and do not have to walk or travel by local transportation. Sometimes, the accommodations are within walking distance of most of the projects. Local transportation (Tuk tuk , public buses) are available and cost less than 1 US only per day.

FOOD: 3 vegetarian meals are provided daily. Breakfast is usually comprised of tea, Idly, Dosa with variety of Indian gravy, egg, bread, butter, jam, and parathas (Indian bread stuffed with vegetables). The Lunch and dinner are usually comprised of dal (lentil curry), mixed curry, vegetables, salad, roti (Indian bread), and fruit. You will have variety of non-veg and please let us know what’s your favorite meat you like most. We will be able to provide you depends on the availability.

• above 18 years can apply
• this project accepts volunteers; who are 17 years old and younger with a letter of consent from a parent or guardian.
• Volunteers do not really need qualification and prior volunteer experience
• Interns must submit field of certificates, if they are looking for credits opportunities.
• Good or basic level of English.
• Travel and health insurance
• Immunizations (consult your doctor)
• Updated CV / Resume in English
• Able to pay 100% of Program cost.

• You can wash your clothes by hand if you’d like. There are laundry services available for an additional fee.

• The accommodations do not have wifi Internet and you can take Indian SIM and access internet and communicate with your families and friends.

During the week (Monday to Friday) your days at KF will have general schedules tentatively as following:

6:00 am – Wake up and enjoy a chai
6:15 am – Yoga class (30 minutes) and personal care
08:00 am – Breakfast and preparation for your class
09:00 am – Program 1 (2 hours)
12:30 pm – Break for lunch and preparation for class
01:30 pm – Program 2 (2 hours)
03:30pm – Afternoon chai and preparation for class
04:00 pm – Program 3 (2 hours)
05:00 pm – Evening hours free to go shopping and sightseeing
07:30 Pm – Dinner, Relax, prepare for tomorrow’s classes

KF volunteers will have weekends free (Saturdays and Sundays) and other general public holiday’s free time available to participate in the add on tours for an additional fee.

You should apply before 1 - 2 months advance to your chosen volunteering start date in order to ensure that you have enough time to obtain the proper visa. The visa process is lengthy and can take up to 2 months. If you have a lack of time against actual start dates, please contact us immediately to speed up and process your application.

Unless and until you make your payment, we will not be able to confirm your volunteering placement with us. Please make your payment at the earliest to reserve your seats.

If you have any questions, clarification and additional information, please contact us. We are here to assist you.

All the best!

With Regards!
Kenosis Foundation, Bangalore City, Karnataka State, India
Childcare / Children, Health / Medical, Women
Skills Needed
Medical students/interns/Doctors, Building and maintenance workers, Education, Computer Teaching skill, Childcare, Able to make abstract ideas beeasily adjust to new areas, English fluency, English Teaching, Adult education, Healthcare
Accommodation Provided - Minimum Stay: 2 weeks
Average Cost per Week ($USD)
$175 per week
Estimate only - contact this Organization for actual costs to Volunteer
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • 3 Meals per Day
  • Volunteer Hostel
  • Homestay
  • Local Transport
  • Airport Pickup and Drop Off
  • Internet

Costs do not include Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Spending Money, 2-Meals-per-Day, 1-Meal-per-Day
Issac Rayappan
Kenosis Foundation Average Ratings
I came from the UK and volunteered with Kenosis Foundation for 1 month in Bangalore, India. I taught computer and life skills to disadvantaged young adults aged 18-25 years old. This included the basics of hardware, software, typing, Microsoft Office, security, and the internet. I also taught the students how to prepare their CV, and how to perform well in an interview. When I first arrived at the centre, there were some technical issues with three of the computers, but I was able to resolve these within the first day. I enjoyed teaching the students, and they were all keen to learn during my lessons. This made delivering the content enjoyable. My biggest issue that I faced was the language barrier between me and some of the students. This meant I had to remember to speak more slowly...
I had an fantastic time with Kenosis Foundation in South India. It was very interesting and every day was something special. I met a lot of amazing people; for an example all the kind-hearted women in the women groups and all the sweet children in the village and in the schools. I stayed at a Father's house, and I felt very welcomed. A got a nice place to sleep and the greatest food I have ever tasted. I learned a lot and I had a very good time with Issac R, who guided us around (for an example on his motor bike). He took us to many beautiful places. He is one of the most amazing people I have ever met. I hope to come back one day!