Volunteer in India (Pondicherry) March 2019 - Women Build

Date: 2 - 10 March 2019

Cost: £1650 (click for breakdown)

Project: Women Build

In 2019, we will send a team of women to India for our annual Women Build. This will be an incredible opportunity to join women from all walks of life, to build a world where everyone has a safe place to call home.

Make Your Impact

This is your unique opportunity to help families build their homes by raising vital funds and directly contributing to our work on the ground.

We build because vulnerable families deserve substantial housing.

We build real homes, which have the power to improve health and education, create strong communities and safety for women and children, allowing them to thrive and not just survive.

Why Women Build in India?

We build in India because vulnerable families deserve substantial housing. We build real homes that have the power to improve health and education, create strong communities and safety for vulnerable people, allowing them to thrive and not just survive.

Unsafe and inadequate housing is a major problem faced by people living in rural areas. Houses with thatched roofing, week foundations and flooring with mud and cow dung are unsafe and require frequent repairs.

Be A Part of Something Bigger

If you want to be a part of something bigger, to harness your power as a woman, to help build homes for other vulnerable women and communities who are desperate to change their lives, then this project is for you.

The trip will be a life-changing opportunity to engage in teamwork, meet like-minded people, make friends and empower women in need, through shelter.

Nicola Barclay in India
I was humbled by what I witnessed in Mumbai and the surrounding rural area and can only stress to others considering taking part in future builds just how fulfilling an opportunity it really is. Nicola Barclay, Women Build 2017

Provisional Itinerary

  • 2nd March – Arrive in Chennai, meet the team
  • 3rd March – Transfer to Pondicherry, free time for sightseeing, orientation
  • 4th – 8th March – Build on construction site (Meetings with women in the community and other cultural activities will take place during lunch breaks and evenings)
  • 9th March – Half day build, closing ceremony, farewell dinner
  • 10th March – Depart for UK or onward travel


You will stay at a hotel near the construction site (this allows us to boost local jobs too!) Everyone will stay in twin rooms, sharing it with another team member.All the meals are included. Typically breakfast is at the hotel, lunch is on-site or nearby, and dinner is at the hotel or a nearby restaurant.


Flights are not included in the trip cost, you need to organise them yourself. You can arrange to travel with other team members if you wish to - we let everyone organise their flights according to their own preferences. We can meet you at the airport or hotel.

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We are not medical professionals, so before you travel please consult your GP or a travel clinic about the risks associated with your destination and what jabs you will need. The Fit for Travel website is a great starting point for identifying common risks such as malaria, zika, and other diseases.

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Friends & Family

Yes - you can come with a friend or as a group - the more the merrier! You must be aged 18 to take part in the build on your own. If you are aged 16 or 17 you can sign up but, you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Meet the team

Manuela Head of Supporter Services

GB Head of Strategy and Operations - Manuela Campbell

Jemma Reid

GB Volunteering Coordinator - Jemma Reid


Trip Team Leader - Manuela Campbell

Begin your adventure

Are you ready to sign up? Have you spoken to the Team Leader and reviewed our Terms and Conditions (PDF) and Payment Policy (PDF)?

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with many resources to help you fundraise. The Team Leader and our GV staff are here to support you throughout the process, don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions or concerns.

Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!

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