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Here are a few NGOs that you can join as a volunteer and do your bit for the environment

education Updated: Jul 10, 2012 17:13 IST
Hindustan Times

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
Darbari Seth Block, IHC Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi - 110003, 2468 2100/41504900

You can join ‘TERI LaBL International Torchbearers programme’ which aims to draw students and young professionals into the rural energy access framework through the Lighting a Billion Lives initiative. The programme offers short-term volunteering work year around for a minimum of four weeks, which is an opportunity for the youth to work with the LaBL team and gain first-hand work experience in the field of rural energy access by undertaking a series of field assignments. A student can apply online at

Applications are due three times a year as per the given schedule
* Summer session (June – August): 30 April;
* Winter session (November – January): October 5
* Spring session (March – May): January 5.

To qualify, a student needs to be committed, enthusiastic and experienced in environmental and social projects.

B-1/46, Third Floor, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi-110017
26671758, 69414372, 46051572, 46113627

Swechha is a Delhi-based, youth-run and youth-focused NGO, engaged in environmental and social development issues. You can share your unique skills with Swechha, be it designing, research, IT, communications, event planning and management or others. You can call in the office or mail your CV at You should mention your area of interest and the reason why you want to volunteer with the NGO. Swechha conducts and facilitates field visits, exposure trips, as well as travel and learning programmess throughout the year.

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)
41, Tughlakabad Institutional Area, New Delhi-110062
29955124, 29956110, 29956394

Students interested to volunteer with the Centre for Science and Environment should write to it or approach in person with their resume and mention their area of interest with respect to CSE’s work. They can also send an online request after registering in the volunteers section on its website, They need to mention their availability in terms of the total numbers days they can volunteer and how many hours per day they can contribute. Depending on the availability of assignments in the organisation, the NGO shortlists relevant CVs and calls them for a personal (informal) meeting.

Toxics Link
H2 (Ground Floor), Jungpura Extension, New Delhi - 110014,
24328006, 24320711

Toxics Link is an NGO which works on environmental issues. There are broadly three programmes in which a student can join as a volunteer: a) chemicals and health; b) waste and sustainability; c) information and communication. To apply for volunteering, email your CV at Once a CV gets shortlisted, the person is called for an interview. Selected candidates are exposed to the thematic team. As per their interest and requirement, the volunteer gets a lot of opportunities to get involved in research work.

C-14, Second Floor, Lajpat Nagar III, New Delhi - 110014
46574172, 46574171

Chintan works for environmental justice in partnership with people and groups from diverse sections of society. The NGO offers many programmes such as voice for waste, no child in trash, low carbon future, scavengers to managers etc that students can join. A student can forward his/her CV at mentioning his/her area of interest. Given that there are limited resources, such as mentors and seating space in Chintan, the NGO accepts only those volunteers who are most likely to contribute towards its mission. Every volunteer is allocated a mentor and receives a short orientation to the work.

First Published: Jul 10, 2012 14:37 IST