SAVI - Volunteer / Intern Service
Are you ready to offer your energies and goodwill to Auroville projects?
Savi (Tamil for “key”) is a service for students and professionals who wish to participate in and contribute to Auroville. Savi maintains a database of volunteering opportunities, both informal and academic, to help find suitable placements for projects that require specific skills and lots of goodwill. The service supports and assists volunteers in their various needs before and during their stay in Auroville.
Auroville is a city in the making. A desert-like, rural area is gradually changing into a city. It is often called a 'human laboratory'. The vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother is its raison d'être. It is a very specific place, different from the many 'eco-villages' and intentional or alternative communities that exist on the planet.
Many people over the years have voluntarily offered their energy and some of them have stayed or come back to stay. To come to Auroville as a volunteer implies that you somehow resonate with the city's aims and ideals; that you are ready to give your energy to its various projects and services and take part in its development.
Savi will help you find just the right environment for your interest, skill and temperament. It offers opportunities for all kinds of projects and activities - ranging from teaching at a school to managing an office to helping run a business or working at a farm. We have identified many activities in Auroville and documented where work opportunities exist. Savi can communicate these "opportunities" to you after receiving your application.
For non-Indians, long term commitments, from 6 to 12 months, are possible on admission (submitting your profile); Savi will assist you with the visa formalities.
Shorter commitments as volunteers are no longer possible for foreigners, due to immigration restrictions.
All applicants, regardless of their intended length of stay, are welcome to contact Savi for information on any related issue.
Requests from academic and/or field researchers find their way to Auroville and are most welcome. Savi offers personal support with emphasis on detailed description and background of the purpose and content of the research. The Savi team will introduce you to knowledgeable persons in the field of your research and generally support your stay. Of course, you will be requested to send a copy of your work when finalized, as Auroville archives all academic material for future research projects.
Lodging facilities in Auroville include guesthouses, home-stays and specific volunteer residences. Finding accommodation is not always easy, especially during the cooler months from December till February. You are advised to book long in advance; Savi and many project-holders can help you find suitable accommodation.
Indian visa regulations impose specific conditions for volunteer participation in Auroville projects and activities. Carrying a visa matching the intention of the India-visit is essential. If you are non-Indian and you would like to volunteer in Auroville, Savi requests you to get into touch well in advance of your arrival (2 – 6 months). Savi can advise you on the correct procedures on obtaining a visa.
For information, registration and updating, Volunteers are requested to visit our office at the Town Hall.
Study in AurovilleA Dedicated WebsiteEvery year, hundreds of students, interns, volunteers & researchers come to Auroville from around the world in search of an adventurous learning journey. Auroville offers plenty of short programmes ranging from one or two days workshops to programmes lasting many weeks or months.
Volunteering on Auroville FarmsVolunteering on Auroville FarmsA Chance to Explore Organic Farming PracticesMany farms, forests and eco-projects welcome short and long-term volunteers. Today Auroville has 19 farms, varying in size and work opportunities. Sadhana Forest, Buddha Garden, Auro-Orchard, Discipline Farm and Solitude are open to volunteers all year around.Currently, only an estimated 15% of Auroville’s food production is produced by its farms. Auroville could become self-sufficient in its vegetable production, for instance, with appropriate planning and a shift to local food consumption. Orchards occupy 40% of the available land, with 20 kinds of fruits being grown in Auroville.A number of farms accept volunteers in Auroville. Conditions relating to hours and possibilities for accommodation vary widely and also vary according to the time of year. Everywhere tends to get quite full and busy during the guest season — December to March — and it will be best to book ahead if you want to come during this time.
Volunteering in AurovilleAn opportunity to explore life at Auroville
In Auroville we are all volunteers, offering our best energies, our time, and our work, for the accomplishment of a common vision. While Aurovilian resident volunteers have made a life-lasting commitment, temporary volunteers test the waters and usually stay for a defined period of time.