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ISSI is a rural-based grassroots organization. We offer several possibilities to get involved as our work revolves around many developmental issues. This is a great opportunity for individuals looking for first hand experience working at a small organization deeply rooted in its local community.

We are looking for well-qualified volunteers and interns from India and abroad with preferably some prior experience working with other non-profits or NGOs. Instructions on how to apply to one of the following positions are available at the bottom of this page.

ISSI typically takes 2 long-term and 4 short-term volunteers per year so applications should be received no less than one month ahead of the earliest requested day of arrival.

1. Online volunteers to research donors:

ISSI needs online volunteers to research potential donors who might be interested in funding our proposed projects around the issues of children, reproductive health, hygiene, and rehabilitation.

2. On-campus volunteers to work on our ongoing projects:
We welcome volunteers from India and abroad to participate in our child care, environmental education, safe motherhood education and socio-economic research/study projects. 

3. Internships for students from India and abroad:
We invite students from India and abroad for internship in the following fields: women and child care, environment, peace and human rights, local governance, capacity building and NGO network promotion…etc.


ISSI is currently seeking a long-term volunteer to help with the implementation of ISSI’s long-term rehabilitation projects in tsunami-affected areas. The volunteer should be willing to stay no less than 1 year. The volunteer would spend about 50% of the time at the headquarters in Pudukottai doing Internet research on funding, documentation of all project records, grant writing, and other projects in Pudukottai area. The other 50% of the time, the volunteer would be at our rehabilitation office in tsunami-affected areas of Nagepattinam district  and educational projects in Karur district , helping with the direct implementation of our projects. The volunteer would also have the opportunity to self-initiate a project for tsunami-affected people.

Skills necessary for this position include proficiency of English language, being comfortable to travel via ground transportation, cross-cultural communication skills, and general computer skills. Other valuable skills for this position include familiarity with NGO project implementation, grant and project proposal writing, surveying, and data collection.

More details for prospective volunteers and interns:

We expect volunteers to commit to work at least 2 months and up to 6 months at ISSI. We will arrange for food and accommodation at our campus itself. Seperate for rooms are avialable for volunteers in the campus. ISSI's Managing Trustee, Mr. R. Ramaswamy, and his family also living in the campus, which makes for a personal cultural experience. The volunteers room have bedrooms, bathing and toilet facilities, electricity, and water from wells.  We will provide purified drinking water for volunteers.We also maintain a small organic garden in our campus. We prepare and serve  South indian foods, 3 times , tea/ coffe two times a day .Special dietary needs or requests can be met.

Internet  facility is available in our campus. Many internet centers are available in Pudukottai town, which is about 5 kms (~3 miles) from ISSI’s office. Web access is also available on campus. Private pay phone centers for long distance are available very close to the campus; within two minutes walking distance on the main road. 

We ask that a new team member make a financial contribution for their food and accommodation as well as our ongoing projects. The recommended contribution is US $ 5 ( five ) per day. Concession to students or deserving candidates can be made by request. ISSI will meet local transportation expenditure for the volunteers. You are responsible for all other expenses.


How to apply:

If you are interested, please email us your résumé to Rengaraju Ramaswamy at with a brief note covering your strengths and any relevant experience you might have had that you think could help fulfill our mission and project goals. Only serious inquiries please.

Thank you.



Water and sanitation

Child labour awareness

Safe motherhood educational program

HIV/AIDS awareness program

Relief and rehabilitation services to Tsunami victims

Socio-help project for women

Community organization and development project 

Eco-clubs project 

Sanitation project 

Promotion of vegetable garden


Supply of safe and clean water for everyone by Bio-sand water filter

Promotion Clear air stove and bio-fuel for the communities

Support mentaly challenged and orfan children for education and development