Long term stays (over 6 months)


For a voluntary service over 180 days, one has to get a recommendation from the Auroville Foundation, the legal umbrella of Auroville.

This applies also for Student Internships.


Working conditions

The assignment may be half time (from 18 hrs to 24 hrs/week) or full time (35 hrs up)  and with some flexibility so as to enable volunteers to participate in Auroville life. A mentor will follow –up the volunteers’ activities and progress.



Participants in a voluntary service or traineeship are solely responsible for their own insurance cover. Thus, a liability and repatriation insurance is necessary.


Financial conditions

Volunteering implies no “paid work” as it is a “service” for Auroville. No remuneration is allowed for a student, a trainee or a volunteer. However, a contribution to support food and lodging expenses may be offered by the hosting unit. A refund of 20 %  on the Guest House fee is given to the Volunteers after 2 months; this is done at the Financial Service. A Volunteer Contribution will be required upon registration; discounts are offered to volunteers by several services like cafeteria, swimming pool, classes and workshops.


Vacations, cancellation/interruption of the stay

A volunteer or student who holds a visa recommended by Auroville (Entry Visa) is not entitled to take leave outside of Auroville without notice; vacation time must be discussed with the hosting unit, and if exceeding 2 weeks time must be notified to the Auroville Foundation through Savi. In case of premature departure or change of unit decided by the volunteer, contact Savi who is accountable for a monthly reporting. An interruption or termination of a voluntary stay, made without notice by a volunteer, will be brought to the notice of the Auroville Foundation Office, with possible consequences such as cancelling the visa granted by Indian Authorities.


Volunteer Agreement

If you plan a long-term stay (6 months of more), Savi will send you a form to clarify and summarize the details of the intended assignment.
This volunteer agreement is to be filled and signed by the Hosting Unit and by the Volunteer.