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English Medium Schools and Kindergarten in Navi Mumbai

Internship and Volunteering Possible
Volunteering and Internships are possible at two English medium schools in Navi Mumbai that have kindergarten, primary and secondary sections - Mahima International, a school started by a Korean lady and Avalon Heights, an international school that strives to give students an education different to the Indian education system. Avalon Heights also has opportunities for psychologist volunteers.

Project Details


Mahima International Kindergarten and School

Mahima is an English Christian school of very high standard, which has kindergarten (the children are 3-6 years old) and Primary and Secondary School (6-18 years).
The school follows the American curriculum, with English as the medium of instruction. Since two years, it has been offering the Indian curriculum, which makes it easier for students to get admitted into Indian universities.
The founder and director of the school is a Korean lady whose son runs the school at present. Though it is a Christian school, children from other religions, like Hindus and Muslims also attend the school. There is no aim to convert the other religions into Christianity, but they do have 'Morals' as an independent subject for all children.
Many students are from families that belong to the middle class, but there are also orphans and slum children. Children from families with regular income pay 22,000 rupees school fee per month, orphans 11,000 rupees (they have sponsors), and slum children, 300 rupees. The school does not believe in free education, not for slum children, because they believe that in India something that costs nothing is considered worthless and do not help students learn the right way. The amount of 300 rupees per month can be borne by slum families and is a more symbolic contribution.
Short term participants particulary help at the kindergarten, in teaching the children reading, writing and simple mathematics; you can draw and do handcrafts with them, make banner and posters, make music (there are instruments including a piano, a guitar and drums), sports (the children learn Taekwondo), teach them computer basics and general knowledge, tell stories (the stories don't necessarily need to be religious stories) and play with them.
Interns and volunteers in the school should stay at least 2 months. You can independently or together with an Indian teacher, teach all subjects such as English, math, science and IT. You can also participate in the management of the school.
Holidays are during the whole month of May, the first two weeks of June and also three weeks during Diwali and 10 days over Christmas. The normal teaching hours are Monday to Friday from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. for the school, and 9-12 for the nursery. Every first and third Saturday of the month, there are lessons from 9-12. The office is open daily until 5.00 p.m.
The school faces space constraints as it is currently a space between two adjacent houses that has been converted to serve the purpose. There are plans to move to a new, larger building in 2015.

Avalon Heights International School

The educational goal of the school is to develop the students' personalities and to guide them on a path of global reach in the age of space, IT and biotechnology. The school criticises the way most Indian schools teach, focussing on rote learning, which according to Avalon Heights, doesn't stimulate individual thinking. At Avalon Heights, learning should be fun. The pupil should be more important than the portion, learning more important than teaching, and thinking more important than memorizing. The motto is "Aspire, Attempt and Achieve". Avalon believes in the power of dreams and the power of imagination. As knowledge takes one to what one already knows, imagination leads one to the discovery of unkown things we are yet to create. Striving towards the delivery of skills, the school tries to awake the immense potiential of young children, which in public Indian schools, according to Avalon Heights, largely remains untapped due to the rigid rigmarole of the Indian education system. Avalon Heights gives children access to a wide variety of topics that they can explore themselves without readymade guidelines and the Do's and Don't of teachers. The teachers at Avalon Heights are rather seen as facilitators guiding and leading the children to let them discover facts for themselves. Teacher training is of utmost importance, and the teachers have to be warm, affectionate, aware and informed individuals. This is the philosophy of Avalon's founder and current director, Mrs. Simi Sharma, who is trying to combine the best from a variety of educational schools of thought, such as Waldorf and Montessori.
In 1998 she started an innovative play pre-school named "Blooming Buds" in her own house, which due to an increasing number of children soon had to move to a bigger building. In the year 2000, the parents of the preschool children asked Mrs. Sharma if she couldn't also run a primary school for their children. A real school building was required for this. Mrs. Sharma initially faced the problem not to get a license to build a school, as in India schools have to exist for at least 7 years to be allowed to build a new building. For this reason, Mrs. Sharma used her own personal savings and bank loans to buy an existing 6-floor office building and changed it to a school building.
Today, Avalon Heights hosts a kindergarten for children from 2-6 years, which has the purpose to encourage children to think independently, in a relaxed environment devoid of pressure. A maximum group size of 30 children supports each child's individual development. Children begin instruction in phonetics and basic numerical tasks.
In the elementary school (Grade I-V) - age 6-10 years, the subjects of Hindi, English, Maths, Social Studies and Science are taught. The children's communication skills are trained, just as creative writing. Mathematics is taught focussing on practical use including counting, calculating, understanding of simple statistics and solving problems related to measurement, money, temperature, time and geometry. Mental maths is trained. The science program has the main aim to stimulate the ability of analytical thinking. Social studies include multidisciplinary projects based around themes that appeal to children. One hour per week, the subjects of music, drama, gymnastics, dance, arts, handcrafts and athletics are carried out. The maximum class size is 30 pupils.
In the "Middle and High School" (Grade VI-X) the children can choose which curriculum they want to follow, either the Indian ICSE (Indian Counsil for Secondary Education) or the international IGCSE (CIE) curriculum.
Avalon Heights' A-level is recognized by the Cambridge International Examinations Board. Besides English, from physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computing, psychology, sociology, business studies and economy, students have to opt for 4 subjects to be tested in the A-levels.
The school's classrooms are well equipped and modern, all with data projectors. There is a computer lab and well equipped laboratories for chemistry and biology. The school further has indoor and outdoor sports facilities, a shooting range, a stage for dance and drama, and a music studio. In arts, the focus is both on internationality to make the pupils global citizens, and on Indian values and traditions.
Volunteers and interns can teach either individually or together with an Indian teacher.
The school also offers psychological support for pupils who have difficulties. Two psychologists work at the school and have formed various small groups for children with problems such as ADHD. Psychology students can independently take one of these groups and conduct activities twice a week in the afternoons. This can also be combined with a psychological internship/volunteer work in other facilities in Navi Mumbai.
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Location: Navi Mumbai, India
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 1 Week (Mahima Kindergarten), 2 Month for the schools
Maximum Duration: 12 Months
Language Requirements: English
Further Languages Of Advantage: -
Room with host family, Shared Accommodation, Hotel
Supervision Possible: Yes
Qualification Of Supervisor: Social Worker, Teacher, Psychologist
Minimum Qualification Of Intern:
For teaching in schools or practising psychology: relevant studies or experience
Further Contribution To Project: None
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification For Volunteer: None
Further Contribution To Project: None
Professional Conduct, Do you have the "right" attitude?



Accommodation in Navi Mumbai

In Navi Mumbai, you can choose between accommodation of different standards:
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Most popular! - This is the choice of most of our participants. You live in a shared flat with other participants and/or young Indians.

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Comfort+ - For those who need more comfort: Accommodation in a hotel


Shared Accommodation

In Navi Mumbai, most of our students live in apartments, which they share with other participants or with young Indians.
Apartment in Sanpada
The apartment is on the 7th floor of a residential building in Sanpada (Navi Mumbai). This is a very central residential district of the Indian upper middle class. In just 5 minutes you get to walk to Vashi station and to the shopping centers "Inorbit Mall", "Centre One" and "Raghulela" to which, you have to go through the Vashi Station. The "Vashi Plaza" with many shops is about 10 more minutes away on foot. From Vashi station, you get trains to other stations in Navi Mumbai and Mumbai.
In the immediate vicinity of the building, there are several small shops with food and everyday supplies, small local restaurants (which also have a delivery service in the neighborhood; Chicken Tikka with Naan Rs. 210; Daal Rs. 70-120), pharmacies, laundry facilities, and a well-equipped modern gym "Body Art" (day ticket Rs. 200; month Membership Rs. 2000). The shops are open until about 9.00 p.m. or 10.00 p.m., some restaurants to midnight.
The building has 7 floors with 2 flats in four separate wings (making a total of 56 apartments), around are other residences. There are guards sitting at the building entrances through the day and each resident is registered using their passport copy. Women can be alone till about 11.00 p.m. in the streets around the building. Those who do not want to go walking all the way to Vashi station in the dark, can take a autorickshaw for Rs. 15. The building has an elevator in each wing.
The apartment has one room (living room) and a bedroom, kitchen, shower/bath and toilet. The bedroom has modern air conditioning and ceiling fan, while the lounge has a ceiling fan. The bathroom has a shower with water heater and sink. The kitchen has a refrigerator, a ceramic cooking plate, kettle and sink. 1-3 people can live in this apartment.
Apartments in Kopar Khairane
Jessica, an Indian woman, owns a modern high-rise building which was only completed in 2013, with 4 flats which they sublet. Each apartment has 2 bedrooms, a living room, bathroom with toilet, kitchen and a balcony.
The bedroom is usually divided between 2 or 3 people; the living room can also be converted into a bedroom at bedtime. One can thus, occupy 6-9 persons in each apartment. The rent is cheaper with more people sharing the room; those who want to pay more, can have a single room on rent. Each resident has a cupboard that can be locked with personal belongings.
The apartments are very modern and of the highest standard amongst which are available in Navi Mumbai. There are lifts and security personnel stationed, who know all the residents. The apartments are tastefully decorated and of high quality. The other residents are fellow participants or young Indian professionals, who are mostly under 30 years old.
Our residents highlight a friendly atmosphere. It is easy to meet people and spend free time with them. Jessica also lives in the apartment itself and provides, for a small fee (about Rs. 350 per month), unlimited laundry. She also cooks also cheap food according to order (vegetarian and non- vegetarian).
The tower is located close to the station, Kopar Khairane. The public transport system is thus, very easy to reach. Vashi Station is 3 stops away (5 minutes). Kopar Khaine is an upmarket residential district according to standards. There are all major shops, supermarkets, banks with ATMs, local Indian restaurants and Western fast food chains in the vicinity.



For participants who are looking for more comfort, we organize accommodation in a centrally located budget hotel in Vashi, which is affordable for longer stays. It offers modern single and double rooms, each with private bathroom and air conditioning. The hotel does not offer Wifi Internet though, but internet use is possible with smartphones or USB internet sticks.



I. World Unite! Service Package

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The World Unite! Service Package includes:

  • Individual Consultation and Preparation prior to your arrival
  • Access to the World Unite! Online Resource Centre which has Preparation Materials including Intercultural Preparation, compiled particularly for your destination (PDFs, Videos)
  • Arrangements of the Documents you need for your Visa Application and assistance with local registration (if required) but not the official government fees for the visa (See costs below)
  • Pick-up and Transfers from/to Mumbai Airport (BOM) on arrival and departure
  • Personal support staff at your location and at our international office
  • Orientation and Introduction in Navi Mumbai
  • Accompanying you to your placement on your first day
  • 24 Hours emergency support by local support team
  • Local SIM Card with 600 Rs. airtime credit
  • Issuance of Confirmations/Certificates for your university, scholarship, insurance, etc. and filling out/signing Internship Contracts for your university

The Rates do NOT include:

  • Accommodation and Meals (see below)
  • Travel to/from Mumbai (you book it on your own; we can assist you)
  • Official fees for Visa (see below)
  • Insurance (Travel Health Insurance, Liability Insurance, Travel Cancellation insurance; you book it on your own, we can assist you)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Vaccinations
  • Local Transport (Estimated amounts see below)
  • Please note that for supervised/mentored internships, some organizations charge further contributions. You find this information in the "Info Box" below the respective internship description.

II. Accommodation Costs

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(32-365 Day)
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Shared Apartment or Hotel   
Apartment shared with other participants
1 Person
(Double/Twin Room)*
3500 Rs/Week
(min. 2 weeks)*
13,000 Rs/Month
2 Persons p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
3500 Rs/Week
(min. 2 weeks)
13,000 Rs/Month
(optional; Indian Meals)
per person Breakfast 35 Rs; Lunch 45 Rs; Dinner 55 Rs./Day Breakfast 35 Rs; Lunch 45 Rs; Dinner 55 Rs./Day
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1 Person
(Single Room)
7000 Rs/Week
+ Tax (4%)
30.000 Rs/Month
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2 Persons p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
4900 Rs/Week
+ Tax (4%)
21.000 Rs/Month
+ Tax (4%)
* Room is shared with another person of the same sex (World Unite! participant or Indian student/young professional). Electricity is not included in the rate and will be charged depending on usage. Rate for meals is subject to sudden change and not guaranteed. In case of 3-4 person: Same rate as in case of 2 Persons. 5 or more persons: Contact us for group rates.

Overview of other costs:

  • Visa around 60-130 EUR (75-160 USD) depending on activity and duration; to apply prior to your travel
  • If meals are not included: 40-100 EUR (50-130 USD)/Month (Estimate)
  • Small local expenses (Internet, Local Transport): ca. 20-40 EUR (30-50 USD)/Month (Estimate)
  • Insurances around 20-40 EUR (30-50 USD)/Month

How do I pay?

Once all your questions have been answered and you confirm that you want to participate, we will email you an invoice. You can pay it via bank transfer or via Paypal. You will pay a deposit 200 EUR when the invoice is issued. 3 months prior to your arrival you will pay the remainder for your Service Package and for the first month of rent.
Rent from the 2nd month, possible further contributions to the NGO or for internship supervision (see info box of the respective project description), and costs for visa and possibly further official permits you pay directly at your destination. There are ATMs. 



Other Projects That Might Interest You:

These projects are suggestions for alternatives that may interest you or those that could be chosen as COMBINATIONS. The combination of projects in different organizations is often possible and usually cheaper than two individual bookings. Please contact us to know more! Check out our other listings in the areas of "World Learner" and "Active Travel" at your travel destination to make your stay even more interesting.

Travel Health Insurance

We recommend the following travel insurance that is meant specifically for participants of internships, volunteering, language study, working holiday, and courses abroad. It is available for travelers of all nationalities and usable for all countries, except your home country. You can also add a journey liability insurance.
Just click on the link, fill in the form and you will get a confirmation email.

Getting There


Getting To Navi Mumbai

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You book your flight to Mumbai (BOM). There, you will be picked up and taken to your accommodation in Navi Mumbai.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are there fixed start dates for the project, which I must adhere to?
No, you can arrive at any date and you can hence, plan your trip according to your availability and the prices of flights. We can pick you up from Mumbai airport even at night.
Can I stay longer at my accommodation after my volunteering/internship or arrive earlier?
Yes, this is possible and we will give you our best rates. Just let us know when you arrive and leave and we will let you know the costs.
During my stay, can I travel around the country?
Of course, you can do this - most of our participants do so. However, when the travel destination is too far away, it may not be possible over a weekend; these, we would recommend you keep for before the projects begins or after the completion. You could even plan these out during holidays. Even with an internship visa, it is possible to travel around India.
When is the rainy season and can I travel to India during this time?
The monsoon begins in early June in Kerala, Mumbai, in mid-June and the Himalayan region, early to mid-July and ends in September. The Thar Desert in Rajasthan (location Setrawa), barely gets rain during the monsoon and Jodhpur is rather dry.
During the monsoon, it usually rains heavily for several hours every day. As a result, there are often floods in the streets of the cities, because the drains cannot absorb the amounts of water. An internship or volunteering is possible during the monsoon, and the only nuisance will probably be wet clothes and shoes, which are often difficult to dry because of the high humidity. You might want to carry a few extra shoes and a change of clothes with you (or buy them locally). You can even buy an umbrella or a raincoat locally. An advantage to traveling during the monsoon, is that the fares are cheaper and accommodation during the off season is cheaper.
Can I travel to India as a young woman alone? The media constantly reports of rape - how high is the risk?
For decades, India has been a safe country for women and now the impression, given by the media, is that the number of rapes has skyrocketed and India is unsafe for women. More cases are coming into light now, as women previously would not speak about rape, but are now empowered to do so. Compared to the number of cases in relation to the huge population of India (almost twice as many as the whole of Europe), even if projections of unreported cases are included, there is much less rape than in many other countries. There are 2 cases that happen per 100,000 inhabitants in India (in comparison: Central Europe: 8.1 cases; 14.7 cases in Latin America; 28.6 cases per 100,000 population in the US).
Of course you have to be careful as a woman, as far as the style of dressing and dealing with local men are concerned. In schools, boys and girls are often strictly separated and many young men have no experience in dealing with women who are not their own mother or sisters; your behavior, based on dealing with Western men, might be misinterpreted as “easy” or “loose” behaviour.
Will I be the only volunteer/intern in the project or in Mumbai?
The total number of participants that participate simultaneously with an organization depends on the size and activity of the organization and responsibilities of volunteers/interns. We try to avoid too many volunteers/interns in an organization at the same time. It may be that you are alone in your work site, but usually there are, throughout the year, other participants in Mumbai, who you can meet in your spare time, if you desire so.
What vaccinations do I need?
Our Info - PDF that you get as a participant, gives detailed information on health care. Also refer to Recommended Vaccinations
Where will I live?
In the tab "Accommodation", you see the housing options.
Does my accommodation have internet facilities?
In the shared accommodations, there is no wifi, but you access internet at a cafe or on your smartphone or using a mobile internet stick. The registration of the modem, however, is very complex and not possible in Mumbai, if you do not have a permanent residence. Our tutor will help you with the paperwork.
How can I do my laundry?
There are several laundromats in Navi Mumbai, where the clothes are washed by hand and neatly ironed. There is a price per garment (fixed price for trousers, tops, towels, underwear, etc.), and it will be best if you negotiate a good rate for the clothes, especially if you have regular amounts of laundry. We advise you to ask around for the best laundromat in your area.
Can I cook in the accommodation?
Yes, you can cook at your accommodations.
I am a vegetarian. Can I get vegetarian food?
Yes, India is a paradise for vegetarians. Almost all restaurants are clearly marked, whether they are vegetarian ("Veg") or not ("Non-Veg"), and there are separate menus. About 40% of Indians are vegetarians.
What language skills do I need?
You should be able to understand and make yourself understood in English.
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