ICDE India

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ICDE India, is a multi-faith, multi-cultural and secular organisation headquartered in Bangalore and is a non-profit registered society, registered under the KSR Act of 1962.  ICDE India, is member organisation of the federation of ICYE head office Berlin (Germany).

ICDE – India networks with similar and like-minded organisations not only in India but also around the Globe. It offers young people the possibility to spend one-year abroad, participating in a program designed to facilitate an exchange among nations as a means to promote Peace, Inter-Cultural Understanding, and Cross-cultural learning. This is done through direct personal experiences and international volunteer work through a network of national committees, co-workers, host families, community development projects, friends and well wishers.


India lies in south Asia, between Pakistan, China and Nepal. To the north it is bordered by the world’s highest mountain chain.

The capital of India is New Delhi, and the country’s largest cities are Mumbai (formerly Bombay), Delhi, and Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). India’s population is around one billion making it the second most populous country after China.  It is also one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

The National Emblem of India is a replica of the Lion of Sarnath near Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. The Lion Capital was erected in the third century BC by emperor Ashoka to mark the spot where Buddha first proclaimed his gospel of peace and emancipation to the four quarters of the universe. The national emblem is thus symbolic of contemporary India’s reaffirmation of its ancient commitment to world peace and good will.

The world’s largest democracy and second most populous country (over 1.18 billion people) has emerged as a major power after a period of foreign rule and several decades during which its economy was virtually closed. The Indus Valley civilization, one of the oldest in the world, dates back at least 5,000 years. Aryan tribes from the northwest infiltrated onto Indian lands about 1500 B.C.; their merger with the earlier Dravidian inhabitants created the classical Indian culture. Arab incursions starting in the 8th century and Turkish in the 12th were followed by those of European traders, beginning in the late 15th century. By the 19th century, Britain had assumed political control of virtually all Indian lands. Indian armed forces in the British army played a vital role in both World Wars. Non violent resistance to British colonialism led by Mohandas GANDHI and Jawaharlal NEHRU brought independence in 1947. The subcontinent was divided into the secular state of India and the smaller Muslim state of Pakistan. Four major religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism originated here, while Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam arrived in the first millennium. Despite pressing problems such as significant overpopulation, environmental degradation, extensive poverty, and widespread corruption, rapid economic development is fuelling India’s rise on the world stage. India is a nuclear weapon state and has the third-largest standing army in the world. A pluralistic, multilingual and multiethnic society.

Project avaliable

In India you can volunteer in the areas of Women’s Empowerment, Human Rights, Disability Support, Health Care & HIV/AIDS awareness, Community Development, Education & Training, Youth Work.

Read our volunteer case studies to find out more.