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  • Yuva for Sewa - Frequently Asked Questions

Yuva for Sewa - Frequently Asked Questions


Is there an application fee?

No, the online application form is absolutely free and there are no registration charges. 

How long is the internship and when do I need to be there? 

The program duration is 10 week which begins Monday June 6th, 2016 through Friday August 12th, 2016. A one-week orientation will begin on Sunday June 5th, 2016. It is advised that interns arrive a few days before the start of orientation to acclimate to the country.  

What are the Projects that I might be involved in?

For detailed information on the projects visit here.  

Can I get college credits for being an intern?

College Credits depends on each university's individual policies. Some universities offer college credit to YFS internship ( eg. Cleveland State University, Ohio State University, and Rutgers University). To see if they are eligible for these credits Interns should verify with their own advisors and school programs to gurantee that credits are transferable. Applicants are also encouraged to set up a direct credit program with their own universities. 

What is the cost of the program? what is it used for ?

The $695 fee covers a 5-day cultural orientation, 10-week boarding, lodging and a 4-day cultural trip to medieval temples and UNESCO World HeritageCenter. A great bargain! Interns are expected to pay the fee if they decide to go to India for the Internship. The program is virtually free aside from the airfare and administration fee.

Is financial aid available?

We understand that a summer volunteer experience may involve a significant financial investment for student interns. However, there are a number of financial aid resources available, which may lend partial or full financial support for the duration of the YFS internship. Specifically, many academic institutions offer their students financial support for voluntary work in the summer months, while private or non-profit organizations have similar opportunities.

We highly recommend that applicants actively explore and pursue these possibilities, especially those available at their academic institutions. We also ask that applicants inform Sewa USA about their plans to apply for funding, along with a timeline and information about any additional documentation which may be required by Sewa USA.

Below, please find a list of universities and organizations which provide summer funding. Please note that this list is not comprehensive.

Note: If your academic institution provides summer funding and is not on this list, or if you know of any organizations that are not listed below, please let us know!

Universities that Offer Summer Scholarships

Students should check with their major and minor departments, career center, international programs office, study abroad center, centers related to public service, the provost and vice provost’s offices, departments relevant to their internship, and the financial aid office. Your school’s research desk or careers/internship office is always a good place to start. In addition to student specific funding opportunities, you can also look through a national funding database and additional grant databases for a wide range of financial opportunities. Here is a list of Alternate Funding opportunities.

What about Health Insurance?

Interns are advised to carry international health insurance which is valid in the country where they intend to fellow. Our partner-NGOs will coordinate locally to attend to any medical needs.

Are there any citizenship requirements?

There are no specific citizenship requirements. All fellows should carry a valid passport and visa which would allow reentry into the USA after completion of their fellowship.

Is there a language requirement?

There is no specific language requirement, however knowledge of Hindi, Marathi, Telugu or Kannada can be helpful. Fellows will be accompanied by the local volunteers during the project. The fellowship will also be preceded by an orientation program which will help the fellows familiarize with their area of work.

Can I visit my friends or family during my fellowship? Can I take a vacation?

YFS team strongly encourages its fellows to make the full use of their time towards their Sewa project and fulfill their agreement. Under special circumstances, permissions may be given to visit friends or family.

Is the YFS fellowship difficult?

The fellowship will certainly be physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging. It is designed to be that way. Each step is a great learning experience. It is an opportunity to tap your latent talent and discover yourself, while you discover the world.
Where will I be staying?
Fellows will be hosted by local families who are affiliated with Sewa International and/or its local partner NGOs during orientation. Upon completion of orientation, they will stay at the Youth Hostels near the project sites where food and lodging will be provided.
Is traveling required during the length of the fellowship?
Minimal traveling is part of the fellowship. It not only provides an opportunity to explore but also gives the fellows a deeper understanding of the project.

For more information, you can visit this video to see what it's like to be an intern or read this blog from one our past interns to see what a day-to-day life as a YFS intern is like.

Please apply through this website. If you have any questions regarding the application, projects, or just what the experience is like, please send an email to or call Kriti Dogra at (281) 796 - 3029.