About Sewa UK

Sewa UK is part of a global movement: Sewa International works in 15 countries around the globe including USA, India, UK, Guyana, Nepal & Sri Lanka. The inspiration behind the organisation is ‘service of humanity is the worship of God’ and ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ – the world is one big family. Sewa is a non-religious & non-political organisation dedicated to serving without boundaries of religion, race, gender or age. Sewa UK support projects that build strong communities with an emphasis on serving children with disabilities. 

What is YFS (UK)?

Youth for Sewa is an unpaid summer internship offered by Sewa UK & National Hindu Students Forum UK. Our focus is on self-development through the service of underprivileged communities. It’s an opportunity for young adults to contribute their time to a larger movement of serving humanity.

Why was YFS (UK) established?

Selfless service transforms both the individual serving and the people they serve. Sewa gives us purpose, happiness and spiritual upliftment. We provide a safe platform where individuals can actualise the meaning of sewa. Our transformative internship will inspire you to lead a life of sewa, benefitting you for the rest of your life.

How much time must I commit to YFS?

Successful applicants are expected to commit at least two hours a week to the self-development tasks set by the YFS team. This is in addition to the orientation days that you must attend prior to your 6-weeks volunteering at a NGO in India or the UK. 

How are the projects chosen?

Projects are available in health care, education, environmental awareness, women’s empowerment, rural development and much more. The YFS team has spent time visiting each project understanding the culture, dynamics and passion of the project and local team. Projects are selected through strict criteria. We take into account safety, transport links and opportunities to engage with sewa work.

How much does the internship cost?

The internship fee is £250 with a non-refundable 20% deposit (£50). The money will cover our administration costs and your accommodation and food whilst in India. You’ll be expected to purchase flights, travel insurance and medical cover independently.

Why should I apply?

If you want to challenge yourself, have an adventure of a lifetime and develop values such as kindness, compassion and selflessness then YFS is perfect for you!

How do I apply?

The application form is available on our website from 1st October – 31st December. Or e-mail us with your interest and we can keep you updated with national events and our recruitment timeline. Once we receive your application, you’ll be contacted for a phone interview by our selection team.

What happens if my application is successful?

Your journey starts in the UK, spending at least 2 hours a week on self-development work. For example reading, meditation, local volunteering and yoga. We hold a series of compulsory orientation days (at least 3) which guides, inspires and prepares you for your journey ahead. You’ll be expected to engage, document, blog and reflect as part of the internship. You’ll spend 6-weeks over the summer working with NGOs in India or the UK. Through service, you’ll discover, learn and engage in a transformative experience that empowers you as you strive to make an impact in your chosen field.