Visabestimmungen - Volunteering in Auroville


In den letzten beiden Jahren haben sich die Visabestimmungen für Aurovilianer und Auroville-Besucher erheblich verschärft. Um negative Folgen - nicht nur für Reisende, sondern auch für Auroville selbst - zu vermeiden, sollten diese Regelungen unbedingt eingehalten werden. Nachstehend eine laufend aktualisierte Übersicht der Informationen, die wir dazu von den zuständigen Stellen in Auroville erhalten:

• Foreign Nationals are welcome to teach classes, workshops, etc. in Auroville, but only on an Auroville recommended entry visa or business visa, and only through a registered Auroville unit, which may include remuneration through the Auroville unit concerned. Tourist visa holders are allowed to share their knowledge or skills for free (without remuneration) by giving a talk or a performance only after giving prior information to the RRO. For further information please contact your Auroville-host.

Tourist visa holders are permitted to participate in a workshop or seminar only after getting permission from the RRO. For further information please contact your Auroville-host or guest-house.  

Tourist visa holders are welcome to visit/stay in Auroville but are not allowed to promote their groups travel / activities in Auroville nor recruit participants during their stay. They are welcome to avail themselves of services, programs and tours in Auroville but only through a registered Auroville unit.

Tourist visa holders can give a hand in some projects and explore the diversity that Auroville offers. If their stay is longer then a month, people can fill out the "Experience Auroville Form" at the Entry Service if their wish is to find out if Auroville will become their future home. Apart from this possibility volunteering in Auroville on a tourist visa is not allowed anymore. If you are coming to Auroville for a few months and intend to volunteer regularly in a unit or  service, we recommend you to apply for a 3 months ‘volunteer visa’. This visa will protect you, and Auroville, in case of an immigration inspection while you are volunteering in one of our services, farms or other places. You can apply for such a 3 months volunteer visa even if you are staying less than 3 months in Auroville. For the visa application you will need a ‘letter of recommendation’ from the Auroville Foundation. This letter will be sent to your home address via express courier (for which SAVI will ask you some remuneration) and you will give it to the Indian Embassy or visa processing service in your country. To obtain this letter of recommendation, please email to the Entry Secretariat: Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! indicating when you are coming and until when, and the unit or service you intend to volunteer in. Note that a volunteer cannot receive any kind of remuneration from the unit or service. The process to request for the ‘letter of recommendation’ and having it sent to you can take up to 3 months, so please take this time factor into account.