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Volunteer: What you get

  • A chance to share your skills and teach others what you are best at.

  • Learn how a professional organization / institution functions.

  •  Achieve personal satisfaction by helping others and by doing your civic duty.Spend your leisure time constructively.
  • Develop a new relationship with an institution and make new friends. 
  • Keep yourself updated on current issues. 

  • Learn new things while working as a part of the team. 

  • Do something different from your routine job without making a serious long-term commitment. 

  • Gain recognition and self-confidence as you can make a difference by working for a cause. 

  • Learn skills and strengthen your resume. 


For senior or retired citizens, volunteering provides a positive contribution as it helps the newly retired to adjust to the new retired life. 

  • Seniors bring rich work experience of a lifetime 

  • Seniors usually already have volunteering experience 

  • Seniors are ready to experiment and carry out jobs that they have never done before 

Over the decades, hundreds of active retired individuals and senior citizens have contributed hugely to various CSE programmes and campaigns. 


Each volunteer who comes to CSE has varied reasons and motivations. For the youth, volunteering offers opportunities for self development and risk-taking while providing a valuable grounding for future practices.  

Each one has a special reason for volunteering, but once you are on a volunteer you will continue to serve as long as you feel that your efforts are accomplishing something and that your talents are being appreciated. 

Volunteering to Explore Career Possibilities

Are you in a threshold of starting your career or are you looking for a job shift?  

Volunteering is the best way to explore different career options. It is risk-free as you can venture out in different areas without the fear of making a long-term commitment. It will give you a chance to explore your capabilities, experiment with what you are good at or pursue what interests you the most.  

CSE often hires volunteers who have gone further to pursue a career in environment and have come back to work with the organization as permanent employees.  

A volunteering opportunity with CSE will give you real-time exposure to a professional organization. 

You will interact with professionals who will guide you and answer your queries about your future career. Such interaction will give you a clearer picture about the challenges and opportunities of that particular field. 

Alumni Benefits 

  • Discount on CSE Publications 

  • Invitation to CSE Conferences 

  • A copy of the Annual Report 

  • Gifts as token of appreciation 


Anil Agarwal


Anil Kumar Agarwal was the founder-director of the Centre for Science and Environment, India’s leading environmental NGO. Agarwal spent his lifetime advocating policies that involve the people in natural resource management and learn from India’s own traditions.

Sunita Narain


Sunita Narain has been with the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) since 1982. She is currently the director general of the Centre and the treasurer of the Society for Environmental Communications and editor of the fortnightly magazine, Down To Earth.


  • December 12, 2017

    10 AM – 8:30 PM

    Juniper Hall, Indian Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road, New Delhi

    India produces 62 million tonnes of municipal solid waste every year. Per capita waste generation is increasing in the country by about 1.3 per cent annually, a massive problem made worse by India’s growing urban population. The only way to get out of this mess is segregation and recycle-reuse. 

  • With rapid urbanisation and rising consumption of goods and services, India is facing a massive waste management challenge. Every year, urban India produces 62 million tonne (MT) of municipal solid waste, 31 MT of which is dumped onto landfill sites. Figures for recycling are abysmal; for instance, only 1.5 per cent of e-waste is recycled. The need of the hour is to shift the focus of waste management towards processing and resource recovery.

About CSE

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is a public interest research and advocacy organisation based in New Delhi. CSE researches into, lobbies for and communicates the urgency of development that is both sustainable and equitable.

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