Gap year: Chai 3:16, Bangalore, India

Two wooden cups with Chai 3:16 logo
This placement is part of our unique new Wonder gap year experience.

Chai 3:16 is a non-commercial outreach cafe in Bangalore run by volunteers, focusing mostly on students and those under 35 who would never go to church. Founder Benny Prasad’s heart is to engage with people on an intellectual level, inviting them to ask questions and genuinely engage with faith.

There are 808 million young people under 35 in India, many of whom struggle with depression and loneliness. Bangalore has a higher rate of suicide than any other city in the country.

Church Mission Society is recognised by Global Connections as operating under the Code of Best Practice in Short-Term Mission 2019 and 2020

The cafe is not about quick wins and shallow or short-lived salvation, but spending time with those who come to the cafe, inviting questions, discipling and journeying alongside people as they come to a real, lasting faith in Christ.

Benny has high expectations of his staff, and is specifically looking for friendly volunteers with good people skills who have a real heart for people and a passion to love through showing unconditional love and respect. Volunteers need to be comfortable with investing in people over time without seeing immediate progress. Volunteers also need to be wise with social media, and an aptitude for art is a plus.

If you think a gap year at Chai 3:16 could be right for you, please contact Susann on or hit the button below.

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