Guests in Auroville are asked, as are the Aurovilian residents, to contribute financially towards the maintenance and development of the township and its infrastructure (for instance, water, roads, electricity, afforestation, farms, education and so on...)Presently, guests are requested to give a contribution of Rs 150 per day per adult, reduced for students and teenagers up to the age of 18. This contribution is already included in payments via registered guesthouses.
Non-registered guesthouse contributions
Guests who are staying in Auroville in an unregistered guesthouse, with family or friends, or in a house-sitting arrangement, are expected to contribute Rs.150 per day of their stay in Auroville. This will be deducted from the guest's Financial Service account. Guests, who have no account, can pay directly to the Financial Service, where they will be given a Guest Card, and it is the responsibility of the Aurovilian host to make sure this happens.
Reduced contributions may be granted to volunteers who are working a minimum of 12 hours per week. Complete exemptions from guest contribution may be granted to volunteers who are working a minimum of 24 hours per week. In both cases volunteers must be working in an Auroville activity that is recognized by the BCC (Budget Coordination Committee).
Guest volunteers staying in a registered guesthouse can pick up an Exemption Form from the Guest Service office above the Solar Kitchen and return it there after it has been completed by the Aurovilian executive at the applicant's workplace. Guests staying in an unregistered guesthouse or in an Aurovilian's home (but who are working in an Auroville activity) may pick up an Exemption Form from Financial Services at the Town Hall.
Exemptions may also be granted in certain special cases on a case-by-case basis. Such requests should be made by email to Guest Facilities Coordination Group firstname.lastname@example.org or a written request to the GFCG can be delivered to the Guest Service Office.