- These children are subject to multiple deprivations and limited opportunities in several dimensions of their lives. They are mostly rejected by mainstream society and face grave discrimination.
- Working with people/children who deal with various forms of physical or intellectual challenges can be quite a demanding task for anyone. However, despite the challenges they are never lacking in spirit and enthusiasm. Working along with them can bring you a lot of joy, as well as meaningful life and learning experiences.
- The main work will be teaching and supporting the staff in their daily activities, for the care of the children. As a volunteer, you will be involved in individual goal setting and planning for holistic development of the children/persons with special needs through home-based, community based or institutional based approach. You would need to be flexible and open to all kinds of work and activities.
South of India is still relatively unexplored; the unique culture around Bangalore, Mysore and the pristine costal regions are very peaceful and much different from other parts of India. Though, cities like Bangalore, Kundapur, Mysore and Pondicherry are near to the program area, participants will have best of both rural and urban diversity. Most of the projects are situated in the rural areas, which is 1 to 2 hours from one of these modern cities.
Kundapur : Kundapur, also known by the local name Kundapura, is a town situated near the beach, on the west coast of Karnataka state, and in close proximity to the Western Ghats – India’s prime zone for bio-diversity and known for its varied animal and plant species. Kundapura is a coastal town and taluk headquarters located at a distance of 38 Km from Udupi, in Karnataka. The name Kundapura originates from an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Kundeshwara located in the town which was built by Kundavarama, the Alupa ruler. Kundapura is also described as the town of the sun. The uniqueness of Kundapura town is that the town is surrounded by water on 3 sides. Towards the north lies the Panchagangavali River.Towards the east lies the Kalaghar River. Towards the west lie the Kodi back waters and the Arabian Sea, the south side is the only side as the main connecting land mass.
Since Kundapura is a coastal town, the main attractions of this town are spectacular beaches. Apart from beaches Kundapura (the city as well as the taluk) houses the world famous temples. Kollur Mookambika Temple, Hattiangadi Siddhi Vinayaka Temple, Anegudde Vinayaka Temple are few popular temples located in Kundapura Taluk.
Mysore : Mysore city is located at the base of the Chamundi Hills and offers visitors a wealth of natural beauty that is matched only by its stunning architecture. With its namesake World Heritage-listed palace, peaceful yoga practices and intriguing heritage, it is no wonder that Mysore is South India’s most popular tourist destination. Earlier known as the capital of the state of Karnataka (now Bangalore), this city rings out the histories of our ancestors, of nothing less than Royal Gold and the rich culture and heritage pre-colonization .The palace dates back to the 14th century, when it was originally built by the Wodeyar kings. Its unique Indo-Saracenic style is felt across the three storey building and takes inspiration from Hindu, Muslim and Gothic designs. The palace boasts features such as pristine marble domes, a distinctive 5 storey tower and 12 different Hindu temples within its walls.
Our Support System :
1. Orientation: The program will commence with a week-long orientation, on the 1st Monday of each month, which will prepare you for the rest of your stay in India. Depending on your project location, the orientation will be held either at Bangalore, or at Kundapur. The program schedule will be sent to you at least a month in advance.
2. Cultural Event: Once a month, we will organizes a cultural meet for all volunteers to discuss your progress, share your experiences and challenges encountered. It is a great opportunity to reconnect and use each other as a resource network to manage your projects. You will also have one-to-one on-site supervision by our coordinators, to ensure that any challenges are tracked and dealt with, at the earliest.
3. Monitoring: You will be allocated a coordinator from us on your arrival in India. The coordinator will support you in your project and monitor the progress during the voluntary service. Monthly project visits are also made by the our coordinators during the placement, whenever possible.
4. Reporting system and documentation: You would need to call the coordinator on arrival at accommodation, to be followed by a 2nd week progress call and a 3rd week monitoring visit by the coordinator. You are expected to fill in the time sheet for adequate project activities and monthly report.
5. Final evaluation: You are expected to complete and submit a Final Feedback report and Final Evaluation report at the end of your volunteering program. These reports should detail your work, progress, problems, solutions and suggestions. They will serve as valuable reference documents for new volunteers, and also enables us to develop and improve the project.