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In India you can volunteer in child development, global health and girl’s and women’s empowerment projects. We work in two different locations: Dharamsala (countryside) and New Delhi (urban area). Projects in Dharamsala take place in May, June and July. Projects in New Delhi take place in August, September, October, November and December.

DHARAMSALA

Home to the Dalai Lama, a vibrant Indian community, and several thousand Tibetan refugees, the misty highlands of Dharamsala are a stark contrast to the buzzing cities found elsewhere in India. Dharamsala’s mountainside perch among the clouds gives this rural locale a moving and mysterial quality.

In Dharamsala, you’ll find two very distinct neighborhoods: Lower Dharamsala and Upper Dharamsala. As the seat of the Tibetan government in exile and the Tibetan community, Upper Dharamsala enjoys more access to resources and services than Lower Dharamsala. In Lower Dharamsala, you’ll find an Indian community that gets little to no attention from international aid organizations and because of this, lacks some of the most basic social services. As a volunteer in Dharamsala, you’ll work in the lower section alongside organizations whose efforts support children’s education and women’s rights – a powerful mission in one of the world’s most awe-inspiring, historically significant settings.

Persistent inequality in India is reflected in the low human development attainments of the country’s most marginalized groups including castes, women, the transgender community, people living with HIV, migrants, and tribal and rural populations. More than 800 million of India’s 1.25 billion people live in the countryside, and a quarter of this rural population lives below the poverty line, totaling 216 million individuals. The government estimates average monthly incomes per agricultural household across the whole of India at only US $105.

Families in Dharamsala face the reality of a rural economy and the pressures that come with it. Very often education is not viewed as a way out of poverty, and children are instead encouraged to contribute to the cultivation of the family land and animals. Additionally, access to health care in rural settings can be extremely limited and under resourced.

Join our team to volunteer in Dharamsala as we support the education of vulnerable children and girls, and deliver public health campaigns to those that lack adequate health care.

Child Development
Volunteers in Dharamsala greatly contribute to improving the quality of education that every child deserves. Women, mostly single mothers, need to work to support their family, and thus rely on community support to help with their children. Community groups and childcare centers are present to provide these essential services, but are grossly under resourced and understaffed even in formal school settings. Volunteers assist teachers, conduct early education programming, teach English language skills, and provide children with one-on-one attention.

Global Health
Access to high quality health care in rural areas is severely limited. Through outreach, education, and care, you will provide much-needed support to vulnerable children and adults in low-income communities. In addition, we lead multiple public health projects in India including vision screening for children, oral health campaigns, and the promotion of hygiene in schools.

Girls’ & Women’s Empowerment
Fostering economic opportunities for women creates financial independence and the leadership skills that builds stronger communities. These Indian women are eager to receive your support and determined to transform themselves, their families, and ultimately the community at large.

 

NEW DELHI

India has a buzz about it, a pace and a national character all its own. The complexity that you’ll find when you volunteer in India offers you an experience of incomparable historical and cultural depth, and you’ll live out this amazing adventure against the backdrop of some of the most incredible landscapes and cityscapes you’ve ever encountered.

One thing that you’ll notice as you wander New Delhi, is the stark socio-economic contrast among its neighborhoods, indicating the city’s rapid and unequal growth. As part of your volunteer service work in India, you’ll work alongside one of a variety of progressive local organizations to support efforts to address those discrepancies. The work you do will help pave the road to better lives for countless members of a fascinating, but often polarized culture.

Poverty in India is a historical reality. With close to 533 million (40%) of the population expected to live in urban areas by 2025, the vulnerability of India’s cities should be gripping the world’s attention. Parents struggling to cope in the slums of Delhi have to weigh the merits of providing their children with an education against the need for children to contribute to the household income. 45% of people living in poverty are illiterate and only 15% of children complete secondary school. Without education, future generations face continuing the cycle of poverty

Gender inequality in India persists and is particularly apparent among marginalized groups. Women participate in employment and decision-making at a much lower rate than men. India ranks very low on the Gender Inequality Index, at 127 out of 146 countries.

Join our team to volunteer in Delhi as we fight urban poverty and its impact on the education of vulnerable children and girls, and deliver public health campaigns to those that lack adequate health care.

Child Development
Women, mostly single mothers, need to work to support their family, and rely on community support to help with their children. Community groups and childcare centers are present to provide these essential services, but they are grossly under resourced and understaffed even in formal school settings. CCS volunteers assist teachers, conduct early education programming, teach English language skills, and provide children with one-on-one attention. CCS volunteers in Delhi greatly contribute to improving the quality of education that every child deserves.

Global Health

Access to high quality health care in rural area is severely limited. Through outreach, education, and care, you will provide much-needed support to vulnerable children and adults in low-income communities. In addition CCS leads multiple public health projects in India including vision screening for children, oral health campaigns, and the promotion of hygiene in schools.

Girls’ & Women’s Empowerment

Fostering economic opportunities for women creates financial independence and the leadership skills that builds stronger communities. These Indian women are eager to receive your support and determined to transform themselves, their families, and ultimately the community at large.

Programma Details

  • Programma
    • Volunteering
  • Plaats
    • Dharamsala en New Delhi
    • India
  • Individueel programma of groepsprogramma
    Individueel of in groep

Wat is inbegrepen

  • Accommodatie
  • 24/7 noodondersteuning
  • Maaltijden
  • Assistentie bij inschrijving
  • Global Competence Certificate
  • Begeleiding
  • Oriëntatie voor vertrek
  • Oriëntaties tijdens je uitwisseling
  • Oriëntatie bij terugkeer
  • Individuele contactpersoon
  • Onthaal op de luchthaven
  • Lokaal transport
  • Assistentie bij visa-aanvraag
  • Medical Insurance
  • Plaatsing in een vrijwilligersproject
  • Field Trips
  • Culturele activiteiten
  • Project Materials

Waar ben je zelf verantwoordelijk voor

  • Vlucht / internationaal transport
  • Kosten voor visa en paspoort
  • Inentingen