Under the Childcare Volunteering Program in India, participants work at local daycare centers or “Anganwadis”, as they are locally called, located in and around the region of Palampur, Dharamsala. Since the area is rural, there are not many qualified and well-trained caretakers for the children.
Our volunteers play a significant role in providing children with much-needed attention, love, and care. Volunteers provide one on one attention to each and every child and help in the overall holistic development of the children. Volunteers also help the daycare center staff by helping in daily jobs, such as feeding, cleaning, clothing, teaching and playing games with the children.
Since the inception of the volunteering for childcare in India, we have seen a gradual change and development in the working of the daycare centers in the area of Palampur. Volunteers have played a big role while working for the children towards their welfare and development by lending a helping and caring hand.
The project is suitable for those looking for short term volunteering programs abroad and, also, for those on a gap year, summer placement or interested in volunteering with their family. This project is very much recommended for family volunteering in India wherein the family members can volunteer together. The accommodations are located in close proximity to the projects which would also be convenient for any children joining their parents on their volunteer program. Volunteers are assisted by the local staff and team for any kind of help they need in their work.
Typical volunteer activities under the childcare volunteering program in India include;
Volunteers are welcome to bring any resources which can be useful for them and help them in their volunteer work with the children. The day care centers do not have adequate materials and supplies and any supplies that you can bring would be welcome.
Volunteers joining the childcare program in India are required to follow a basic routine on a daily basis. This covers everything from meals to volunteer work and back. It must be noted that every placement functions at a different pace and on separate time-lines making the schedule slightly differ at times. A generic daily schedule for volunteers is as follows;
The same volunteer work schedule continues from the second week onwards
Weekends : Free to explore the city
Note: Please note, the schedule may vary depending on the particular project the volunteer is participating in.
We do not compromise on your living standards and tour arrangements. From arranging airport pickups to taking care of your volunteer placement, to putting you at the right volunteer house and helping you take up weekend travel, we help you plan and execute everything in a structured way.
Volunteers are picked up from Gaggal Airport in Dharamsala by a member of the local coordinating team. The airport is served with daily direct flights from Delhi. For those participants choosing to travel from Delhi to Palampur by bus, they will be picked up from the bus station and transferred to the volunteer home base.
You would be provided accommodation in our volunteer home base in Palampur. The accommodation offers spectacular views of the Himalayan mountains and provides a safe living environment for the participants. At the house, we provide same gender sharing dorm style rooms with attached western style toilets, lockers, TV, hot water, internet and a large common area for the volunteers to enjoy their free time. The volunteer house has a huge front and backyard with beautiful gardens where the volunteers can relax and even play outdoor games and activities such as badminton with other participants during the free time.
An orientation and briefing session will be provided by our staff in Palampur. We cover areas like culture, safety, locations, transportation etc. Volunteers also have the option to start their program by joining the 1 week Language & Culture Orientation week in Delhi.
The volunteer homebase in Palampur has full time cooking staff for preparing fresh meals for the volunteers. Volunteers are provided with three meals a day for six days a week. A sample of the meals you can expect are below:
Breakfast - Parantha, Bread, Tea (chai), Jam, Butter, Porridge etc.
Lunch/ Dinner - Dal (lentils), vegetable, rice, roti (Indian bread), pickle, yogurt may be provided along with some sort of curry.
Volunteers can go and explore the market in Palampur and take long pleasant walks. The area in and around Palampur is very safe and volunteers generally prefer to walk down the nearby locations. You can also visit the beautiful tea gardens, temples and Tashi Jong monastery which is located in Palampur. Volunteers are also given a tour of the Palampur market, Tea Garden and Tea Factory and a Yoga class once a week.
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Volunteers must be 17 years or older at the time of joining the project. You need to have an open mind and a flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference. Participants must be fit and healthy at the time of joining the program. Participants should have no criminal convictions and should provide a clean criminal background check report. A parental consent form shall be required for Under 18 participants joining the program.
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