Volunteers working under the Disabled Care Volunteer Program in India serve at organizations helping the mentally challenged, children with multiple disabilities and autistic children. Volunteers can help out in a range of activities at the project. The project has three centers, namely the Special Education Center, Skill Development Center and Autism Center. Volunteers can be placed at any of the three placements while volunteering for the disabled children in India.
Information on the centers is given below:-
Skill Development Centre – The center aims to develop vocational skills among the disabled youth to improve their quality of life. Besides vocational training, the students are given therapeutic interventions (like speech and occupational therapy) and are involved in extracurricular activities like dance, music, etc. Some of the vocational training activities include Baking, Paper Bag, and Envelope Making, Clay Modelling, Tailoring, Candle Making, Book Binding, Computer training.
Special Education Centre – The Special Education Centre focuses on the overall development of the children depending on individual needs. Student assessments are done by special educators and also alternative strategies and therapies are given which include speech therapy and other multi-sensory activities.
Autism Centre – It is a full-fledged special school dedicated to autistic. Intervention is offered to children with severe needs including autistic spectrum disorders and multiple disabilities. There is an occupational therapy clinic which provides multi-sensory therapy for different sensations.
Participants can work from Monday – Friday for 5-6 hrs in a day.
There is a different range of activities for the volunteers to extend their helping hand under this program. This includes work such as;
Volunteers must note that the Project is closed during the month of June and for a short break during the end of December/early Jan for Christmas/New Year.
Volunteers joining the disabled care 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 timelines 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 (No meal is provided on Sunday, as volunteers are encouraged to try the local cuisines.)
Note: Please note, the schedule may vary depending on the particular project the volunteer is participating on.
When you choose to volunteer in Delhi, we make sure that your altruistic journey is comfortable and enjoyable. As a VolSol volunteer, you will not have to worry about the airport pick up, your accommodation or your stay. Besides these, your dining, local travel is also taken care of by us.
Volunteers are picked up from the Indira Gandhi International Airport by a member of the local coordinating team in Delhi. Pickup will be provided between 6:30am - 10pm on the program start date. Participants already in country or arriving early can also be picked up from a designated meeting point decided beforehand as well.
While volunteering in Delhi you would be staying at one of our Volunteer home base in South Delhi. The accommodations are neat and clean and provide volunteers a home away from home experience. Our homes are equipped with wifi internet, filtered drinking water, geysers, air conditioning, satellite television, modern toilets and comfortable beds. The homes are close to useful amenities like banks, ATMs, currency ex-changers, restaurants, cafes and shopping arcades. All placements are around 10 - 30 minutes from the homes and volunteers travel to the placements everyday and come back home in the evenings.
A half day orientation will be provided by our staff on the next day after your arrival. We cover areas like culture, greetings, locations, transportation etc. Start your volunteering experience by taking the 1 week Language & Culture Orientation Program in Delhi.
Indian food is famous around the world for its diverse flavours, colors and aroma. While staying at the homes, you would be provided with freshly cooked breakfast and dinner, we have cooks at the home who prepare meals for the volunteers. A sample of the meals you can expect are mentioned below.
Breakfast - Parantha, Bread, Tea (chai), Jam, Butter, Porridge etc.
Dinner - Dal (lentils), vegetable, rice, roti (indian bread), pickle, yogurt may be provided along with some sort of curry.
For lunch volunteers usually eat somewhere close to their placement at a local restaurant, our coordinators would show you around at the time of orientation. This also gives you a chance to eat a variety of food that India has to offer. You would be able to have a comfortable lunch for around $3-$4.
During the free time volunteers can visit the local markets, visit internet cafes and the different restaurants in Delhi and try out the different Indian cuisines. During weekends volunteers visit the neighboring states of Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh. Our specialised Travel Desk can help you to book tours to any part of India or to neighbouring countries like Nepal or Sri Lanka.
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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. Volunteers with experience in special education would have an added advantage. 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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