India volunteering & highlights
Description of India volunteering & highlights
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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PlanetOur volunteer placements in India are designed to immerse you in a different culture, living and working with local people. There’s plenty to gain personally from this. But we make sure that local people benefit too by choosing projects that bring tangible improvements to their lives. Our local partners are leaders in sustainable tourism. All activities and itineraries are designed in collaboration with the villagers themselves, based around the principles of community-based tourism. We are committed to providing local people with a complimentary source of income while still continuing their traditional way of life.
All of our participants receive pre-departure guides. This covers topics on how to be culturally sensitive, how to best look after the environment when in the country and how to stay safe as well as up to date information on the political situation. They are also briefed on how to dispose of waste properly and where possible, to avoid using plastic water bottles as these are not easy to dispose of environmentally.
Our Volunteer programs are lasting and meaningful and have a long term impact on the communities we work with. These children have little access to quality education.This is where the volunteers come in. In order to attend formal school in Thailand students must be at a certain academic level and you will be helping the children we work with to reach this standard. For the children, a good understanding of English opens up many more opportunities in the future particularly in Tourism.
We have a strong child protection policy and require police checks and DBS from all our participants. Staff who take photos are required to ensure they are up to a standard approved by our local partners or schools. We have strict expectations of volunteers as far as how they interact with the children. We also give no information to the volunteers about the children’s backgrounds.
We send out comprehensive pre-departure briefing, which includes a section on protecting the local environment. In particular we advise participants to take care with water, which is an issue in many of our destinations. We recommend they avoid unnecessary washing, using hand wash gel where they can. We also instruct them on how to dispose of waste properly, not to litter and, where possible, to avoid using plastic water bottles which are not easy to dispose of environmentally.
PeopleAll our volunteer programs are designed in collaboration with the community and based around the principles of community-based tourism. We are committed to providing local people with support while still continuing their traditional way of life. All our volunteers are housed locally in homestays that support the local community.
Volunteer and Service Placements:
Volunteer time, effort, and attention are of great value to our local partners such as NGOs, schools, and children’s homes that we serve. We make sure that whoever we are tied up with are operating with our values in mind and are for the improvement of life on ground.
We emphasise the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs in our briefing material. Participants will work alongside permanent staff, forming close bonds and getting an insight into real life in India. Our policy is to send people to the developing world in small groups or individually. This minimises the environmental and social impact that the participants have on the destination and helps them to integrate into the local community.
In addition we hope to support the community as:
1. Anyone wishing to teach or coach (unless as an assistant) should have an appropriate qualification - whether that's a TEFL certificate, a PGCE, sports coaching qualification or another relevant certification in youth work.
2.Anyone wishing to be involved in teaching without the relevant qualifications or experience can volunteer as an assistant, supporting the teacher/coach during lessons, workshops or other sessions. This could involve helping students practise their English in conversations with a native speaker, or helping students carry out written or practical work under supervision by the teacher.
3. 2 weeks minimum volunteering is allowed if volunteers are working in extracurricular activities or are simply assisting a teacher. If you are a qualified teacher we recommend 4 weeks.
4. Volunteer teachers must be at least 18 years old. Assistants and sports coaches may be as young as 16.
5. A minimum of one day's training and orientation will be included as part of the placement in country. This should provide you with a background of the local culture, the program, the students' current language and what they will be expected to cover over the duration of your placement.
Even qualified teachers should spend at least part of their time working alongside local teachers. The volunteer will have the opportunity to learn about the local culture and build upon what has already been taught, while the local teacher can benefit from the support, the presence of a native English teacher and new ideas for lesson plans and classroom activities.
Learning is a two-way process.
6. DBS (formerly known as a CRB) checks - or equivalent - should be carried out for any prospective volunteers who will be working with children - particularly those that will be working unsupervised. You will have to read and agree to our
child protection code. Volunteers must agree to this code before their placement is confirmed.?
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