It is a great cultural experience while doing volunteering service for community children from the street. Volunteers will given different task as per following schedule given below. It is an unique opportunity for short term travellers to explore the part the beautiful Kolkata city while be a part of good causes to enrich their knowledge and make a small contribution to the society during their trip. Be volunteer not a tourist is the main slogan of the programme. Main Accommodation at Madhyamgram (8 away from Kolkata Airport) based local host family. It is a peaceful suburb with all the facilities. Other days if required night stay would be at other guest house or hotel on shared basis. Volunteers Responsibility : Volunteers would be guide by local experienced members during the project on everyday basis. During the voluntary work target would be mainly Street Children Teaching and welfare at SMILE House India. Children age 3-14 years. Number of the children varies between days from 10-30. Apart from this prime target group there would activities like cleaning school building, organic Farming, painting at SMILE House based at Madhyamgram, India. Volunteers would be given duties like care giving, Teaching basic English (elementary level), hygiene, moral education, entertainment activities, art, craft etc. Tentative Schedule during the Programme :- Day 1. Kolkata Airport pickup and transfer to the local host family at Madhyamgram. Day 2. Orientation, pre
Accomodation and food
Accommodation: Dormitory basis in host family/school building as per available on arrival ( on cot with mattress/on floor with mattress, 4-30 volunteers in one room) shared accommodation (normally male and female separate room). You will get accommodation till 6 pm on the last day of your camp.We are unable to provide you any accommodation before or after these dates. Please arrange your own accommodation in case of early arrival or late departure .You are requested to meet our representative at the meeting place on exact time given above. If you arrive early then you can have your stay in any of the different hotels available nearby Airport, within 2 -3 km .on the road popularly called as V.I.P road. You are requested to take any cab to check in any of these hotels. If you arrive at earlier night then you are requested to stay inside the airport terminal and meet at the next morning with our representative at 12 noon.Food: You will get 3 times local food from host family as per available on arrival. Please do not expect any kind of special dishes (veg/non veg) or cold drinks or special living room or air conditioned room during your term. You are requested to get ready for a simple and challenging life.
Location and leisure
Kolkata and around
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Do you wish to explore India and learn about Indian culture and tradition while living at local host family and helping SMILE NGO to bring a smile to the most neglected children living on the street of kolkata ,India.This project is all about bringing smile to all underprivileged refugee children and their mother from the street of kolkata.Providing informal basic education like english teaching ,hygiene,basic health care,family planning education,playing, organising entertainment program ,food distribution for these children of this downtrodden community would be the main target of the volunteers in this camp. SMILE Society ( Situational Management and Inter Learning Establishment Society) is a registered Non profit working for these underprivileged communities around the state of West Bengal since 2003 . On August 31, 2003, a team of family and friends leaded by Mr. Debabrata Chakraborty, voluntarily formed SMILE Society to fight against this injustice and bring a smile to these cute faces.Since then SMILE brought hundreds of children from the street to the normal society . SMILE mission is to provide volunteers with a customised program (workcamp, short term, long term) that will enable them to make an important contribution to these needy communities.
Requirements: Passport copyVISA copyPhotograph( recent colour copy)Parents permission letter if you are below 18 years.Participation fees INR25000(Approx. euro350/head /camp) (2 weeks) ( payment on arrival by cash ) What to bring: You can follow traditional packing lists, but here are several items that would be particularly helpful for this volunteer experience: A bed sheet, malaria medication, flashlight, umbrella, mosquito repellent with DEET, sunscreen, alarm clock OR watch with alarm clock, journal, sleeping bag, Any games or craft items like Origami would be great for the kids, Rain coat, Snacks from your country, Music/ dress / special souvenir from your country, Medicine and first aid supplies for emergency personal use, Any special games or study material for kindergarten standard kids Clothing: - fibrous (ex: linen or cotton or anything that is COOL and dries fast in natural sun) - for women, bring conservative clothing that covers the shoulders (ex: shirts with capped sleeves) NO shorts, bikinis, sleeveless clothes outside your own bed room (strictly).sandals, head covering (bandanas, hat), towel that dries FAST.