International Group Workcamps volunteer abroad programs in India

Street Children Informal Education and Food Distribution

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***Street Children Informal Education and Food Distribution 

Group Camp Code : SMILE GR01

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Target Group for these camps:- Helping Children from the street and slum( mostly refugees)  to get basic education,vocational and hygienic training etc. Daily more than 300 families receives support at our different centres around the state of West Bengal . 

Project Back ground :- India having uncountable numbers of street and slum dwellers . There are thousands of poor refugees coming every year from nearby countries and from different small towns/ villages and adjacent cities to the big cities. Most of these families are living in a very poorly condition at slums or on street corners without basic supports. Normal societies are so busy to deal with their personal daily problems, so have little time for these unfortunate people. We have got our projects for these unfortunate street children at the different locations of big cities. Children age Would be 3-15years, both girls and boys. 

Location: This ancient town is located just 20 km from the Kolkata city centre which was used to be the capital of British colonial period. This town has full of heart ,people are basically belongs to the middle class . There are also rich and poor people all around . City Kolkata is know for its busy traffic ,huge population ,warm weather and poverty around the street corners! It is a great place to visit for every tourist coming to India.During the Camp on every  weekends, there would guided cultural city trip would be organised. No extra fees!! 

 Work & Activities :- Most important target of the project is to bring smile among these children and provide confidence and moral support to their mother .Volunteer would use different way of informal education technique to present a unique and attractive way of education programs for these kids .Most of these kids speaks local Bengali /Hindi language but they are very smart and intelligent.so teaching them with the support of local coordinator would not be so difficult ,just little bit of patience and involvement can solve this problem easily. All volunteers would go through orientation on arrival and two local language session during this camp. Trted their activities since 2003 !

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Street Dog Welfare and Shelter Reconstruction /Renovation

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***Street Dog Welfare and Shelter Reconstruction /Renovation 

Group Camp Code : SMILE GR02

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Target :- Welfare activities like food distribution,health care,grooming to cats and dogs from SMILE NGO Domestic Animal Shelter. Renovation /Reconstruction activities. 

Project background details:-

In India dogs and cats are every where on the street living under unprotected and abandoned life . In SMILE family we have a big love for domestic animals basically dogs,cats and so we made a small shelter in 2009 where we take care of few dogs and cats on regular basis. There are huge number of street dogs and cats who are roaming unprotected and struggling for the life and shelter.There are almost no management system from local government available for these animal.There are long and short term volunteering opportunities available every year for these poor needy animals.

Activities:- Volunteers job are mostly food preparation,distribution,grooming,shelter cleaning ,taking care of dogs and cats at our shelter. We welcome international individuals or groups to help and look after these domestic animals during the camp. It is a fun filled experience for volunteers!! All volunteers taking this project should take anti rabies vaccination before joining these camps.International youth have chance to experience this unique project ,can help local member in different activities .They can have a change to enjoy with these cute animals. Mainly this projects are those who care about dogs and cats. If you love dogs and cats then this project would give you satisfaction and valuable knowledge .Volunteers also can experience the Indian food and culture while living at local host family. There would be local language classes and cooking training given . Experiencing India in different shades .

This project is based at SMILE head office near Madhyamgram town (8 km from Kolkata Airport and 22km from City center. You can find more details about the location on wiki link: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madhyamgram.

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Inter Cultural and Language Exchange Project

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***Inter Cultural and Language Exchange Project

 

Group Camp Code : SMILE GR 03

   

Target :- Energetic youth from round the world gathered together to learn Indian culture ,food ,yoga and bring friendship and learn each other culture.

 

Duration : 2weeks

 

Project  Background:-

 

India is always been famous for its culture ,tradition,language and food cuisine . Different culture ,dress code ,language and cooking style made the country like a continent ! While volunteering in this camps youth can have chance to interact with the East Indian ( Bengali ) culture and food . Volunteers and local family together exchange the culture and cook food . Volunteers would have a chance to learn Indian yoga & meditation basic lesion in this camp.Youth volunteers have golden chance to know about the ethnic heritage of East Indian cuisine and tradition . It would a great fun filled time for groups.

 

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In this camp volunteers from round the world would have chance to exchange culture,language,food etc. Special attraction for this camp would be Yoga & Meditation lesson , local cooking lesson, local language class. It would be fun fill entertainment camp where Indian family and international youth can have a platform to each other culture and life style. Camp would take place in the suburb call Madhyamgram which is just 8 km from Kolkata Airport .Transportation, electricity,shopping places are all around.Nearest rail and bus station is with in 2 km .Life is very simple and peaceful around.

 

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Rain Water Harvesting for Urban Organic Farming

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***Rain Water Harvesting for Urban Organic Farming 

 

Group Camp Code : SMILE GR08

 

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This is one of the very important project which we had started in 2013. In this camp volunteer group would help us to restore and renovate our Rain water storage. Here water  would be stored and purify to convert them usable for harvesting organic farming project. There are many children and their family from the street whom we serve on everyday a basis since 2003 ! These needy community are always in problem of food. Our attempt to initiate our small attempt to fulfil some of their need on completion of this project and make this project more sustainable. We need energetic youth group to help us this year to finish this dream project . Later we like to continue same type of project around  to bring smile among needy faces . In this camp activities like cleaning roof, digging water storage would be main job. 

 

** Please remember that  programme schedule or project site can be changed or altered by the Project In-charge if required and all volunteers are requested to cooperate with our local members and partners. All schedule should be followed and mandatory for everyone to participate and contribute.. 

 

 

 


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A Clean and Green plastic free Locality mission

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***A Clean and Green  plastic free Locality mission 

 

Group Camp Code : SMILE GR07

 

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Target :-  Its an initiative to garbage/plastic free Locality. Main target to keep the community clean from garbage and plastic. 

 

 

Project background details:-

 

It's been already proved that use of plastic causing big problems in our climate. During this camp we are welcoming Youth to participate and set an example before local people. Use of plastic causing a big problem in environment. 

 

Activities:- Volunteers would be divided in small groups and collect plastic and other recyclable garbags from the locality and keep the locality more tidy and clean. There would be manual work, cultural exchange activities. It is an initiative under Clean & Green India mission. Children from the SMILE informal School also participate in this initiative. 

 

This project is based at SMILE head office near Madhyamgram town (8 km from Kolkata Airport and 22km from City center. You can find more details about the location on wiki link: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madhyamgram.

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Painting and Renovation of SMILE Informal School Building

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***Painting and Renovation of SMILE  Informal School Building

 

Group Camp Code : SMILE GR06

 

Project Details:- 

 

SMILE always believes in family type of environment !! Organisation always trying bring all Volunteers living at the same city can have a chance to live together with the local volunteers as a big family . So this year we are expecting to start such place with the help of our host families. So we are in need of volunteers in group to help in painting and construction our dream place which is known as volunteer shelter. simultaneously our sincere effort to have animal shelter,vocational training shelter,  rain water reserver to store rain water for further uses. So our Renovation and painting project has a great importance on our different projects . We are trying to bring different activities at one place . Such shelter would be our base point to bring help around . Presently shelter is going on under the observation and guidance of local host family .   We welcome young energetic hard working international volunteers to participate in our RENO camps ! We also welcome groups to come and help us in construction and painting !! So for those who want to spend an exciting volunteer activities ! Please join this camps !!

 

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GROUP VOLUNTARY CAMPS INDIA

Voluntary group India

Voluntary group India

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Important Details for volunteer abroad programs :-(For Students,Teen,Seniors Groups only)

 

Location:Madhyamgram ( kolkata, India) 

 Age: 15-99 Years

Number of Volunteer: 10-30 (Any group) 

Duration: 2-3 weeks 

Date : Anytime

Language: BASIC English is fine. (Group should have at least 1 adult English speaking leader). 

Participation fees: As per applicable 

Fees included : 3 time tasty home made meals, shared room at local host (on the floor with mattress), Airport transfer between 6am-6pm on the same day. In case of late arrival, groups are requested to stay night at kolkata Airport inside and wait for our next morning pickup., 24/7 emergency support, local language classes, orientation and Pre-departure meeting, on-site coordination. Guided weekends package cultural city trip,WIFI service. 

 

Fees excluded: Flight tickets, Visa fees, Medical expenses (if any), insurances, pocket money for personal expenses,any other expenses that not included in 'fees included' section. 

 

SMILE Society ( Situational Management & Inter Learning Establishment Society) is a registered Non profit working for these underprivileged communities, Environmental issues, Renovation, Cultural and many other welfare  activities around the state of West Bengal since 2003 .  SMILE Society made 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 poor and needy kids from the street. Our foremost goal is to "Bring Smile around" We ensure that all volunteers are provided with a safe and enriching experience. Our flexible approach means that you will be given a placement to suit your needs and time scale. All international students are also welcome to take part in our Programme. Our unique placements could become the trip of a lifetime. International volunteer opportunities and community service opportunities welcoming volunteers in India.

 

Accommodation and food :- 

 

Dormitory basis in host house as per available on arrival ( on cot with mattress/on floor with mattress, 4-30 volunteers in one room) shared accommodation (normally male & 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. 24/7 Wi-Fi connection at accommodation. 

 

Food: You will get 3 times local veg 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 & leisure :-

 

An amazing country with full of culture and tradition .Interesting people ! Explore the country with exciting diversity .Kolkata ,the city of joy was known before as Calcutta since the colonial time. This ancient city was used to be the capital of British colonial period. This city has full of heart ,people are basically belongs to the middle class . There are also rich and poor people all around . City Kolkata is know for its busy traffic ,huge population ,warm welcome and poverty around the street corners! It is a great place to visit for every tourist coming to India. More over if anyone get a chance to live with the local host family then that brings extra bonus to any traveller .It helps to learn the culture ,tradition,language while staying within the normal people of the society.Living on any hotel can never give any traveller such wide scope to know the society and communities as a whole. Kolkata( itself is a great tourist place with its historical value ) is well connected with many famous and attractive tourist places during weekends ...

 

 

Requirements :-

 

We need energetic your volunteer with open mind and ready to get their hand dirty. You need to be strong and flexible. India is a beautiful country but challenging for some people . Local culture,people are interesting but weather is hot and humid in summer ,so get ready to explore an amazing country with full of surprises.

 

 

*Passport copy

*VISA copy

*Photograph( recent colour copy)

*Parents permission letter if you are below 18 years.

* Police background check report 

 

 

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 

mosquito net

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 /umbrella ( June-Sep) 

Snacks from your country

Music/ dress/snacks / special souvenir from your country

Medicine and first aid supplies for emergency personal use

 

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.

 

Meeting Point:As per arrival details. pickup available between 8am-6pm only( subject prior confirmation).

 

Transportation : You will have to use the local available public transportation  ( Train/Bus) the camp during your term. Airport pickup would be available only.Airport transfer on last day of the camp would volunteers' responsibility .

 

 

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