Create exciting sessions to develop the children’s creative and communication skills at day care centres and community outreach projects. Help promote the importance of hand washing alongside the local organisation. Learn Hindi and explore local cultural sites.
In the mornings volunteers organise sessions to help encourage the children to develop their speaking and listening skills. Volunteers work in child care centres with children from 1-6 years old to help develop their concentration and gain classroom experience to give them the skills they will need when they start school. Volunteers will be involved in:
In the afternoons volunteers work as team alongside Community Education volunteers to run after-school activities at local children’s homes and a disabled school for children aged between 3-16 years old. Volunteers will organise sessions which can include:
During your first week you will have daily Hindi lessons and a tour of the main attractions in Udaipur (including the Monsoon Palace and Jain Temple).
Volunteers normally work for 5 days a week and get weekends off. Generally volunteers work 6 hours per day.
There are normally 1-4 volunteers taking part in the child care project at any one time and volunteers work alongside the local team.
Some volunteers choose to combine the different volunteer roles while in India.
Pod is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults - please see our Child and Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy.
All volunteers are required to have a criminal records check, which we will arrange with you.
This project is closed between the 15 May - 24 June 2017 and 13 May - 24 June 2018.
Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our India Child Care reviews.
Volunteers provide essential assistance to support the underfunded and understaffed nurseries, children’s homes and schools, in an effort to improve the support and education levels of children in the city of Udaipur. Volunteers are able to draw on their own experiences to organise and run fun new games and creative activities for the children.
Volunteers work with the local team to visit community projects and encourage children to attend the day care centres, volunteers also act as positive role models for the children.
“Without our volunteers we wouldn’t be able to achieve our goals and help those underprivileged communities, as our work completely depends on our volunteers' involvement...together we can provide support to the less privileged people of India to develop the knowledge and skills which will assist them in leading positive and independent lives..." Ravi, Founder
The project that you will join in India provides continuous assistance to day care centres, children’s homes and schools which have limited funding and resources. The children’s homes provide care for children who would otherwise be on the streets. The homes not only provide the children with food and shelter but also allow the children to develop life skills and further their education to help to give them the best possible start in life.
The day care centres provide care and health support to low income families in the community. Many children are often left to fend for themselves or look after younger siblings while their parents work 12 hour days. The day care centres provide a safe, supported environment for the children to learn and play, they are also provided with a nutritious meal.
The project is based on the outskirts of Udaipur, which is a colourful Indian city with palaces and temples surrounded by mountains and with two lakes at its centre.
Volunteers live in a family guesthouse alongside the local team. Each bedroom has its own bathroom. You share a room with up to 3 other volunteers. Rooms are allocated on a single-sex basis. The accommodation is simple but clean and has a TV room, dining room, kitchen, resources and lesson planning area and has Wi-Fi.
You can easily organise yoga, cooking, dance or henna classes when you arrive at the volunteer accommodation which are a great way to learn about Indian culture. The area is a fantastic base from which to explore India, with the Taj Mahal easily accessible you could choose to visit it on your weekends off.
Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa, criminal records check. Budgeting guidance is provided in our Volunteering Guide which we will email you when you apply.
|2 weeks||£665||GB Pounds|
|Extra weeks||£125||GB Pounds|
Fees in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com
Discount - For volunteers combining two or more of our projects in India
children supported by the child care project
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“It is the perfect way to experience a new culture whilst helping to improve the lives of children who really benefit from the work you do with them. The co-ordinators at the project were amazing.”Read more volunteer reviews
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