Sealdah is the main rail station of Kolkata (one of the India’s Old city) where nearly 300 street children are living with or without their families. Lack of food, education, and medical facilities in their desperate lives is the root of all problems. Due to the lack of jobs, the hopeless people here have involved in various illegal activities whereas the poor children have engaged themselves in different types of work like daily labor, house servant, porter, Van puller and many other types of legal and illegal jobs. These hopeless and desperate people are looking for outside help. Although local organizations here are trying to support them but as they have shortage of funds and resources, they are not able to attain their goal. GWC has thus partnered with such local (non-profit) organizations to help them in supporting those needy people and street children. We need more and more young and energetic participants for this heartwarming project. Together with your help, we can give a new lease of life to these poor people and help them move closer to a more enjoyable life.
GWC Volunteers can help teach English to these kids, along with the local non profit organization can help cleaning the place, washing and cooking for these kids. You may also introduce fun filled games and activities like drama, painting, dance and music to these kids so that the enjoyment factor can set in. You may also impart knowledge in skills like sewing, tailoring, IT related, beautician and photography or any other skills to the local youth so that they become self dependent. This will be a lifetime experience to the volunteers who would get to help the children and community and will also develop good bonding with co participating volunteers coming from different international cultures. Volunteers may also take a break from charity and visit some nearby attractions to have some relaxing fun moments. Join hands with GWC and help poor street children live life with a smile and dignity. Little gestures of help and care offered by you will brighten up the lives of these poor kids.
Typically you are expected to work for about 4 to 6 hours a day; however if you wish to put in more working hours in the interest of needy you are welcome. A typical working day begins after breakfast at 8:30 am till 11 am and after lunch at 1:30 pm to 3:30pm. It is highly recommended that you work with other project closely to adjust better and maximize the impact.
Day 1: Arrival at Kolkata (CCU) Airport, from where you will be taken to your respective accommodation. At GWC office, you will be introduced to our staff. Your 1st day will be a rest day, so that you can easily recover and refresh yourself after a long journey.
Day 2: You will be welcomed at GWC India Office, where you will be given a short introduction about of GWC. You will also be introduced about the local people, local conditions, local language & culture, host family, safety & climate and socio – political issues.
Day 3: You will leave for the project site where you will get to meet with the local villagers and will be introduced to the project and the working environment.
Day 4 – 9: Work at Project Location (Please refer Project Overview & Project Work for details).
Day 10: This is the time to relax and refresh by taking a tour to village site, interact with locales, staff and your fellow volunteers. You will visit and explore various sightseeing spots and will get to have lots of fun. After dinner in the evening, you can have more fun when you join cultural program performed by local community people which is always a visual treat.
Day 11-12: Project work (Assisting Street Children and Poor People) continues.
Day 13: Explore the beautiful places of India along with fellow participants who all are of almost of your own age. This will enhance the bonding among the participants.
Day 14: Completion of project, final experience synthesis and Farewell program will be conducted at the end. This is a wonderful platform to the participants to recall and share important experiences and lessons learnt. During this, a short program of certificate distribution will also take place. Once the program is over, the group of volunteers (youth participants) will leave for departure for their respective destinations.
GWS partner organizations at India will arrange and manage your accommodation, food and supervision while you work in a project. During the work camp, your accommodation and food would be made accessible in a house designed according to the Asian traditions which you would fall in love with. You’ll be served 3 (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) Indian meals a day including local delicacies like rice, bread, and vegetable. The meal might be cooked by a group of volunteers with the support of local staff. Although a beautiful, warm and friendly place, you should not expect luxurious treatment or accommodations because we ideally want you to feel and experience the real local Indian culture and lifestyle closely.