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SMILE Society, India

Care Assistant for Street children

International youth volunteers are welcome to teach, help, play, distribute food to the street children living around Kolkata city.

General Information

India is 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 and villages to the big cities and most of these families are living in a very poorly condition at slums or on street corners like insects. Normal societies are so busy to deal with their personal daily problems, so have little time for these unfortunate people. 

Often these families bring their children to help them in begging, household work, rag picking activities, even some girls been forcibly thrown  to the dark life of prostitution. So it is really a shame of the so called civilised societies. 

We have got our few programs for these unfortunate street children at the different locations of big cities. Now there are opportunities available to help and support these unfortunate girls and mothers of the street children in and around Kolkata (ccu) city. Our target to bring smile on ever mother too with their children. 

About the Program

Most important target of the program is to bring smile among these children and provide confidence and moral support to them .Volunteers would use different ways of informal education technique to present a unique and attractive way of education programs for these kids . 

All volunteers would go through orientation on arrival and two local language session during this camp. Volunteers would also help local coordinator in other activities like giving shower, food distribution, organizing drama, story telling and entertainment games for the children. The whole camp would be run under the supervision of very experienced local project coordinator. 

The Location

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. 

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups

Typical day

Example Daily Schedule

Wake up early morning: 6 am

Breakfast: 6:30 am ( required to prepaired by own)

Project hour : As per project In charge. 

Lunch at 1:30-2  p.m 

Late afternoon: 4pm - 5pm, laundry time for volunteers

Workshop and next day plan preparation: 5:30-6:30pm 

Evening : 6:30 -7  PM ; cultural exchange, yoga/language learning session.

Dinner : 7:30 pm ( volunteers required help themselves in serving, washing )

Exit door would be closed: After 8 pm; No one allowed to go out or come in the accommodation after 8 pm everyday including weekends

Bed time: 9:30 

** Please remember that  program 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 every volunteers**

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Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
English at School level level
Required Documents
Passport and Visa copy with 4 recent photos
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Ready to get hands dirty.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 06:30 - 13:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at SMILE Society, India are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

Weekends are free for volunteers .Volnteers can explore city centre ,visit monuments in the city or go for visiting around .Kolkata is situated very close to mountain,sea and forest.so it would always be a time to visit any of these places during weekends. 

SMILE members can give more advices if needed. If volunteers comes in a group then organization can organize special trip package by reliable travel partners.

Concert/Music
Safari/Zoo
Museum/Opera
Sports
Yoga/Meditation

Included Services

What's included?
  • 3 meals
  • Shared dorm room at local host family
  • Airport pickup
  • In-country transportation during project time
  • Orientation
  • Workshop
  • Local language training
  • In-country support
Airport Pickup

Airport Pickup provided between 6 am to 6 pm on same day subject to prior arrival details available, All volunteers are requested to find near by hotel in cas arriving after 6 pm. Next pickup can be organised on next day 6am from Airport exit gate 4A at terminal 2 of Kolkata Airport ( CCU) . Hotel pickup only available if volunteer stays within 3 km distance of Airport area, otherwise requested to arrive at Airport area by next mornings no at 6 am. 

Accommodation

Host family shared room: 2-20 members in a room with common toilet. Be ready for basic and simple living at local Indian family with the other volunteers and local members.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

3 meals and drinking mineral water are included. Food is prepared but volunteers meters assistance to clean the dining place,serving and other services are welcome. Vegitarian food also available .

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$500.00
5 weeks
$539.00
7 weeks
$732.00
9 weeks
$925.00
16 weeks (max. stay)
$1,500.00
Average fees
$109.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Kolkata/India between 4 weeks and 16 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. SMILE Society, India will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with SMILE Society, India during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in India

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for India. Please check the visa regulations for India.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in India and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in India.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in India.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is Netaji Subhas Chandra (CCU) in Kolkata. We assist you to find cheap flights to India.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for India provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in India you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for India.
Free-time
What can you do in leisure-time in India while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Madhyamgram, 700129 Kolkata, India

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