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