SMILE Society, India

Cultural Tour and Community Work

Kolkata, India show on map

Non-profit | SMILE Society, India

Do you wish to explore India and learn about Indian culture and tradition while living at local host family and helping SMILE NGO in good causes. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
It is a great cultural experience while doing volunteering service for community children from the street. Volunteers will given different task as per following schedule given below. It is an unique opportunity for short term travellers to explore the part the beautiful Kolkata city while be a part of good causes to enrich their knowledge and make a small contribution to the society during their trip. Be volunteer not a tourist is the main slogan of the programme. 

Main Accommodation at  Madhyamgram (8 away from Kolkata Airport) based local host family. It is a peaceful suburb with all the facilities. Other days if required night stay would be at other guest house or hotel on shared basis. 

Volunteers Responsibility : Volunteers would be guide by local experienced members during the project on everyday basis. During the voluntary work target would be mainly Street Children Teaching and welfare at SMILE House India. Children age 3-14 years. Number of the children varies between days from 10-30. Apart from this prime target group there would activities like cleaning school building, organic Farming, painting at SMILE House based at Madhyamgram,  India. Volunteers would be given duties like care giving,  Teaching basic English (elementary level), hygiene, moral education, entertainment activities, art, craft etc. 



Tentative Schedule during the Programme :-
 
Day 1. Kolkata Airport pickup & transfer to the local host family at Madhyamgram. 
Day 2. Orientation, presentation & local language training at SMILE House India. 
Day 3. Guided Village tour and local Town trip with our local members. 
Day 4. A day with most neglected street kids and afternoon cultural exchange 
Day 5. Guided Kolkata City trip to discover main  monuments and heritages. 
Day 6. Interacting with the street children and their families. Helping children and girls living on the street. 
Day 7. A day to explore Indian temple and exciting Holi Ganges river safari in and around Kolkata city. 
Day 8. A day to paint and color Street children school building at SMILE House India. 
Day 9. A day to explore the  local city center mall for shopping and witnessing the urban city life. 
Day 10. Another day with the most neglected street children at their school. 
Day 11. A trip to discover rain forest and tiger reserve center Sundarban /Sea beach/Any Holi temple. It is one of UNESCO Heritage place. Stay over night at Sundarban hotel. (Subject to favorable weather and dates availability) Alternately Sea Beach trip /Holi Hindu temple trip would be organized with one night staying. 
Day 12. Visit around Sundarban/sea beach/Holi temple and later way back to host family at Madhyamgram. 
Day 13. A day of feast with Street children and dance, music to celebrate the farewell. Later at evening or as per schedule. 

Please remember that entry fees to all the monuments are extra. 

Typical day

Example Daily Schedule: 
 
Wake up early morning: 9 am
Breakfast: 9:30 am ( required to  prepaired by own)
Project hour : As per project In charge. 
Lunch at : 1-2 pm (on the way) 
Dinner : 7:30 pm ( volunteers required help themselves in serving ,washing )
After 8 pm exit door would be closed.No one allowed to go out or come in the accommodation after 8 pm everyday including weekends.
9:30 bed time
 
This schedule can be changed or altered if needed. 

Details on Arrival

3-15th of any month

Free-time activities

This project is a voluntary service cum tourism project. Volunteers get plenty of time to travel around. India is an amazing country with diverse 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 traveler .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. 

 

Sightseeing
Shopping/Souvenirs

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) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:00

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
SMILE Society, India (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by SMILE Society, India

3 veg meals, shared room, Limited wifi, transportation, airport pickup, language classes, yoga class, project training. 

During the trip every thing is included in the fees except the entry fees to the monuments, any special drinks or food, medical emergency. 

Airport Pickup at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport

6 am to 6 pm on any day. 

Accommodation

Shared room 2-10 volunteers with common toilet at local host family /guest house. 

Guest Family Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

3 veg meals with mineral water. 

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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport (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.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in India you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for India.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$500.00
2 weeks (max. stay)
$500.00
Average fees
$250.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Kolkata/India between 2 weeks and 2 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.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in India.
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.
  Asia Southern Asia India  Kolkata, Madhyamgram

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