SMILE Society, India

Street Girls Empowerment

Kolkata, India show on map

Non-profit | SMILE Society, India

Exciting volunteering opportunities in India for international volunteers to help SMILE NGO to bring a smile to the most neglected girl children living on the street.

Do you like to help SMILE NGO to bring a smile to the most neglected girl children living on the street. 

Work type: Teaching spoken English,beautician training ,art and craft training

The project

This project is all about bringing smile to all underprivileged refugee grown up girls from the downtrodden families of Kolkata. Providing informal basic education like english teaching, hygiene, basic health care, family planning education, playing, organising entertainment program, food distribution for these girl children of this downtrodden community would be the main target of the volunteers in this camp. Helping girls from the underprivileged community( mostly refugees) of India to get basic education, vocational and hygienic training etc. Daily more than 200+ families receiving support at our different centres around.

Volunteer work

Most important target of the project is to bring smile among these children and provide confidence and moral support to them. Volunteer would use different way of informal education technique to present a unique and attractive way of education programs for these kids. Most of these kids speaks local Bengali / Hindi language but they are very smart and intelligent. So teaching them with the support of local coordinator would not be so difficul, ,just little bit of patience and involvement can solve this problem easily. 

All volunteers would go through orientation on arrival and local language session during this camp. There would also be a workshop every evening when volunteers would prepare the next day lesson plan of action. 

For mothers informal vocational training and basic English teaching would be helpful. Volunteers would also help local coordinator in other activities like giving shower food distribution, organising drama, story telling and entertainment games for the children. The whole camp would be run under the supervision of very experienced local project coordinator.

Saturday and Sunday would be free days when volunteers can take rest or tour around the city or near by places. More over if anyone get a chance to live with the local host family then that brings extra bonus to any traveller. 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. SMILE society always tries to give international volunteers a big scope to know about the local communities and understand the family environment. Smile Society (ngo) had started their activities since 2003 !
 

Typical day

Example Daily Schedule: Wake up early morning: 6 am

Breakfast: 6:30 am ( self service)

Work : 3-4 hours during week days,Exact work schedule would be delivered with infosheet.

Late afternoon:3pm - 6 pm workshop 

Dinner : 7 :30pm ( 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
 
** Please remember that programme 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 everyone to participate and contribute **

Details on Arrival

Anytime. 

Free-time activities

Volunteers are Free during weekends. They can travel city centre and around. 

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.

Safari/Zoo
Museum/Opera
Yoga/Meditation

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
Education Requirements
N. A at High school level
Required Documents
CV, passport and background check report
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Flexibility, patience, hard work
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Included Services

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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

Host family dorm shared Accommodation with common toilet,  3 meals(breakfast, lunch and dinner) , training, material, language classes, orientation, Airport pickup (6am-6pm),limited wifi. 

Airport Pickup at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport

On arrival between 6am-6pm on same day or next day morning. 

Accommodation

Shared accommodation 2-4 volunteers in any single room (bunk bed & common toilet western type) 

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

3 meals(breakfast, lunch and dinner)  from local host family. Foods are Indian cuisine mostly vegetarian. 

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)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$550.00
5 weeks
$631.00
6 weeks
$713.00
7 weeks
$794.00
8 weeks
$875.00
9 weeks
$956.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,200.00
Average fees
$119.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Kolkata/India between 4 weeks and 12 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 Bazar Road

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