This is a fantastic project for anyone interested in contributing to the lives of children with learning difficulties in a country packed with natural beauty.
In recent years the Government of
India has changed various policies and laws to enable young people with
disabilities to receive education. However, conflicting goals and a lack of
clarity still affect disabled young people’s experiences and outcomes of
According to the India office of the World Bank, Indian children with disabilities are five and a half times more likely to be out of school than non-disabled children. Those who do attend school rarely progress beyond the primary school level. Currently, 52% of adults with disabilities are illiterate, compared to 35% amongst the general Indian population. In India 74% of people with physical impairments are unemployed.
People with disabilities face many barriers within and outside the Indian school system.
As a volunteer on the PMGY India Disabled Children Programme you will be assisting on a project founded by a former PMGY volunteer. Isabella School was founded in 2013 and now provides support to seven children with special needs. Lack of awareness combined with the limited access to special needs resources has left many disabled people in India without the care they desperately need. Isabella School aims to give the children the best opportunity in life they can have. As funding and volunteer support increases, we will continue to welcome more students to the school.
Isabella School has two hired teachers, all additional support is provided by PMGY volunteers. The daily activities include story telling, physical exercise, basic life skill lessons, singing songs and games to get the children to interact with each other. Volunteers with the relevant experience can carry out physiotherapy and speech therapy sessions under the guidance of the local teacher. The sessions take place in a medium sized room located a short walk from the PMGY Volunteer House. This is a truly inspirational experience where your efforts will be met with appreciation and warmth by all staff and children.
Each child has their own file, so that we can monitor feedback and work with families to continue their children’s development outside of the classroom. The children receive homework from time to time, such as learning about basic hygiene.
If you wish to use this volunteer placement as part of your college/university degree course, we can happily provide and sign any documentation your educational facility may require.
IN & AROUND FARIDABAD
PMGY volunteers are based in Faridabad, a satellite city of Delhi located In the National Capital Region (NCR) of New Delhi. Just 25km from Delhi, volunteers are far enough away to enjoy a quieter setting (by Indian standards!) but close enough to absorb all the magic, mystery and mayhem that Delhi has to offer.
Faridabad is a comfortable, well-connected location to live and work in. There are a few tourist spots worth a visit such as: Baba Farid’s tomb (its believed Faridabad was named after him); Badhkal Lake and Raja Nahar Singh Palace. There are also some interesting temples and local parks for you to visit as well as markets and shopping malls, including a cinema if you fancy going to see some Bollywood flicks!
Our participants are situated in a great location to explore the local sites and also travel further afield.
Delhi is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and home to 25 million people. Despite this it is a relatively easy city to find your way around in and made infinitely easier by its gleaming, cheap and efficient metro. The city is split into two parts: Old Delhi, a 17th Century walled city with narrow alleys, constant traffic and main tourist sites and the spacious, planned areas of New Delhi.
Old Delhi is littered with the relics of lost empires such as the imposing Mughal-era Red Fort, a symbol of India, and the sprawling Jama Masjid mosque, the largest in India, whose courtyard accommodates 25,000 people! Nearby is Chandni Chowk, the main street of Old Delhi and a vibrant bazaar filled with food carts, sweets shops and spice stalls.
The magical allure of the Taj Mahal draws tourists to Agra like moths to a wondrous flame. Widely considered to be the most beautiful building in the world, despite the hype, it is every bit as good as you’ve heard.
The Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan as a memorial to his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. The death of Mumtaz left the emperor so heartbroken that his hair is said to have turned grey virtually overnight. Construction of the Taj began the following year but the whole complex was not completed until 1653, 22 years later. Not long after it was finished Shah Jahan was overthrown by his son Aurangzeb and imprisoned in Agra Fort where, for the rest of his days, he could only gaze out at his creation through a window. Following his death in 1666, Shah Jahan was buried here alongside Mumtaz.
JAIPUR - 'PINK CITY'
Jaipur, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the ‘Pink City’ for its trademark building colour in the wonderful old city. This buzzing metropolis is certainly a place of wild contrasts and is a feast for the eyes. Vegetable-laden camel carts thread their way through streets jam-packed with cars, cows, rickshaws, bicycles, motorcycles and pedestrians frantically dodging the incessant traffic!
On-arrival into Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi (DEL) you will be met at arrivals by one of PMGY’s appointed and trusted drivers who will speak a decent level of English. They will be holding a PMGY sign. It is advised that volunteers purchase a PMGY volunteer t-shirt and wear it on their flight, as this makes it easier for us to identify you at the airport.
Once you’ve located the driver, they will introduce themselves to you and drive you straight to the Volunteer House where you will be staying. The journey takes around 1 to 1.5 hours. On-arrival at the Volunteer House, you will be met by one of our local coordinators and your fellow volunteers.
All volunteers live in a Volunteer House accommodation in Faridabad during their time on the programme. Volunteers are housed with a wonderful host family who coordinate our projects in India. The Volunteer House is large, clean, and has all essential facilities you need. Volunteers have their own separate living quarters, but still have regular interaction with our local coordinator and his family. This accommodation setup offers volunteers the unique experience of living with lots of other volunteers as well as getting the cultural immersion of staying with a host family. It really is the best of both worlds!
You will share a room with fellow volunteers (sometimes rooms are mixed gender). All bathrooms have western toilets and showers. Wi-Fi is available free of charge, although it is intermittent. There are facilities for volunteers to hand-wash and dry their clothes. A laundry service is also available for a nominal fee. You will find all the amenities you require such as supermarkets, pharmacies, and banks etc all within walking distance of the Volunteer House.
During the summer months, we run multiple Volunteer Houses as we receive a high number of volunteers during this period. All Volunteer Houses are of similar quality and are located within a short drive of each other. A member of the PMGY team will live at the house to support volunteers, prepare meals, and manage the upkeep of the house.
You will be provided with three meals a day. All meals are freshly prepared and made up of vegetarian ingredients. Furthermore, most meals are typical Indian dishes, although pasta and other such western dishes are prepared every now and then. If you are not a huge lover of spicy food don’t worry, there will always be a more mild option available!
Volunteers are advised to notify our local team if the food is not to their taste who will aim to adjust the food appropriately.
* Please inform us in your application if you have any specific dietary requirements.