Orphanages in Thiruvananthapuram

#1 Jul 31st, 2013, 06:15
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I'm thinking of volunteering at an orphanage in Thiruvananthapuram. Does anyone know of any? Thanks!
#2 Jul 31st, 2013, 06:57
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Hmm - I appreciate your good intentions, but can we explore this further?

How long do you have to volunteer? What skills do you have to volunteer?. The reasons for asking - well, if you can't make some kind of substantial time commitment, you're not helping. If you don't have any particular skills, and you're offering just a pair of hands, well, you're not helping. Give cash instead.

Having understood that, knock yourself out:








If you have time and skills that might be applied in another setting:


The desire to engage with the world is laudable, as is the desire to volunteer. But we need to tread more carefully. Unless we have time and transferable skills, we might do better to travel, trade and spend money in developing countries. The rapid growth of "voluntourism" is like the rapid growth of the aid industry: salving our own consciences without fully examining the consequences for the people we seek to help. All too often, our heartfelt efforts to help only make matters worse.
Oh, and there is an obligation to tell you that you "can't" volunteer on a tourist visa.
#3 Aug 1st, 2013, 05:18
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Thanks for the links DrRudi! I will be in India for 6 months and am happy to set aside a chunk of time to volunteer provided I can do something which benefits the local community and interests me. I have worked with non-profits before and frequently donate money but this time it is important to me that I work face to face with people. I have skills in IT/computers as well as some public health experience (mainly in the mental health sector). Your point is well taken. Volunteering in a orphanage is a bit cliche and that point is not lost on me. But I would like to do something akin to it. How would you recommend I approach this so that I can be most effective?
#4 Aug 1st, 2013, 13:56
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I think, since almost all education in India requires English, but disadvantaged children don't know the language, I think volunteers who interact with kids (in English) actually help their educational prospects. People learn languages mostly by communicating in them, so just interacting with the kids probably helps them.

Also, having more volunteers come into an organisation and spend a significant time there helps keep a check on organisations. At least, some volunteers will post or blog about the host organisation and the information will be out there online.

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