Volunteering in India

#1 Aug 23rd, 2013, 08:19
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Hi, I am an Australian university student looking to volunteer in India teaching English for about two months. Can anyone recommend any decent volunteer programs?

So far I have come across positive reviews for Dakshinayan, Manav Sadhna and Sambhali Trust, and am really interested if people have any information/experience with these organisations.

Thanks in advance!

Rebecca
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Hi Rebecca,

Have you done TESOL?

Do you have a preference about which city or State in India you want to volunteer?

A couple of decisions / challenges you face:

1) To volunteer legally you need to be placed with a registered NGO, and apply for an employment visa, which means having arrangements stitched up before you leave.

2) Some of the "volunteer programs" - that is, pay to volunteer, can be very expensive.


I doubt that you'll get much a response here to your specific question; however by reputation all three are well regarded. Search the web for blog posts with those organisation names, and you will find individual opinions that way.

Good luck!
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another one, if i might suggest, is named pratham. You could send them a mail and see if they suit your preferences.

http://www.pratham.org/M-22-3-English-Program.aspx
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Rebecca,

One of the key Australian-based organisations is Projects Abroad (you've probably heard of them?). If you want a placement in southern India, they would be a good choice:

http://www.projects-abroad.com.au/de...ndia/teaching/


But as I noted above, going through a 'third party program' costs money, and you may be better to deal direct with the charity / NGO you are interested in.

Another that you might like to consider: http://ladli.org/HELP%20VOLUNTEER.htm


HelpX is short for Help Exchange. It's an online bulletin board where hosts all around the world put up notices for help required. The great thing about HelpX is the diversity of India volunteer opportunities on offer. You'll need to sign up to the website, and pay a membership fee, to be able to contact the listed hosts though. Depends if you see something that really takes your fancy.

http://www.helpx.net/hostlist.asp?ho...=981&network=9
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Thanks for the suggestions and advice!

I am thinking about doing a TEFL course through i-to-i in September but would welcome any other course recommendations.
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Originally Posted by Twinkles View Post Thanks for the suggestions and advice! I am thinking about doing a TEFL course through i-to-i in September but would welcome any other course recommendations.
Hi Rebecca - I really recommend doing TESOL, as a Certificate IV course. I haven't seen TEFL (per se) accredited at that level.

I don't know which city / State you are in, but you should be able to do a TESOL Cert IV no matter where you are. Sing out if you have problems finding one.

Or, indeed, if you have any other questions about India.


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