Volunteering with Manav Sadhna in Ahmedabad
txk.dave
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| txk.dave

Volunteering with Manav Sadhna in Ahmedabad

I am considering volunteering with Manav Sadhna (associated with the Gandhi Ashram) in Ahmedabad for 6 months starting in March 2014. All the things I have read about this organization seems to fit in with everything I would look for in a volunteer position.

I would be living in their guest house, so my accommodation would be covered. They provide the lunch meal. So my expenses would be minimum.

I was just wondering if anyone in this group knows anything about this organization first hand. Either by having visited with them or even volunteered with them.

I would appreciate any comments, either positive or negative.

Thanks so much,
David

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| Gone.

Originally posted by: txk.dave View Post

I am considering volunteering with Manav Sadhna (associated with the Gandhi Ashram) in Ahmedabad for 6 months starting in March 2014. All the things I have read about this organization seems to fit in with everything I would look for in a volunteer position.


Hi David, by reputation you are on safe ground. They are also registered in the US and they have hosted Fulbright Scholarship holders - they must be on the level.

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/201.../06/211022.htm

I doubt you'll get much direct response here, but if you read through some of the blog links attached, I think you'll get a fair sense of the organisation. Hope this helps.

http://schoolreformed.wordpress.com/...ith-the-heart/

http://www.thenewconstructs.com/stor...My&pageid=Mw==

http://mitpsc.mit.edu/blog/2013/01/1...-to-ahmedabad/

http://evenmonkscarrycellphones.word...-in-ahmedabad/

http://ahiglobal.wordpress.com/2013/...n-indian-slum/
Gone.
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| Member

I was there!

Hi David,

I read your message and I'm glad to reply you because I was in the same situation as you before my trip to Manav Sadhna. I stayed there the last summer (2013) for three weeks in august and I promise you that is the best place you could choose for your volunteering!

I can describe it in some words, but you know that the feelings and the experiences there with indian people are not possible to explain it!

The center has the main building and some other buildings in the middle of the slums, so you'll work in those places face to face with slum children. They are kindly and always smiling, you will see. The staff are proficient and all of them join Manav Sadhna spirit, so they work together for the same porpuse. Obviously you will find diferent personalities and behaviours... as same as in every place, business, group, etc. I found that a lot of programms are developed in a very good way and some others whitch need more attention and organization, but in general they do a very good job for the people.

I stayed in ladies' house and it was clean, save and with all the needs covered, I don't know boys' house but I supose that is the same. It's good to know that indian people from the neighbourhood and from Ahmedabad in general they know Gandhi Ashram and they respect a lot their job, so if you say that you are volunteering there, people will take care of you everywhere.

Finally, you have to know that indian rithm is diferent from other countries and they work slower than us they take their time for everything, so don't be angry or nervious if they spend one week showing you the center and deciding witch activities you will do, this is normal and at the end you will enjoy this calm to apreciate you journey there.

If you need more information please ask me, I hope you enjoy it as same as I did!

Alba
#4
| txk.dave
Alba,

thanks so much for your personal input. i had been looking for a place in india to volunteer with for several months. i did a lot of research on the internet, and nothing seemed to have the fit i was looking for. then i accidentally found information about manav sadhna. as soon as i started reading about it, i realized that this was the place for me. i liked the fact that it wasn't there for volunteers that wanted to be more tourist than volunteer. i wanted a place that was dealing with the day to day life of people that could actually use a partner in their activities. i just turned 60 years old - i don't need others catering to me. i like the fact that i don't know what i will be doing there - i am looking at it as an opportunity to expand my own limits as well as helping others the best way i can.

over the years i have traveled around the world. india was always on my list, but things just never worked out to get there. the one time i had plans on visiting, i came down with a bout of malaria after a 3 week trekking trip in central Africa. but now i have the opportunity and i am looking forward to it. some things are just meant to be.

i am leaving out of Houston, texas and flying into Mumbai at the end of February. spending a few days there, then taking the train up to Ahmedabad. that will give me a few days to get over the jet lag and adjust to the heat. will be there until mid September.

would like to stay in touch with you, if you are interested. is there a way to give out an email address without posting it on here?

p.s. I am intending to bring my laptop and Ipad with me to use with the kids. is there electrical power access at manav sadhna where you interact with the kids? i would much rather use that than using up my battery power. i know they have Wi-Fi access during the day. is the wifi access satisfactory for accessing things like youtube videos?


thanks so much for replying,
David
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| Member

Manav sadhna

Hey Albinya!

I am going to volunteer at MS in August. Wanted to ask which visa did you have? is it necessary to have an employment visa?

Thanks
Shilpa





Originally posted by: Albinya View Post

Hi David,

I read your message and I'm glad to reply you because I was in the same situation as you before my trip to Manav Sadhna. I stayed there the last summer (2013) for three weeks in august and I promise you that is the best place you could choose for your volunteering!

I can describe it in some words, but you know that the feelings and the experiences there with indian people are not possible to explain it!

The center has the main building and some other buildings in the middle of the slums, so you'll work in those places face to face with slum children. They are kindly and always smiling, you will see. The staff are proficient and all of them join Manav Sadhna spirit, so they work together for the same porpuse. Obviously you will find diferent personalities and behaviours... as same as in every place, business, group, etc. I found that a lot of programms are developed in a very good way and some others whitch need more attention and organization, but in general they do a very good job for the people.

I stayed in ladies' house and it was clean, save and with all the needs covered, I don't know boys' house but I supose that is the same. It's good to know that indian people from the neighbourhood and from Ahmedabad in general they know Gandhi Ashram and they respect a lot their job, so if you say that you are volunteering there, people will take care of you everywhere.

Finally, you have to know that indian rithm is diferent from other countries and they work slower than us they take their time for everything, so don't be angry or nervious if they spend one week showing you the center and deciding witch activities you will do, this is normal and at the end you will enjoy this calm to apreciate you journey there.

If you need more information please ask me, I hope you enjoy it as same as I did!

Alba

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