I study at an international high school in Pune, India, and my school has Travel Week for one week in March, during which we are encouraged to travel around India. Due to some personal reasons, I had to stay near Delhi during that time, so I thought it might be a good time to volunteer at a Non-Government Organization because I enjoy helping people and being with kids. I knew I would love the volunteer work.
I decided to volunteer with AIM Abroad because of the good feedback they got online. One very special thing I noticed was that instead of staying in a dormitory, volunteers of AIM Abroad stay with host families, which is very unique. Also, AIM Abroad provided volunteers with a variety of options, ranging from Medical Volunteering to Teaching Program, and you are able to try different programs out before you finally decide what you want to do. For example, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to volunteer at the orphanage or teach at the street school, so I tried out the orphanage the first afternoon and went to the street school the second day, then decided the main focus to be teaching at the street school. Since it’s a rather small organization, AIM is pretty flexible about your plan, and it is also easy to talk to Kranti, the program coordinator, about what you would like to do.