Skilled Impact, skills-based volunteering abroad in India including professional placement, internships and medical electives.

Skilled Impact

About

We are a socially responsible volunteer organisation with a difference - offering skilled volunteer placements in India that have a long term impact. Our placements, internships and electives provide individuals with the opportunity to share their skills and work alongside local organisations that are making an impact in their communities. As a Skilled Impact volunteer you will embark on a unique adventure - you won't be a tourist, but experiencing life a local, whilst staying in the fastest growing city in India. You'll have the opportunity to develop your cross cultural working and problem solving skills and gain practical experience to help you with your career development. This is not just a one off experience, the impact on others and yourself will last long after your placement. Are you ready to take take on a new challenge and do something different?

Founded
2017
Headquarters

1 Hillcroome Rd
Sutton
Surrey
SM2 5EL
United Kingdom

Reviews

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Joshua
10/10

After completing a three-month Rural teaching fellowship through Skilled Impact, I stayed on to do their Social Entrepreneurship placement in Hyderabad. Having recently finished a conceptual degree programme the placement was the perfect way to move away from abstract learning and into the very real and fast-paced social entrepreneurial world.
The dynamic nature of business accelerators and the friendliness of the organisation made for an extremely flexible and continuously changing placement that gave me the opportunity to work in many areas depending on my interests or skillsets.
The organisation has an active presence in India’s social entrepreneurial community and involves itself in conferences, networking events and other groups which is very exciting to be part of and means you’re not confined to an office. During my placement I found myself on a four-day trip to India’s West coast for a Women’s entrepreneurs conference which was very interesting.
Having come straight out of University and with little knowledge of the space I came away with a much greater understanding of social entrepreneurship and its potential for social change. This, along with a number of transferable skills and an enhanced CV.
I found Hyderabad to be a modern and vibrant city with a huge amount going on. There are countless workshops, meet-ups, sport clubs and social groups to join and a vast natural India to explore beyond Hyderabad. Skilled Impact was a supportive and professional organisation and particularly good at settling me into Hyderabad and connecting me with people or organisations that I may find interesting.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Joseph
10/10

This was an incredible experience, enhanced by the organisers' enthusiasm and knowledge. The activities were great and I thoroughly recommend it to any school group visisting the area as it allows the students to discver the culture, ways of life and issues while at the same time being able to visit the area and discover India. The town itself and the accomodations were amazing, and coming from France the environment could not have been different, so I really appreciate this program which made my first trip to India a memorable one!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Ursule
8/10

My first visit to India was made so much more interesting by this program that introduced us straight away to some of the history, traditions and customs of the country. It was overall very enriching to learn about social issues but also what is being done about them. The staff was very welcoming, while the overall experience was very enjoyable and memorable. I would definitely recommend it to any students or visitors eager to discover India.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Joshua
10/10

I have just completed a similar three month teaching placement with Skilled Impact, working in an underprivileged Social Welfare school outside of Hyderabad. I chose the organisation for their emphasis on volunteerism and not 'voluntourism' and the nature of the placement which seemed to give me a higher level of challenge and responsibility than other volunteer organisations. The teaching placement was an immersive experience that gave me the opportunity to teach extra-curricular English where there was a strong need. Skilled Impact differs from other organisations here that are volunteer-oriented, focusing on profit or the 'experience' of the volunteer rather than the work's recipients. They are a professional and supportive organisation and Anna, the Managing Director, has been great to work with throughout.
Now, having just completed the three month placement I have decided to stay on with the organisation to do their Social Entrepreneurship Internship!

Yes, I recommend this program
Katy
10/10

On coming to India I was most worried about the unknown. Having never travelled to India before I didn't know what to expect in terms of of the culture and the work. I soon realised that there was nothing to worry about. All the staff were very receptive and friendly. We had lots of support from Madhavi, founder of Anaya therapy centre, who I am looking forward to having an ongoing relationship with. I enjoyed seeing even the small changes at Ananya and showing staff that learning language is fun.

Anna from Skilled Impact eased my mind before heading out and was very helpful in answering lots of questions, and skyped with us before leaving.

Without a doubt the trip was a worthwhile experience if just to meet Madhavi who is a very inspirational lady. She taught me that no matter what obstacles are in your way, if you want to achieve something then anything is possible. I am now going home much more confident having learnt that I am able to adapt quickly to different working environments. Whilst my time in India may have had its challenges, you will find it a very rewarding experience that you will not regret. Whatever your concerns, embrace this opportunity.

Yes, I recommend this program