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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Kirsty
9/10

Skilled Impact provided us with so much support from the beginning until the end of the placement. Help was provided with logistical things such as taking us from
the airport to the accommodation as well as in helping us develop a cultural understanding of the city and providing information about travelling opportunities. For example, after a recommendation from Anna, the other volunteers and I travelled to Hampi, Karnataka for a weekend break where we got to see a range of different temples and monkeys. Similarly, if any minor issues arose from the placement, we all felt very comfortable to contact Skilled Impact, who were more than happy to provide any advice and supported us in finding solutions. The ability to tailor both the work placement and the leisure time to my own interests during the stay helped me to achieve as much as I could during my seemingly short month-long stay in Hyderabad.

How can this program be improved?
Greater scope to tailor the internship to skills/ interests of the participants
Yes, I recommend this program
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Livia
9/10

Volunteering with Skilled Impact was a very enriching experience that I would warmly recommend to anyone looking for a way to support positive change in society. During one month, I worked for the partner organization Surge Impact, helping them to develop a digital marketing strategy. One month is only a short time and I would have stayed longer if I could, but it was one intense month during which I learned a lot. Working in a startup environment with Surge Impact's great team is an incredible opportunity to learn more about social entrepreneurship while actually contributing to it. Also, many of my friends and family thought I was crazy to go to India on my own as a girl, but I did not feel unsafe for a single moment. Hyderabad is a nice city to live in and the people from Skilled and Surge Impact (and the other locals) are very friendly and supportive. Volunteering here is a great way to help in an impactful organization while fully experiencing the Indian culture and developing yourself.

Yes, I recommend this program
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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