CommonWeal's most visited and oldest project is the Bodhi Tree School, located in Shripur Village, in one of the poorest areas of Bihar, five kilometers from our volunteer house. The school educates and feeds approximately three-hundred young students from surrounding villages. Volunteers will have the opportunity to teach, mentor and get to know these children over the course of their stay. The school's non-traditional, ground-up approach has met with astonishing success. Literacy rates in Shripur Village are now approaching 90% and attendance at the school has grown steadily, along with our volunteer capacity.
Volunteerism is essential to our educational model: we believe that constant exposure to new modes of thought and problem solving fosters in students a flexibility that will aid them in their later pursuits, and provide them with sustainable upward mobility. We invite individuals from India and abroad to participate in our community and change lives.