• India
    • Kolkata
1 to 12 weeks

Program Details

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Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Apartment Guesthouse Host Family Hostel Hotel
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30) Large Group (31+)
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Starting Price
Price Details
All programmes have a registration fee (from US$100) on top of the programme fee
Includes accommodation, airport pick up, breakfast, lunch and local transportation.

What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers SIM cards Some Accommodation Some Activities Some Meals Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Domestic Airfare Equipment Travel Insurance Visa
Jul 30, 2019
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About Program

Ek Tara began its journey in 2011 with a small group of children and women from impoverished families in the slums of Topsia and Tiljala with a vision to provide high-quality holistic education to enable community transformation. Starting with just 20 odd beneficiaries, Ek Tara now has 950 children attending classes, who are given school uniforms and a daily nutritious meal, as well as 75 women in the Vocational Training programme. Over 95% of the children and women under Ek Tara belong to the minority community. Most of them are migrants from the neighboring state of Bihar who settled here for better job prospects when the tanneries were fully functional. However, the government crackdown on tanneries operating within city limits, and with most getting relocated outside the Green Belt, resulted in mass unemployment and poverty. Today, these workers earn a paltry living as either daily wage labourers or by working as cheap labour in make-shift leather shoe sole units.

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Program Highlights

  • 1-12 week options
  • Affordable programme fees
  • Hands-on experience with the local culture

Program Impact

Volunteers can work on varying fields at Ek Tara. They have the opportunity to teach, conduct workshops on health, hygiene and nutrition. Help out within the community. Be a part of our mobile school and as well other engage in different activities such as photography, teach languages, dance, music, graphic designing etc.

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