Street Children Volunteer India

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VWI Street children project
VWI Street children project
VWI Street children project
VWI Street children project
VWI Street children project
VWI Street children project
VWI Street children project
VWI Street children project
VWI Street children project
VWI Street children project

About

Would you like to do Volunteer Work With Children in India? If yes, you are in the right place; VWI offers you to work for one of our care project for the children which are found on Streets & are orphans in India.

The reason to starting this project is to the aim of helping and supporting the children in difficult circumstances especially runaways, orphans, and street children in Jaipur, India. It supports and provides community based rehabilitation. Most of these children are kidnapped by criminal gangs in India and forced into doing child labour, or they are left by their parents on railway station, bus stations, and next to traffic signals because of poverty.

Questions & Answers

Yes, you can come as group. We will make your accommodation together and offer you group discount prices.
When I went I had only just finished the Norwegian equivalent of high school the year before. So I went at the age of 19 with no higher education qualifications - so as far as I know you do not need any kind of degree, etc.

Reviews

98%
based on 20 reviews
  • Impact 9.7
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.8
  • Value 9.6
  • Safety 9.9
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Hilde
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A wonderful month in Jaipur!

My younger daughter, Tini and I were fortunate enough to be able to spend the month of April voulenteering for The working with Children Project, set up through the Voulenteering with india (VWI) Organization.
It was an amazing and humbling experience, which I will recommend for all those interested in getting to truly know India and in making a small difference.
Our main objective was to teach English, Maths and Art and Craft/life skills.
Teaching is a huge challenge given the difference in age range and the boys various degrees of education. Most did not speak a word of english either.
We were lucky to be 2 and found it useful to divide the boys into different groups in which we were able to adjust our teaching to better suit their needs.
We started our days with English, everyday repeating days of the week, which day is it today, yesterday, tomorrow. We worked with basic knowledge as the alfabet, colours, months, seasons, fruit, vegatables, parts of the body etc. We then connected these topics with the other subjects, which included drawing and colouring fruit and vegetables, give them a price, drawing money, setting up "stalls" where the boys had to be customers and merhants greeting eachother politely, buying and selling, working out change etc. We all really enjoyed this!
Some of the boys were really clever in maths solving all the work we could give them easily. Others had no experience at all and we worked on really basic numers and adding single figures. We played with dice and counted dots.
In Arts and Craft the skills were also very variable. We worked on simple shapes, put these together to make simple drawings. Sometimes we read stories which our intepreter translated to Hindi, then we made drawings on the blackboard connected to the story which the boys copied. We also drew typical scenes from the different seasons in our country, showed the pictures from Norway, which they had to copy, we talked about continents, countries and capital cities. We played board games and did jigsaws.
I will recomend to bring materials from home if at all possible. We managed to buy some materials in Jaipur, but found the supply was very limited. Paint, colours, scissors, rubbers, pencil sharpeners and definately items showing letters and numbers.- but also simple board games! Memory was a big winner! Anything suitable for indoor activity.
Most of all we tried to be there for the boys - tried to make them smile and laugh - praising their work and effort, trying to help and encourage them to take a step forward however small.
The VWI organization was faboulous! Sukret organized everything perfectly, all meetings and pick ups and trips were without fault, Govind our intepreter was soo sweet, both with us and the boys. Our driver Totoram was fantastic mastering the eratic traffic in Jaipur, and we soon deared to keep our eyes open! - He also knows the best place for strong sweet Chai where we all used to end up after work.
We were also pleased with our accomodation, a far cry from a luxury hotel, but all the same a safe and quite place that felt strangely like home!
VWI certainly made us feel comfortable and welcome! We also had a super week end away on safari with Sukret and Govind. Thank you Sukret, Govind (must get your mums receipe for that peneer dish!) and Totoram! - And thank you to Ramesh at Bal Basera and last but not the least our sweet, sweet boys !!

What would you improve about this program?
VWI could post a list over items each procject needs/could make use of!
The project could have a diary where the voulenteers could give a short description of what they have been teaching and how they have approached the different subjects.
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Beth
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Overall Amazing!!!

Recently I spent 3 weeks volunteering for The Working with Children Project, set up through the Volunteering with India (VWI) Organization. Overall the experience was amazing and worthwhile, highly recommended for those interested in travel and making a difference.
When volunteering for The Working with Children Project, the volunteer’s main objectives are teaching English and Math, although the work day also includes a dance time prior to lunch and arts and crafts/ life skills project in the afternoon. Teaching can prove difficult at times given the age range of the students and the various degrees of education. One suggestion when possible is to place the children into groups depending on education level and creating lessons for each level. Another suggestion is to bring materials from home if available or wanted, for example glue sticks, scissors, pencils, as classroom materials are limited.
Given the language barrier, teaching can be difficult although an English/ Hindi interpreter is assigned to the various volunteer sites. Despite this, remember that when volunteering you are having a small but very significant impact on the children in a very turbulent time in their life.
As for the VWI organization, enough praise cannot be given. Sukret, the site coordinators/ interpreters, and the organizations personal Tuk-tuk driver are all very accommodating, knowledgeable and personable. In relation to the cost of the program, the amount received is generous. Included is the guest house accommodations which is defiantly more than expected, 3 meals a day, transportation to and from volunteer sites and most local/ site-seeing in Jaipur. Volunteers are made to feel comfortable and welcomed, questions and concerns are promptly addressed and safety was not a concern. Overall I found this experience amazing, one which I hope to have again. Thank you Sukret and VWI!!!

What would you improve about this program?
I would have liked to have been put into contact with the Director of Taabar School and Orphanage (the volunteer site) prior to arrival. To have known what to expect could have meant being better prepared and a chance to bring supplies.
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Valentina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience

Working in a friendly environment with kids that gave me a lot of energy, joy smiles, was the best way to get to know a different culture. Maybe language could be one difficulty but I was always surronded by people that spoke fluent English and that were happy to help me all the time

What would you improve about this program?
Maybe I´ll try to organize more group volunteering even for people that come by themselves
Response from Volunteering With India

Thanks Valentina for giving us 100% rating. We are looking forward to see you soon in the project.

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Alex
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An Amazing Experience!!!

Thank you for such an amazing volunteering week in India, I could not have hoped for something more fulfilling, colourful and exciting!
I participated in the street children project for 1 week teaching classes of English, mathematics, arts and games to previous street kids of Jaipur. I also volunteered for one day at the elephant project and made some big, big elephant sized chapati!
On top of volunteering we also celebrating the holy day kite festival with the children making kites and eating sweets on a rooftop, visited the Krishna temple at night, ate delicious Pani Puri and Indian desserts at markets and celebrated an engagement and wedding party with VWI staff! During our stay we lived with a host family, we had many delicious meals and watched lots of bollywood! From start to finish everything was well organised. Definitely would love to come back at some point!!! :)

What would you improve about this program?
Could have not have been more amazing!
Response from Volunteering With India

Thank you Alex for the review. We also appreciate your hard work in the center. We wish you will have best time. Hope to see you seen here :)

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Irene
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Change lives of children in India

Having not been to India before, it was a blessing for me to experience India with the organisation, Volunteering With India (VWI)!!

They were super professional in communicating with me before I arrive in India and the program fees were so reasonable comparing with some other organisation! (Some of well-known, big volunteer organizations are ridiculously expensive for not so valid reasons! Never pay thousands.... Do your own research!)

VWI helped me tremendously to do volunteer works as easy as possible by arranging transport (taxi) everyday to the volunteer organization and lovely accommodation where has Indian family feeling. Not only that, they really looked after me and other volunteers from various countries like personal friends and I had such a personal and fantastic experience with real local people!
And thanks to VWI, they really chose best NGO that I can possibly imagine and I had life changing time with children who were rescued from streets.
If I go back to India, I will definitely visit & work there again.

Hope my feedback helps you to make decisions! :-)

What would you improve about this program?
Sorry- cant think of any.
Response from Volunteering With India

Thank you Irene for the review. You were also a good volunteer in the project. The community enjoyed working with you. We wish you will have great time in your life.