Do you enjoy working with children? This is the perfect opportunity for you to care for children while discovering incredible India!
As a developing country, India is plagued with extreme poverty and social discrimination. To survive, thousands of children had to leave their homes and travel to the cities in search of work, food and money. Most of them end up working in restaurants, houses or companies, where they often get exploited.
In India, government policies and private organizations are working to protect homeless children and orphans, who are deprived of the most basic needs like education, home-like environment and opportunities.
New Hope collaborates with local organizations in India to provide at-risk or street children with an education and a safe and healthy environment. Volunteer in India and help the children to lead a better life so they can grow up purposefully.
Be part of a safe haven for the children to grow up positive and healthy, while having the time of your life with the unique Indian experience!
As a volunteer in the orphanage program, you will help the children with their day-to-day activities. Depending on your individual interests and skills, and on the needs of the local staff, your daily activities involve, but are not limited to:
- Teaching children Basic English
- Escorting children to and from school
- Teaching children about health and personal hygiene
- Planning and leading activities such as playing games, theatre, panting, singing, playing music, etc.
- Teaching other subjects such as math and science
- Working with after-school programs and organizations
- Teaching computer classes
- Helping children with their homework and school assignments
- Being a friend to the children
- Providing care and companionship
- Cooking and serving meals
- Planning creative activities such as drawing, dancing, painting, art classes, etc.
- Playing sports with children
- Identifying children with dental or other health-related problems
- Supervising the children
- Teaching children about different cultures and the world
- Making the children confident in their rights
How You Can Make a Difference
As a volunteer in India in the Street Children project, you will be protecting, educating, supporting and being friends with the children.
The local organizations need your help to improve the quality of life for those at-risk, and also to reach out to more children. Your presence will decrease the chances of the children falling prey to exploitation in the streets, and leading them towards a better way of life.
Give impoverished children the opportunity to live a proper childhood and be the source of motivation and inspiration for the children. This is a great opportunity for you to truly make a difference while immersing yourself in the multi-faceted Indian culture.
Skills and Qualifications
There are no specific qualifications needed to volunteer in the Street Children program in India. However, volunteers are expected to be flexible and patient, as well as have much passion and love for children.
Volunteers are also expected to have a basic knowledge of English, although an understanding of the Indian culture and Hindi language can be strengthened by enrolling in the week-long Language & Cultural Immersion program.
Volunteers must also have empathy and compassion for the disadvantaged youth and children and be a mentor to them.
This project is located in Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, which are incredibly colorful, thriving and bustling cities steeped in rich history and culture.
As a historical capital city of India, Delhi contains major Indian tourist attractions the like Red Fort, Lotus Temple, Qutab Minar, Lodhi Gardens, etc. Delhi contains a diverse assortment of local markets, restaurants, internet cafés, nightclubs, shopping centers and cultural heritage sites to experience.
There are numerous chances for volunteers to explore Delhi with their free time and options abound. Taxis/auto rickshaws are affordable transportation options and tours can be arranged to Agra and Jaipur as well as other rural locations.
Renowned as the Pink City of India, the royal capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1727 AD. The ancient forts and palaces attract thousands of travelers from all over India and the world.
While in Rajasthan, you can go for a camel ride and a jeep safari to explore the unending stretches of the Thar Desert. In Jaipur, our volunteer project is located 20 miles north of Jaipur in a small and vibrant village. Volunteers can explore beautiful villages, visit local bazaars, meet friendly people and discover amazing landscaping of Rajasthan village.
Agra lies roughly in between Jaipur and Delhi. The city is famous for the beautiful Taj Mahal, a magnificent marble memorial built by a heart-broken Indian Emperor for his queen after she passed away. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site is The Red Fort, from where the Emperor ruled.