Soothe Your Summers by Volunteering in India
Sweeping your brain to find out the most reliable volunteering organizations in India? No idea what you are up for and you feel like you are lost. I have a solution up my sleeves. Let me share them with you.
But, before we start going through the steps of choosing your voluntary organization, you must first know what these organizations do. They provide summer volunteer opportunities to those who are interested in experiencing volunteering in India.
For your information, summer voluntary programs vary from teaching English, teaching computers, child health to women empowerment and community development. Helping others brings a feeling of joy that you cannot compare to anything else in this world. It is your golden chance to work for the benefit of the needy in India. You can contribute to the improvement of the lives of hundreds of poor Indians. On the other hand, you get the opportunity to learn about another culture, language and make new friends who are either Indians or volunteers from other nationalities. Let me tell you; being volunteers in India opens an entirely new aspect of life to the foreigners.
Follow these steps to come across the voluntary organization of your choice
Select popular volunteer placement agencies: You have to choose placement agencies that have tie-ups with volunteer organizations in India. There are many placement agencies that are not linked with reputable volunteer organizations in India. You can search online or ask some of your acquaintances who have already been to India about reputable volunteer organizations. Selecting multiple placement agencies helps in determining the best one.
Choose an organization that offers summer volunteer opportunities: You can write down the names of the organizations and find out the programs they offer. If the organizations offer summer volunteer program, you can write it down somewhere. For your own benefit note down the location of the volunteer program. Remove those organizations from the list that do not offer summer volunteer programs. You can choose an organization depending on its location. Also look at the cost of volunteer program for each organization and opt for one that you find affordable. There are numerous enterprises offering pocket-friendly summer volunteer programs. Most summer programs comprise of several other sub-categories like, child education, community development, women empowerment, etc. Some summer programs have all the sub categories while some have only few of them. The candidate can choose whichever program they like.
Zero in on the best opportunity: Out of the various opportunities, narrow down and choose the organization that fits you best. The enterprise you go with should have reasonable costing; a favorable location and should make you feel comfortable. The cost of the program is important because, the longer you stay for volunteering, the more you have to pay. If you start liking the place of volunteering, you can extend your stay.
Search for the agency that provides attractive deals: Several organizations offer deals for summer volunteer packages. India has sub-tropical temperature and volunteers mostly visit from temperate zones. So, in order to enable successful volunteering opportunities, many organizations offer deals. Such deals vary from discounted lodging to food rates. Choose an organization that offers attractive deals and is also safe for you to stay.
Reserve placement: When you make your final decision, reserve your placement at a volunteer organization of your choice and with a program they prefer.
Get Prepared: Once the reservation is done, you must get the essential things for the trip. Pack things that you deem useful in your task of volunteering. For instance, if the summer volunteer program involves teaching children, you can carry books and other educational materials.
Summer volunteer programs in India are very interesting and offer volunteers lots of time for excursions. During my tenure in the country, we went to loads of places across India. Come weekends and you can pack some of your stuff for an engaging holiday. You can enjoy the excursions along with your fellow volunteers.
Extend your programs from 2 to 12 weeks. Anyone who is interested in working as a volunteer can visit India and assist in improving the lives of some people. The candidate can be an individual, groups of students, couples, etc. You get to visit several tourist destinations of the country. These excursions are planned for weekends, so that you can enjoy your stay in India and learn about the customs practiced in the country.
Learn the language spoken in India and also make new friends. A reliable volunteer organization makes sure that the programs are designed in a manner that does not hamper the health of the volunteers. So, what are waiting for? Pack your bags and get ready for volunteer work in India.
Author Bio– Carol Griffin is a die-hard volunteer. She has participated in several volunteer programs all over the world.