Location: : Madhyamgram,Kolkata
Madhyamgram is a suburb near kolkata Airport (8 km) with peaceful modern village.All the facilities are available here like small cities.It is part of the bigger Kolkata ,the city of joy was known before as Calcutta since the colonial time. This ancient city was used to be the capital of British colonial period. This city has full of heart ,people are basically belongs to the middle class . There are also rich and poor people all around . City Kolkata is know for its busy traffic ,huge population ,warm welcome and poverty around the street corners! It is a great place to visit for every tourist coming to India. More over if anyone get a chance to live with the local host family then that brings extra bonus to any traveller .It helps to learn the culture ,tradition,language while staying within the normal people of the society.Living on any hotel can never give any traveller such wide scope to know the society and communities as a whole. Kolkata( itself is a great tourist place with its historical value ) is well connected with many famous and attractive tourist places during weekends ....
Do you like to help SMILE NGO to bring a smile to the most neglected children living on the street of kolkata ,India.This project is all about bringing smile to all underprivileged refugee children from the street of kolkata. SMILE Society ( Situational Management & Inter Learning Establishment Society) is a registered Non profit working for these underprivileged communities around the state of West Bengal since 2003 . SMILE mission is to provide volunteers with a workcamp that will enable them to make an important contribution to these poor and needy kids from the street. Our foremost goal is to "Bring Smile around" We ensure that all volunteers are provided with a safe and enriching experience. Our flexible approach means that you will be given a placement to suit your needs and time scale. All international students are also welcome to take part in our Programme. Our unique placements could become the trip of a lifetime.
Accommodation and food :-
Accommodation: Dormitory basis in host family/school building as per available on arrival ( on cot with mattress/on floor with mattress, Common toilet and limited wifi available. 2-4 volunteers in one room on shared basis, (normally male & female separate room). You will get accommodation till 6 pm on the last day of your camp.We are unable to provide you any accommodation before or after these dates. Please arrange your own accommodation in case of early arrival or late departure .Early morning and after evening(6pm-8am) Airport transfers is not possible. You are requested to meet our representative at the meeting place on exact time given above. If you arrive early then you can have your stay in any of the different hotels available nearby Airport, within 2 -3 km .on the road popularly called as V.I.P road. You are requested to take any cab to check in any of these hotels. If you arrive at earlier night then you are requested to stay inside the airport terminal and meet at the next morning with our representative as per infosheet.
Food: You will get 3 times local food from local host. Please do not expect any kind of special dishes (veg/non veg) or cold drinks or special living room or air conditioned room during your term. You are requested to get ready for a simple and challenging life.
location & leisure :-
India is an amazing country with diverse culture and tradition, Interesting people ! Explore the country with exciting diversity .Kolkata ,the city of joy was known before as Calcutta since the colonial time. This ancient city was used to be the capital of British colonial period. This city has full of heart ,people are basically belongs to the middle class . There are also rich and poor people all around . City Kolkata is know for its busy traffic ,huge population ,warm welcome and poverty around the street corners! It is a great place to visit for every tourist coming to India. More over if anyone get a chance to live with the local host family then that brings extra bonus to any traveler .It helps to learn the culture ,tradition,language while staying within the normal people of the society.Kolkata( itself is a great tourist place with its historical value ) is well connected with many famous and attractive tourist places during weekends . Organised Weekends Cultural City trip also available against extra cost of Euro 80/head for 2 days (8am-4pm during Saturday & Sunday ). Minimum 2 person required for the trip.
We need energetic your volunteer with open mind and ready to get their hand dirty. Volunteers need to be strong and flexible. India is a beautiful country but can be challenging for some people . Local culture,people are interesting. weather is hot and humid in summer but please t during winter ,so get ready to explore an amazing country with full of surprises . Due to big cultural differences some volunteer might face cultural shock! Our request to all New comers please read about India and Indian culture as much as possible before you apply for the project. If you got any queries ask us anytime. Do not forget to use our what's app for any doubts or questions.
These are the documents we need on arrival :-
*Photograph( recent colour copy)
*Parents permission letter if you are below 18 years.
*you should not have any criminal records.
What to bring: You can follow traditional packing lists, small bag pack should be fine with locking access. Here are several items that would be particularly helpful for this volunteer experience:
A bed sheet
Vaccination as per your local doctor.
mosquito repellent with DEET
alarm clock OR watch with alarm clock
Rain coat /umbrella during monsoon.
Snacks from your country for kids, host family and volunteers
Music/ dress / special souvenir from your country
Medicine and first aid supplies for emergency personal use
Clothing: - fibrous (ex: linen or cotton or anything that is COOL and dries fast in natural sun)
- for women, bring conservative clothing that covers the shoulders (ex: shirts with capped sleeves) NO shorts, bikinis, sleeveless clothes outside your own bed room (strictly).
head covering (bandanas, hat)
towel that dries FAST.
Mosquito net, Toilet paper, Soap and shampoo for personal use.
Meeting Point: As per arrival details. Transfer available between 8 am-6pm only( subject prior confirmation).Please contact us if required.
Transportation : You will have to use the local available public transportation ( Train/Bus) the camp during your term. Airport transfer would be available only between 8am-6pm subject to prior confirmation.
SMILE Host family is at Madhyamgram which is at the north of the Kolkata city next to Kolkata Airport (8 km from Airport and 20 km from Kolkata city center).
******Street Children Welfare
Location: Kolkata and around
Type: TE,SOCI,HC,Manu, CUL
Number of Volunteer: 10/ Camp
2 weeks for Workcamps, (SMILE CTWC xxx)
4-20weeks for Medium term(SMILE MLTV02)
Project type : Permanent
Language: Basic English
Target Group for these camps:- Helping Children from the street( mostly refugees) between 8-15 years old, of India to get basic education,vocational and hygienic training etc. Daily hundreds of children receives support at our different centres around the state of West Bengal. .
Project Back ground :- India having uncountable numbers of street and slum dwellers . There are thousands of poor refugees coming every year from nearby countries and from different small towns and villages to the big cities and most of these families are living in a very poorly condition at slums and street corners . These families bring their children to help them in begging ,household work ,rag picking activities, even some girls been forcibly thrown to the dark life of prostitution. So it is really a shame of the so called civilised societies where we belong . We have got our ongoing projects for these unfortunate street children at the different locations of big cities. Now there are opportunities available for international youth volunteers as well to help and support these unfortunate girls and mothers of the street children in and around.
Work & Activities :- Most important target of the project is to bring smile among these children and provide confidence and moral support to them .Volunteer would use different way of informal education technique to present a unique and attractive way of informal education programs for these kids .Most of these kids speaks local Bengali /Hindi language but they are very smart and intelligent, so teaching them with the support of local coordinator would not be so difficult ,just little bit of patience and involvement can solve this problem easily. All volunteers would go through orientation after arrival and local language classes also would be there during camp days. There would also be a workshop every evening when volunteers would prepare the next day lesson plan of action . Volunteers would also help local coordinator in other activities like giving shower food distribution, organising drama,story telling and entertainment games for the children.whole camp would be run under the supervision ofexperienced local project coordinator. SMILE society always tries to give international volunteers a big scope to know about the local communities and understand the family environment.
Example Daily Schedule:
Wake up early morning: 6:30am
7 am breakfast ( required to prepared by own)
Project hour : As per project In charge.
Lunch at 1:30-2 p.m
late afternoon: 3:30 - 6pm, lesson plan preparation workshop, cultural & Language Exchange.
Dinner : 7:30 pm ( volunteers required help themselves in serving ,washing )
After 7 pm exit door would be closed.No one allowed to go out or come in the accommodation after 8 pm everyday including weekends.
10 pm bed time
** Please remember that programme schedule or project site can be changed or altered by the Project In-charge if required and all volunteers are requested to cooperate with our local members and partners. All schedule should be followed and mandatory for everyone to participate and contribute **