Coach underprivileged children in sports
Sports play an important role in a child’s development, boosting confidence and happiness, developing their athletic abilities, and improving their general health and fitness. Our before- and after-school sports programs benefit underprivileged children who otherwise would not have any means of learning and playing organized sports. Many of these children live in small homes, and are also unable to afford proper equipment.
With volunteer support, we can supply sports equipment and organise clubs for these children to attend, so as to keep them off the streets, encourage a positive lifestyle, develop their ability to work in a team, and allow them to practice their English language skills all at the same time. You will work with local teachers and sports clubs, organising tournaments in schools and communities. By coaching these kids, you will help them develop socially, mentally, and physically. It also helps teachers who cannot manage to conduct sports activities due to lack of skills and resources.
Teach arts to children
On this volunteer program you will get involved in developing and nurturing the personal development of children from disadvantaged communities through fun and creative arts activities. Working in local schools and orphanages, you will spend some time teaching in groups and one-on-one sessions.
Depending on your interests you can work on a variety of activities with the children, from painting and drawing, to music, dance, and drama, to storytelling and creative writing. You will also be spending time developing your own arts project, so there will always be plenty to keep you occupied!
How our programs benefit the community
To get involved in this volunteer program, you must be over 18 years of age and have a keen interest in working with children. A good command of spoken and written English would be beneficial. You are required to stay a minimum of two weeks, but you can extend your stay for an extra fee per week.
Comfortable and clean homestay accommodation will be provided during your volunteering period, providing a great opportunity to live life in the local style and experience Indian culture, while generating income for the locals. You will be sharing rooms with other volunteers. The house will have running water, electricity, WI-FI and western-style bathrooms. Meals will be locally grown Indian food prepared by your host family, but there are many western cafes around, should you crave pasta or burgers.
Daily transport to the projects will be pre-arranged, and the numbers for all doctors and emergency medical facilities will be given to you upon arrival. You can be assured of your safety, as our well-trained local field staff will be by your side each and every step of the way, offering 24/7 support and language translation. They are your cultural ambassadors, speak multiple dialects of the sub-continent and can easily facilitate local interaction, and will guide you through the best practices (e.g. how to avoid encouraging begging, how to be sensitive in photographing local people, etc.) as well as specific tips on how to avoid running afoul of local customs. Most importantly, they are earning an income through employment in our project.
Things to do during your free time
This program will give you a chance to stroll around the port town of Fort Kochi. This area is perfect for discovering the history and culture of Kerala: the Jewish Synagogue, St Francis Church (the oldest European Church in India), the Santa Cruz Basilica, which was built by the Portuguese, the spice market and the famous Chinese shore-operated fishing nets.
On weekends you will have the chance to go on a backwaters cruise – one of the 10 best things to do in India, according to Lonely Planet. Drifting through quiet canals lined with coconut palms, eating deliciously authentic Keralan food, meeting local villagers and sleeping on the water under a galaxy of stars - it's a must do !
There are also many other activities you may want to consider: get a tan or surf in Varkala or Goa; go trekking or simply have a relaxing weekend in the lush tea plantations of Munnar; not only taste, but also learn to cook the delicious cuisine of South India; attend a Kathakali dance theatre show; and drift along in a houseboat on the lush backwaters of Allepey.
So if you have ever wanted to visit India to embrace and immerse yourself in the culture, love volunteering and have a soft spot for children, then this is just the package for you. Contact us to sign up and do your part.