Kolkata and around,Kolkata -700129, India
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Target Group for these project:- Helping Children (9-15yrs) from the street( mostly refugees) of India to get basic education,vocational and hygienic training etc. Daily more than 100 families receives support at our different centres around. 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 or on street corners like insects. Normal societies are so busy to deal with their personal daily problems, so have little time for these unfortunate people. With every such family Grownup girls always have to face the problem in their daily life. Often 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. We have got our few projects for these unfortunate street children at the different locations of big cities. Now there are opportunities available to help and support these unfortunate girl child in and around Kolkata as well. our target to bring smile on every children.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. Work & Activities :- Most important target of the project is to bring smile among these children and provide confidence and moral support to their mother .Volunteer would use different way of informal education technique to present a unique and attractive way of 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 on arrival and two local language session during this camp. There would also be a workshop every evening when volunteers would prepare the next day lesson plan of action . For mothers informal vocational training and basic English teaching would be helpful . 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 of very experienced local project coordinator. Saturday and Sunday would be free days when volunteers can take rest or tour around the city or near by places.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. SMILE society always tries to give international volunteers a big scope to know about the local communities and understand the family environment. Smile Society (ngo) had started their activities since 2003 ! Example Daily Schedule: Wake up early morning: 6 am Breakfast: 6:10 am ( self service) Work : 3-4 hours during week days,Exact work schedule would be delivered with infosheet. late afternoon:3pm - 5 pm workshop ,Language course Dinner : 7 pm ( volunteers required help themselves in serving ,washing ) After 8 pm exit door would be closed.No one allowed to go out or come in the accommodation after 8 pm everyday including weekends. 9:30 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 **
Accommodation: Dormitory basis in host family as per available on arrival ( on cot with mattress/on floor with mattress, 4-30 volunteers in one room) shared accommodation (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 .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 at 12 noon. Food: You will get 3 times local veg food from host family/guest house as per available on arrival. 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.
Kolkata( itself is a great tourist place with its historical value ) is well connected with many famous and attractive tourist places during weekends .... *Darjeeling ( most famous hill station,Toy Train, Tea Garden in India ) *kalimpong ( famous Buddhist place and hill station) *kurshiang ( lash green tea garden) *Sikkim ( hill station with beautiful valley ) *puri ( the famous Hindu religious place and sea beach ) *Digha ( sea beach )*Bodh Gaya ( Famous Buddhist temple ) *varanashi ( famous Hindu temple and Ganges ) *shantiniketan ( one of the university established by great Nobel laureate Sri Rabindranath Tagor) *Bishnupur ( ancient Bengali history, tera cotta ( clay made item ) ,sari etc. Any of these places can be covered during weekends by train by self organise !! ********************* organised Package trip at the end of the camp can be organised by professionals...... * Taj Mahal ,Jaipur,Delhi etc. trip can also organise for the interested groups against extra cost ( minimum 4 person) * weekends exciting city ( kolkata ) and around trip can also be organised against extra cost.
please check our infosheet.Minimum duration 4 weeks and maximum 24 weeks. Any time of the year.It is an ongoing project. Living cost for MTV projects :- INR 21000( Euro 300 approx) for minimum 4 weeks ,every extra weeks INR 4200 (Euro 60 approx)/head/week. Living cost for LTV projects :- INR 54500 (Euro 780 approx) for minimum 12 weeks ,every extra weeks INR 3500 (Euro 50 approx ) /head/week. Cost includes:- 3 times local food, shared dorm room at local host family,public transportation (train/bus ) to and fro Project if required ,Airport pickup on arrival, drinking water ,2 days orientation, limited wifi connectivity, , training if required( Mon-Fri) , Pre departure orientation , emergency support ,local language training on arrival . Cost excluded :- Flight ticket, visa,medical cost if any personal cost ,weekends trip,special trip at the end of the camp ,gift,any special food / drinks ). Starting Date:- Anytime Requirements: *Passport copy *VISA copy *Photograph( recent colour copy) *Parents permission letter if you are below 18 years. * payment on arrival by cash in Indian currency for full duration in advance to the local host family ) What to bring: You can follow traditional packing lists, but here are several items that would be particularly helpful for this volunteer experience: A bed sheet malaria medication flashlight umbrella mosquito repellent with DEET sunscreen alarm clock OR watch with alarm clock journal sleeping bag Any games or craft items like Origami would be great for the kids Rain coat Snacks from your country Music/ dress / special souvenir from your country Medicine and first aid supplies for emergency personal use Any special games or study material for kindergarten standard kids 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). sandals head covering (bandanas, hat) towel that dries FAST.
Living cost for MTV projects :- INR 21000( Euro 300 approx) for minimum 4 weeks ,every extra weeks INR 4200 (Euro 60 approx)/head/week. Living cost for LTV projects :- INR 54500 (Euro 780 approx) for minimum 12 weeks ,every extra weeks INR 3500 (Euro 50 approx ) /head/week. Cost includes:- 3 times local food, shared dorm room at local host family,public transportation (train/bus ) to and fro Project if required ,Airport pickup on arrival, drinking water ,2 days orientation, limited wifi connectivity, , training if required( Mon-Fri) , Pre departure orientation , emergency support ,local language training on arrival . Cost excluded :- Flight ticket, visa,medical cost if any personal cost ,weekends trip,special trip at the end of the camp ,gift,any special food / drinks ). Starting Date:- Anytime . You are requested to pay preferably in Euro currencies by cash to host representative on your arrival for your full duration in advance . Please exchange your money from the airport if needed for your personal use. You can also withdraw money from the ATM machine with your visa /master etc. cards. Please remember that SMILE receives no financial help from local government or any international agencies. Our local members , volunteers and host families are the only people who help the organization to run it’s activities around the country. By joining SMILE you became the part of this movement. Laundry and water: you can use water for washing once in a day .Drinking water and limited/day wifi available in house. Please cooperate with the local members. Medical : All volunteers are requested to look after their own medical expenses and other personal expenses(transportation, medical cost, medicine cost, communicational cost, gift, toilet papers, laundry, drinks or anything that are not mentioned in the living cost section will be volunteers’ own responsibility) . Volunteers are also requested to carry your own medical and travel insurances. Water: Please do not waste water / electricity. Weekends : Free, You are welcome to travel nearby places but you are requested to join the Monday morning project on time. Weekends attraction: Darjeeling, Bodh gaya, Puri, Sundarban, Digha etc. Hospitals: There are many good hospitals available near center kolkata ie: Woodlands [24567075-89]; Bell vue Nursing Home[Ph: 2472321]. Tourist Information centre: 22289898. Railway Booking centre: Foreigner Reservation Counter at Fairlie place near BBD Bag,very near from Esplanade area,Ph: 22206811 ; Airport : Netaji Suvash Chandra International Airport ,Kolkata[ 8 km away from SMILE office and your accommodation]. Weekend Trip: There are many weekend trips organized (against extra cost) by our travel partners. For more details please contact your camp In charge Ms. Kamala. Head Office location: It is located at Madhyamgram ,which is around 20 k.m away from the centre kolkata but just 8 km away from the Airport. Accommodation : Madhyamgram ( 20 km away from center kolkata). Nearest Rail Station: Madhyamgram Nearest Bus stand: Madhyamgram Nearest Market : Just 1.5 km away from the accommodation. There are some western type of markets also available ie: A.C Market, Forum, city centre , New Market around Esplanade and park street etc. Tourist places: Museum, Victoria Memorial Hall, Kali ghat [ Goddess kali temple],Maidan, Howrah Bridge, Ganges River[ Most pious river among Hindus] etc. Internet & Phone : There are many internet café and phone booth at city centre.. Introduction: When you are volunteering with SMILE, you are joining a family of fellow volunteers and NGO staff. Everyone is considered equal, and we are all committed to helping each other and most importantly, helping children. Cleaning room,toilet,dining place,living building are mandatory for every volunteer. Transportation : You will have to use the local available group transportation organised for the camp during your term. Airport transfer would be available as per information. Emergency Contact :- 00919830150249, firstname.lastname@example.org Orientation: Soon after the Volunteer arrive , they will be taken to host family place for orientation and to get refresh and take bit of rest before the orientation meeting take place. After the Orientation meeting volunteer will be transferred to their room. There would be 2 days of orientation. First day theoratical and second day practical orientation would be given. Services that will be offered to all volunteers :--- 1. 3 times local food (organized by the local service providers). 2. Shared /dormitory accommodation ,non Air cond. (simple type living standard either at hotel/guest house/school building /community house/host family as per available on arrival organized through the local service providers). 3. Airport pickup (volunteers are requested to meet our rep at the meeting point on time .Meeting details would be given through this info sheet. Train station pickup or hotel pickup are not available. Pickup service and accommodation may not available in case of early arrival. If any volunteer comes late then he/she should contact our office (email preferred) in advance and wait for our next available pickup service. Sometimes pickup service may not available on the same day if anyone miss their meeting time and in these cases volunteers are requested to wait for the next day pickup service. Volunteers are requested to stay at the airport lounge if they arrive at night. If any volunteer wish they can stay at any nearby hotel also. (There are plenty of hotels available on the road called V.I.P road ,within 2 k.m from the airport gate).Any cab driver can easily drop the volunteer at any nearby hotel. In these cases volunteers are requested to purchase pre paid taxi from the airport inside only. 4.Local staff will be available at every project site. 5.Emergency telephonic assistance are available. 6.Emergency personal assistance available (in case of major medical emergency cases only). What to bring: You can follow traditional packing lists, but here are several items that would be particularly helpful for this volunteer experience: A bed sheet malaria medication flashlight umbrella mosquito repellent with DEET sunscreen alarm clock OR watch with alarm clock journal sleeping bag Any games or craft items like Origami would be great for the kids Rain coat Snacks from your country Music/ dress / special souvenir from your country Medicine and first aid supplies for emergency personal use Any special games or study material for kindergarten standard kids 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). sandals head covering (bandanas, hat) towel that dries FAST.