Smile-ngo

Teen Work Camps

 Workcamps for Teen Groups:-

SMILE Teen Groups

Living cost : As per local host family against their services offered . Living cost  includes 3 times local food, shared room at local host family,public transportation(train) to and fro project and  accommodation,Airport pickup on arrival, drinking water  , local coordinator support at every project,2 days orientation , work shop training ( Mon-Fri) , Pre departure orientation , emergency support ,local language training on arrival during orientation also included.

( 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 ,Home to Airport transfer)

Location : Madhyamgram is the suburb 25km away from city centre 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. SMILE society always tries to give international volunteers a big scope to know about the local communities and understand the family environment.


Special Group Project details are as follows :-
( Groups coming from the same organisation /country /Institution  only)

*Rain water storage and recycling (SMILE GR 01)

SMILE NGO India Volunteering opportunities

Location: Madhyamgram

This is one of the very important project which we started in 2013. It was the 1st phase where we had done the drain line and strange tank with our Big roof . Rain water would be stored and purify to convert them usable for harvesting organic farming in our Green House project. There are many children and their family from the street whom we serve on everyday a basis since 2003 ! These needy community are always in problem of food. Our attempt to initiate our small attempt to fulfil some of their need on completion of this project. We need energetic youth group to help us this year to finish this dream project . Later we like to construction same type of project around the country to bring smile among needy faces .





*Oganic farming( SMILE GR02)

Workcamp India
Location: Madhyamgram
Details : Exciting workcamps at Smile ,India !! Save the mother planet !!!Green House construction project in support of Rain water harvesting  to grow vegetable for our street children everyday requirement!! Recently we just completed the first phase of Rain water harvesting project where Rain water being stored for further use. Now we are going to start Roof top Green House project at our Building to Grow vegetables to help daily need of our Children at different projects . Group with motivated youth are welcome !! First we will construct the Green House and go for plantation there after. This project can help to grow organic vegetable and fruit . lets help us to bring revolution in horticulture and floriculture at our place . There would be painting activities as well as cultural exchange programme as well !! Energetic youth group required.
 

* Street Children Teaching  (SMILE GR03)

Charity Kolkata
Location : Kolkata and around
Details : 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 most number are children below 12 years including both girls and boys. Often these families bring their children to help them in begging ,household work ,rag picking activities. 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 in and around Kolkata (ccu) city.  Smile Society (ngo) had started their activities since 2003 ! From the first day children from the street around its' project area became the SMILE family members! Activities started with  washing,cleaning,cleaning cloth,cutting hair and nails and then basic education( pre-elementary ) / vocational training/art /craft /drama /language training /music training /other activities done for the children on regular basis. Once these activities over then lunch being distributed among the children at the project followed by different amusing games with the volunteers !! ThInternational volunteers can have a scope to creat game plan or vocational training activities for these angels. These projects are going the several places with the help of local community helper . We often welcome international workcamp volunteers and medium to long term volunteers to run these projects !! Volunteer can have a great fun to stay with the local host and learn local food habits/ culture/dress /cultural exchange programme on regular basis to learn each other as a part of the single SMILE family!! Volunteers would have great fun time altogether!
 

*Street Girls Empowerment ( SMILE GR04)

Girls Empowerment
Location : sealdah and around
Details : 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 and married women ( mother of the children ) always have to face the problem in their daily life.Often these families bring their girl 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 girls and mothers of the street children  in and around Kolkata (ccu) city.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. 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 !
 


*Renovation  of SMILE Training Centre ( SMILE  GR 05)

Renovation workcamp India
Location: Madhyamgram
Details: SMILE always believes in family type of environment !! Organisation always trying bring all Volunteers living at the same city can have a chance to live together with the local volunteers as a big family . So this year we are expecting to start such place with the help of our host families. So we are in need of volunteers in group to help in painting and construction our dream place which is known as volunteer shelter. simultaneously our sincere effort to have animal shelter,vocational training shelter,  rain water reserver to store rain water for further uses. So our Renovation and painting project has a great importance on our different projects . We are trying to bring different activities at one place . Such shelter would be our base point to bring help around . Presently shelter is going on under the observation and guidance of local host family .   We welcome young energetic hard working international volunteers to participate in our RENO camps ! We also welcome groups to come and help us in construction and painting !! So for those who want to spend an exciting volunteer activities ! Please join this camps !!
 

*Street Dogs welfare  ( SMILE GR 06)

Dogs Welfare Project
Location :  Madhyamgram
Details: In smile family we have a big love for domestic animals basically dogs,cats etc. in India there are huge number of street dogs and cats who are roaming unprotected and struggling for the life and shelter.There are no management system available for these animal.We organise several projects every year for these poor needy animals . Activities are mostly food distribution,grooming ,medication and taking care of dogs and cats at our shelter. We welcome international individuals or groups to help and look after these domestic animals during the camp. It is a fun filled experience for volunteers!! All volunteers taking this project should take anti rabies vaccination before joining these camps.
 

 

*Intercultural and Language Exchange ( SMILE GR 07)

SMILE NGO India Volunteering opportunities
Location : Madhyamgram
Details:  India is always been famous for its culture ,tradition,language and food cuisine . Different culture ,dress code ,language and cooking style made the country like a continent ! While volunteering in this camps youth can have chance to interact with the East Indian ( Bengali ) culture and food . Volunteers and local family together exchange the culture and cook food . Youth volunteers have golden chance to know about the ethnic heritage of East Indian cuisine and tradition . It would a great fun filled time for groups.

Indian Festival Camps
 
SMILE Indian Festival Camps Target :- Energetic youth from round the world gathered together during the exciting festival days to learn Indian culture ,food ,dress while try to bring smile on street kids. 
 
Location: : Kolkata city and around
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. 
 
Camp Details:- 
 
Indian festivals are world famous because of it social & cultural values . volunteers will have exciting time with Street kids and local festival in these days. The main purpose of the project is to bring smile on most neglected street kids during the festive season while witnessing the excitement of Indian festivals. India is always been famous for its culture ,tradition,language and food cuisine . Different culture ,dress code ,language and cooking style made the country like a continent ! While volunteering in this camps youth can have chance to interact with the East Indian ( Bengali ) culture and food . Volunteers and local family together exchange the culture and cook food . Volunteers would have a chance to learn Indian yoga & meditation basic lesion in this camp.Youth volunteers have golden chance to know about the ethnic heritage of East Indian cuisine and tradition . It would a great fun filled time for groups.
In this camp volunteers from round the world would have chance to exchange culture,language,food etc. Special attraction for this camp would be Yoga & Meditation lesson , local cooking lesson, local language class. It would be fun fill entertainment camp where Indian family and international youth can have a platform to each other culture and life style. Camp would take place in the suburb call Madhyamgram which is just 8 km from Kolkata Airport .Transportation, electricity,shopping places are all around.Nearest rail and bus station is with in 2 km .Life is very simple and peaceful around.
 
Field services Work Hour with street children : 3  hr./day ( Monday to Friday early morning)
Cultural time:  2 hrs per day ( afternoon)
 
Example Daily Schedule: 
 
Wake up early morning: 6 am
Breakfast: 6:30 am ( required to  prepaired by own)
Project hour : As per project In charge. 
Lunch at 1:30-2  p.m 
Evening : 3 -6 PM ; cultural exchange ,yoga/language learning session.
Dinner : 7:30 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
 
 
REQUIREMENTS :-
 
We need energetic young volunteer with open mind and ready to get their hand dirty. You need to be strong and flexible. India is a beautiful country but challenging for some people . Local culture,people are interesting but weather is hot and humid in summer ,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. 
 


Indian Festival Workcamps List
 
PROJECT NAME PROJECT CODE LOCATION DATE Vol. REQUIRED
Holi Camp ( Colour Festival)  SMILE IFC01  Kolkata and around  1-14 Mar                15
Raksha Bandhan ( Social Festival)  SMILE IFC02 Kolkata and around  17-30 Aug                15
Ganesha Festival ( Lord Ganesha)  SMILE IFC03 Kolkata and around  10-24 Sep                15
Durga Festival( Festival of Equality)  SMILE IFC04 Kolkata and around  15-28 Oct                15
Diwali Festival (Festival of Light)  SMILE IFC05  Kolkata and around  1-14 Nov                15
Christmas Camp (Jesus Christ)  SMILE IFC06 Kolkata and around  17-30 Dec                15
 
 
SMILE Volunteer Tourism Camps
 
SMILE Volunteer Tourism
Location: Kolkata and around
 
Type: TE,SOCI,HC,MANU
 
Age: 15+
 
Duration: 13 Days 
 
Date : 3-15th Of every month
 
Number of Volunteer: 6-30 Camp
 
Participation Cost: As per local host 
 
Language:Basic English. Any  group with at least one English speaking leader is also welcome. 
 
*Any Bilateral groups, Student, group, Youth group, Teen group, Senior group, Intern group or Group of individuals are welcome. Minimum number should be 6 till 30 are welcome on any date Teen group should have at least one English speaking team leader above 18 yrs.*
 
Do you wish to explore India and learn about Indian culture and tradition while living at local host family and helping 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 & their mother from the street of kolkata.Providing informal basic education like english teaching ,hygiene,basic health care,family planning education,playing, organising entertainment program ,food distribution for these children of this downtrodden community would be the main target of the volunteers in this camp. 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 . On August 31, 2003, a team of family and friends leaded by Mr. Debabrata Chakraborty, voluntarily formed SMILE Society to fight against this injustice and bring a smile to these cute faces.Since then SMILE brought hundreds of children from the street to the normal society . SMILE mission is to provide volunteers with a customised program (workcamp, short term, long term) that will enable them to make an important contribution to these needy communities. 
 
Activity Schedule  (Tentative) :-
 
Day 1. Kolkata Airport pickup & transfer to the local host family. 
Day 2. Orientation, presentation & local language training 
Day 3. Guided Village tour and local Town trip
Day 4. A day with most neglected street kids and afternoon cultural exchange 
Day 5. Guided Kolkata City trip to discover monuments and heritages 
Day 6. Interacting with the street children and their families. Helping children and girls living on the street. 
Day 7. A day to explore Indian temple and exciting Holi Ganges river safari. 
Day 8. A day to paint and color Street children school building. 
Day 9. A day to explore the  local city center mall for shopping. 
Day 10. Another day with the most neglected street children at their school. 
Day 11. A trip to discover rain forest and tiger reserve center Sundarban. It is one of UNESCO Heritage place. Stay over night at Sundarban hotel. (Subject to favorable weather and dates availability) Alternately Sea Beach trip. 
Day 12. Visit around Sundarban/sea beach and later way back to host family. 
Day 13. A day of feast with Street children and dance, music to celebrate the farewell. Later at evening or as per schedule. 


Volunteer Tourism Camps List
 
PROJECT NAME PROJECT CODE LOCATION  DATE  Vol Required
Volunteer Tourism India SMILE IWC490 Kolkata and around  3-15 Jan           6-24
Volunteer Tourism India  SMILE IWC494 Kolkata and around  3-15 Feb           6-24 
Volunteer Tourism India  SMILE IWC498 Kolkata and around  3-15 Mar           6-24 
Volunteer Tourism India  SMILE IWC502 Kolkata and around  3-15 Apr           6-24 
Volunteer Tourism India  SMILE IWC506 Kolkata and around  3-15 May           6-24 
Volunteer Tourism India  SMILE IWC510 Kolkata and around  3-15 June           6-24 
Volunteer Tourism India  SMILE IWC514 Kolkata and around  3-15 July           6-24 
Volunteer Tourism India  SMILE IWC518 Kolkata and around  3-15 Aug           6-24 
Volunteer Tourism India  SMILE IWC522 Kolkata and around  3-15 Sep           6-24 
Volunteer Tourism India  SMILE IWC526 Kolkata and around  3-15 Oct           6-24 
Volunteer Tourism India  SMILE IWC530 Kolkata and around  3-15 Nov           6-24 
Volunteer Tourism India  SMILE IWC534 Kolkata and around  3-15 Dec           6-24 

Other important Details :

Volunteer group needed: 6-30 volunteers ( Volunteers coming from same country / same partner only)
Date: Anyday
Minimum duration: 2 weeks
Age :12+
Accommodation : Group living at Volunteer shelter( on floor with mattresses )
Transportation: Public transport like train / bus, if group looking for privet transportation then extra would be charged .
Food : 3 times served
Weekends : Free( 2 days, 9am-5pm) 
Work place : Madhyamgram, 20km from Kolkata city center. 
Nearest airport : kolkata ( ccu )

If the Group like to go for short trip to Taj Mahal ( one of the seven wonder of the world) and other two cities (Jaipur ,pink city and Delhi ,the capital of India ,at the end of their journey then we can organise that as well against extra charge .

( Delhi Airport-Agra-Jaipur- Delhi Airport, 4days and 3 night including food ,accommodation,transportation, guide,elephant ride   ( entry fees at different monuments are extra ,need to be paid by Indian rupees at the entry gates ).

Any date is fine for the Volunteer Tourism project.


**Apart from these projects there are many other projects waiting to welcome Group volunteers....
          * Food preparation and distribution        among street children
          * Food preparation and distribution among dogs and cats
          * Recyling waste
          * Drama and music for street children

A group having 6-30 volunteers can take part in any of these short term 2-4weeks Group projects. 


Important Points :

****Interested Group for package trip,cost would be as per trip type and facilities provided . Our trips are all organised by professional travel partners.****

***On confirm application every volunteer will receive INFO SHEET of the applied project with further minute details,pickup information,emergency contact etc.***

*** Living cost for all programme goes directly to the Local host in full, against their living arrangement services for volunteers .SMILE receive NO Registration Fees OR donation In any form ,from any International Volunteers***

***  Any  Workcamp place or type of activities can be changed as per Camp In-  Charge decision depending on last minute situation without any prior information or last moment information. NO cancellation of any Camp date will be there in SMILE :)  but projects can be merged with other ongoing project at any single place with different work types  in case of less than 50% volunteer arrived in any Camp .Partners and volunteers are requested to cooperate.  Thanks for Your kind understanding.***

*** Living cost is a Non refundable and non transferable amount paid to the host representative by cash on arrival for full duration applied***

*** Once applied for any project ,it can not be cancelled or altered ***

*** On arrival ( Kolkata Airport (ccu ,India ) volunteers are requested to wait at meeting place . Pick up service available on the first day of the project at 12 noon outside of the kolkata airport 4A exit gate . Any problem Volunteers can contact our emergency email or phone given with the acceptance email.