Smile-ngo

Volunteer Tourism India

 

* Voluntourism Initiative :-

Location: Kolkata and around 

Type: TE,SOCI,HC,MANU 

Age: 15+ 

Duration: 13 Days  

Number of Volunteer: 10 / Camp 

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. 

 

Partner : 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.

Tentative Activity Details :-

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 a famous Hindu temple.

Day 12. A day of Cultural exchange

Day 13. A day of feast with Street children and dance, music to celebrate the farewell. Later at afternoon or as per flight schedule transfer to Kolkata Airport.

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.

 

 

REQUIREMENTS :-

 

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 :-

 

*Passport copy

*VISA copy

*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.

malaria medication

flashlight

umbrella

mosquito repellent with DEET

sunscreen

alarm clock OR watch with alarm clock

journal

sleeping bag

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).

sandals

head covering (bandanas, hat)

towel that dries FAST.

Mosquito net, Toilet paper, Soap and shampoo for personal use.

Meeting Point: At 12 noon outside the Kolkata (international terminal gate 4A) airport arrival gate on the first day of your camo. Or 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).