Snehalaya means 'Home of Love', and was founded in 1989 to provide support for women, children and LGBT communities, who have been affected by HIV and AIDS, trafficking, sexual violence, and poverty. We have been working with this charity since 2007.
They are looking for volunteers to support their English school. Snehalaya hosts our volunteers in guest-houses at their Campus and volunteers will work at the on-site school based in Ahmednagar, Maharastra state, India. The scale of what Snehalaya do is huge, and even though this project’s main focus is supporting the teachers and educational activities, volunteers will also gain a real insight into the life and workings of an Indian non-government organisation. Their programmes include supporting women and LGBT individuals escaping sex-work, providing shelter and education for families and their children as well as campaigning for women’s rights and advocacy work.
Snehalaya require individual volunteers to have a set project to work on, which can be decided between your team and Team Leader. There's lots of scope across all subject areas, from events management and accounting to nutrition and sports coaching. They are particularly keen on teachers and youth development with over 260 children on site and more in the city.
Volunteers will run activities with an educational emphasis, this may include games, crafts, English teaching, sports, reading, writing and working with children with special educational needs. There is also opportunity for volunteers to support the schools infrastructure, working closely with the teachers on things like behavioural management. Ideally, volunteers from the following backgrounds would be suitable but please also get in touch if you have relevant skills to support the project work:
- Teaching & education studies;
- Social work & youth development;
- Play work;
- Sports and PE;
- Counselling and therapeutic studies;
- Arts therapy
- Project location: Ahmednagar, India
- Duration: 3 weeks
- Dates: Friday 27th July 2018 > Saturday 18th August 2018
- Accommodation: On-site guesthouse facilities, sharing with fellow volunteers
- Fundraising: £150 to contribute directly to the charity that you will be working with.
Project fees: £1400 (all first-time volunteers are eligible for our £250 bursary, which would make total fees payable £1150)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday 19th November 2017
Selection Event will be held on Tuesday 5th December 2017, 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm
Read full details on the India Ahmednagar project and learn how to apply here
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INFORMATION SESSION - Headingley campus
We are hosting an information session for each project over the next two weeks, where we will talk specifically about a particular project, as well as the volunteering process. If you have 10 minutes to spare, please feel free to drop by and find out more (dates for each session below).
Thursday 9th November, Caedmon Hall, G13, 4.00 - 5.00 pm: INDIA - both India projects
VOLUNTEERING FAIR - City Campus
OnMonday 13th November 2017 as part of a Global Engagement Week we are running an International Volunteering & Partners Fair from 10am - 3pm in The Gateway, Leslie Silver Building (the area outside the library).You can meet previous volunteers, ask questions, learn more about the charities, watch videos, read newsletters and previous volunteers blogs, WIN hoodies and T-shirts - plus much more! Our Volunteer partners from the Students Union, and some local charities, will also be there for you to talk to about local volunteering opportunities available.
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