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North India


North India Tibet Relief Fund

The Tibet Relief Fund is a charity founded in 1959, within months of the Dalai Lama arriving in India following his escape from Tibet. Thousands of Tibetans followed him, crossing the Himalayas on foot to begin a life in exile as refugees. TRF support exiled refugee communities by sponsoring educational and healthcare activities to improve lives though empowerment and increase job opportunities. You will live in a Tibetan community and volunteer in one of two schools; Ngoenga, a special educational needs schools or Rajpur, a mainstream school. The work will be challenging but fun and rewarding.

Volunteers will gain a real insight into both the Tibetan and Indian cultures, gaining much more than a tourist passing through the country.

Volunteer Role(s):

We are looking for volunteers with either experience of, or a passion for, working with children and young people. 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 the opportunity for experienced/ final year physiotherapists to develop and deliver a programme with school staff to support physically disabled pupils. Volunteers will work in pairs to deliver activities in Ngoenga school for the disabled and mainstream TRF schools across the following themes:

  1. Teaching & education studies;
  2. Social work & youth development;
  3. Play work;
  4. Sports and PE;
  5. Counselling and therapeutic studies;
  6. Arts therapy;
  7. Physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
  • Project location: Dehradun, North India
  • Duration: Two weeks + optional + plus optional free-time week
  • Dates: Friday 13th July 2018 > Monday 30th July 2018
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse, sharing a twin room with fellow volunteers
  • Fundraising: £100 contribution towards the charity you are working with

Project Fees: £1150  (all first-time volunteers are eligible for our £250 bursary, which would make total fees payable £900)

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 North India project and learn how to apply here

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INFORMATION SESSIONS - 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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