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Workcamp teaching to street children

Organization: FSL-India

Period: Minimum application for Street Children Teaching is for three to six months.

Application: Volunteers must apply to our partner organizations in their own country.

Placements: We will complete the placements of volunteers within a week of receiving the application. Volunteers can apply for an L/MTV program for a minimum of one month.

Information: FSL-India will send the required Information to the volunteers – including a pre- arrival letter, project profile, info sheet, general information and travel details. This information will be sent to the volunteers at least one month in advance.

Participation Fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees for each month

Arrivals: Volunteers arrive at Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month.

Accommodation for Volunteers: accommodation for volunteers can either be at the project, in a local host family, as a Paying guest, in a hostel–depending on the project, location and availability.

Orientation week: The program will start with a week-long orientation. Depending on the volunteer’s project location, the Orientation will be held either in Kundapur or Bangalore. This information will be sent to the volunteer at least a month in advance.

Registration: The registration will be completed during the first week of arrival.

Projects: Following the orientation week, volunteers will join their respective projects in different locations, depending on the placement.

Monitoring: Each volunteer is allocated a LTV Coordinator on his/her arrival who is a staff of FSL- India and he/she supports the volunteer in their project, and monitors the progress during their voluntary service through monitoring visits, LTV Cultural Meet, one to one sessions, emails, phone calls, reports etc. Monthly Project visits are also made by the LTV Coordinators during the placement where ever possible.

It is estimated that more than 400,000 street children in India exist. FSL – India like many other NGOs and local initiatives in India, work for the welfare of these children often termed as “working children”. The focus is to take these children away from the streets and from their working place in order to give them a chance to live a decent and accepted standard of life.

The effort is to try and place as many of these children in centres, boarding schools and day-care shelters etc. and help them return to the regular schooling system, where they are provided vocational education and training skills that would help them find a decent job in the future and keep them away from exploitation.

Much of the development work these projects is based on education known also as “alternative education”. Therefore, the volunteers will be required to teach in most of the projects where they work with street children. Hence, an interest in teaching and love for children is of utmost importance to the project. Other work activities will involve supporting the staff in the daily activities of the schools.

A creative approach to work and dealing with the children will be useful and you will have the opportunity to initiate new mini projects or activities. You need to have a flexible approach to work with children and be prepared to undertake a variety of tasks.
In some cases the volunteer will be required to go amidst the “tent community” comprised of families of migrant labourers, to raise awareness of the teaching program and to motivate parents to enrol their children in schools. If you have a lot of ideas in teaching different kinds of activities such as games, songs, arts and crafts or sports and athletics to children, then this type of project is best suited for you!

Note: Minimum application for Street Children Teaching is for three to six months.

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