About the local hosting organizationAn internarional platform to exchange culture and language is the main theam of this camp.SMILE Society ( Situational Management & Inter Learning Establishment Society) is a registered NGO & NPO working in the field of International volunteering. On August 31, 2003, a team of family and friends leaded by Mr. Debabrata Chakraborty, formed Smile Society. SMILE believes in family type of environment. Our mission is to provide volunteers with a customized program (workcamp, short term, long term) that will enable them to make an important contribution to the poor and needy kids of India. In the past several years, we have placed many volunteers around various parts of India within different projects. Our foremost goal is to "Bring Smile around" We ensure that all volunteers are provided with a safe and enriching experience. Our flexible approach means that you will be given a placement to suit your needs and time scale. All international students are also welcome to take part in our projects. Our unique placements could become the trip of a lifetime.
About the volunteer workTarget :- 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 ** Please remember that programme schedule or project site can be changed or altered by the Project In-charge if required and all volunteers are requested to cooperate with our local members and partners. All schedule should be followed and mandatory for everyone to participate and contribute **
Local accommodationAccommodation: Dormitory basis in host family/school building as per available on arrival ( on cot with mattress/on floor with mattress, 4-30 volunteers in one room) shared accommodation (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 .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 at 12 noon. Food: You will get 3 times local veg food from host family as per available on arrival. 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.
About the project locationlocation & leisure: Kolkata( itself is a great tourist place with its historical value ) is well connected with many famous and attractive tourist places during weekends .... *puri ( the famous Hindu religious place and sea beach ) *Digha ( sea beach )*Bodh Gaya ( Famous Buddhist temple ) *varanashi ( famous Hindu temple and Ganges ) *shantiniketan ( one of the university established by great Nobel laureate Sri Rabindranath Tagor) *Bishnupur ( ancient Bengali history, tera cotta ( clay made item ) ,sari etc. Any of these places can be covered during weekends by train by self organise !! ********************* organised Package trip at the end of the camp can be organised by professionals...... * Taj Mahal ,Jaipur,Delhi etc. trip can also organise for the interested groups against extra cost ( minimum 2 person) * weekends exciting city ( kolkata ) and around trip can also be organised against extra cost. ...................
RequirementsREQUIREMENTS :- We need energetic your 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. If you got any queries ask anytime. 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. *Living cost INR 12500/head /camp(2 weeks) ( payment on arrival by cash ) *you should not have any criminal records. What to bring: You can follow traditional packing lists, but here are several items that would be particularly helpful for this volunteer experience: A bed sheet malaria medication flashlight umbrella mosquito repellent with DEET sunscreen alarm clock OR watch with alarm clock journal sleeping bag Any games or craft items like Origami would be great for the kids Rain coat 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 Any special games or study material for kindergarten standard kids 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.
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