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Volunteering in Aim India Foundation

AIM INDIA FOUNDATION provides safe, affordable and meaningful volunteer programs in Kolkata, the City of Joy. We offer vast variety of programs, cultural exchange programs, internships, gap year programs in India, where volunteers can choose to work in Kolkata, where Mother Teresa spent her lifetime serving the poor. Our choice of programs include working with Orphans, Women Empowerment Programmes, Health/HIV programs, Teaching Programme, Street Children Programmes, Internship Programmes and more. You can join our programs in India, as an individual, as a group or even choose to volunteer in India with your family.

We provide volunteer work, gap year & Internships in India to national and international students, gap year travellers and career breakers from around the world to come and help in India. We work closely with local NGOs in India and partner with many international organizations providing volunteers meaningful work at the grassroots level where it is much needed.

WHY VOLUNTEER IN INDIA?

India is one of the fastest growing and developing nations in the world today and still poverty and illiteracy remain key issues within India. Although larger cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and more have developed quite a lot over the last 10 years, they along with all other parts of India are still suffering from poverty. Aim India works with local communities and NGO's in India and help bring a change to the lives of the downtrodden. Volunteers can make a huge difference in the lives of street children in places like Delhi, work with local NGO's supporting women empowerment, teach English at local community schools and also help in hospitals and clinics to bring a change in the lives of local people.

Aim India has been also working with several NGO's in India and has been sending a steady number of volunteers to these centres. This is really important and now our international volunteers coming to India play a big role in running of these NGO's, they support both financially and personally to help the local communities.

India is a also a dream destination for any traveller, it offers a diverse culture, history and heritage like no other country in the world?. India is also the perfect destination to volunteer abroad during your gap year. Volunteering India provides great gap year programs in India. You will be surprised at the amount if things to see and do in India. It is also host to many UNESCO World heritage sites, including the world famous Taj Mahal. Volunteers have a lot to do and experience the life in India, since you would have your weekends free, you can go on and explore India, see Taj Mahal, Golden Temple, Sundar Ban, and many more. Our local coordinators would be glad to assist you in planning your weekend travel while you are in India.

WHY KOLKATA?

Kolkata is famous as the city where Mother Teresa spent her lifetime serving the poor. As a volunteer in Kolkata you will be making a difference to the lives of slum children and women trapped in poverty. Aim India has tied up with local grass root organisations in Kolkata for rehabilitation, education and health care projects for disadvantaged communities in slum areas.

This is a truly unique program as not only will you be making a real impact through volunteering on rewarding projects, but also get to live in a very interesting and historic city that holds on to its past of English Colonization of India, Bengali heritage and myriad of cultures.

Being the heart of the British Raj, Kolkata has been a thriving city since the 1900s. Many rural communities came to look for jobs in Kolkata. Being uneducated many ended up in low paid jobs and could not get employment. Slums developed as low wage workers could not find housing. Slums are a big part of the city even today and many live in poverty.

MINI BREAK PROGRAMMES

This program is especially suitable for volunteers who do not have time to commit to a month or more of volunteering but would like to make some contribution and also travel along with other volunteers on the weekends to one of the most spectacular places in India.

Taking part in the Mini Break Programme is a great way to make a valuable contribution in the projects and also experience firsthand some of the most fascinating and beautiful parts of India.

During the period, volunteers are either allocated to work in social welfare projects where you will contribute in development activities for social cause.

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How to apply?

Aim India Foundation works in different verticals viz: education, environment, health, hygiene, relif to poor, wemen empowerment and several awareness programmes. Explore the various volunteering options, go through the Volunteer Orientation AV as well read the Code of Ethics. To apply, send an email to aimindiafoundation@gmail.com  with a brief profile about yourself and your interests. The respective contact person from Aim India Foundation will get in touch through email. She/He will further explain the process and details and the assignments.

What's the difference between an intern and a volunteer?

We are asked this quite often. Basically, an internship is something that you choose to do in order to develop your skills in a profession. Volunteering can also serve this purpose, but the driving force is your desire to help out. So for example, a teaching program can be viewed as an internship by those who wish to develop their teaching skills, or as volunteering for those who are just looking to help out.

For details write to aimindiafoundation@gmail.com