Nature of the project: Care for HIV/AIDS infected and people with other diseases
Starting & Ending Date: 2nd January-15th January
Skills and Qualification: None
Workcamps Cost: $$
Total Space Available: ?
Due to the lack of basic healthcare facilities and awareness among its people, various deadly diseases like HIV/AIDS, Cancer, leprosy etc are spreading in India. Infected people have no one to care for them and are abandoned by their family, thus suffering in silence. Millions of these infected people are dying every year and are hoping for any kind of support. We are thus giving them helping hand by running our programs in collaboration with local NGOs in the outskirts of big cities. Our local partner organizations are assisting these affected people and giving them opportunity to do learn handicraft, leather goods, gardening and other products that are sold in the market afterwards. This will give them opportunity to stand by their own feet in near future.
While working in the program, you as GWC volunteer will be acting like a friend or a family member to those infected and rejected people. You have to assist them in their daily activities and help them to live a normal life. You also need to help them in teaching various skills like sewing, preparing leather goods, and beautician art etc. You can also arrange extracurricular activities for them such as sports, games and singing competitions in order to bring smile on their sad and disappointed faces. You should also help to change the attitude of locals towards infected people. Moreover, you might also be asked by local staff members in various other tasks related to the project. This will be a lifetime experience to the volunteers who would get to help these deprived people and will also develop good bonding with co participating volunteers coming from different international cultures. Join hands with GWC and help poor villagers live life with a smile and dignity. Little gestures of help and care offered by you will brighten up the lives of these poor suffering people.
Typically you are expected to work for about 4 to 6 hours a day; however if you wish to put in more working hours in the interest of needy you are welcome. A typical working day begins after breakfast at 8:30 am till 11 am and after lunch at 1:30 pm to 3:30pm. It is highly recommended that you work with other project closely to adjust better and maximize the impact.
Day 1: Arrival at Bengaluru Airport, from where you will be taken to your respective accommodation. At GWC office, you will be introduced to our staff. Your 1st day will be a rest day, so that you can easily recover and refresh yourself after a long journey.
Day 2: You will be welcomed at GWC India Office, where you will be given a short introduction about of GWC. You will also be introduced about the local people, local conditions, local language & culture, host family, safety & climate and socio – political issues.
Day 3: You will leave for the project site where you will get to meet with the local villagers and will be introduced to the project and the working environment.
Day 4 – 9: Work at Project Location (Please refer Project Overview & Project Work for details).
Day 10: This is the time to relax and refresh by taking a tour to village site, interact with locales, staff and your fellow volunteers. You will visit and explore various sightseeing spots and will get to have lots of fun. After dinner in the evening, you can have more fun when you join cultural program performed by local community people which is always a visual treat.
Day 11-12: Project work (Care for HIV/AIDS infected and people with other diseases) continues.
Day 13: Explore the beautiful places of India along with fellow participants who all are of almost of your own age. This will enhance the bonding among the participants.
Day 14: Completion of project, final experience synthesis and Farewell program will be conducted at the end. This is a wonderful platform to the participants to recall and share important experiences and lessons learnt. During this, a short program of certificate distribution will also take place. Once the program is over, the group of volunteers (youth participants) will leave for departure for their respective destinations.
GWS partner organizations at India will arrange and manage your accommodation, food and supervision while you work in a project. During the work camp, your accommodation and food would be made accessible in a house designed according to the Asian traditions which you would fall in love with. You’ll be served 3 (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) Indian meals a day including local delicacies like rice, bread, and vegetable. The meal might be cooked by a group of volunteers with the support of local staff. Although a beautiful, warm and friendly place, you should not expect luxurious treatment or accommodations because we ideally want you to feel and experience the real local Indian culture and lifestyle closely.