LOCATION : MADHYAMGRAM (8 km from Kolkata Airport)
DATE :Ongoing (Any time), 2 weeks workcamp volunteers should arrive either 1-14th or 17-30th.
Duration : Min. 2 weeks & Max. 20 Weeks.
Long & Middle term Project Code : SMILE MLTV02 (4-20weeks)
Workcamps Codes and dates are as follows :-
Code Location Date Vol Req
SMILE IWC496 Kol 15-28Feb 15 SMILE IWC497Kol 1-14Mar 15
SMILE IWC500Kol17-30Mar 15
SMILE IWC501 Kol 1-14 Apr 15 SMILE IWC504Kol 17-30Apr 15
SMILE IWC505 Kol 1-14May 15
And so on……..
ACTIVITIES: Working with Children like Teaching basic English, Any foreign language, Art, Craft, hygiene, playing, creative and entertainment activities. Other activities include like painting on wall, local language learning class, Cultural exchange etc.
Participation fees : INR12500 /head for minimum 1- 2 weeks duration (Approx 175€). INR 21000/head (Approx. €300)for 4 weeks duration and every extra weeks there after would cost INR 3750/head (Approx 75€) .REQUIRED to pay by cash on arrival to host family representative. One leader’s participation is Free for group above 10 members at a time . If Volunteers willing Us to organise weekends (Two weekend days, Everyday 10am-6 pm) guided Kolkata city trip then extra INR 3750 /head (Approx 50€)including team leader required to pay on arrival. This would cover their entry fees, snacks,
Transportation. There would be local members who would lead and guide the group.
Target Group for these camps:- Helping Children (4-14 years) from the street( mostly refugees) of India to get basic education,vocational and hygienic training etc. Daily many children receives support at our different centres around.
Project Back ground :- India having uncountable numbers of street and slum dwellers . There are thousands of poor refugees coming every year from nearby countries and from different small towns and villages to the big cities and most of these families are living in a very poorly condition at slums or on street corners like insects. Normal societies are so busy to deal with their personal daily problems, so have little time for these unfortunate people. . So it is really a shame of the so called civilised societies. We have got our few projects for these unfortunate street children at the different locations of big cities. Now there are opportunities available to help and support these unfortunate girls and mothers of the street children in and around Kolkata (ccu) city.our target to bring smile on children face .
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.
Work & Activities :- Most important target of the project is to bring smile among these children and provide confidence and moral support to their mother .Volunteer would use different way of informal education technique to present a unique and attractive way of education programs for these kids .Most of these kids speaks local Bengali /Hindi language but they are very smart and intelligent.so teaching them with the support of local coordinator would not be so difficult ,just little bit of patience and involvement can solve this problem easily. All volunteers would go through orientation on arrival and two local language session during this camp. There would also be a workshop every evening when volunteers would prepare the next day lesson plan of action . For mothers informal vocational training and basic English teaching would be helpful . Volunteers would also help local coordinator in other activities like giving shower food distribution, organising drama,story telling and entertainment games for the children.whole camp would be run under the supervision of very experienced local project coordinator. Saturday and Sunday would be free days when volunteers can take rest or tour around the city or near by places.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. SMILE society always tries to give international volunteers a big scope to know about the local communities and understand the family environment. Smile Society (ngo) had started their activities since 2003 !
Example Daily Schedule:
Wake up early morning: 6 am
Breakfast: 6:30 am ( required to prepared by own)
Project hour : As per project In charge.
Lunch at 1:30-2 p.m
late afternoon: 3 – 5pm, workshop time for volunteers
Dinner : 7 – 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 **
Accommodation: Dormitory basis in host family as per available on arrival ( on cot with mattress/on floor with mattress, 2–30 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 homemade 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.
Please be careful about money and do not carry lots of money while going outside.
Please take the permission before taking any picture, respect all the given time schedule carefully and cooperate others in their work. Keep your luggage locked.
Smoking and alcohol are not allowed in the accommodation
Be careful about your camera, phone, valuables .Do not show your money and valuables.
Volunteers need to help the local members and respect local culture and tradition.
Giving gifts to any individual kid or any single family are not allowed, if you are interested to give any gift please contact with the project in charge and organize enough for all the kids /families . Please do not bring your camera while working in our projects. Photography in project area are not allowed.
All kids are equal to us , please do not give any special attention to any particular kid.
Volunteers are requested to pay their living cost soon after they arrive our place.
During orientation all volunteers will go through all the points and explain all the details.
Please bargain a lot before purchasing anything from the local market. Please do not bring outsider at your accommodation or show your whereabouts to any unknown people. It is important for your safety and security.
Volunteers are requested to not to involve in any sexual relationship or hugging or kissing in their accommodation with their co volunteers or in work place with any girls or boys (above 6 yrs) .
Please do not make quick friendship with unknown people that can be unsafe for you and always maintain the organization rules ,system and the atmosphere of family during your stay with us. Please do not show your whereabouts to any unknown people. Volunteers are always welcome to inform the camp in charge about their problem if they found any , It is very important for us to know if any volunteer face any kind of problem ,as early as we know about it , would be easier for us to solve it. We expect all volunteers’ kind cooperation during their stay in SMILE. Please be ready to adjust and flexible while staying in India.
All volunteers are requested to follow strictly the given time schedule for their projects ,breakfast, lunch, diner and returning time to the accommodation (if they go out ) should be before 8 p.m if they do not need diner or before 7 p.m if they need diner. Entrance door will be closed at 8 p.m on every night.
Try to bring SMILE among all kids. While going out please always carry the accommodation address and organization contact number with you. Please remember that there will be no guide from the organization during your free hour. In emergency you are requested to contact our contact number.
You are requested to bring required docs like passport copies, visa copies, 2 copies of your recent photos etc. which you requested to submit on your arrival to our representative.
Services that will be offered to all volunteers :—
1. 3 times local food (organized by the local service providers).
2. Shared /dormitory accommodation ,non Air cond. (simple type living standard either at hotel/guest house/school building /community house/host family as per available on arrival organized through the local service providers).
3. Airport pickup (volunteers are requested to meet our rep at the meeting point on time .Meeting details would be given through this info sheet. Train station pickup or hotel pickup are not available. Pickup service and accommodation may not available in case of early arrival. If any volunteer comes late then he/she should contact our office (email preferred) in advance and wait for our next available pickup service. Sometimes pickup service may not available on the same day if anyone miss their meeting time and in these cases volunteers are requested to wait for the next day pickup service. Volunteers are requested to stay at the airport lounge if they arrive at night. If any volunteer wish they can stay at any nearby hotel also. (There are plenty of hotels available on the road called V.I.P road ,within 2 k.m from the airport gate).Any cab driver can easily drop the volunteer at any nearby hotel. In these cases volunteers are requested to purchase pre paid taxi from the airport inside only.
4.Local staff will be available at every project site.
5.Emergency telephonic assistance are available.
6.Emergency personal assistance available (in case of major medical emergency cases only).
Services that will not be offered to volunteers:—–
1. Volunteers should not expect any special food ,fruits or drinks.
2. Air conditioned room or personal room or room of your own choice or changing room or changing project would not be available.
3. Medical cost, hospitalization cost, medicine cost, personal cost, personal transportation, air ticket, visa fees, entry fees, vaccination fees, entertainment cost, weekends trip cost or any other that are not mentioned in the “service that will be offered “section will not be available. All volunteers are requested to have their own medical and travel insurances available up to date with them.
4. Personal physical assistance outside of the project site are not available. Weekends trips and transportation are not included unless specified as it would incurred an extra fee.
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
mosquito repellent with DEET
alarm clock OR watch with alarm clock
Any games or craft items like Origami would be great for the kids
Snacks from your country
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).
head covering (bandanas, hat)
towel that dries FAST.
Laundry and water: you can use water for washing once in a day .Drinking water and 2 hours/day wifi available ( maximum 4 person at a time) are available in house. Please cooperate with the local members.
Medical : All volunteers are requested to look after their own medical expenses and other personal expenses(transportation, medical cost, medicine cost, communicational cost, gift, toilet papers, laundry, drinks or anything that are not mentioned in the living cost section will be volunteers’ own responsibility) . Volunteers are also requested to carry your own medical and travel insurances.
Water: Please do not waste water / electricity.
Weekends : Free, You are welcome to travel nearby places but you are requested to join the Monday morning project on time.
Weekends attraction: Darjeeling, Bodh gaya, Puri, Sundarban, Digha etc.
Hospitals: There are many good hospitals available near center kolkata ie: Woodlands [24567075-89]; Bell vue Nursing Home[Ph: 2472321].
Tourist Information centre: 22289898.
Railway Booking centre: Foreigner Reservation Counter at Fairlie place near BBD Bag,very near from Esplanade area,Ph: 22206811 ;
Airport : Netaji Suvash Chandra International Airport ,Kolkata[ 8 km away from SMILE office and your accommodation].
Weekend Trip: There is weekend trip organized (against extra cost) by our travel partners. For more details please contact your camp In charge Ms. Kamala.
Head Office location: It is located at Madhyamgram ,which is around 20 k.m away from the centre kolkata but just 8 km away from the Airport.
Accommodation : Madhyamgram ( 20 km away from center kolkata, 8 km away from the Kolkata (Ccu) Airport ).
Visa : E-Tourist visa is easy and quick as long as you are a short term visitor and purpose of visit is Tourism. If you wish to volunteer for longterm then you should Apply for Employment Visa for Volunteering purpose in registered NGO like SMILE Society. You should apply in advance. Indian visa duration starts from the date of visa issued, so make your plan accordingly. You required some documents from our side which our partner or our Volunteer Coordination Incharge will explain you. If any documents hard copy required to send for visa then you required cover the delivery charges on arrival by cash as well. For some country visa on arrival also available for short term Volunteers.
Local host Family Address :
Can be informed before your visa application.
Nearest Rail Station: Madhyamgram
Nearest Bus stand: Madhyamgram
Nearest Market : Just 1.5 km away from the accommodation. There are some western type of markets also available ie: A.C Market, Forum, city centre , New Market around Esplanade and park street etc.
Tourist places: Museum, Victoria Memorial Hall, Kali ghat [ Goddess kali temple],Maidan, Howrah Bridge, Ganges River[ Most pious river among Hindus] etc.
Internet & Phone : There are many internet café and phone booth at city centre..
Introduction: When you are volunteering with SMILE, you are joining a family of fellow volunteers and NGO staff. Everyone is considered equal, and we are all committed to helping each other and most importantly, helping children. Cleaning room,toilet,dining place,living building are mandatory for every volunteer.
Meeting Point: As per Schedule given.
Transportation : You will have to use the local available group transportation organised for the camp during your term. Airport transfer would be available as per information.
Emergency Contact of SMILE :- 00919830150249 (What’s App) ,email@example.com
Orientation: Soon after the Volunteer arrive , they will be taken to host family place to get refresh and take bit of rest before the orientation meeting take place. After the Orientation meeting volunteer will be allowed to participate in the project only.
Our Social Link details :-
ph:0091-9830150249, ( These number is only for What’s App)
Greetings from SMILE NGO India.hope you had a great season. We like to thanks our all partner for their kind cooperation. We would love to see your kind cooperation in coming years as well. New partners are most welcome to work together and build up a strong partnership.
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Please promote our upcoming projects in India. SMILE Projects are waiting for your cooperation. Any groups or individuals are most welcome . Middle and Long term places are available as well. Let’s start a strong partnership.
SMILENGO India Workcamps have open places for your energetic youth volunteers……
Upcoming Workcamps in 2017 also open. Our exciting camp of Happy Christmas Festival looking for your energetic youth volunteers between 17-30th Dec.
All other projects are open as well for your energetic youth volunteers.
Looking forward to receive your motivated volunteers in our projects India. For any queries please contact us anytime.
SMILE Team , India
What’s App : +919830150249
*Tree plantation and recycling* (Spl. Camps & Group camps)!!
*Renovation and Repainting Group Project
* Food preparation and distribution among street children
* Food preparation and distribution among dogs and cats
* Recyling waste
* Drama and music for street children
*Green House project
* Organic farmingA group having 15-30 volunteers can take part in any of these short term 2 weeks Group projects .
****Interested Group for package project can apply for 2 weeks volunteering + 1 week trip .( cost would be as per trip type and facilities provided . Our trips are all organised by professional travel partners.****
Dear Partners and Volunteers !!
Warm Greetings from SMILE ,India !! SMILE ,India welcome international youth to participate in our year long STV(Workcamp ,Special camp, Group camp ) and LMTV ( long and medium term volunteering) projects .open places details are as follows.we need your energetic youth ! Please welcome !
We have our projects open for whole year !!
looking forward to meet motivated and energetic youth at SMILE !!
Project details :- http://smilengo1.blogspot.in/2013/05/smile-international-workcamp-india.html,
WorkCamp and special camp project details :-
1.Project :- Street children welfare project ( TE/ HC / SW)Location :sealdah and around
Duration : 1-2 weeks
Details : India having uncountable numbers of street and slum dwellers . There are thousands of poor refugees coming every year from nearby countries and from different small towns and villages to the big cities and most of these families are living in a very poorly condition at slums or on street corners like insects . Normal societies are so busy to deal with their personal daily problems ,so have little time for these unfortunate people. With every such family most number are children below 12 years including both girls and boys. Often these families bring their children to help them in begging ,household work ,rag picking activities. So it is really a shame of the so called civilised societies.
We have got our few projects for these unfortunate street children at the different locations of big cities. Now there are opportunities available in and around Kolkata (ccu) city.
Smile Society (ngo) had started their activities since 2003 ! From the first day children from the street around its’ project area became the SMILE family members! Activities started with washing,cleaning,cleaning cloth,cutting hair and nails and then basic education( pre-elementary ) / vocational training/art /craft /drama /language training /music training /other activities done for the children on regular basis. Once these activities over then lunch being distributed among the children at the project followed by different amusing games with the volunteers !! ThInternational volunteers can have a scope to creat game plan or vocational training activities for these angels. These projects are going the several places with the help of local community helper . We often welcome international workcamp volunteers and medium to long term volunteers to run these projects !! Volunteer can have a great fun to stay with the local host and learn local food habits/ culture/dress /cultural exchange programme on regular basis to learn each other as a part of the single SMILE family!! Volunteers would have great fun time altogether!
2.Project:Repainting /reconstruction ( RENO )Place:madhyamgram
Direct applicants required to pay the living cost Euro 200/head / 1-2 weeks camp.
Details:- SMILE always believes in family type of environment !! Organisation always trying bring all Volunteers living at the same city can have a chance to live together with the local volunteers as a big family . So this year we are expecting to start such place with the help of our host families. So we are in need of volunteers in group to help in painting and construction our dream place which is known as volunteer shelter. simultaneously our sincere effort to have animal shelter,vocational training shelter, rain water reserver to store rain water for further uses. So our Renovation and painting project has a great importance on our different projects . We are trying to bring different activities at one place . Such shelter would be our base point to bring help around . Presently shelter is going on under the observation and guidance of local host family .
3.Project: Environment and Recycling Activities ( ENV )Place : Madhyamgram and sealdah
Direct applicants required to pay the living cost Euro 200/head / 1-2 weeks camp.Duration:2 weeks
Details: In SMILE we always been very careful about the environmental issues. India is a country where waste management ,pollution , lack of environmental knowledge among communities been a great point of concern for the future environmental issues. India is a country generally based of agriculture but using of chemical fertiliser creating lot of diseases ! Drinking water , vegetable become poisonous ,so During these camps volunteer group help to plant tree saplings ,agriculture helper ,water management ,and recycling of the house hold waste to save our mother nature !!it is one of the important and valuable activities !!We need energetic and motivated youth!! project will be held at madhyamgram and sealdah area ! Help us to save our Mother Earth.4.Project:- Animal welfare activities ( Animal )Location: madhyamgramLiving cost : Euro 150 /head for direct applicants( it includes 3 times local food and shared
Direct applicants required to pay the living cost Euro 200/head / 1-2 weeks camp.
Details: In smile family we have a big love for domestic animals basically dogs,cats etc. in India there are huge number of street dogs and cats who are roaming unprotected and struggling for the life and shelter.There are no management system available for these animal.We organise several projects every year for these poor needy animals . Activities are mostly food distribution,grooming ,medication and taking care of dogs and cats at our shelter. We welcome international individuals or groups to help and look after these domestic animals during the camp. It is a fun filled experience for volunteers!! All volunteers taking this project should take anti rabies vaccination before joining these camps.
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Painting volunteer shelter
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Animal feeding and grooming ( dogs and cats)
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Painting volunteer shelter
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Animal feeding and grooming ( dogs and cats)
IWC 324 festive days
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Painting volunteer shelter
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Animal feeding and grooming ( cats and dogs)
MTV & LTV Project open places list :-
OPEN VOL. PLACES
Street Children Welfare and other manual work available
OFFICE Assistant and other manual work available
Street children welfare and other manual work available
OFFICE Assiatant and other manual work available