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India

See India and absorb Indian culture through helping the citizens!

INTERNATIONAL WORKCAMPS IN INDIA 2018

Every year, thousands of refugees come to India from nearby countries and go from small towns and villages to the big cities. Most of these families are living in very poor conditions in slums or on street corners. The Indian government and society are busy dealing with other issues and therefore, this matter remains unsolved. That is why our partner Smile Society has projects to help these unfortunate families and their children in different locations in and around Kolkata city. Their target is to bring smiles on children faces.

We need energetic volunteer with open mind. You need to be strong and flexible. India is a beautiful country but challenging for some people. Local culture and people are interesting however, the weather is hot and humid in summer. Therefore, 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 is to read about India and Indian culture as much as possible before you apply for the project. If you got any queries, feel free to contact us by mail at acopia.intern@gmail.com

Please find thereafter the description of our different projects!

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SMILE Street Children Welfare Project

LOCATION : MADHYAMGRAM (8 km from Kolkata Airport)

DATES : Any time. It is a permanent workcamp. 2 weeks workcamp volunteers should arrive either 1-14th or 17-30th of each month.

Duration : Min. 2 weeks & Max. 20 Weeks.

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This project is all about helping children between 8-15 years old,mostly refugees, living in the streets. Daily, hundreds of children receive support at our different centers. It consists in providing basic education such as English teaching, hygiene, basic health care to kids and playing with them, organizing entertainment program and food distribution. Every evening, there is a workshop to prepare the next day lesson.

Volunteers use different way of informal education technique to present a unique and attractive ways of education programs for these kids. Most of these kids speaks local Bengali/Hindi language but they are very smart and intelligent. Therefore, teaching them with the support of local coordinator is not so difficult, just a little bit of patience and involvement can solve this problem easily. Our foremost goal is to “Bring Smile Around”. We ensure that all volunteers are provided with safe and enriching experience. Our flexible approach means that you will be given a placement to suit your need and time scale.

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INTERCULTURAL & LANGUAGE EXCHANGE CAMP

LOCATION : MADHYAMGRAM (8 km from Kolkata Airport)

DATES : 2 weeks workcamp from 15th to 28th of each month

This camp is an international platform to exchange culture and language. Energetic youth from around the world is gathered together to learn about Indian culture, food, yoga and build friendships.

India has always been famous for its culture, tradition, language and cuisine. While volunteering in this camps youth have chance to interact with the East Indian (Bengali) culture and food. Volunteers and local family together exchange culture and cook food. Volunteers have a chance to learn Indian yoga & meditation basic lesion in this camp. This camp offers the opportunity to know about the ethnic heritage of East Indian cuisine and tradition. It would be a great fun filled time for groups.

It is a fun entertainment camp where Indian family and international youth can have a platform to share each other culture and lifestyle. Camp would take place in the suburb call Madhyamgram which is just 8 km from Kolkata Airport. Transportation, electricity, shopping places are all around. The nearest rail and bus station is within 2 km. Life is very simple and peaceful around.

INDIAN FESTIVALS CAMP

LOCATION : MADHYAMGRAM (8 km from Kolkata Airport)                                      

DATES : 

  • SMILE RAKSHA BANDHAN CAMP : 17th August 2018 – 30th August 2018
  • HAPPY GANESHA FESTIVAL : 10th September 2018 – 24th September 2018
  • HAPPY DURGA PUJA FESTIVAL : 15th October 2018 – 28th October 2018
  • DIWALI FESTIVAL CAMP : 1st November 2018 – 14th November 2018
  • CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL : 17th December 2018 – 28th December 2018

Indian festivals are world famous because of their social and cultural values. Volunteers will have an 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 has always been famous for its culture, tradition, language and cuisine. While volunteering in this camps youth have chance to interact with the East Indian (Bengali) culture and food. Volunteers and local family together exchange culture and cook food. Volunteers have a chance to learn Indian yoga & meditation basic lesion in this camp. This camp offers the opportunity to know about the ethnic heritage of East Indian cuisine and tradition.

CULTURAL TRIP AND COMMUNITY WORK

LOCATION : MADHYAMGRAM (8 km from Kolkata Airport) 

DATES : 2 weeks workcamp from 3rd to 15th of each month

Do you wish to explore India and learn about Indian culture and tradition while living at local host family and helping to bring a smile to children living on the street of Kolkata? This project is all about bringing smile to all underprivileged refugee children and their mother living in the street of Kolkata. Providing informal basic education to children, like English teaching, hygiene, basic health care, family planning and playing with them, organizing entertainment program and food distribution.

Any students group, youth group, Teen group, Senior group, Intern group or group of individuals are welcome. Minimum number should be 6 till 30 are welcome on any date Teen group should have at least one English speaking team leader above 18 years. 

Happy Home Project

LOCATION : MADHYAMGRAM (8 km from Kolkata Airport)

DATES : Any time. It is a permanent workcamp. 2 weeks workcamp volunteers should arrive either 1-14th or 17-30th of each month.

Duration : Min. 2 weeks & Max. 20 Weeks.

The goal of this project is to bring smile among children between 3-7 years old (mostly refugees) 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. Therefore, teaching them with the support of local coordinator would not be so difficult, just a little bit of patience and involvement can solve this problem easily.

For mothers informal vocational training and basic English teaching would be helpful. Volunteers would also help local coordinator in other activities like giving food distribution, organizing drama, storytelling and entertainment games for the children.

Street GIRLS EMPOWERMENT Project

LOCATION : MADHYAMGRAM (8 km from Kolkata Airport)

DATES : Any time. It is a permanent workcamp. 2 weeks workcamp volunteers should arrive either 1-14th or 17-30th of each month.

Duration : Min. 2 weeks & Max. 20 Weeks.

This project consists in helping girls from the underprivileged community (mostly refugees) of India to get basic education, vocational and hygienic training etc. Daily more than 200+ families receiving support at our different centres around.

Most important target of the project is to bring smile among these children and provide confidence and moral support to them. Volunteers would use different way of informal education technique to present a unique and attractive way of education programs for these kids.

Street DOGS WELFARE PROJECT

LOCATION : MADHYAMGRAM (8 km from Kolkata Airport)

DATES : Any time. It is a permanent workcamp. 2 weeks workcamp volunteers should arrive either 1-14th or 17-30th of each month.

Duration : Min. 2 weeks & Max. 20 Weeks.

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Do you love dogs? Then this camp is for you. This camp is for bringing welfare service to one of the most neglected domestic animals like dogs  in India. SMILE Animal shelter for Domestic Animal welfare project providing shelter to dogs. There is almost no management system from local government available for these animals.

There are long and short-term volunteering opportunities available every year for these poor needy animals. Volunteers would have an amazing time with these cute animals for sure.

Yoga Camp & Meditation learning Project

LOCATION : MADHYAMGRAM (8 km from Kolkata Airport)

DATES : Any time. It is a permanent workcamp. 2 weeks workcamp volunteers should arrive either 1-14th or 17-30th of each month.

Duration : Min. 2 weeks & Max. 20 Weeks.

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Would you like to bring Enlightenment in your mind and health through Yoga and Meditation in India? India has always been famous for yoga and meditation. While volunteering in this project youth can have the chance to interact with Indian culture and Yoga/Meditation.

Volunteers and local family together exchange the culture. Youth volunteers have golden chance to know about the ethnic heritage of East Indian tradition.

ART, MUSIC, LANGUAGE TEACHING

LOCATION : MADHYAMGRAM (8 km from Kolkata Airport)

DATES : Any time. It is a permanent workcamp. 2 weeks workcamp volunteers should arrive either 1-14th or 17-30th of each month.

Duration : Min. 2 weeks & Max. 20 Weeks

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The most important target of this 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. There is a workshop every evening for volunteers to 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, organizing drama, storytelling and entertainment games for the children. Whole camp would be run under the supervision of very experienced local project coordinator.

Online Promotion, Blogs & Content writing Assistant

LOCATION : MADHYAMGRAM (8 km from Kolkata Airport)

DATES : Any time. It is a permanent workcamp. 2 weeks workcamp volunteers should arrive either 1-14th or 17-30th of each month.

Duration : Min. 2 weeks & Max. 20 Weeks

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We are looking for volunteers from different countries to help us  with online promotion. Due to charity status it is really difficult to go for paid advertising. Right now volunteers from native English speaking countries would be very appreciated but any volunteer is welcomed to join our team as a promotional assistant!

Manual Assistant

LOCATION : MADHYAMGRAM (8 km from Kolkata Airport)

DATES : Any time. It is a permanent workcamp. 2 weeks workcamp volunteers should arrive either 1-14th or 17-30th of each month.

Duration : Min. 2 weeks & Max. 20 Weeks

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Would you like to help us with everyday manual work like cleaning, swiping, shopping, odd jobs etc? Then this project is for you. 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.

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PROJECTS COST AND SERVICES PROVIDED TO VOLUNTEERS

The cost depends on the intended duration of your stay. Please contact us at acopia.intern@gmail.com for more details.

Costs included:

*Airport pick-up: The meeting point is at 12 noon outside the Kolkata (international terminal gate 4A) airport arrival gate. Or as per arrival details: pickup available between 6am-6pm only (subject to prior confirmation).

*Accommodation: dormitory in host family or school building as per available on arrival during the Workcamp. Please arrange your own accommodation in case of early arrival or late departure. If you arrive early then you can have your stay in any of the different hotels available nearby the Airport, within 2 -3 km.on the road popularly called as V.I.P road.

*Food: 3 times local food from host family as per available on arrival

*Laundry and water: you can use water for washing once in a day. Drinking water and limited wifi are available in house. Please cooperate with the local members.

*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. Be ready for a simple and challenging life!

*Emergency support.

Costs excluded:

*Flight ticket / Visa /Medical cost

*Weekend Trip: There are many weekend trips organized (against extra cost) by our travel partners. For more details please contact your camp in charge.

 

STAY TUNED FOR UPCOMING WORK CAMPS!

ACOPIA's Work Camp is a series of activities wherein young volunteers gather together to do rural service work. Our camp offers a slew of activities that are sure to whet your appetite for more Korean culture. Expect to be taught how to cook traditional Korean dishes and sides like tteokbokki and gochujang. Learn how the locals fish and farm for a livelihood and form ties with the villagers. Not only can you help local Korean communities flourish, but you also gain exposure to foreign cultures and make new friends from all over the world!

There are a minimum of two ACOPIA Work Camps held in Korea every year and an irregular schedule for the Japanese camps.


UPCOMING WORK CAMPS

Don't let another moment be put to waste. Join ACOPIA in one of our work camps!

PAST WORK CAMPS

Find out more about the previous camp we organized in South Korea in August!