Since 1993, our organisation has been committed to improving the welfare of society’s most marginalised groups, particularly women and children affected by HIV/AIDS and/or TB. The organisation conducts programmes in providing medical and social support to those affected by the diseases. At the same time, smaller programmes have made improvements in economic empowerment, employability, and skills training for these populations.
Our children's home is located in Chitoor, a rural village of the Madurai District and is home to 30 children between the ages of 3 and 18. The children here have all been affected by HIV/AIDS or TB in some respect – orphaned by the disease, infected themselves and then rejected by their families or can no longer be supported by infected parent(s). We provide food, shelter, medical expenses, and social support to the children.
The Home relies on private donations to cover operating expenses – roughly USD $7,500 / year. For upkeep and improvements to the home, we rely on volunteers.
Instead of charging for food and accommodation, we ask that volunteers select a project to take ownership of. Projects may be chosen according to length of stay and individual interests. Our staff will loosely guide project implementation, but we are looking for volunteers who can work without a lot of oversight and micromanagement.
In exchange for food and accommodation, volunteers will fund their selected project. (Very small budgets – e.g. purchase paint for 500 rupees). In the photos section you will find ideas for potential projects as well as past volunteer work. This list is not exhaustive and we welcome any ideas you have that are particularly suited to your skill-sets.
We expect daytime hours to be dedicated towards projects, while evening hours can be devoted in aiding children with homework if they showcase desire. Volunteer roles and schedules are flexible, but require initiative and are for the most part self-directed. We require our volunteers to stay a minimum of two weeks.
Volunteers will have a room either at the children's home in Chittor or in town at Virudhunagar. There are regular buses between Chittor and Virudhunagar for Rs. 6. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served at both locations (the Home and the office in Virudhunagar) and will be provided for volunteers. Meals mainly consist of rice, dosa, or idly and a curry. For more variety, additional food options are available in Virudhunagar (meals are between Rs. 40-100, depending on the type of vendor).
Volunteers will also have showers, western toilets, free wifi (when power permits), and access to English speaking staff.
For more information on our organisation, our children's home, or past volunteer testimonials, please contact us directly!
Babysitting / child care
Help with Eco project
Help with Computers / internet
Home fix-ups and renovations:
Painting, landscaping, planting, and any other handy work you can contribute to the home!
Games, activities, and academic support for children:
Help with the children in the home before and after school.
Working directly with the crops eg: planting, weeding, picking
General maintenance on the farm
We have 3 rooms available for our volunteers at the children's home and 2 at the office in Virudhunagar. All have fans, and access to western style toilets. The home has a water purification system, so you will always have access to clean drinking water!
Volunteers may participate in children's excursions, holiday and festival celebrations, and school events.
The local train station (Virudhunagar Junction) makes travel easy for day or weekend excursions.
Our local and international staff love giving tips and ideas on the best ways to take advantage of your time here, where to visit, and what to see!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Our volunteer model allows travelers to take ownership of projects and see a tangible impact on the lives of children.
A less visible, but equally real impact derives from the relationships formed with the fun-loving, outgoing children at the home.
We also offer an opportunity into authentic Indian life in a town unscathed by tour buses and selfie sticks.
We have a welcoming, international staff who will help you make the most of your time here and help see the best parts of beautiful Tamil Nadu!
In developing countries (Where most hosts are involved in charity work or community development) some of our hosts may ask for a small donation to help the host family or charity (often less then 5 dollars per day) Workaway will allow this listing when the donation goes directly to the family or charity and is just to cover the cost of the volunteer's stay. (This will be clearly marked on the host listing).
We will strictly not allow listings posted by agents, “middle men” or projects who we feel are looking to profit from a volunteers stay.
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