Discover the beauty and tradition of South India and Pondicherry, while helping a community based organisation.
We are a family run NGO, created by Anthony Samy 27 years ago to help poor and vulnerable communities in and around Cuddalore. Our programmes focus on children's care, water/sanitation, women's empowerment, health, microcredit, education, and disaster recovery.
Today we live on a small estate which includes the Children's Home and learning facilities, the family home, the charity headquarters, rice paddies and a small number of animals. We currently provide shelter and support for around 30 semi-orphans and unprotected children from the surrounding villages.
Here everybody shares local home-made meals, the execution of the NGO's projects and the children's day-by-day living, all in the typical Tamil Nadu way
Please read carefully the below mentioned requirements:
-at least 21
-good understanding of english language
-it is a must that all volunteers are open minded and have a true and honest desire to help.
Babysitting / child care
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
The South Indian's, and Tamil Nadu's, culture is very unique. In this region existed one of the most ancient civilizations in the world, and these remote roots are still present today in the culture of the locals. There is no better way of understanding a place and its people than to live with the ones who help the unprotected. With the goal on empowerment, we're searching for ways to improve the quality of living and the future of all the people.
A volunteer will have direct access to the true South Indian culture, from the gastronomy to the ways of living, traditions and happiness! You will visit tribal villages to meet people who live in traditional ways, through simple means. They generate a small income through agriculture, fishing, tailoring, handicrafts and labour. They are the heart of rural India and we enjoy working in partnership with them.
Here we aim to make your work varied and enriching. We have also found that volunteers bring different skills and innovative ideas of their own, which can add to our current volunteer programm which focuses on:
- Helping with our community projects relating to health/water/sanitation/women empowerment etc (subject to availability)
- Assisting with fundraising and grant applications, and bringing new ideas to improving fundraising processes to our NGO office. This is an important part of our progression so if you have a charity background this would be very welcome.
Following projects are available:
Preparations for the Medical Camps. (Communication, arrangements, transports, food, assistance to referral cases)
Cycle Fish Vendors:
Documentation, Case studies, organize travel and business plan, organize meetings and trainings, micro credit support.
Promoting as groups, capacity building, documentation, micro credit support, convergence of government shills.
Water,Sanitation and Hygiene Education
Baseline Data collection,preparation of the syllabus,construction of the family toilets,water plants and pipes,usage studies etc;
Evening school in villages:
Volunteers can come and support the teachers in the villages with teaching English and extra scholar activities (craft/art work).
Teaching at a local school:
Teach english, maths etc at a school in Cuddalore (9.00 am - 3.30 pm)
Help in the kitchen:
Help preparing our delicious meals with Ammu. You will also be helping with the laundry and cleaning tasks. Taking care of animals
Every volunteer will have a private or shared room in our complex , and total support from the family. We have been doing this for many years and enjoy sharing our home with like minded people from around the world.
You will enjoy typical Tamil Nadu meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea). All meals are free. You will have use of the laundry machine There will be no charge for any of this, it's all a reward for your motivation and good work!
Getting to us from Chennai
We are 3 hours south of Chennai. If you arrive at Chennai airport you can get the metro to CMBT Bus stand (via Alandur). The metro runs from 6am - 9.50pm Mon - Sat and 8am - 9.50pm on Sun)
From CMBT bust stand there are many private and public buses directly to Pondicherry. We will collect you from Pondicherry bus stand.
Private bus (300-500 rupees):
Companies must be booked in advance here
Public bus (90-115 rupees)
Basic, non A/C buses running throughout the day - no pre-booking necessary or possible. After midnight the service reduces to every 30 minutes.
If you prefer to travel by taxi then we will be happy to help you arrange this with a reliable and trustworthy driver who charges approx 35 euros from Chennai.
If you are coming from somewhere else then please let us know and we will do our best to assist and advise you towards a safe and comfortable journey.
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week