On this project, you will have the opportunity to make a genuine and varied contribution towards the quality of healthcare support in Kerala. In addition to assisting at a special needs school working with children, you might get involved with young adults with special needs to improve their skills, chances and opportunities. Supporting the running of vocational training and therapy sessions with adults will increase local organisations capacity to make an impact long-term. The variety of roles you will have means you really can make your mark while your own the project.
As an intern you will be expected to take a leadership role on project, providing an example for both the students and other participants.
How this project makes a difference:
Resources and facilities for people with disabilities are limited in India. People with mental or physical disabilities often live with severe disadvantages in society. Local organisations are run by very motivated and engaged groups of people but lack the capacity to address issues fully. The help you will provide local organisations is highly-valued.
Through exercise sessions and learning activities, including art and play therapy, you will be making a significant difference to both the physical and educational development of children with special needs.
*There are many religious and cultural festivals throughout the year in India, as well as school holidays and exam periods. During these periods we may run activities and programmes that are slightly different. Its possible that during these periods you might support the running of 'Summer School' workshops for children in local communities, create lesson plans and resources for future volunteer work, facilitate adult training programmes related to a range of issues or help out with some construction or maintenance work at our local partners. Where possible we would also like you to enjoy the festivities and engage with our partners in the community this way. There may be times when we are able to enjoy the varied entertainment, food and traditions that Kerala has to offer.
India short, mid, and long-term objectives
All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.
Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.
Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.
Learn about the long-term objectives you will be contributing to in India:
1. Increase women's opportunities in Kerala
2. Ensure healthy lives, well-being and promote opportunities and equality for those with special needs in Kerala
3. Enable the absolute development of children and young adults in Kerala by providing support and training in LSBE (life skills base education)