Volunteer for Women's Empowerment in Faridabad, India

Faridabad, India Human Rights

Program

Description

Travel to India with Plan My Gap Year and volunteer with an initiative that provides women’s computer, English, and vocational training! There are two different programs that you can be a part of on this trip, including the Eco School Empowerment Project and the Isabella School Empowerment Project. These programs aim to improve local women’s confidence, skill sets, and opportunities for success in a traditionally male-dominated society that often pushes women away from education and into more domestic and subordinate lifestyles.

Impact

Right now, only 69% of the women living in Haryana are literate, having been pushed toward domestic and subordinate lifestyles instead of education or vocational activities. As a volunteer, you will help to empower local women by teaching vocational training courses, English language lessons, and aiding in developing their self-esteem and confidence to build bright futures for themselves and for their families. As women are able to support their families not just through domestic work, but also through income-generating activities, they are able to break the cycle of poverty and improve their own lives, those of their families, and their communities in the long-term.

Field conditions

There are two different projects that you can be a part of through PMGY’s Women Empowerment Volunteering program, including:

Eco School Empowerment Project: Founded in 2012, this program supports women by teaching vocational skills and providing an education for their children. Vocational classes mainly focus on dressmaking and craft design, though there also are numeracy and English courses that can help to improve women’s confidence. Most of the women who attend this program are teens or in their 20s, and you can expect to work with between five and 20 participants each day.

Isabella School Empowerment Project: Since 2014, this program has been teaching women computer skills, English language lessons, and sewing classes. There are two groups you might work with as a volunteer, based on their English language ability. For those with a higher level of English, you will focus more on grammar, with lessons conducted by a local teacher. For those who are beginners with English language learning, you will aid a local teacher with lessons in alphabets and numbers, or in vocabulary, forming basic sentences, and addition and subtraction. You also are invited to assist with sewing, computer, and crafts activities.

Arrival and orientation

This program starts on Sundays. You will arrive to Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi on your selected start date, and be greeted by a local staff member or appointed driver holding a sign with your name on it. From there, you’ll head to the volunteer house in Faridabad, where you will get settled in before starting your volunteer program.

Your stay

Accommodation

  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

The volunteer house that you’ll stay in during your time in India is in central Faridabad, 15 miles from Delhi - here you’ll find restaurants, convenience stores, and ATMs within walking distance. You will live with other fellow volunteers and a host family that coordinates PMGY’s projects in India. The house is basic but comfortable, and can accommodate up to seven people per same-sex room. Bed linens, fans, and wifi are provided - wifi access may be intermittent. The house also has a communal area and facilities to hand-wash and dry clothes. Laundry service is also provided for a small fee. PMGY will take you to and from your volunteer project each day.

June through September are PMGY’s busiest volunteer months, so you may be placed at an alternative location such as a nearby guest house or a different volunteer house. You will be provided with breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day at the volunteer house. Breakfast usually consists of cereal, milk, bread, jams, fruit, and juice; lunch can include mixed rice, vegetables, curries, chapati, or omelette; and dinner can consist of pasta, noodles, samosas, and soup.

Location

Volunteers will stay in a volunteer house.

Cost

from $290 USDper week

from $290 USDper week

Costs...

What’s included

  • Certificate of completion

  • Regular program inspection

  • 100% financial protection

  • Live pre-departure webinars

  • Comprehensive volunteer handbook

  • Unlimited email and telephone support

  • Dedicated pmgy travel mentor

  • 24-hour us-based emergency support

  • 24-hour in-country support

  • In-country orientation

  • Private transfer to and from the project site

  • Airport pickup

  • Meals

  • Accommodation at volunteer house

What’s not included

  • Criminal background check

  • Visa

  • Return airport transfer

  • Travel insurance

  • Airfare

Start dates

This program starts on the first and third Sunday of each month year-round.

Founded in 2011 by volunteers for volunteers, Plan My Gap Years works with local communities in the developing world towards long-term sustainable goals. We know there is no better way to travel and make a positive impact in the world. Our structured programs create the perfect platform for you to see the world, meet like-minded people and engage in meaningful volunteer work. We have teams in the UK and in your host destinations who will support you 24/7 throughout your time with them. Furthermore, every project on our network is regularly risk-assessed by our UK team to ensure their setup is safe and that their volunteers are making a positive impact. There is also a great social element to our programs. We put you in touch with all of your fellow volunteers via Facebook before you set off. Our projects receive volunteers from around the world throughout the year, so even if you’re travelling solo, you’re going to meet heaps of people along the way.

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