Placement Overview

Handi-Care Intl’s “Volunteer India” program is based on the ideas that you can:

  1. Offer your skills in a meaningful way to help those in need in India.
  2. Have an educational and cultural experience that will expand your horizons, enhance your knowledge, and be a life-changing experience for you.

To ensure that such an impact is made with a short term placement, the ground work is done in advance to establish the following criteria:

  1. Organizations are reputable, accountable and offer facilities and programs suitable for Canadian volunteers.
  2. Programs run by the organizations make a significant impact in their community leading to “life-changing” results.
  3. Experience gained by our volunteers will be significantly valuable both in an academic and social sense.
  4. Our volunteers make a meaningful contribution to the organization’s work.

HCI does a thorough assessment of the organization, based on the criteria set above. We visit the organization to fully understand the work being done, and conduct a “Placement Assessment”.

HCI has done such an assessment process and we have selected “Amar Seva Sangam” (ASSA) in South India for volunteer placements. HCI has been placing volunteers since 2004.

Application Requirements:

  • A fee of $600 Cdn is payable to Handi-Care Intl. for 4 weeks of placement. $150 Cdn is charged for each additional week (Min. charge: $300 for upto 2 weeks).
  • Included in this are:
    • Room and board (3 vegetarian meals a day, and morning and afternoon tea)
    • Work related trips to adjacent villages
    • A tax receipt from HCI for the fees
  • Smoking and drinking are prohibited in the Amar Seva Sangam Campus.
  • Proper dress code and Conduct are expected from all volunteers.

Some highlights:

  • More than 40 HCI volunteers have been sent to ASSA and have all returned with raving reviews of their experience.
  • The Volunteer India experience has inspired and guided many volunteers to choose career paths that involve working with people with disabilities.
  • Following the volunteer experience, all of our student volunteers have been able to enter their desired field of study – e.g. Education, Medicine, Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy.
  • The experience of living in, giving to and receiving from a developing country has changed many of the volunteers’ perspectives and many have gone on to contribute significantly to their local and global communities.
  • HCI Volunteers have made significant contributions at ASSA. To name a few:
    • CPR/ First Aid training
    • Educational sessions in Autism and  Cerebral Palsy for special education teachers
    • HIV education for students
    • Training staff in enhanced physiotherapy assessment and treatment tools
    • Assessing and reporting on effectiveness of village based rehabilitation
    • Creating a proposal for a School for Special Education
  • Many volunteers have continued to work with HCI and ASSA after their volunteer placements.