Handi-Care Intl’s “Volunteer India” program is based on the ideas that you can:
- Offer your skills in a meaningful way to help those in need in India.
- 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:
- Organizations are reputable, accountable and offer facilities and programs suitable for Canadian volunteers.
- Programs run by the organizations make a significant impact in their community leading to “life-changing” results.
- Experience gained by our volunteers will be significantly valuable both in an academic and social sense.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.