Volunteer opportunity posted by: Development Action Awareness Nationwide
Posted on: December 16, 2012
In August 2009 the D.A.A.N. Foundation started a youth center in the village of Hawala. Here we helped youth with their school work, worked on the overall capacity building of the youth, and enhanced their awareness of their role and responsibilities within the community as a child, youth and eventually an adult. Over time, we realised that some of the older youth were taking immense interest in the center and were coming on a regular basis. These youth were developing into responsible individuals and showing an interest in taking care of the center. So we decided to create a library to engender a sense of ownership and pride for these youth and provide them with an education-oriented atmosphere. It is our hope that the library will make our center more sustainable and greatly benefit our youth and their village.
In this library, our older youth (mostly in the 10-18 years age group) have the freedom to explore and expand their knowledge of the world. We have books on general knowledge, fiction books, and educational reference books in both English and Hindi. Youth are able to develop a greater sense of responsibility by acting as library monitors. These youth ensure that books are checked out and returned systematically, and assist in maintaining the overall organization of the library. Our aim for the future is to have internet enabled laptops or desktops in the library, so that our youth do not get left behind in the technological whirlwind racing through societies at an ever-increasing speed. Through learning how to conduct internet research, a whole world of opportunities will open for these youth and their global knowledge and awareness will expand immensely. Youth will gain valuable computer skills and can use the computers to complete their school work or conduct educational research.
For our younger children, the library provides an important opportunity for them to learn how to behave respectfully in such settings. It also provides them with a peaceful place to read story books, with the help of older youth if needed. In one section of the library we aim to have informal English, mathematics and arts classes taught by the older youth.
From time to time we will also conduct life skills development trainings, as well as art and creativity workshops. Some trainings and workshops will be conducted by the local villagers. In this way we are able to strengthen ties in the community and hand down the local know how to the next generation. Other trainings will be conducted by specialists from the city. International visitors and volunteers who are staying in India for a longer term can also contribute and share their skills here, acting as a bridge between east and west. When international travellers share their knowledge, and thoughts with our village youth, a unique reciprocal relationship is formed. The youth have a rare opportunity to gain insight into the western culture and way of thinking, while foreign visitors will learn about a totally different way of living and being. Everyone learns, everyone smiles, and the world seems like a smaller, friendlier place.
Volunteers pay a discounted rate for their room/board and food at the friendly family run Chandra Niwas Guesthouse, or a similar guesthouse accomodation. Follow the link to read reviews from past volunteers and guests
The D.A.A.N. Foundation also asks volunteers for a one time donation of 5,000Rs (about $100 USD)
For interested volunteers please contact Jenna with your name, resume and interested travel dates at: Jenna.DAANFoundation@gmail.com
Once your initial e-mail has been delivered, you will be contacted and subsequently sent a D.A.A.N. volunteer application form.
You can also visit our website for a full listing of all of our volunteer opportunities and more information about our organization: www.daanfoundation.org