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  • Duration
    1-24 Weeks
  • Minimum age
    16+
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Saturday
  • From
    £150
  • Duration
    1-24 Weeks
  • Minimum age
    16+
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Saturday
  • From
    £150

India special needs childcare volunteers

Do you want to make a difference in someone’s life whilst experiencing a diverse and culturally rich country? Come and help in India on our rewarding childcare programme that is having a profound impact on the lives of people with learning disabilities and help to make positive change where it is needed the most!

Understanding the needs of people with learning disabilities is integral to helping them to live full lives and to achieve their potential. Lend your support to the local teams and see how the students thrive with the right care and attention.

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A mixture of limited access to special resources and a lack of awareness has left many disabled people in India without the care they desperately need. People with special needs face many barriers during their lives, including within the Indian education system.

The Indian government has recently made various changes to the laws to enable young people with disabilities to receive an education. Despite this huge positive move, there is still a huge lack of clarity within local departments that is having a severe impact on the education and experience these young people receive.

It is widely thought that children with special needs are five and a half times more likely to not attend school than non-disabled children. The few that do get the chance to receive an education rarely progress beyond primary school level. You will also find that over 50% of adults with special needs are illiterate and over 75% of people with physical impairments are unemployed.

Complex needs require dedicated time, but teachers are often taking care of a large number of students at one time and are not always able to provide the one-to-one care that the students need. The children who attend have a variety of disabilities including cerebral palsy, autism and down syndrome.

Your help caring for the pupils and assistance with the general running of the care facilities will be hugely beneficial to both the students and the teachers. The daily activities include storytelling, physical exercise, teaching English, singing songs, playing games and volunteers with the relevant experience can help with more specialist therapy tasks. You will see how attentive care and innovative teaching and therapy can build the students’ confidence and develop their skills. This work can be incredibly beneficial and rewarding!

We currently work with two local NGOS who are doing amazing work and making a real difference in people’s lives. Prior to their existence there was only one institute in Jaipur that focused on the development of people with intellectual disabilities. Each school was set up due to the desperate need for more specialised care for people with learning disabilities and each offer a big contrast from one and another.

Akansha is a family run project situated in the Sanganer area and was started when the owners became aware of the need when looking after a family member who had learning disabilities. They realised that many families were struggling to provide the necessary care and so decided to extend their assistance out into the local community. The centre currently takes care of 26 students every day of the week and have 4 local staff members that you will work alongside.

Disha is a much larger organisation that caters for over 170 students ranging from 5 to 25 years old. Their primary aim is to provide each and every student with an environment which maximises their learning ability to allow everyone to reach their full potential. There are 17 permanent staff that look after many sections including; teaching, physiotherapy, aqua therapy, computer classes and more.

Although the project does have challenging aspects, especially in the first few days, volunteers feedback suggest that this one of most rewarding projects that they have done.

Although no day will ever be the same, there is a basic schedule to each day. You will typically be volunteering from 10am – 3pm with a lunch break in between Monday to Friday.

Jaipur is full of interesting things to see and do is conveniently located in the heart of the Golden Triangle. Your weekends and evenings will be free to enjoy the city and its many impressive attractions as well as travel the world famous Golden Triangle to see the Taj Mahal.

Known as the ‘pink city’, you will have plenty of time to marvel at the vast grandeur of the Amber Fort, visit the many palaces including Hawa Mahal (Water Palace) and Jal Mahal (Palace of Winds) and of course, check out the shops and markets where you will find the most beautiful handmade items and mouth-watering cuisine.

This worthwhile programme will give you a unique insight into Indian culture and is a great opportunity for you to truly make a difference.

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