Projects

 “United Friends of India” offer a lot of work placements for our volunteers. We have selected safe projects in which you can help communities in need. The projects in which you can work are dependent on the location and on the season you are coming.

You can work in different projects like:
- Teaching Children
- Helping in day care centers
- Community work
- Construction and renovation
- Women Empowerment
- Physical education
- Old people's home
- Health care center

 In all these projects you can contribute your personality and skills to help the people who need it the most. As a volunteer, you should be creative and motivated. While participating in the volunteer work, you will learn a lot about yourself, and gain invaluable experiences and unforgettable memories. You will work and live with different customs and culture, which will broaden your horizons and give you many new skills. But the most important thing is that you will be satisfied and happy after seeing the development, the changes you have made, and smiles on the faces of the people you have touched.

 

“If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a life time, educate people.” -Chinese quotation
Teaching in governmental schools
In the education sector, you will support teachers and create a better learning environment for the children, as the situation in the government schools in India is very bad. There are many different reasons for this:
Lack of money: The schools in India are underfunded. The government is not investing enough in the education sector. The construction of the schools is very bad, and often they are missing furniture and much needed resources.
 Poorly managed: The job of a teacher in India is not very popular. Normally the teachers are not well paid and are responsible for large groups of children. There are too few teachers in most of the schools in rural India, and so your help is much needed. The conditions for the teachers are poor, with more than thirty children in one class. Additionally, the teachers are not specialized in the subjects they are teaching. In some schools the head master has to do the work of missing staff, sometimes even cooking lunch for the children and cleaning the rooms.
 Overcrowded: The government schools are overcrowded with children. Education is compulsory for every child in India. Most of the time, the teachers cannot take care of all the children, and so the children are not receiving the help and support they need.
 Poor attendance: As the schools are overcrowded, a lot of children don’t regularly attend as they are not getting the sufficient support they need. The attendance in the schools is quite low due to the lack of motivation of teachers, and also of the families to send their children to school. Most of the families do not value education very much, sometimes sending the children to work rather than to study, even though it is not allowed!
How you can help:
The volunteers can improve the learning environment with creative/interactive teaching methods like games, exercise, songs, rhymes and so on. These new methods will improve the attendance of the children, as well as their learning progress. 
The volunteers can share their English skills with the school children. Getting to know the English language is very beneficial and important for the children. English is considered a sign of good education and dignity in the Indian society. So everyone wants to learn this language for a better education and future employment.
The volunteers motivate and guide the school teachers. As a volunteer you can be a good example for the teacher by preparing new and creative/interactive methods of teaching.
The volunteers make community visits to meet the parents of the children to motivate them to send their kids regularly to school. As a volunteer, you will make the community aware of the value of education.
The volunteers also take the responsibility of a whole/part of a class and teaching them new skills of cleanliness, discipline and behavior.
Non formal teaching
This project is organized by the volunteers and staff of the “United Friends of India”. The children receiving help from us belong to marginal communities (e.g. “Snake Charmers”, “Labor Families” etc.). The families of these children do not realize that education is necessary. They are sending the children to work rather than to school as they also have to earn for the families living. Also the transportation to the schools is difficult or not affordable.
How you can help: 
The volunteers will make the importance of education clear to the children and their families.
The volunteers are providing personal attention and care to the children. They are focusing more on slow learners.
The volunteers will teach (basic) English and Mathematics skills.
The volunteers are using creative/Interactive teaching methods (e.g. games, exercise, songs and rhymes) to make school more attractive to the community.

 

“The child must know he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him.” -Pablo Casals

 Helping in Day Care Centers
Day care centers are the institutions sponsored by the government. They are for the children under the age 5 and the pregnant and lactating women. One day care center must exist for every 1000 households. In the Centers you will support a teacher and a helper to create a better understanding and cooperation for activities. The employees try to provide free services for the community like child care supervision, pre-school education, socializing children and families, nutritional supplements and meals, vaccine injections and health guidance for pregnant and lactating mothers. Unfortunately, the situations of the centers are very bad, because of following reasons:
 Lack of money: The Day Care Centers in India are underfunded. The centers are suffering from a bad construction and missing supplements in the sufficient quantity.
 Poorly managed: The conditions for the Day Care Centers are quite bad because of poor management and structure. Only two workers are having the responsibility of a high number of households. The centers need more helpers. Additionally, the teachers are not well qualified and are busy maintaining their records rather than working with the children.
 Overcrowded: The centers are very much overcrowded, because there is only one center for at least 1000 households. Because of this, the children, as well as the mothers suffer from a lack of attention and support.
 Low attendance: Even though the centers are overcrowded, a lot of children and mothers are not coming to centers properly. This is due to the insufficient attention and support received from staff, as well as a lack of interest from the families.
 
How you can help:
The volunteers improve the playing and learning atmosphere with creative/interactive teaching methods like games, songs, rhymes and so on. These new methods will improve the attendance of the children as well as their learning progress. The volunteer is making the base for children to go to school.
The volunteers assist the Day Care Center staff in preparing the growth and health chart of children, tracking pregnant women, and share their creative ideas.
The volunteers should be motivating and encouraging the Day Care Center staff. As a volunteer you can be a good example for the staff by preparing new methods of learning.
The volunteers will make community visits to meet the parents of the children as well as the mothers to motivate them to send their children, or to come in person regularly to the center. As a volunteer you will make the community aware of the value of education, health, hygiene and so many other important topics.
“A community needs a soul if it is to become a true home for human beings. You, the people must gift it this soul.” -Pope John Paul II
 Community work
This project is organized by the volunteers and staff of the “United Friends of India”. The volunteers will visit rural communities and make them aware of important issues (education etc.). Apart from individual home visits, the volunteers can also organize street plays and public meetings.
How you can help:
The volunteers create a better understanding for communities on topics like education, health, hygiene, empowerment, equality etc.
The volunteers are motivating the community to change their thinking and acting.
The volunteers are broadening the horizon of the community.
The volunteers are promoting to improve the situation of the village like plantation and use of dustbins.
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” –Pablo Picasso
 Construction and renovation
This project is organized by the volunteers and staff of the “United Friends of India”. The buildings of schools and Day Care Centers are in a very bad condition due to lack of funds. The walls of the classrooms are blank and dirty. So the rooms look lifeless and poor.
 
How you can help:
The volunteers are white washing the walls to brighten them.
The volunteers are drawing different creative child friendly pictures to make the classrooms look more alive.
The volunteers create a better learning environment, due to the paintings on the walls (visual methods of teaching). This is more effective than just reading books.
The volunteers build the temporary roofing of the schools/centers. So the kids can learn in the shade.
“It shouldnt influence someones whole life if he/she is biologically a man or a woman.“ –Alice Schwarzer
 Women empowerment
This project is organized by the volunteers and staff of the “United Friends of India”. We create and support programs for girls and women. The volunteer will work with them and make them aware of topics like discrimination and improve their self-esteem. Though India made some improvements in the past years about the women situation, they are still suffering from a lot of discrimination on gender basis. There are many different reasons for this:  Tradition: Most of the discrimination is influenced by tradition. One of those traditions is the “dowry”. The bride´s family has to give a large amount of money and gifts to the groom´s family. Even though this tradition is illegal, a lot of Indians are still holding on to it.
 Women as a burden: In many Indian families, women are generally seen as subordinate and inferior to men due to religious ideals and centuries of tradition. A lot of Indians think that men are of more value, because they are working and earning money and the family of the groom does not have to give a dowry. Because of this thinking, the families are sending the boys to school while the girls have to stay at home. Women are generally seen as a burden. Mostly they are not working, are not well-educated and have to take care of the children. So they are not earning any money for the household. Plus the bride´s family has to pay for the dowry.
 Male dominated society: Because women are seen of less value there are a lot of abortions. Couples do not want to have daughters as they do not want to spend all this money. So there are more men than women in India.
 
How you can help:
The volunteers can be role models. Female volunteers show their strength and self confidence to encourage the women of the community. Male volunteers show that they are treating men and women the same way and not believing that anyone is superior. So they influence the thinking of the community.
The volunteers will teach basic Computer and English skills to improve the knowledge of the women.
The volunteers are organizing sport activities, games, picnics, workshops… With these methods the volunteers are improving the attendance and interest of the women.
The volunteers will make the women aware of the gender equality and of their rights.
The volunteers make community visits to meet women and motivate them to come regularly to the programs. As a volunteer, you can also make campaigns or street plays to make the community aware of the importance of the girl´s education.

 

“Physical education is for every youngster – to help them learn about themselves, learn about their bodies, learn ways to become physically active but not necessarily to compete.” -George Graham
 Physical education
This project is organized by the volunteers and staff of the “United Friends of India”. The project is run in government schools as well as in communities. There is very little emphasis on physical education in the schools, with teachers only focusing on academic subjects. This is mainly due to lack of time and experience. But of course, physical education is a very important part of school!
 
How you can help:
The volunteers organize training lessons for the physical fitness of the school children.
The volunteers motivate the children to do more sports as well as making them curious about new sports.
The volunteers who are specialized in a certain sport can provide the training (e.g. volleyball, cricket, football etc.) in the community.
“Sure I am for helping the elderly. I am going to be old myself someday” -Lillian Carter
 Old people's home
This project is organized by the volunteers and staff of the “United Friends of India”. The elderly people who are living in these old people’s home are either cut-off from their families, have no relatives/friends or are in a bad medical condition. The home can only run with the aid of the government or of donations. The situation of the homes is quite bad because of too few staff or employees who do not take care of the elderly people.
 
How you can help:
The volunteers are paying a lot attention as well as respect to the elderly people (e.g. listening to them, playing games etc.).
The volunteers are supporting the elderly people in their daily routine (e.g. helping them to eat, accompany them while having a walk etc.).
The volunteers are helping the elderly people to clean their clothes or themselves. Also the volunteer can help to cut their nails, brush their hair or changing the beddings.
The volunteers are supporting and motivating the staff members. So they can pay more at-tention to the elderly people.
The volunteers are organizing outside trips like picnics or visits to monuments and the com-munities where the elderly people lived previously.

 

"The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend." - Benjamin Disraeli
 Health care center
This project is organized by the volunteers and the staff of “United Friends of India” in a health care center or at a local hospital. Only those volunteers who are trained and specialized in the work of a medical employee (nurses, doctors, midwives, medical students etc.) can join this project. Only a registered medical practitioner is allowed to treat the patients in India.
 
How you can help:
The volunteers are motivating and supporting the doctors and other staff members of the hospital/Health care center (e.g. giving prescribed medicine to the patients etc.).
The volunteers are helping the patients (e.g. moving from one place to another, feeding them etc.).
The volunteers can change the beddings of the patients.
The volunteers are encouraging patients to fight against their diseases by talking and moti-vating them.
The volunteers who are studying medicine can make the case study of the patients and learn more about their future jobs.