Childcare Volunteer Program Palampur
Volunteers working in the Childcare Volunteer Program in Palampur project mainly care for infants and toddlers in the different day care centres located in and around the town of Palampur. Being primarily a semi-rural area, the centres are short of qualified caregivers. Our volunteers play a crucial role by taking part in the Volunteer Childcare Program and can help in giving one on one attention to the children.
Volunteers need to be over 17 years old at the time they take part in the program. You also need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new culture and environment.
You should love spending time with kids and have a desire to make a difference in their lives.Friends and families are encouraged to join this program together as well.
Volunteer tasks are varied and generally comprise of the following duties :-
- Playing with the children and helping in making a playful environment at the centre
- Assisting the staff or caretaker in taking care of the children
- Teaching basic English alphabets and singing poems and rhymes.
- Playing with kids and spending time with them
- Decorating the day care centers to make them more attractive
- Making educational toys
A Day in the life of a Volunteer in this Project
As a volunteer you would live in our homebase accommodations in Palampur. The accommodations are in close proximity to majority of the childcare project placements. Volunteers usually choose to take a pleasant walk to their placement or go by bus. After having breakfast at the accommodations, volunteers go to their placements and usually start work around 09:30 am in the morning. After working till the afternoon, you would return to the accommodations for lunch. For those volunteers, who are interested in working for longer hours we also arrange project placements where you can teach underpriviliged children of migrant labourers working in tea gardens in Palampur. Volunteers can teach basic English, good hygiene habits to the children. In the evening you are free to go to the nearby main Palampur market for shopping or hang out with other volunteers and visit the famous tourist attrations around Palampur and enjoy the lush green landscape of the town. Volunteers can access internet at the local Volunteering India office in Palampur or at a nearby internet cafe to keep in touch with family and friends back home.
On the weekends, you will have the opportunity to choose to take part in different activities such as do a weekend trekking trip from Dharamsala, do paragliding or visit the different Tibetan Monastries in the area. You can also take a weekend trip to visit Golden Temple in Amritsar. Click here to check out the different weekend tour options available for volunteers.
What does your Program Fee Cover ?
Pre Departure information - A comprehensive booklet to prepare you for your trip before you come. You will get this booklet as soon as you pay your registration fee after completing your application form online. The booklet provides information regarding the country , projects , coordinators , Things to pack , Visas and Emergency Contact Information.
Pickup and Drop - Volunteers joining the programs in Palampur can choose to arrive at Dharamsala Airport by taking a connecting flight from Delhi. You can also arrive in Palampur directly by bus from Delhi. All volunteers would be provided pickup and drop back to the airport/ bus station.
Volunteers also have a choice to arrive by train from Delhi. Volunteers choosing to arrive by train need to arrive at Pathankot or Una railway station from where they will be driven to Palampur. Volunteers need to incur extra charges for pickup and drop to train station.
Orientation - A half day orientation will be provided by the local coordinators in Palampur. Topics relevant to the project, safety guidelines, customs, local transportation, weekend activities are covered in the orientation.
Volunteers are encouraged to join the Orientation Week - Learn Language, History, Culture & Discover India! in Delhi which gives them an opportunity to explore different sights in Delhi and also learn some basic Hindi.
Welcome Dinner - Dinner out with local staff and other volunteers to welcome you in the program.
Accommodation - Volunteer accommodations are provided in the volunteer homebase. The accommodations are well furnished with bed and bedding provided. Rooms are shared with other volunteers.
Food - Volunteers are served with three meals a day in this project - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Typical vegetarian Indian meals may include Dal (Lentils), Curry, Rice, Vegetables, Salad, Yoghurt, Roti (Indian Bread). We can accommodate any special dietary requirements for the volunteers.
Tour of Palampur and Nearby Tourist Attractions - Volunteers are taken on a tour of Palampur, the main market as well as famous tourist locations such as Tashi Jong Monastery and Baijnath Temple.
Yoga Class - Once a Week - by a trained Yoga instructor
Visit to Tea Garden and Tea Factory - Volunteers are taken on a tour of a tea garden and tea factory to see how the famous Kangra Green Tea is manufactured.
In-country support - Volunteers have the support and assistance of the local coordinators and staff in case of any Emergency. All our staff and coordinators are available for any help which is required by volunteers.
What your Program Fee does not cover?
- Visa Fee
- Personal expenses such as toiletries etc
- Local Transportation
- Travel / Medical Insurance
Other Programs in Palampur
- Language and Orientation Week
- Mini Break Program - Delhi
- Street Children Volunteer Program
- Volunteer at an Orphanage
- Women Empowerment Program