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Make a difference in children’s lives by giving your time and energy while enjoying the beautiful landscape and local culture.
The percentage of people living below the poverty line in India is still quite large. These families can’t always afford to take care of their children. As a result, many end up in government-run childcare facilities. These are becoming increasingly overcrowded and as their resources have been stretched the development of children have suffered. RCDP-India volunteers work with these children, usually ages 1 to 3, to give them a little one-on-one attention, as well as to help with some of their physical needs.
The time you give these children can make them believe in themselves and give them reason to aim for a bright future.
You will work with young at-risk children each day, sometimes teaching simple ideas like the alphabet or numbers, and sometimes caring for their physical needs. You may change diapers and feed milk to babies.
Prior experience with child-care is an obvious advantage, but there are no skills required for this project. You should have a desire to serve the needy and a flexible, open mindset. It also helps if you enjoy working with children.
The project is located in Bir of Himalachal Pradesh, in northern India. Bir is about 10 hours by bus from Delhi. You can also fly to Kangra Airport near Dharamsala and take a bus from there to Bir. There are two flights a day to Kangra Airport. Bir is known for a small Tibetan enclave, established by Tibetans to fled Chinese occupation. There are many Tibetan monasteries. The place is also famous for paragliding.