The Latika Roy Foundation is a voluntary organization in India working with children and adults who have developmental and other disabilities. We provide direct services in early intervention, education and vocational training through centres which kids attend daily and we engage in a wide range of activities to promote inclusion and social justice through advocacy, awareness, training, networking, research and sensitization.
All our centres welcome volunteers who are guided in how to work directly with children and young adults with disabilities. Activities include story-telling, facilitating games, leading song sessions, teaching reading, science and math using an activity-based approach, teaching computer skills, etc. Vocational activities include gardening, cooking, housekeeping, office work, sewing and craft. Volunteers are always useful in such endeavours.
More creative pursuits include staging plays or musicals in our after school activity centre, painting murals on our walls with the children, orchestrating neighbourhood clean-up drives, designing sensory gardens or playgrounds or launching a read-a-thon through our library.
We always need help with photo documentation and making short films, proposal writing, research and fund-raising ideas.
All volunteers must sign the Foundation’s Code of Conduct which includes a strong Child Protection Policy. This is legally binding on all adults working with children and vulnerable adults in India and is closely monitored by Foundation staff. We take child protection extremely seriously.
Enthusiasm, creativity, commitment, integrity a sense of humour and love for children are essentials. Plus points are skills in sports, writing, drama, photography, research, data analysis, film-making, music, dance, painting . . . you name it: if you are passionate about something, we will find a way to channel it!
You should expect to spend about £900 for eight weeks - this covers costs for food and accommodation, as well as local travel. There are no programme fees payable to Camvol.
In addition to these local costs, volunteers will need to book return flights to India (typically about £550 if booked early), and apply for an Indian visa, as required by the Indian government (for visa procedures and exact fees, please check the Indian visa facilitation service website.
Vaccination and other medical costs have NOT been included in estimated costs, and applicants should take this into account while planning their budgets. If you intend to travel for recreation and tourism, these costs will be additional, so please budget accordingly.
Financial support is available, including Camvol-CMEDT Commonwealth Travelling Scholarships; support from Colleges; and from the University. If selected, the Camvol Director can advise about funding opportunities.