Nai Disha Educational and Cultural Society is a non-profit organization with a focus on community development through education; believing in the basic social principle that all children should have quality education and equal opportunities, irrespective of their birth and social status. Nai Disha has been working as a registered NGO since 2005. Besides working with the community they are also working on the sustainability of education and skill development of under privileged children.

Currently, they have almost 400 children on their rolls. These children are enrolled in their various educational programs. Till date they have impacted more than 600 children. They are based in Bhawani Kunj (Vasant Kunj) in a rented premise. Nai Disha’s approach is to reach out to the community the children live in (usually slum areas), to get to know the children and their families, to understand the ground level issues and to help them in every possible way. This approach helps to minimize the drop outs, since Nai Disha believe that children can only be regular and committed to being at Nai Disha if they are happy at home. Regular free Health Camps are held for Nai Disha children and their families They provide children with free books, stationary, uniforms, daily refreshment and wholesome meals.

Nai Disha has different educational programs under which the children are enrolled. For more details about the work Nai Disha does, please see their website.

Website: http://www.naidishaindia.org/

Possible volunteering opportunities

Nai Disha would like students to volunteer for half the day in the office and half the day with the children.

It would like students to:

  • Help with projects related to engineering, computers, general knowledge, logic and puzzles and talk about issues like health;
  • Work with children at the computers in an interactive way;
  • Plan drama around a topic;
  • Focus on general knowledge, with the use of computers, slide shows, art and craft;
  • Teach spoken English.

Other possible opportunities are:

  1. Office Assistant- to convert our hard copies to soft copies on computers.
  2. Resource person for worksheets and someone who is competent with computers to help in updating the Nai Disha Blog and website. The person should be able to assist with a case study on Nai Disha which will include video recordings, interviews, and information about Nai Disha.

Preferred skills

  • Enthusiasm
  • Creativity
  • Should like working with children

Approximate cost

You should expect to spend about £1250 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 entry visa, as required by the Indian High Commission (for visa charges, please check the Indian visa facilitation service website for exact fees).

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.