“Udayan” is a Sanskrit word meaning “Eternal Sunshine”. We aim to bring sunshine into the lives of underserved sections of society that require intervention. Registered in 1994 as a Public Charitable Trust, Udayan Care works to empower vulnerable children, women and youth, in 18 cities across 10 states of India.

Starting with the establishment of just one small family home (Ghar) for out of home care children in Sant Nagar, Delhi in 1996, Udayan Care has spread its work for more disadvantaged groups by establishing more family homes, helping girls’ higher education, providing vocational training and livelihood programmes, advocating for better standards in institutional care, etc. In 23 years, we have directly impacted the lives of about 20,000 children, women and youth as beneficiaries as well as thousands as indirect beneficiaries and through our advocacy efforts. This was made possible only through the support of like-minded people, donors and partners who believed in our work and mission.

Website: http://www.udayancare.org

Possible Volunteering Opportunities

Over the last 23 years, we have been fortunate to enjoy the support of innumerable committed people from more than 35 countries in our mission of enabling children to fulfill their dreams. Students from universities in India and overseas also volunteer their time through short term and long term internships at Udayan Care.

Udayan Care engages volunteers from different backgrounds and with varied skill set in its programmes. We seek volunteers to support us in the following areas of our work:

1. Working with our Children

Considering the nature of our work it goes without saying that most of our children are facing significant traumas. Consequently there is a great need at our homes for programs and initiatives focused on building self-esteem and motivation, goal setting and dealing with traumatic experiences. We are looking for dedicated volunteers/interns with a passion for working with children and past experience in developing and facilitating such programs. Volunteers/Interns are needed to build individual capabilities and improving skills (for example, helping the children build self-confidence, their sense of belonging in the home, improve their English, helping with schoolwork or teaching the Arts, Computers, other important life skills).

2. Research and Documentation

Research and documentation (social, psychological, health, cognitive, etc.) of the children within the homes and propose ways to overcome deficiencies; research to find out the efficacy of our other programmes; researching on any relevant topic, which can aid to our programmes by bringing in different perspectives; help in strengthening evaluation and monitoring systems of our programmes and producing reports..

3. Developing communications and other strategies

Developing communications and other strategies to promote the work being done on child and youth care by Udayan Care and documentation of success stories for social media and other campaigns and thus assist in Fund raising.

4. Capacity Building and strengthening systems

Capacity Building and strengthening systems within the organization for instance, aiding to developing Management or IT systems within the organization; identifying training needs and developing programmes for staff, HR management improvement.

5. Developing linkages, networking and funding proposals

Developing, supporting and strengthening partnerships with other organizations and countries for volunteers and resources (for instance, developing ties between Udayan Care and other NGOs, universities and funding organizations, and corporate, and writing proposals for grants for direct costs as well as for capacity building of the staff and volunteers on these issues).

6. Advocacy and Policy Research

Undertaking structured research and content development on various laws, policies and issues of Child and Youth Care (Alternative Care: (foster care, adoption, institutional care, aftercare) in India and the other South Asian countries, and in the developed world; also undertaking activities to promote the academic journal of Udayan Care on Alternative Care; and assist in creating IEC material on the same.

Following your application and approval Udayan Care will assess your skills, knowledge and experience and identify the most appropriate match in the organisation.

Preferred skills:

  • Passion and zeal to contribute to the development sector.
  • Excellent communication skills with an inherent ability to write.
  • Good analytical skills and attention to details.

    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.