Project WHY is based in Giri Nagar slum cluster in New Delhi. Project WHY supplements the education of children who are already enrolled in government schools. These are children of daily wage earners, rag pickers and migrant labourers, who may not have the opportunity to study (after school hours) in the environment in which they live. The children are also provided with nutrition and healthcare. The programs are for pre-school children, primary, secondary and also special needs children.

Website: http://www.projectwhy.org

Possible volunteering opportunities

  • Teaching children of various ages.
  • Assist in the pre-primary programmes
  • Assist in the programme for children with special needs
  • Teach children computer skills

Project WHY would normally request the volunteer to spend some time in each section and then decide where they would ultimately like to be. In case the volunteer has any specific talent or skill (music, art etc) they would be requested to share it with the Project WHY staff and children.

Preferred skills

  • Should enjoy working with children
  • Should enjoy teaching
  • Creative skills

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.