Volunteers of all ages – from different countries and different walks of life – have joined Rosalie to empower children. Some volunteers are engaged in fund-raising activities “back home.” Others work on-site in Kolkata. University students, teachers, world travelers, individuals from church-sponsored groups and others contribute their own unique skills. Many return to Kolkata year after year having discovered that the experience of working with needy children enriches their own lives.
PLEASE NOTE: Volunteers are welcome in any year from the beginning of October through the end of February.
A Letter from Rosalie to Those Who Wish to Volunteer
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Empower the Children. Some of your most frequently asked questions are addressed below:
Responsibilities: A variety of educational programs for slum-dwelling and disabled children has been developed over the years, strengthened by the assistance of volunteers. You will have the opportunity to either teach the language curriculum or work on a special project, such as the cultural exchange program with Scotland.
Volunteer Calendar: The volunteer program runs yearly from the beginning of October through the end of February.
Duration of Volunteer Period: Stay one day, or as long as you wish — with no minimum number of days required. Each day that you spend with the children is worthwhile.
Travel & Medical: I recommend that you consult a travel agent regarding travel arrangements and your physician about vaccinations.
Accommodation/Expenses: A small guesthouse costs approximately $12-$15 per night for a non-AC room with a bath. An AC room costs about $20-$25 per night. On average, you’ll spend about $2-$3 for each meal. Volunteers must assume all of these costs since Empower the Children’s limited resources are spent solely for its educational and food programs.
Travel Visa: Most importantly, when you apply for a visa, apply for a TOURIST visa. It is imperative that you write that you are “traveling in India” rather than volunteering. PLEASE NOTE: Your visa is activated upon its issuance (the day you receive it) rather than the date of your entry into India.
Climate: I recommend that you pack clothing that is lightweight and loose-fitting. NOTE: Shorts, tank tops, and tight-fitted clothing are not culturally accepted in India. During the winter a light jacket or sweater may be needed.
Free Time: Your volunteer responsibilities will not require a full day’s commitment. There is sufficient free time for shopping and sightseeing.
Please let me know when you plan to arrive in Kolkata, and I will make every effort to assist you. I look forward to meeting and working with you.
FOR QUESTIONS OR TO VOLUNTEER PLEASE CONTACT ROSALIE AT firstname.lastname@example.org