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An Anganwadi (meaning ‘courtyard shelter’ in Hindi) is in many ways a day care center for children below 6 years of age. Anganwadis were established by the Indian government in 1975 as part of the Integrated Child Development Services program.
One of their main functions is to provide non-formal, pre-school education to children between the ages of 3 to 5. Volunteers will be expected to teach children in this age group through various interactive and creative activities that will help improve the cognitive skills of the children. The pedagogical approach to teaching should be in accordance with standards employed in kindergartens around the world.
Anganwadis were also envisioned as part of the Indian public healthcare system. Along with providing pre-school education, they act as primary healthcare centers in villages and raise awareness of health and hygiene in their localities. Volunteers can also help the Anganwadi workers in providing health, hygiene and nutrition education to families. This will include teaching them about family planning, educating parents on child growth and development, among others.
The volunteers should bring in creative ideas to initiate new activities in the Anganwadi center. It is important for the children to feel loved and cared for by you, as you will be surrounded by them every day. This type of project is perfect for you if you are someone who has many ideas for teaching different kinds of activities such as games, songs, arts and crafts or sports and athletics! You will be teaching a variety of subjects depending on your personal interests and skills. Previous experience in teaching children will be useful.
Duration of the project: Minimum duration is 1 month. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.
Please note that due to school holidays, this project will remain closed during the following months: March until May; in the month of October; and sometimes in December. During these months, volunteers are encouraged to take part in the short-term volunteer projects.
More info at: http://cadip.org/volunteering-in-india
18 and over years of age - motivated to work for a charity project within an international team, tolerant, open-minded and cooperative person with adventurous spirit.
Motivation letter that accurately describes yourself, your skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses, etc. is required with application. This information assists us to match you to the right project for you.
The program will start with a week-long orientation.
A volunteer experience may give you ideas or a push in deciding your professional aspirations - one of the most important and difficult decisions one should make in life. It can make stronger your motivation or give you additional inspiration in what you are studying or working. And most important, by being a volunteer you gain the hands-on experience you will hardly get at lectures or at the office desk. In a workcamp you can have such an involving and inspiring time!
After successful participation CADIP issues a certificate for the completed volunteer hours.
Duration: One Time Ongoing
Faculty: ALES (Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences) All Faculties Arts Augustana Business Campus Saint-Jean Education Engineering Law Library and Information Studies Medicine and Dentistry Native Studies Nursing Pharmacy Public Health Rehabilitation Medicine Science
Location: Outside Canada
Contact:Name: Program coordinator
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