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SMILE PERM INDIA India MANU/LANG 01/01/2018 31/12/2018

SMILE Long & Medium Term Volunteering Projects 2018

Important Details:

Duration : 4-11 weeks ( MTV), 12-20 weeks( LTV)

Living cost for MTV  projects : INR 21000( Euro 300 approx) for minimum  4 weeks ,every extra weeks INR 4200 (Euro 60 approx)/head/week.

Living cost for LTV  projects : INR 54500 (Euro 780 approx) for minimum  12 weeks ,every extra weeks INR 3500 (Euro 50 approx ) /head/week.

Cost includes:- 3 times local food, shared dorm room at local host family,public transportation (train/bus ) to and fro Project if required ,Airport pickup on arrival, drinking water ,2 days orientation, limited wifi connectivity, ,  training if required( Mon-Fri) , Pre departure orientation , emergency support ,local language training on arrival .

 Cost excluded :- Flight ticket, visa,medical cost if any personal cost ,weekends trip,special trip at the end of the camp ,gift,any special food / drinks ).

Starting Date:- Anytime

Accommodation and food :

Accommodation: Dormitory basis in host family building as per available on arrival ( on cot with mattress/on floor with mattress, 2-30 volunteers in one room) shared accommodation (normally male & female separate room). You will get accommodation till 6 pm on the last day of your camp.We are unable to provide you any accommodation before or after these dates. Please arrange your own accommodation in case of early arrival or late departure .You are requested to meet our representative at the meeting place on exact time given above. If you arrive early then you can have your stay in any of the different hotels available nearby Airport, within 2 -3 km .on the road popularly called as V.I.P road. You are requested to take any cab to check in any of these hotels. If you arrive at earlier night then you are requested to stay inside the airport terminal and meet at the next morning with our representative at 12 noon.

Food: You will get 3 times local  food from host family as per available on arrival. Please do not expect any kind of special dishes (veg/non veg) or cold drinks or special living room or air conditioned room during your term. You are requested to get ready for a simple and challenging life.

location & leisure :

INDIA is an amazing country with diverse  culture and tradition .Interesting people ! Explore the country with exciting diversity .Kolkata ,the city of joy was known before as Calcutta since the colonial time. This ancient city was used to be the capital of British colonial period. This city has full of heart ,people are basically belongs to the middle class . There are also rich and poor people all around . City Kolkata is know for its busy traffic ,huge population ,warm welcome and poverty around the street corners! It is a great place to visit for every tourist coming to India. More over if anyone get a chance to live with the local host family then that brings extra bonus to any traveller .It helps to learn the culture ,tradition,language while staying within the normal people of the society.Living on any hotel can never give any traveller such wide scope to know the society and communities as a whole. Kolkata( itself is a great tourist place with its historical value ) is well connected with many famous and attractive tourist places during weekends ...

*Puri ( the famous Hindu religious place and sea beach )

*Digha ( sea beach )*Bodh Gaya ( Famous Buddhist temple )

*varanashi ( famous Hindu temple and Ganges )

*shantiniketan ( one of the university established by great Nobel laureate Sri Rabindranath Tagor)

*Bishnupur ( ancient Bengali history, tera cotta ( clay made item ) ,sari etc.

Any of these places can be covered during weekends by train by self organise !!

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organised Package trip at the end of the project can be organised by professionals......

                * Taj Mahal ,Jaipur,Delhi etc. trip can also organise for the interested groups against extra cost ( minimum 2 person)

                * weekends exciting city ( kolkata ) and around trip can also be organised against extra cost.

**Kolkata is one of the 4 biggest city in India and it is connected with every part of the country. You can fly almost any part of the country with in 2-2:30 hrs. So traveling around could try is very easy from Kolkata.

Requirements:                                      *Passport copy

*VISA copy

*Photograph( recent colour copy)

*Parents permission letter if you are below 18 years.

*Living cost as per duration applied..

*Volunteers should not have any criminal record.

What to bring: You can follow traditional packing lists, but here are several items that would be particularly helpful for this volunteer experience:

A bed sheet

malaria medication

flashlight

umbrella

mosquito repellent with DEET

sunscreen

alarm clock OR watch with alarm clock

journal

sleeping bag

Any games or craft items like Origami would be great for the kids

Rain coat

Snacks from your country for kids and host family

Music/ dress / special souvenir from your country

Medicine and first aid supplies for emergency personal use

Any special games or study material for kindergarten standard kids

Clothing: fibrous (ex: linen or cotton or anything that is COOL and dries fast in natural sun)

- for women, bring conservative clothing that covers the shoulders (ex: shirts with  capped sleeves) NO shorts, bikinis, sleeveless clothes outside your own bed room (strictly). Indian cloth like salwar,sarees would a perfect choice for girls during their stay at SMILE.

sandals

head covering (bandanas, hat)

towel that dries FAST.

Toilet paper, soap, shampoo, mosquito net. 

Laundry and water: you can use water for washing once in a day  .Drinking water and wifi (limited are available in house. Please cooperate with the local members.

Medical : All volunteers are requested to look after their own medical expenses and other personal expenses(transportation, medical cost, medicine cost, communicational cost, gift, toilet papers, laundry, drinks or anything that are not mentioned in the living cost section will be volunteers’ own responsibility) . Volunteers  are also requested to carry your own medical and travel insurances.

Water: Please do not waste water / electricity.

Weekends : Free, You are welcome to travel nearby places but you are requested to join the Monday morning project on time.

Weekends attraction: Darjeeling, Bodh gaya, Puri, Sundarban, Digha etc.

Hospitals: There are many good hospitals available near center kolkata  ie: Woodlands [24567075-89]; Bell vue Nursing Home[Ph: 2472321].

Tourist Information centre: 22289898.

Railway Booking centre: Foreigner Reservation Counter at Fairlie place near BBD Bag,very near from Esplanade area,Ph: 22206811 ;

Airport : Netaji Suvash Chandra International Airport ,Kolkata[ 8 km away from SMILE office and your accommodation].

Weekend Trip: There are many weekend trips organized (against extra cost) by our travel partners. For more details please contact your camp In charge Ms. Kamala.

Head Office location: It is located at Madhyamgram ,which is around 20 k.m away from the centre kolkata but just 8 km away from the Airport.

Accommodation : Madhyamgram ( 20 km away from center kolkata).

Nearest Rail Station: Madhyamgram

Nearest Bus stand: Madhyamgram

Nearest Market : Just 1.5 km away from the accommodation. There are some western type of markets also available ie: A.C Market, Forum, city centre , New Market around Esplanade and park street etc.

Tourist places: Museum, Victoria Memorial Hall, Kali ghat [ Goddess  kali temple],Maidan, Howrah Bridge, Ganges River[ Most pious river among Hindus] etc.

Internet & Phone : There are many internet café and phone booth at city centre..

Introduction: When you are volunteering with SMILE, you are joining a family of fellow volunteers and NGO staff. Everyone is considered equal, and we are all committed to helping each other and most importantly, helping children. Cleaning room,toilet,dining place,living building are mandatory for every volunteer.

Transportation : You will have to use the local available group transportation  organised for the camp during your term. Airport transfer would be available as per information.

Emergency Contact :- 00919830150249, kamala1@smilengo.org

Orientation: Soon after the Volunteer arrive , they will be taken to host family place for orientation and  to get refresh and  take bit of rest before the orientation meeting  take place. After the Orientation meeting volunteer will be transferred to their room.

There would be 2 days of orientation.