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Childcare & Education:

Childcare is a programme for children between the ages 0 and 6 years. It uses the play way and activity-based approach to promote learning and development in children by creating stimulating and interesting environment and developmentally appropriate practices. ECCE also recognizes the importance of health and nutrition for optimal development.

Purpose:

The national charter for childcare / children gives commitment to early childhood care, health and nutrition, standard of living, play and leisure, children’s rights to survival, , education, protection of the girl child, empowering adolescents, equality, life and liberty, name and nationality, freedom of expression, freedom of association and peaceful assembly, the right to a family and the right to be protected from economic exploitation and all forms of abuse. The government facilities are responsible to provide adequate services towards children, both before and after birth and during the growing stages for their full physical, mental and social development.

However due to  poor resource availability and management, children from many a poor rural families do not have access to basic childcare. We are trying to supplement or create new facilities for childcare.

Opportunities to Engage / Support:

Our initiatives are being supported by few interested local individuals, and is open to participation and support of volunteers from outside. The volunteers may provide assistance in a range of environments – community centers, day care centers, orphanages, after school programs, and feeding programs. Volunteer work is led by local staff and tasks vary depending on the specific placement, but generally involve providing personalized attention, mentoring, educational support, or playing games and assisting with daily operations, such as cooking and cleaning.

The volunteers provide operational support to under-resourced childcare centers, while fostering a cultural exchange with meaningful impact, while developing global awareness and opening the minds of the children to new cultures and possibilities.

In childcare projects, you may be working closely with kids who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, who may be orphans, runaways, or abandoned kids who don’t have anyone else to look after them. Thus, you must be sensitive to and prepared to care for children physically and emotionally too. Tasks may include teaching health and sanitation and other basic life skills, and organizing special activities. The kids you handle may have had poor parenting, be behind in development, or have emotional issues because of their life experiences, so you will need a good amount of patience to pull the job off successfully.

Volunteering in childcare is open to people from any backgrounds but it can be especially great for those with a background in social work, teaching, family and child development, psychology, or community development.

Childcare and Education Project

As a volunteer on the Childcare and Education Project, you will have the unique opportunity to work with children, between the ages of 1-14 years old, in early childcare centers, migrant camps, and education centers throughout the beautiful mountainous Naddi and Dharamsala region.

Volunteers will support large government-run schools, as well as smaller schools that are serve local villages located on the picturesque hillsides of the greater Naddi region. The childcare centers provide a place for poor families to leave their children for the day, enabling parents and other family members to work.

Volunteers will also have the option of teaching basic school lessons in a makeshift classroom in the migrant camps, introducing the children to activities that otherwise they would never have the chance to do. Families in the migrant camps are living in extreme poverty and an education is not viewed as important as making money which causes migrant children to progress slowly through school and drop out at high rates.

The Childcare and Education project is best suited for volunteers who are passionate about working with children, teaching a range of subjects to students of different age groups and backgrounds.

Your tasks will include assisting local volunteers and other caregivers by organizing daily activities and games, and providing one-on-one attention and basic English language education to the children. Volunteers can also assist with preparing and serving meals, giving lessons on personal hygiene, and ensuring children attend classes. You are not required to have previous experience in childcare or teaching but you will need to be enthusiastic and creative to get the most out of your volunteer project. Volunteers can work together with local teachers to design lessons using existing resources, as well as their own expertise if they have prior teaching experience.

No prior teaching experience is necessary, however we encourage volunteers to come prepared by completing some relevant training, such as a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course. Visit our Online TEFL Course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognized TEFL certification at a discounted rate.