Smile-ngo

International Work Camp

(only for International Youth
 
International Workcamp Information :-
SMILE Workcamps India
Location: Kolkata and around
 
Type: TE,Soci ,Manu, Fest, Env, Agri, Edu, Cul
 
Age: 15+
 
Number of Volunteer: 15/ Camp
 
Participation Cost: As per applicable 
 
Project type : Permanent 
 
Language: English
   
Accommodation: Dormitory basis in host family/school 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 traveler .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. 
 
Places around:-
 
*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 !!
 
Organised Package trip at the end of the camp 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.
 
REQUIREMENTS :-
 
We need energetic your volunteer with open mind and ready to get their hand dirty. You need to be strong and flexible. India is a beautiful country but challenging for some people . Local culture,people are interesting but weather is hot and humid in summer ,so get ready to explore an amazing country with full of surprises . Due to big cultural differences some volunteer might face cultural shock! Our request to all New comers please read about India and Indian culture as much as possible before you apply for the project. If you got any queries ask anytime. 
 
These are the documents we need on arrival :
 
*Passport copy
*VISA copy
*Photograph( recent colour copy)
*Parents permission letter if you are below 18 years.
*Living cost as per local hosting family ( payment on arrival by cash )
*you should not have any criminal records. 
 
 
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, host family and volunteers
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).
sandals 
head covering (bandanas, hat) 
towel that dries FAST.
Mosquito net, Toilet paper, Soap and shampoo for personal use. 
 
Meeting Point: At 12 noon outside the Kolkata (international terminal gate 4A) airport arrival gate. Or as per arrival details. pickup available between 6am-6pm only( subject prior confirmation).
Transportation : You will have to use the local available public transportation  ( Train/Bus) the camp during your term. Airport pickup would be available only.Airport transfer on last day of the camp would volunteers' responsibility .
 
SMILE Host family is at Madhyamgram which is at the north of the the Kolkata city next to Kolkata Airport (8 km from Airport and 20 km from Kolkata city center). 
 
WorkCamp Details :-
 
**Street Children Teaching Camp
 
SMILENGO Street Children Teaching  Do you like to help SMILE NGO to bring a smile to the most neglected children living on the street of kolkata ,India.This project is all about bringing smile to all underprivileged refugee children  from the street of kolkata.Providing informal basic education like english teaching ,hygiene,basic health care, playing, organising entertainment program ,food distribution for these children of this downtrodden community would be the main target of the volunteers in this camp. SMILE Society ( Situational Management & Inter Learning Establishment Society) is a registered Non profit working for these underprivileged communities around the state of West Bengal since 2003 . On August 31, 2003, a team of family and friends leaded by Mr. Debabrata Chakraborty, a Social Activist who has more than 25 years experience in Volunteering, formed SMILE Society to fight against this social injustice and bring a smile to these cute faces. Since then SMILE brought hundreds of children from the street to the normal society . SMILE mission is to provide volunteers with a customised program (workcamp, short term, long term) that will enable them to make an important contribution to these poor and needy kids from the street. Our foremost goal is to "Bring Smile around" We ensure that all volunteers are provided with a safe and enriching experience. Our flexible approach means that you will be given a placement to suit your needs and time scale. All international students are also welcome to take part in our Programme. Our unique placements could become the trip of a lifetime.
 
work:-
 
Target Group for these camps:- Helping Children  from the street( mostly refugees) between 8-15 years old, of India to get basic education,vocational and hygienic training etc. Daily hundreds of children receives support at our different centres around. 
 
Project Back ground :- India having uncountable numbers of street and slum dwellers . There are thousands of poor refugees coming every year from nearby countries and from different small towns and villages to the big cities and most of these families are living in a very poorly condition at slums or on street corners like insects. Normal societies are so busy to deal with their personal daily problems, so have little time for these unfortunate people. With every such family Grownup girls and married women (mother of the children) always have to face the problem in their daily life. Often these families bring their children to help them in begging ,household work ,rag picking activities, even some girls been forcibly thrown to the dark life of prostitution. So it is really a shame of the so called civilised societies. We have got our few projects for these unfortunate street children at the different locations of big cities. Now there are opportunities available to help and support these unfortunate girls and mothers of the street children in and around. 
 
Work & Activities :- Most important target of the project is to bring smile among these children and provide confidence and moral support to their mother .Volunteer would use different way of informal education technique to present a unique and attractive way of education programs for these kids .Most of these kids speaks local Bengali /Hindi language but they are very smart and intelligent.so teaching them with the support of local coordinator would not be so difficult ,just little bit of patience and involvement can solve this problem easily. All volunteers would go through orientation on arrival and two local language session during this camp. There would also be a workshop every evening when volunteers would prepare the next day lesson plan of action .  Volunteers would also help local coordinator in other activities like giving shower food distribution, organising drama,story telling and entertainment games for the children.whole camp would be run under the supervision of very experienced local project coordinator. Saturday and Sunday would be free days when volunteers can take rest or tour around the city or near by places.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. SMILE society always tries to give international volunteers a big scope to know about the local communities and understand the family environment. Smile Society (ngo) had started their activities since 2003 !
 
Example Daily Schedule: 
 
Wake up early morning: 6 am
Breakfast: 6:30 am ( required to prepared by own)
Project hour : As per project In charge.
Lunch at 1:30-2 p.m 
late afternoon: 3 - 6pm, workshop, cultural & Language Exchange with yoga and meditation time for volunteers 
Dinner : 7:30 pm ( volunteers required help themselves in serving ,washing )
After 8 pm exit door would be closed.No one allowed to go out or come in the accommodation after 8 pm everyday including weekends.
 
9:30 bed time 
 
** Please remember that programme schedule or project site can be changed or altered by the Project In-charge if required and all volunteers are requested to cooperate with our local members and partners. All schedule should be followed and mandatory for everyone to participate and contribute **
 
Street Children Teaching Workcamps List
 
PROJECT NAME PROJECT CODE LOCATION  DATE  Vol Required
Street Children Teaching  SMILE IWC489 Kolkata and around    1-14 Jan             15
Street Children Teaching  SMILE IWC492 Kolkata and around  17-30 Jan              15
Street Children Teaching  SMILE IWC493 Kolkata and around    1-14 Feb            15
Street Children Teaching  SMILE IWC496 Kolkata and around  15-28 Feb            15
Street Children Teaching  SMILE IWC497 Kolkata and around     1-14Mar             15
Street Children Teaching  SMILE IWC500 Kolkata and around  17-30 Mar             15
Street Children Teaching  SMILE IWC501 Kolkata and around      1-14Apr             15
Street Children Teaching  SMILE IWC504 Kolkata and around  17-30 Apr             15
Street Children Teaching  SMILE IWC505 Kolkata and around     1-14May            15
Street Children Teaching  SMILE IWC508 Kolkata and around  17-30 May             15
Street Children Teaching  SMILE IWC509 Kolkata and around     1-14 Jun             15
Street Children Teaching  SMILE IWC512 Kolkata and around  17-30 Jun             15
Street Children Teaching  SMILE IWC513 Kolkata and around     1-14 July             15
Street Children Teaching  SMILE IWC516 Kolkata and around  17-30 July             15
Street Children Teaching  SMILE IWC519 Kolkata and around    1-14 Aug             15
Street Children Teaching  SMILE IWC520 Kolkata and around  17-30 Aug             15
Street Children Teaching  SMILE IWC521 Kolkata and around    1-14 Sep             15
Street Children Teaching  SMILE IWC524 Kolkata and around  17-30 Sep             15
Street Children Teaching  SMILE IWC525 Kolkata and around     1-14 Oct              15
Street Children Teaching  SMILE IWC528 Kolkata and around  17-30 Oct             15
Street Children Teaching  SMILE IWC429 Kolkata and around     1-14 Nov              15
Street Children Teaching  SMILE IWC432 Kolkata and around  17-30 Nov              15
Street Children Teaching  SMILE IWC535 Kolkata and around    1-14 Dec              15
Street Children Teaching  SMILE IWC536 Kolkata and around  17-30 Dec             15

 

 
 
 
 
*Intercultural & Language Exchange Camp
SMILENGO Intercultural Exchange
Location: Kolkata and around
 
Type: TE,SOCI,HC,MANU
 
Age: 15
 
An international platform to exchange culture and language is the main aim of this camp.SMILE Society ( Situational Management & Inter Learning Establishment Society) is a registered NGO & NPO working in the field of International volunteering. On August 31, 2003. 
 
Work:-
 
Target :- Energetic youth from round the world gathered together to learn Indian culture ,food ,yoga and bring friendship and learn each other culture.
 
Duration : 2 weeks 
 
Project  Background:-
 
India is always been famous for its culture ,tradition,language and food cuisine . Different culture ,dress code ,language and cooking style made the country like a continent ! While volunteering in this camps youth can have chance to interact with the East Indian ( Bengali ) culture and food . Volunteers and local family together exchange the culture and cook food . Volunteers would have a chance to learn Indian yoga & meditation basic lesion in this camp.Youth volunteers have golden chance to know about the ethnic heritage of East Indian cuisine and tradition . It would a great fun filled time for groups.
 
Activities:-
 
In this camp volunteers from round the world would have chance to exchange culture,language, food etc. Special attraction for this camp would be,  local cooking lesson, local language class. It would be fun fill entertainment camp where Indian family and international youth can have a platform to each other culture and life style. Camp would take place in the suburb call Madhyamgram which is just 8 km from Kolkata Airport .Transportation, electricity,shopping places are all around.Nearest rail and bus station is with in 2 km .Life is very simple and peaceful around.
 
Field service Work Hour: 2 hr./day ( Monday to Friday early morning)
Work shop: 2 hrs per day ( afternoon)
 
Example Daily Schedule: 
 
Wake up early morning: 6 am
Breakfast: 6:30 am ( required to prepared by own)
Project hour : As per project In charge.
Lunch at 1:30-2 p.m 
late afternoon: 3 - 5pm, workshop time for volunteers 
Dinner : 7 pm ( volunteers required help themselves in serving ,washing )
After 8 pm exit door would be closed.No one allowed to go out or come in the accommodation after 8 pm everyday including weekends.
9:30 bed time 

Intercultural Exchange Workcamps List 
 
PROJECT NAME PROJECT CODE LOCATION  DATE  Vol Required
Intercultural Exchange  SMILE IWC491 Kolkata and around  15-28Jan             15
Intercultural Exchange  SMILE IWC495 Kolkata and around  15-28 Feb             15
Intercultural Exchange  SMILE IWC499 Kolkata and around  15-28 Mar             15
Intercultural Exchange  SMILE IWC503 Kolkata and around  15-28 Apr             15
Intercultural Exchange  SMILE IWC507 Kolkata and around  15-28May             15
Intercultural Exchange  SMILE IWC511 Kolkata and around  15-28Jun            15
Intercultural Exchange  SMILE IWC515 Kolkata and around  15-28July             15
Intercultural Exchange  SMILE IWC519 Kolkata and around  15-28Aug             15
Intercultural Exchange  SMILE IWC523 Kolkata and around  15-28 Sep             15
Intercultural Exchange  SMILE IWC527 Kolkata and around  15-28 Oct             15
Intercultural Exchange  SMILE IWC531 Kolkata and around  15-28 Nov             15
Intercultural Exchange  SMILE IWC535 Kolkata and around  15-28 Dec             15
 
 
 
 
*Indian Festival Camps
SMILE NGO Festival Camps
Location: Kolkata and around
 
Type: TE,SOCI,HC,MANU
 
Age: 15+
 
Number of Volunteer: 15/ Camp
 
Participation Cost: As per local host 
 
Project type : Workcamp
 
Language: English
 
 
An internarional platform to exchange culture and language is the main theam of this camp.SMILE Society ( Situational Management & Inter Learning Establishment Society) is a registered NGO & NPO working in the field of International volunteering. On August 31, 2003, a team of family and friends leaded by Mr. Debabrata Chakraborty, formed Smile Society. SMILE believes in family type of environment. Our mission is to provide volunteers with a customized program (workcamp, short term, long term) that will enable them to make an important contribution to the poor and needy kids of India. In the past several years, we have placed many volunteers around various parts of India within different projects.
Our foremost goal is to "Bring Smile around" We ensure that all volunteers are provided with a safe and enriching experience. Our flexible approach means that you will be given a placement to suit your needs and time scale. All international students are also welcome to take part in our projects. Our unique placements could become the trip of a lifetime.
 
Target :- Energetic youth from round the world gathered together during the exciting festival days to learn Indian culture ,food ,dress while try to bring smile on street kids. 
 
Location: : Kolkata city and around
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. 
 
Camp Details:- 
 
Indian festivals are world famous because of it social & cultural values . volunteers will have exciting time with Street kids and local festival in these days. The main purpose of the project is to bring smile on most neglected street kids during the festive season while witnessing the excitement of Indian festivals. India is always been famous for its culture ,tradition,language and food cuisine . Different culture ,dress code ,language and cooking style made the country like a continent ! While volunteering in this camps youth can have chance to interact with the East Indian ( Bengali ) culture and food . Volunteers and local family together exchange the culture and cook food . Volunteers would have a chance to learn Indian yoga & meditation basic lesion in this camp.Youth volunteers have golden chance to know about the ethnic heritage of East Indian cuisine and tradition . It would a great fun filled time for groups.
In this camp volunteers from round the world would have chance to exchange culture,language,food etc. Special attraction for this camp would be Yoga & Meditation lesson , local cooking lesson, local language class. It would be fun fill entertainment camp where Indian family and international youth can have a platform to each other culture and life style. Camp would take place in the suburb call Madhyamgram which is just 8 km from Kolkata Airport .Transportation, electricity,shopping places are all around.Nearest rail and bus station is with in 2 km .Life is very simple and peaceful around.
 
Field services Work Hour with street children : 3  hr./day ( Monday to Friday early morning)
Cultural time:  2 hrs per day ( afternoon)
 
Example Daily Schedule: 
 
Wake up early morning: 6 am
Breakfast: 6:30 am ( required to  prepaired by own)
Project hour : As per project In charge. 
Lunch at 1:30-2  p.m 
Evening : 3 -6 PM ; cultural exchange ,yoga/language learning session.
Dinner : 7:30 pm ( volunteers required help themselves in serving ,washing )
After 8 pm exit door would be closed.No one allowed to go out or come in the accommodation after 8 pm everyday including weekends.
9:30 bed time
 
 
REQUIREMENTS :-
 
We need energetic your volunteer with open mind and ready to get their hand dirty. You need to be strong and flexible. India is a beautiful country but challenging for some people . Local culture,people are interesting but weather is hot and humid in summer ,so get ready to explore an amazing country with full of surprises . Due to big cultural differences some volunteer might face cultural shock! Our request to all New comers please read about India and Indian culture as much as possible before you apply for the project. 


Indian Festival Workcamps List
 
PROJECT NAME PROJECT CODE LOCATION DATE Vol. REQUIRED
Holi Camp ( Colour Festival)  SMILE IFC01  Kolkata and around  1-14 Mar                15
Raksha Bandhan ( Social Festival)  SMILE IFC02 Kolkata and around  17-30 Aug                15
Ganesha Festival ( Lord Ganesha)  SMILE IFC03 Kolkata and around  10-24 Sep                15
Durga Festival( Festival of Equality)  SMILE IFC04 Kolkata and around  15-28 Oct                15
Diwali Festival (Festival of Light)  SMILE IFC05  Kolkata and around  1-14 Nov                15
Christmas Camp (Jesus Christ)  SMILE IFC06 Kolkata and around  17-30 Dec                15
 
 
**SMILE Volunteer Tourism Camps
SMILE Volunteer Tourism
Location: Kolkata and around
 
Type: TE,SOCI,HC,MANU
 
Age: 15+
 
Duration: 13 Days 
 
Date : 3-15th Of every month
 
Number of Volunteer: 6-30 Camp
 
Participation Cost: As per local host 
 
Language:Basic English. Any  group with at least one English speaking leader is also welcome. 
 
Any Bilateral groups, Student, group, Youth group, Teen group, Senior group, Intern group or Group of individuals are welcome. Minimum number should be 6 till 30 are welcome on any date Teen group should have at least one English speaking team leader above 18 yrs. 
 
Partner : Do you wish to explore India and learn about Indian culture and tradition while living at local host family and helping SMILE NGO to bring a smile to the most neglected children living on the street of kolkata ,India.This project is all about bringing smile to all underprivileged refugee children & their mother from the street of kolkata.Providing informal basic education like english teaching ,hygiene,basic health care,family planning education,playing, organising entertainment program ,food distribution for these children of this downtrodden community would be the main target of the volunteers in this camp. SMILE Society ( Situational Management & Inter Learning Establishment Society) is a registered Non profit working for these underprivileged communities around the state of West Bengal since 2003 . On August 31, 2003, a team of family and friends leaded by Mr. Debabrata Chakraborty, voluntarily formed SMILE Society to fight against this injustice and bring a smile to these cute faces.Since then SMILE brought hundreds of children from the street to the normal society . SMILE mission is to provide volunteers with a customised program (workcamp, short term, long term) that will enable them to make an important contribution to these needy communities. 
 
Activity Details :-
 
Day 1. Kolkata Airport pickup & transfer to the local host family. 
Day 2. Orientation, presentation & local language training 
Day 3. Guided Village tour and local Town trip
Day 4. A day with most neglected street kids and afternoon cultural exchange 
Day 5. Guided Kolkata City trip to discover monuments and heritages 
Day 6. Interacting with the street children and their families. Helping children and girls living on the street. 
Day 7. A day to explore Indian temple and exciting Holi Ganges river safari. 
Day 8. A day to paint and color Street children school building. 
Day 9. A day to explore the  local city center mall for shopping. 
Day 10. Another day with the most neglected street children at their school. 
Day 11. A trip to discover rain forest and tiger reserve center Sundarban. It is one of UNESCO Heritage place. Stay over night at Sundarban hotel. (Subject to favorable weather and dates availability) Alternately Sea Beach trip. 
Day 12. Visit around Sundarban/sea beach and later way back to host family. 
Day 13. A day of feast with Street children and dance, music to celebrate the farewell. Later at evening or as per schedule. 

Volunteer Tourism Camps List
 
PROJECT NAME PROJECT CODE LOCATION  DATE  Vol Required
Volunteer Tourism India SMILE IWC490 Kolkata and around  3-15 Jan           6-24
Volunteer Tourism India  SMILE IWC494 Kolkata and around  3-15 Feb           6-24 
Volunteer Tourism India  SMILE IWC498 Kolkata and around  3-15 Mar           6-24 
Volunteer Tourism India  SMILE IWC502 Kolkata and around  3-15 Apr           6-24 
Volunteer Tourism India  SMILE IWC506 Kolkata and around  3-15 May           6-24 
Volunteer Tourism India  SMILE IWC510 Kolkata and around  3-15 June           6-24 
Volunteer Tourism India  SMILE IWC514 Kolkata and around  3-15 July           6-24 
Volunteer Tourism India  SMILE IWC518 Kolkata and around  3-15 Aug           6-24 
Volunteer Tourism India  SMILE IWC522 Kolkata and around  3-15 Sep           6-24 
Volunteer Tourism India  SMILE IWC526 Kolkata and around  3-15 Oct           6-24 
Volunteer Tourism India  SMILE IWC530 Kolkata and around  3-15 Nov           6-24 
Volunteer Tourism India  SMILE IWC534 Kolkata and around  3-15 Dec           6-24 
 
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