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Volunteering

 
     
 
From October until December 2007 I stayed with the Sangam as an ASA/GLEN scholar and worked on the project `Public Relations for rural development`. For me, the time spent in Nagpur was an enriching experience which I would not liked to have missed.

(Anna Weritz from Hamburg, Germany)

Supporting us as a volunteer will offer you the possibility to broaden your views and experiences while working in a team with international volunteers. We welcome all individuals, irrespective of age and background. All you need is motivation to share your knowledge and willingness to devote some of your time. Identify your most useful skills and choose in which area you would like to get involved:

•  If you have a background in Health and Health-related issues? Support the Ecumenical Sangam in organising Health, Hygiene and Sanitation Awareness Camps in the rural villages and urban slums around Nagpur.

•  If you come from a legal background, as a Law Student or related sectors, share your knowledge with those who are unaware of their basic rights! Help in organising Legal Awareness Camps to empower villagers and slum dwellers through the Rule of Law. Making people aware of schemes like the Right to Information Act which is of tremendous importance in fighting corruption and in promoting development.

•  If your background or future area of interest is in Business Management? You can support the empowerment of Self Help Groups through Micro-Enterprises.

• If your interest is in Agriculture and Environmental sustainability? Help us to spread and improve knowledge of Water and Soil Management among the local farmers through our model farm at our rural Base Centre in Bamhani, 35 km south of Nagpur.

The timeframe of voluntary work is flexible and depends on your personal availability and our requirements. We welcome all kind of commitment, whether you wish to volunteer once a week or once per month for a specific project.

If you are interested in supporting us as a volunteer please contact our Office .

International Volunteers and their activities for the Sangam

In collaboration with our German partners Deutsch-Indische Zusammenarbeit (DIZ) we work with German and European volunteers under the European ASA-GLEN-Programme and the "weltwärts" (world-wards) - Programme of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

 

 

Alexandra Wirobek, 24 years old, from Germany joined the Ecumenical Sangam, as a weltwarts volunteer, in March 2018 for twelve months after completing her batchelor's degree in Sociology and Human Geograph at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. Since around the age of 17 years Alexandra has always had a great interest in International Relations and Development work.

Alexandra says that the idea of taking a gap year and working within an NGO that has a strong focus on health, women empowerment and organic farming seemed to come at the right time for her. She feels that there are many things that people and societies in the 'Global North' can learn from the 'Global South' rather than dictating how things should be done. That for truly sustainable developement and a better future within the globalising world we need to create a greater togetherness and a better exchange of ideas and ways of living rather than creating the imagination of an ideal way of life. Although it is a complimentary part of her field of studies to develop an analytical mind and different perspectives on different social matters in global structures. She feels that her voluntary service gives her a chance to change and learn new perspectives and issues discussed in University better than any books could. She believes that it is from this exposure to experiences that she learns the most and is therefore happy for each moment that she spends at the Sangam, even for the challenging ones.

She has spent her time supporting the Sangam with teaching English to the Kindergarten Children, Village Health Volunteers and Social Workers and Trained Birth Attendant students and she is engaged in report writing and a few public relations activities.

   

 

 

Weltwärts Chronicle - June 2014 - download

German Nationals who are interested in participating in the "weltwärts"- programme can contact our partner Deutsch-Indische Zusammenarbeit (DIZ) . The ASA-GLEN-Programme is open to all European Nationals. Further information on this programme is available on http://www.asa-programm.de/en.

 

 
 
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