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Working for a year with CHIRAG in Uttarakhand

the Himalayan State of Uttarakhand

the Himalayan State of Uttarakhand

Central Himalayan Rural Action Group (CHIRAG) is a non-profit grass roots development organisation registered under Societies Act (1860). CHIRAG is dedicated to empowerment of rural communities through their integrated development and has been working in the Indian Central Himalayas since 1986.
CHIRAG & the Ford Foundation offers an opportunity to work with a rural development agency in India for a year in the following areas:
1. Primary education
2. Primary healthcare
3. Rural livelihoods
4. Environmental regeneration

Anyone between the ages of 21 and 28, with a graduate degree or a diploma (after 12th standard) and 2 years of work experience. Individuals who are likely to have examinations between July 2009 and June 2010 are not eligible. Leave will not be granted to take examinations during the year.

Process of Applying:
An application form needs to be filled. The form is available at or can be requested for by writing to or or Click Here to download the form. The filled in application form including a one-page statement of purpose have to be received by CHIRAG by the 15th of May 2009.

The participants will be provided with a modest stipend to cover their costs of food and to meet other basic necessities. A monthly stipend of Rs 4000 per month will be paid to the participants. The travel costs will be taken care by CHIRAG and the host organisations during the course.

Process of Selection:
CHIRAG will select a maximum of 30 youth from the applications. By the 10th of June, all candidates – those accepted as well those who cannot be accepted this year – will receive intimation by email or post.
The information pertaining to selected candidates – based on their thematic preference, academic background, work experience and statement of purpose – will be matched with the interests and requirements of host organisations. Information about the organisation that will host each youth will be intimated to them by the 20th of June.
CHIRAG is organizing a 2 week foundation course which will be held at CHIRAG, in Nainital District of Uttarakhand, in early July for the selected youth. The foundation course seeks to provide an orientation about life in rural India. The course will commence with an exploration of issues and tools to understand and analyse life in villages. The course will include sessions on primary education, community health care, the relationship between natural resources, humans and livestock, agriculture, community forestry, animal husbandry, off-farm rural livelihoods, water, the not-for-profit sector, governance and Panchayati Raj. The course will be interspersed with visits to villages – including night-stays in homes. Participants selected will then join their host organisations and will be located there for the next 11 months.

The programme starts on July 1, 2009. Send in your applications by May 15, 2009.

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17 Responses

  1. Syed Shoaib says:


    I am very interested in taking part in this internship. But at present I am working with Actionaid here in Delhi. I can not join the program anyway before September.

    Is there any way, I can rather volunteer for this program in Uttarakhand. I am very interested in this internship.


    i want to join in chirag

  3. meenakshi rawat says:

    i want to be a part of your NGO but dint have got the working experience

  4. Camille says:

    Is it that you want to work for CHIRAG? Please check the article for information as to how to apply to them directly.

    If you’d want to work for AMAIDI, pls indicate what your ideas are ..


  5. prabhash gaur says:

    DEAR ,

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  7. YOGESH YADAV says:

    Dear Sir/Mam
    great feeling to writing here.In few words i can’t explain about my energy/thoughts. I highly inspired came to know such kind of org/prgm are running in India.I have rich banking experience but i am not satisfied about my current job. I dont get chance to place myself as per my hooby or interest worked with social Org,rural mgmt,NGO/voluntier etc.Now i came to know from my inoivation things abt “Chirag” prgm. Sir i wana be part or join your Org.I assured i do my best as my knowledge and belief.Please consider my request and also advise me how can i serve in this fiels.Waiting for kind and valuable decesion.

    Your Faithfully
    Yogesh yadav
    Cell 9872204874

  8. Richa Singh says:

    I really like chirag because i want to become a social worker & i also interest to join chirag as a volunteer

  9. Richa Singh says:

    I really like chirag because i want to become a social worker & i also interest to join chirag as a volunteer plz tell me what are the requirements to join chirag

  10. anjali arya says:

    i wnt to work with chirag……….ang m going to be graduate on this june by d.s.b campus nainital. hope i’l be eligible to join such a good cause.

  11. pushpendra singh kushwah says:

    i am pushpendra singh working with tech. book int. pvt. ltd. delhi as epub doveloper . i have listion more about chirag i want to workwith u. in your culture

    thanking u
    pushpendra singh

  12. Monica Drego says:

    If you are more than 40 but raring to do some work at the grass root level and have loads of ideas for innovative education, what am I supposed to do?

  13. Piyush Kulkarni says:

    Can I help in resent flood…
    any kind of work will do…

  14. Mahipal Singh says:

    I really like chirag because i want to become a social worker & i also interest to join chirag as a volunteer

  15. Rene says:

    what about the accommodation facility?

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