AMAIDI Volunteering in India

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AMAIDI’s weblog (new!)

Welcome to AMAIDI’s new weblog!

You’re invited to share your views here on various topics connected with volunteering and internships in India. My name is Camille van Neer, I’m the founder/director of AMAIDI Volunteering in India. A dialogue can only enrich all of us when it is held in an open and fair manner, with respect for everyone’s integrity. 

I am sure you share this view.    

Thank you.


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Question: ‘How does one prepare best for one’s volontary work?’

Every journey starts with the first step. How to take that step, if you want to go to India?

When exactly are you prepared? What is needed to be prepared? Information? Practical excercises?

What information does the prospective volunteer need to prepare? How useful, for example, are cultural sensitization meetings or other preparation programs by organizations in homecountries for the adaptation of the volunteer later on in the country one is going to work in? And how usefull are the introduction or cultural programs that are offered by the host-organization in the country of the volunteer’s destination?

I hope our experienced volunteers – who’ve seen and done it all – can help us out here.
Be invited!

Filed under: information, Introduction, preparation, sending organization

Working in India as a volunteer

My name is Camille van Neer, I’m from The Netherlands, living and working near Puducherry, South-India. I’m happily married to Jansi, hailing from Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu, South-India. We have two kids, a boy and a girl, Arjuna and Barati. We’ve set up ‘Amaidi Volunteering in India’, a facilitating org where the need of Indian organizations (NGO’s, schools, hospitals etc.) are matched with the need of aspiring volunteers, interns or professionals. All who’d like to spend some time AND make themselves usefull in India.

Who said that volunteering is boring? If you’re in India it definitely is not. There is no country in the world that has such a rich heritage and at the same time is technologically so advanced as India. Unfortunately, India’s growth has a big drawback: the community of people living of less than a dollar a day, is still growing.

Working as a volunteer in India, or doing your final year intership, makes that you are extremely useful to the local community you work in. Especially the poorer sections of Indian society. The people you will work with and work for, belong to the lower strata of the Indian economy. They live in villages or in slums, they have difficulty in maintaining even a low standard of living. You can and will make a difference while you’re here!

‘Amaidi Volunteering in India’ makes sure that you end up in an organization where the chances that you can make a visible and tangible difference to the communities you work with, are large enough.

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Filed under: Introduction, poverty, professionals, trainees, volunteering in India

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