General Volunteer

Learn how you can get involved as a general volunteer alongside Handi-Care Intl.

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To learn more about the application process for the general volunteering placements, click the button below.

Placement Overview

Handi-Care Intl.’s “Volunteer India” program is based on the ideas that you can:

  1. Offer your skills in a meaningful way to help those in need in India.
  2. Have an educational and cultural experience that will expand your horizons, enhance your knowledge, and be a life-changing experience for you.

To ensure that such an impact is made with a short term placement, the ground work is done in advance to establish the following criteria:

  1. Organizations are reputable, accountable and offer facilities and programs suitable for Canadian volunteers.
  2. Programs run by the organizations make a significant impact in their community leading to “life-changing” results.
  3. Experience gained by our volunteers will be significantly valuable both in an academic and social sense.
  4. Our volunteers make a meaningful contribution to the organization’s work.

HCI does the volunteer placements at “Amar Seva Sangam” (ASSA) in South India since 2004.

 
Some highlights:
  • More than 40 HCI volunteers have been sent to ASSA and have all returned with raving reviews of their experience.
  • The Volunteer India experience has inspired and guided many volunteers to choose career paths that involve working with people with disabilities.
  • Following the volunteer experience, all of our student volunteers have been able to enter their desired field of study such as Education, Medicine, Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy. Our student and older volunteers have enjoyed contributing in various areas such as pschycological counselling, teaching English, arts, music, dance and helping in computer related area.
  • The experience of living in, giving to and receiving from a developing country has changed many of the volunteers’ perspectives and many have gone on to contribute significantly to their local and global communities.
  • Many volunteers have continued to work with HCI and ASSA after their volunteer placements.
  • There are a wide variety of services that you can choose from, depending on the number of weeks/days you are able to offer your services, along with your area of expertise.

    General areas available :

    • Playing/Tutoring children all ages with varying abilities.
    • Assisting with physio, speech or occupational therapy.
    • Mentoring/Counselling patients in Spinal Cord Injury unit
    • Teaching spoken English to youth/staff.
    • Assisting staff with computer related work.
    • Teaching dance/music/arts to children.
    • Video editing
    • Medical related assistance
    • Office help
    • Research related help – data collection, analysis
    • Accounting help
    • Others as needed at the time of your visit
    • A fee of $160 CAD is payable to Handi-Care Intl. per week of placement. We recommend a minimum of 2 weeks.
    • Included in this are:
      • Room and Boarding (3 vegetarian meals a day, morning and afternoon tea)
      • Work related trips to adjacent villages
      • A tax receipt from HCI for the fees
    • Smoking and drinking are prohibited in the Amar Seva Sangam Campus.
    • Proper dress code and Conduct are expected from all volunteers.

Application Overview

APPLICATION FORM

Interested applicants are asked to contact Handi-care Intl. at info@handicareintl.org. Please download the application and send it to us by mail, along with a photograph.

Download Application

POST VOLUNTEER FEEDBACK FORM

Each volunteer will complete a feed back form, up on completion of volunteer term. Please download form from the link below, complete and send to info@handicareintl.org

Download Feedback Form

Travel and Accommodation

  • Volunteers must have a valid passport that is good for at least 6 months from the anticipated date of landing in India.
  • All volunteers are advised to apply for “Tourist VISA” for the period required at the Indian Embassy.
  • Please visit: https://www.blsindia-canada.com/touristvisa.php
  • You can give Mr. Ramasubramanian (friend) Tel # 98650 40679 as reference and Amar Seva Sangam address as contact. Address: 7-4-104B Tenkasi Road, Ayikudy – 627 852, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Students should check for any travel advisory
  • Recommended vaccines: Hep A, Hep B, Typhoid, Japanese Encephalitis
  • Malaria Prophylaxis recommended
  • Please visit travel clinic or your family doctor prior to travel
  • Costs vary depending on time of year (from $1200- $2000)

    Handi-Care Intl. recommends that students book their flights through a travel agent or online with reputed Airlines. We highly recommend that you take travel “medical insurance ” and “Cancellation / Interruption” insurance or make payment from a credit card that offers travel protection.

    2 options:

    • Fly into Trivandrum (also known as Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. (This will allow you to avoid any overnight layovers, especially in other Indian cities.)
    • Fly into Madurai or Tuticorin ( also known as Thoothukudi). This will likely involve layovers in Indian cities and can be challenging.

    Pick up will be arranged from those airports once we get your itinerary via taxi. All 3 cities are approximately 2.5-3 drive to ASSA. Cost for taxi is about $60.00 Cdn. (total). You can pay for this via the main office at Amar Seva Sangam.

    • All Volunteers will be given accommodations at Amar Seva Sangam’s Volunteers Quarters or in a suitable room located on the main campus near the school and rehabilitation facilities. Accommodations are modest but are clean and include hot running water, showers, and private bathroom. Up to 3 volunteers of the same gender will be placed in each room, depending on the number of volunteers serving at any one time.

      Handi-Care Intl. charges a fee of $160 per week, for which tax receipt will be issued. $160 is charged for each additional week. This covers room & board and all meals which are provided in the dining hall within in the ASSA campus, as well as the cost of any project-related travel.

      Flight costs to India and any outside trips within India are the responsibility of the volunteer. Sight-seeing and shopping are up to the individual. There are many local sightseeing opportunities around ASSA and transport can be arranged through ASSA’s reception via taxi or auto rickshaw.

      Handi-Care Intl.’s charges are very modest compared to other organizations because no profit or overhead expenses are taken from volunteer fees and all money received goes directly towards the cost of accommodation, meals and supporting ASSA’s programs.

      Fundraising can be organized by students and can be focused around their local universities and communities. Parents / relatives and friends are the best source to begin with. Their contributions can be tax deductible.

      Read more by downloading¬†“Volunteer Handbook.”

Important Documents

Click here to view the “In Person Orientation Manual”.

Click here to view the “Virtual Orientation Manual”.

General Volunteer Testimonials

Click here to view the testimonials.

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