Travel and volunteer in India for a truly meaningful experience. India has ample opportunities of volunteering programs. According to international statistics, more than 65% of population is below the international line of poverty. Volunteers can spend substantial time looking after children in Delhi and Dharamshala orphanages, teaching English to school children in Delhi and in South India. But the best way to volunteer in India is to associate with a disabled children program.
Special needs or disability can mean any form of retardation. In a developing country like India, it can also mean that children who suffer milder forms of disability go undiagnosed or neglected when facility or support is not available to rehabilitate them. Most distressing are the cases of children who are more severely afflicted. Often parents are forced to send off little children to mental institutions.
This really cuts out the work for volunteers who look after children in special schools. Often the children are ones who have no one to look after them, left behind by their parents and families as an inability to cater to their special needs. Children with special needs and physical challenge require special attention by caregivers and volunteers. In a country like India, where there is a dearth of regular teaching staff, there exists an even more acute lack of caregivers with proper training. Special schools set up in remote areas like Palampur suffer from lack of funds, staff shortage more than their urban counterparts.
Volunteers who have nursing experience or training in looking after children with special needs are especially welcome. Those who do not have any training but love working with children can also help out in the special school. Children in the school require help with even basic tasks like bathing, dressing and eating. Teaching them to read and write, and communicate effectively can be challenging at the outset but very rewarding experience. Volunteers can positively impact the life of these children while interacting with them. It is best to employ unconventional means of teaching to catch their attention and engage them in a productive session in class.
Most children do not like being confined for long periods of time and hence volunteers can engage them outside the classroom too. Music is a popular way of engaging them in fun activities and teaching them basic language skills. Volunteers working with these children can act as a link to the society for these children. Disabled Children volunteer program is one of the most advantageous programs that immensely benefit the tiny tots.