The 2 months period has been consciously chosen for optimizing the value you will derive from Volunteering. However, in exceptional circumstances, you can be permitted to volunteer for a shorter period only if (i) there is no way you can schedule 2 months, (ii) You have clearly identified an specific project to be carried out at Sabka Ghar, and (iii) You possess the necessary skills for implementing the project in the available time.
Volunteers carry out the field work on their chosen project for 5 hours a day, carry out community work for 1 hour a day. If you are not the Project in-charge, you will volunteer under the Guidance of the Project in-charge.
You may also opt for devoting an extra hour for interaction with Children.
Volunteers participate in selected events e.g. Grand Gathering etc. with BAALM children and Boundaryless Fellows etc.
Volunteers perform Kitchen duty once a week.
Sunday is a vacation. Saturday can be taken as a holiday if the volunteer plans to go out from the campus for the weekend.
Single male/female volunteers stay in the boy‟s/girl‟s section of the hostel respectively. Married Couples may choose to live in the tents/rooms near Gaushala. Some adjustments may have to be made when large number of visitors come over for attending Programs.
In pursuit of Self Sufficiency of the NODE, one of the current focuses in Boundaryless Initiative is to experiment with Permaculture techniques with a view to increase the productivity/ production at Sabka Ghar. Several sub-projects within permaculture are in different stages of Execution. Prerena is the Project-In-Charge, Rohan is the Guiding Mentor and Gaurav is holding the Umbrella Responsibility. Permaculture is „the‟ project in which the Volunteers are engaging currently.
Besides Permaculture, there are enormous possibilities at Sabka Ghar around which you may conceive and propose to execute a Project. Some of these are :
BAALM is to expand for creating an Orphanless World (http://www.boundaryless.net/baalm/orpahnless-world/ ). You may create a project for expanding BAALM through one of its 7 committees listed on that link.
Planning and executing at Sabka Ghar a novelty such as Energy generation; organizing production for exchange; value addition activities e.g. food processing; Organizing/decorating some part of Sabka Ghar, Replicating a NODE/ PIVOT; Visualizing the future of BI, Boundaryless Multiversity etc.
During your stay, please dress, speak and behave consistent with the local culture (e.g.kissing/necking/holding hands in public is alien to Indian culture).
Sabka Ghar is an alcohol/narcotics prohibited zone. If you smoke, do so only when you are away from the children.
Foul language, noise and loud music are undesirable.
In the interest of your own security, do not venture out alone in the dark. Going out of the campus or any night visits in the campus have to be in groups and with prior approval of Prakash Da. Always carry a pocket torch with you in the night.
Boundaryless Fellows : have their own schedule of activities. However, they also participate in the Projects. The interaction with them is during the project activities, during meal-time, Play-time, free time and in the common events.
Baalm Children (No interaction after 10pm) (Schedule of Children :The children normally wake up around 6:30 am, have breakfast 8-9am, come back from school around 3:30 and dine around 7:30 pm). You may …
Share your life experiences with the children
like to wake up early and interact with children before they leave for school
offer to assist the children with their homework and check their daily diary
check and help with the personal hygiene of children and ensure that the First Aid Box is adequately stocked.
teach English and Maths to children
teach selected children your own mother tongue and learn Hindi.
teach them painting, self-defense, skill based activities etc.
involve them in reading English stories from their textbooks
like to narrate children’s stories from your own folk lore and culture, show them videos that are popular among children in your country, share your own experience of your own school time and the geography, climate, history and heros of your country and culture
show them the place where you stay through Google maps etc. and show them your school, house, place of work and worship etc.
You may undertake a project with the children such as:
Conceiving and producing a short movie, capturing the background and story of a child through picture/video (be certain that any such movie or project is autobiographical and brings out/conveys the child‟s point of view. Please ensure that the final product is seen by Prakash da before it is posted on social media etc.),
Imparting skill based/technical training to children such as plumbing, farming operations, knitting, weaving, cooking etc.which will help them solve their routine problems in life. Interact with Prakash Da for any tools etc.that you may require for the project.
insist on taking children out of the campus
praise/behave with some children in a manner that other children feel belittled
It will be more productive if you inform the children a day in advance about the organized sessions you may be conducting with them.