Volunteering

Because of the breadth of activity of the different charities there is a need for many different skills. PLENTI project guests are invited to stay for a month or more to volunteer their input, at least on a part-time basis, to meet those needs.

Many of our guests are likely to bring experience of many different careers and could perhaps be interested in areas such as strategy, finance, management or teaching.Skills in the medical and health care, and caring fields are, of course, most welcome. There will also be opportunities to work with the tribal people directly, for example in the training centre or in English conversation classes.

Below is a list of some of the skills that we have identified that might be particularly relevant; but our Accord friends will be glad to welcome guests who might bring all sorts of other things to the party.

Volunteering schemes require significant investment and management in linking skills and needs in a meaningful way.Guests will be given the opportunity in advance of their visit to learn something about the charities.The PLENTI Project will have a programme manager who will be responsible for the volunteer programme. The charities will each provide a point person to help arrange the appropriate interface within their organization. There will also be assistance in organizing the logistics.There will therefore be significant extra costs in providing the volunteer element of the stay to ensure that it is worthwhile and not just tokenistic, and this will be included in the guest house cost,also inclusive of three meals a day (and nevertheless favourable in comparison with other guest houses!)

An example of a project completed in early 2017, by Angela Harding, is described in this report.

Ashwini Disability Centre Report 2017

 

Skills sought in volunteer guests

We seek skills in the areas outlined below. In each case we seek skills in setting up or improving programmes or systems as well as in training staff in these skills. The list is not exhaustive.

Finance

     Accounting

     Financial management

     Preparation of reports and financial statements

     Finance for the individual and the family

     Banking/loans/savings

     Community based financial management

 

Management and Personnel

     Operations and management systems

     Retailing skills

     Hospitality skills – hotel, restaurant

     Recruitment and training

 

Marketing & Sales

     Online strategies

     New sales leads

     Research of competition

 

Legal and tax

     Tax benefits for Indian charitable companies

     Structures of different types of charitable company

 

IT

    Computer skills, such as Microsoft, internet search, email, social media

    Websites – both content and design

 

Electronics

    Basic electronics

    Computer/laptop/mobile hardware

    Arduino/Raspberry Pi

 

Engineers and other specialists

    Expertise in the utilization of electricity/solar power

    Gardeners/landscape specialists

    Warehousing & logistics

    Expertise in alternate energy technologies: micro hydro, solar, bio gas

 

Arts, crafts, design

    Housing planning and design

    Arts and crafts

    Making or tinkering

    Recording tribal music

 

Fund raising

    Writing a proposal

    Creating the case for support

    How to ask for money

    Explore carbon trading for raising funds

    Crowd funding campaigns

    Events such as sponsored cycle rides

 

Setting up businesses

    How to set up a business; writing a business plan

    Retail skills, groceries, area centre shops

 

Skills development and training

    Enterprise skill development

    Soft skills for business

 

English language

    English conversation

 

Nature

    Knowledge of nature & nature interpretation

    Development of exciting nature/culture trails, vegetable garden, spice garden, medicinal garden, coffee/pepper

 

Environment

    Innovative use of waste materials

    Solar expertise

 

Medical

    Occupational and speech therapists, special education teacher

    Experience of working with any disability

    Doctors in particular gastroenterologist, orthopaedics, physical medicine, GP, anaesthesia

    Biomedical engineers

    Clinical research specialist

    Nursing supervisor/nurses/nursing teachers

    Pharmacist

 

Caring

    Any experienced carers, to work with those with disability in the community, or anyone with a caring heart!

 

Education

    Special needs specialists

    Qualified teachers

 

Museum and cultural skills

    Curators

    Educators from any discipline