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 has representatives in each of the organisations who is responsible for the volunteer programme within them. PLENTI House staff give assistance in organizing the logistics. There is significant extra costs in providing the volunteer element of the stay to ensure that it is worthwhile and not just tokenistic, and this is included in the guest house cost, as also are three meals a day and local travel (and nevertheless favourable in comparison with other guest houses!) Volunteers are required to obtain Employment visas (for honorary work with NGOs).
An example of a project completed in early 2017, by Angela Harding, is described in this report.
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.
Preparation of reports and financial statements
Finance for the individual and the family
Community based financial management
Management and Personnel
Operations and management systems
Hospitality skills – hotel, restaurant
Recruitment and training
Marketing & Sales
New sales leads
Research of competition
Legal and tax
Tax benefits for Indian charitable companies
Structures of different types of charitable company
Computer skills, such as Microsoft, internet search, email, social media
Websites – both content and design
Engineers and other specialists
Expertise in the utilization of electricity/solar power
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
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
Knowledge of nature & nature interpretation
Development of exciting nature/culture trails, vegetable garden, spice garden, medicinal garden, coffee/pepper
Innovative use of waste materials
Occupational and speech therapists, special education teacher
Experience of working with any disability
Doctors in particular gastroenterologist, orthopaedics, physical medicine, GP, anaesthesia
Clinical research specialist
Nursing supervisor/nurses/nursing teachers
Any experienced carers, to work with those with disability in the community, or anyone with a caring heart!
Special needs specialists
Museum and cultural skills
Educators from any discipline
If you would like to come to PLENTI House as a volunteer for a month, from mid-November this year to mid-April 2019, please get in touch! Our email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.