Through a NGO, called Helgo based in Howrah, Tikiapara, we established a correspondence with a German organization which sends young people abroad for voluntary service.
The organization is called “Freunde der Erziehungskunst Rudolf Steiners”, in English “Friends of Waldorf Education Rudolf Steiners”. Usually the organization sends Volunteers to Waldorf-based organizations and schools. Since 2016 the German organization started to support NGOs apart of the Waldorf ones. They select these ones by personally visiting the NGOs, as two workers of “Freunde der Erziehungskunst” visited NOSKK in January 2016.
In August and September 2016, we welcomed the first volunteers Catarina Karch and Emmy Becker from Germany for one year.
In August 2017 the second batch of volunteers named Janna Timm and Lidia Kamolz arrived.
They worked with children and adolescents, who visit our organization and were a great support.
And now the third batch is working in NOSKK since August 2018. Celina Bittger and Anastasia Neumann are staying here for one year and support our work.
They are teaching English for children but also to adolescents and adults from our community. Furthermore, they are doing drawing classes, computer classes, gymnastic and music with the children.
Another part of their work is the help with our office work. Keep helping others with many of reports in English languages. They are attending youth seminar, programmes and several meetings of the organization.
Furthermore, they are the project-coordinator of the Bhabiswat Sponsorship Programme. This educational sponsorship programme was founded by the German volunteers Janna & Lidia and the current volunteers are managing this project now.
Apart of their work the two German Volunteers step in a cultural exchange with our community, so that our community as well as the two achieve a new understanding about different ways of living. The two young German women are independent and strong and we hope that through them the adolescent girls can gain more self-confidence and be more empowered to develop themselves. And in exchange we hope that they learn something about the Indian culture and take these experiences home.
Please check our Volunteers Brochure