Through a NGO, called Helgo based in Howrah, Tikiapara, we successfully established a correspondence with a German organization which sends young people abroad for one year to commit for a voluntary service.
The organization is called “Freunde der Erziehungskunst Rudolf Steiners” (engl.: 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 them visited NOSKK in January 2016. Since then we could welcome following batches:
August/ September 2016: Catarina Karch and Emmy Becker
August 2017: Janna Timm and Lidia Kamolz
August 2018: Celina Bittger and Anastasia Neumann
August 2019: Imane Faddad and Shirin Iqbal
The volunteers work with children and adolescents of our community, who visit our organization.
They are teaching English for children but also to adolescents and adults from our community. Furthermore, they are doing drawing, computer, gymnastic, sport and dance classes with the children.
Another part of their work is to help with our office work. Especially in lecturing reports in english as well as taking care of our online presence, e.g. on facebook and on this very website. Moreover, 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 in Junw 2016 and the current volunteers are managing this project.
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 selfconfidence and be more empowered to develop ourselves. In exchange, we hope that they learn something about the Indian culture and take these experiences back home.
Please check our Volunteers Brochure for further information.