Volunteer Opportunity at the Bodhi Tree School

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Person: 
Cameron Fielding
Email: 
common [dot] weal [dot] global [at] gmail [dot] com

WHAT IS BODHI TREE SCHOOL?

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Bodhi Tree School is a project managed by Common Weal (www.commonwealglobal.com), a local NGO with over 10 years experience in diverse projects in the areas of education and healthcare for trodden communities in Bihar.

Bodhi Tree Education is fun, challenging, and inspirational to our students who are of varying talents, values and abilities while preparing each one with the skills required to adapt and succeed in an ever-changing diverse world. A learning and systems-centered, age appropriate curriculum dedicated to the approach and advocacy of integrated dynamic sustainability.
Bodhi Tree, Shripur Village, Bihar, is “feeless for all children”.

Provides quality education, and preventative healthcare in a ecologically sound environs along with a professionally managed school and staff. Develop school as a model school in the region. Our core area of intervention is to ensure Equal access to education to girls. Our initiatives are to eliminate discrimination, universalize education, eradicate illiteracy, create a gender-sensitive educational system, increase enrolment and retention rates of girls and improve the quality of education to facilitate life-long learning as well as development of occupation/vocation/technical skills

ENVIRONMENT

The school campus is located 2 kms from Bodhgaya in Shirpur Village, which consists of a socio-economically trodden Mushhar community (population of about 600). Even though its classified as a maha-dalit village it does not have basic infrastructure. Our school ensures education to the children of eight villages in three kms radius of school. These villages are Shripur, Shekhwara, Gora, Babhani, Bholabigha, Ganghar, Katorwa and Mocharim.

Bodhgaya located in the northern state of Bihar India is one of the poorest areas in whole country of India. Bodhgaya is the most important of the main four pilgrimage sites related to the life of Gautama Buddha, In 2002, the MahaBodhi Temple, located in Bodhgaya, became selected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

WHO DO WE NEED?

We need talented volunteers or couples / family who would like to come spend time with rural, tribal, slum women, teenagers and children. The volunteer should have a love for them and good character through which to act as a role example.

VOLUNTEERS ACTIVITIES

As a volunteer, you will be able to get involved in multiple activities such as:

  • teaching multiple subjects, i.e. English, maths, computer science, science, history, geography or any other academic or non-academic skills you may propose.
  • training the teachers to plan and teach creative lessons.
  • helping with after school homework.
  • playing with children during recreation time or in extracurricular activities.
  • helping to manage and run the slum clinic.
  • participating in literacy programs and other vocational programs for elder women in the village.
  • helping to maintain the campus´garden.
  • helping in building activities to improve the state of the campus.
  • participating in other programs part of Common Weal, i.e. school of communication, school of IT, school of vocational training,….

Voluntarism is one of the most crucial undertakings of Bodhi Tree rural campus to experiment various perspectives. We invite individuals within India and abroad to join interactive sessions, group study, discussion, field demonstration and research.

We provide Hindi communication skills to the foreign volunteers with view to enhancing understanding of local community. They can also learn Vocal Music, Classical Music, Performing Art, Visual Art , Instrumental Music, Embroidery and Tailoring. We aim at getting volunteers integrated into village life, having a greater insight into village life and varied lives, experiencing a joint family, attending village rituals and various other features.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to become National or International Advisor of Bodhi Tree School at the end of the stay. Our aim is to be a global family and thus build long-term relationships to ensure the sustainability of the project and increase the benefits to the communities in need.

Details
People: 
Volunteer house can accommodate up to eighteen. Any volunteer with compassion and vision is welcome.
Commitment: 
Long-term volunteers are preferred for the project; minimum two weeks
Skills: 
CommonWeal conducts preliminary interviews with volunteers to assess their skills and passions, and to create an individually suited program
Type: 
Volunteers will be working with rural village communities, and especially with children from those communities
Money: 
ACCOMODATION AND FOOD COSTS 1st month $350 subsequent months + $200 This price includes food and a room for each volunteer, in addition to transportation, and local classes and guides, and project support. Accommodation is available within the school campus with other teachers and staff. Food is traditional Indian vegetarian diet (not spicy).

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