KeerthiHow did you come to know about Bhumi? and what made you become a part?

Facebook, of course. I was looking for a good chance to volunteer, when I came across Bhumi’s facebook page and immediately signed up for the next orientation.

Why Little Einsteins (LE) Maths?

I believe that a strong mathematics background is a must-have for any person, at all points of life. But sadly, many students these days are made to rote problems just for the sake of passing their exams. And Math exams have been a fear factor for over generations now. The main objective of LE Maths, which is to eliminate the fear and to target primary kids and train them maths conceptually, motivated me to join the project.

What would you call a major plus of volunteering with Bhumi?

Major plus for volunteering with Bhumi would be the training, of course. Most of the volunteers are college students or IT professionals and they are not professionally trained to teach kids or understand child psychology. And Bhumi does a very good job in bridging this gap. This makes sure that the 4-5 hours a week that volunteers spend is utilized productively.They also provide a good platform to try out new ideas and methods to reach out better to the kids.

Any specific, special moment with kids you would like to share with us?

There are too many, actually. I usually handle 2nd and 3rd grade kids. One day, during class, I wasn’t feeling well and was struggling to teach place values to a 2nd grade kid. One 3rd grader had been noticing this for sometime. She came up to me and said, “Akka, you go and take rest. I will take it up from here.” I was amused and hesitant, because I had taken places values to her just a couple of weeks back. But she seemed confident and I very badly wanted to see how the session goes. She confidently took the kits that I was using and started teaching so casually, questioning at appropriate moments and checking for the other kid’s reaction as she went on. She was teaching the same way that I used, only a little better. I was so happy that day to see how your effort gets reflected. It was like receiving a personal first hand feedback.

If you could name one Bhumian as your role model, who would that be? and Why?

I would say, Sriram. As a new comer to Bhumi, he was the one who introduced us to the world of LE Maths. And I also had the chance to volunteer with him at the same centre. He is a very good mentor who sets the path for new comers to follow. There are many admirable qualities in him, such as punctuality, dedication and perfection.

A note about your personal front 

I completed my B.E.,Computer science and am currently working at Tata Consultancy Services. I am to take up a fellowship at Teach for India, starting this May. I am an avid reader and love to sing and paint.

A special message to your fellow volunteers

In Bhumi, we get to learn much more than what we teach. Be it from the kids or fellow volunteers or the experience, we get to learn a lot. It is a very good platform to groom our own self. So have the same level of enthusiasm as your day 1 and give your best. You deserve this experience as much as our kids deserve it!

DivyaWhy Bhumi? 

Bhumi is a place where things really happen. To contribute to the society and motivate poor young kids, all you have to do is become a volunteer at Bhumi – a very simple task indeed, but the impact that it creates is huge! Even before you realize you are actually volunteering, you will be given responsibilities that will be changing someone’s life in every way possible.

You had a recent switch to Little Einsteins Science now. Why is that?

Science is the only reason for why and how our lives are getting easier day by day. Understanding the concepts are not easy, but once you get to know about it, there is no limit to what you can do. That’s why I chose LE Science where kids can be taught the basic scientific concepts that will surely change their lives one day!

Tell us about your first day as a volunteer and the initial challenges you faced. Also, how did you overcome them?

I still remember my first day as a volunteer. I was a Math Volunteer at SISTWA, Saidapet, which was very close to my home and I had no idea of what I should be doing exactly. I didn’t know how my fellow volunteers would be and most of all, how the kids would react on seeing this girl (me). But to my surprise, as soon as I went there the kids came running towards me, asking me my name and started playing with me instantly as if they knew me for weeks. The kids were so enthusiastic. Apart from that, my fellow volunteers were so friendly and I felt loved. SISTWA, being my very first center will always remain very close to my heart.

Challenges: At first, there were not many games or kits. We just had plain Mathematics classes, and we made it a point to keep it as interactive as possible. We handled 6th, 7th and 8th grades where the girls owing to their age, lost interest in studying and showed more enthusiasm towards movies and songs. When we started getting close, I started explaining the importance of studies and how it helps us in getting good grades and scores. I could see a slow change in their approach to education. And then, needless to say! When LE Maths changed its course to 1st to 5th grades with the new kits and games, it took the whole project to the next level.

Other challenges that I am still facing: Managing the kids and getting them involved for classes, motivating them, developing their self confidence and building up their talents. Still working on it and I am sure to find a solution soon!

Life before and after Bhumi

Life before Bhumi: Not worthy

Life after Bhumi: Added a meaning to my life. From being a lazy, inactive and a normal person, to someone who is socially responsible, committed to work, building relationships and helping others out.’

Any specific, special moment with kids you would like to share with us?

Yes. When I met a small girl who was so determined and passionate! She talked to me about her family and how she used to wait so much for the weekends just to see her mom. A girl who is not drawn by price tagged materials, but by knowledge, love and affection! Being so innocent, she always asks me to help her out in becoming a good person with a good job so that she could help her mom, who works very hard. This was something that made me realize I have almost everything in my life and I just have to use them in a right way.

What do you apart from Bhumi?

I’m from Chennai, currently in my final year Biomedical Engineering at SSN. I love to have friends and hang out with them all the time. A candy crush lover, little of Kathak dancer, more of a Kuthu dancer! And really working hard to find out the other inborn talents in me :P

A message to your fellow volunteers.

Just love what you do. Keep in mind that you are actually someone who can change the life of the kids you are handling! Take it serious, commit yourselves, take responsibilities and most of all, take time to do these little things with all your heart and don’t do it just for the sake of doing!

Last Tuesday evening I was in a room full of celebrities, volunteer heroes and organisations that engaged volunteers across the country. It was the grand finale of the iVolunteer awards in Mumbai and Bhumi was one of the finalists in the Leader in Volunteer Engagement category. As the nine finalists for the award were being announced my heart rate started rising … as the envelope was called for and the chief guest of the evening, Mr.Abhishek Bachchan was  opening the envelope, my heart was nearly thudding in excitement. When he announced ‘and the winner is … Bhumi!’ I was flooded with so much emotion, words failed me in my acceptance speech on behalf of the organisation …

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It seems a long time ago, but it was just eight years back when my co-founders and I were taking baby steps to volunteering as a group that later became Bhumi. Our passion to do something for the country led us to education. Our first volunteering effort to teach in a children’s home was an epic failure!

A small break was created due to exams and vacation. When we approached the Secretary of the children’s home to restart the classes, we were asked to submit a report about how the children benefitted from our classes. This was an eye opener; we didn’t have an answer, and hence we were unable to resume our classes there. We learnt our most valuable lesson then; that we cannot waste the time of these children by doing ‘something’ just because we were volunteering. Read the full account here…

It brought our dreams of changing the nation crashing down, but from there we had only one direction to go, up! It’s the sheer passion, determination of each of the hundreds of volunteers we have touched through Bhumi, people like you that has brought the organisation here. In 2013 we involved over 3,000 volunteers across the country. In 2014, we need to reach out to 10,000 young people and by 2020 we hope to engage 1,00,000 volunteers for India! Call me a dreamer but some day I see volunteerism becoming a national habit, whether Bhumi will be the platform or a catalyst only time will tell but I know for sure when we Change Today … we Change Tomorrow!

 

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Location: Chennai, Bengaluru

The coordinator should be capable of straddling multiple responsibilities and willing to travel extensively within the city. The coordinator will handle and interact with people including beneficiaries, centre authorities and vendors. He/she will collaborate and work alongside our existing employees, coordinators and volunteers.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Visit & identify shelter homes and community centres to assess suitability and need for Bhumi programmes
  • Visit & short-list beneficiaries for Bhumi’s scholarship programmes
  • Identify and engage vendors on behalf of Bhumi
  • Assist HR team with recruitment

Preferred Education Qualification / Experience:

  • Work experience – not necessary
  • Any graduation – desirable
  • Prior experience of working in an NGO setup desirable. Candidates with prior volunteering experience with Bhumi preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Reasonable interpersonal and communication skills – English &Tamil (Chennai) or Kannada (Bengaluru)
  • Reasonableproject management skills
  • Resourceful, responsible and self-starting
  • Ability to manage data efficiently
  • Willing to travel extensively –locally

Other Information:

  • Reporting to: Executive Director
  • Expected Age: Below 35
  • Scope: Full time, willing to work flexible hours six days a week including weekends
  • Remuneration: Rs.15,000-Rs.25,000 p.m. based on the candidate’s profile
  • Expected Joining Date: Immediate

We are looking for a youngster who is committed to increasing his/her skills, gaining vital management experience, and is committed to the Bhumi team for at least two years. If you qualify and are interested to take up the role, send in your resume to careers.oc@bhumi.org.in

Location: Kolkata, Hyderabad, Coimbatore

Bhumi require interns, who have interest in the education of under-privileged children, specifically in English (class 1-5), Mathematics (class 1-5) or basic Science (class 6 to 8). The interns should help create a vibrant and joyful learning environment for children of community centres and children’s homes.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Help in creating print rich environment in our centres
  • Help in improving facilitator guides for Volunteers
  • Conduct training sessions on lesson delivery, classroom management, different pedagogic styles, lesson planning etc for Bhumi Volunteers
  • Help set up the city chapter
  • Work in teams and with Bhumi volunteers to pilot innovation activities (from prior classroom experience) in centres
  • Strategise and fundraise for the library project
  • Draft modules for various classroom processes; example: classroom management, how to integrate art and music in class.

What will you get?

  1. Joy of giving
  2. An experience of working with professionals in the field of education
  3. An opportunity to work on your training and facilitation skills
  4. An opportunity to ‘start-up’ a new Bhumi Chapter in your city

Preferred Experience:

  • Existing/past volunteers of Bhumi
  • Existing/past volunteers of similar organisations, looking for personal growth or a career in the education/non-profit sector
  • Individuals who part of / completed fellowships like Teach For India, Gandhi Fellowship, YIF etc.

Other Information:

  • Internship period: Any time between March –July, 2014
  • Timings: Flexible; 5-8 hours per day weekdays and/or weekends
  • Location: From home/online/at Bhumi locations in your chosen city
  • Stipend: Nil
  • Accommodation: N/A

 If you are interested in taking up this internship, send in your resume with a cover letter to intern@bhumi.org.in

About Bhumi:

Bhumi is one of India’s largest independent youth volunteer non-profit organisations. We believe that the status quo can be changed by creating youth leaders, improving the education of the next generation Our volunteers work amongst orphaned and underprivileged children in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, New Delhi and other parts of the country with the aim of providing children with quality supplementary education and enable them to become responsible and productive citizens of the future. The efforts of our volunteer force consisting of over 1,000 students and young professionals under the age of 30 will benefit over 12,000 children every year. Details on http://bhumi.org.in/

Location: Bengaluru, Delhi NCR, Jaipur, Mumbai, Pune, Trichy

Bhumi require interns, who have interest in the education of under-privileged children, specifically in English (class 1-5), Mathematics (class 1-5) or basic Science (class 6 to 8). The interns should help create a vibrant and joyful learning environment for children of community centres and children’s homes.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Help in creating print rich environment in our centres
  • Help in improving facilitator guides for Volunteers
  • Conduct training sessions on lesson delivery, classroom management, different pedagogic styles, lesson planning etc for Bhumi Volunteers
  • Work in teams and with Bhumi volunteers to pilot innovation activities (from prior classroom experience) in centres
  • Strategise and fundraise for the library project
  • Draft modules for various classroom processes; example: classroom management, how to integrate art and music in class.

What will you get?

  1. Joy of giving
  2. An experience of working with professionals in the field of education
  3. An opportunity to work on your training and facilitation skills

Preferred Experience:

  • Existing/past volunteers of Bhumi
  • Existing/past volunteers of similar organisations, looking for personal growth or a career in the education/non-profit sector
  • Individuals who part of / completed fellowships like Teach For India, Gandhi Fellowship, YIF etc.

Other Information:

  • Internship period: Any time between March –July, 2014
  • Timings: Flexible; 5-8 hours per day weekdays and/or weekends
  • Location: From home/online/at Bhumi locations in your chosen city
  • Stipend: Nil
  • Accommodation: N/A

If you are interested in taking up this internship, send in your resume with a cover letter to intern@bhumi.org.in

About Bhumi:

Bhumi is one of India’s largest independent youth volunteer non-profit organisations. We believe that the status quo can be changed by creating youth leaders, improving the education of the next generation Our volunteers work amongst orphaned and underprivileged children in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, New Delhi and other parts of the country with the aim of providing children with quality supplementary education and enable them to become responsible and productive citizens of the future. The efforts of our volunteer force consisting of over 1,000 students and young professionals under the age of 30 will benefit over 12,000 children every year. Details on http://bhumi.org.in/

Bhumi require interns, who have interest in the education of under-privileged children, specifically in English (class 1-5), Mathematics (class 1-5) or basic Science (class 6 to 8). The interns should help create a vibrant and joyful learning environment for children of community centres and children’s homes.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Ideate and prepare learning kits to aid education in Maths/ English/Science
  • Design additional activities to support the existing Bhumi curriculum
  • Help in creating print rich environment in our centres
  • Help in improving facilitator guides for Volunteers
  • Conduct training sessions on lesson delivery, classroom management, different pedagogic styles, lesson planning etc for Bhumi Volunteers
  • Work in teams and with Bhumi volunteers to pilot activities in centres

What will you get?

  1. Joy of giving
  2. An experience of working with professionals in the field of education
  3. An opportunity to work on your training and facilitation skills
  4. A welcome with a hot beverage and a farewell with hot chocolate pan cake

Preferred Experience:

  • Existing/past volunteers of Bhumi
  • Existing/past volunteers of similar organisations, looking for personal growth or a career in the education/non-profit sector
  • Individuals who part of / completed fellowships like Teach For India, Gandhi Fellowship, YIF etc.

Other Information:

  • Internship period: Any time between March –July, 2014
  • Timings: Flexible; 5-8 hours per day weekdays and/or weekends
  • Location: Bhumi’s Chennai Office
  • Stipend: Nil
  • Accommodation: N/A

 If you are interested in taking up this internship, send in your resume with a cover letter to intern@bhumi.org.in

About Bhumi:

Bhumi is one of India’s largest independent youth volunteer non-profit organisations. We believe that the status quo can be changed by creating youth leaders, improving the education of the next generation Our volunteers work amongst orphaned and underprivileged children in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, New Delhi and other parts of the country with the aim of providing children with quality supplementary education and enable them to become responsible and productive citizens of the future. The efforts of our volunteer force consisting of over 1,000 students and young professionals under the age of 30 will benefit over 12,000 children every year. Details on http://bhumi.org.in/

A petition to rationalise auto-rickshaw fares on Change.org signed by more than 7,100 people in less than a month was submitted to the Transport Ministry today

Owing to the public pressure from the Change.org petition and the Supreme Court Intervention, the state Government announced new fares for auto rickshaws in Chennai city from 25 August, 2013.

This prompted the call for action among Bhumi volunteers in Trichy, many citizens across other parts of the state where the fares have not been revised since 2007; compelling the petitioner and Chennai resident, Bhumi’s co-founder Dr. Prahalathan to initiate a new petition asking the government to revise fares for other parts of the state on Jan 29, 2014.

He says “We at Bhumi have been able to channelise over 7,100 signatures in less than a month through the campaign initiated on Change.org; a copy of which was submitted to the Transport Minister Thiru. Senthil Balaji on Friday, 28 February 2014. We believe the government will act decisively, the same way it did in rationalising auto-rickshaw fares in Chennai”.

A copy of the petition has also been submitted to the Transport Commissioner and to the Chief Minister’s Special Cell. The Government had announced Rs.25 for the first 1.8km and Rs. 12 per km thereafter as fares for Auto Rickshaws in Chennai City on August 25, 2013.

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Acknowledgement received from Chief Minister’s Special Cell

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Acknowledgement received from Transport Commissioner’s Office


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