Volunteer Den – Shivabalan V K

A little about yourself (origin, education, past work experiencesShivabalan
I am from Erode in Tamil Nadu and did most of my schooling there. My parents encouraged me in sports apart from curricular activities and started playing tennis from an early age. At school I was comfortable with two things – tennis and visiting the library, but I cannot say the same for school curriculum. But by good fortune and hard work I scored good marks in my school leaving exam and got into College of Engineering-Guindy at Chennai. Boarding at college was a very different experience for me. For the first time I was completely independent except financially. For the first two years in college I engaged myself in NCC (A, B, C certificates) and the college dance team. At college my friends and I used to talk a lot about doing something for the society. We talked politics, hygiene and sanitation, youth empowerment and so on. But in the last two years, I relaxed a lot and sort of became lazy. After college I wanted to prepare for UPSC and prepared for one year and gave my first attempt. But I couldn’t clear the second stage and later I realized that the problem was with my attitude. I had become very lazy in college and it was hindering me in my preparations. So I consciously got into banking thinking that a job will make me systematic and disciplined. I have quit my job now and am pursuing my studies.

How did volunteering with Bhumi happen (including beginning, which project you volunteered for)?
While working I realized that my routine had become mechanic and that I was missing out on different things I could be doing. I missed meeting new people and making new friends. I remembered reading about Bhumi while in college, and searched for Bhumi on the internet and got myself registered. I had a lot of fun at the orientation and I was already feeling happy because the atmosphere there was so exciting. Maths being the strongest suit, I opted the Maths project.

What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you, personally?
One change that I would say that Bhumi has brought in me is responsibility – since volunteering is a personal commitment, I feel morally obliged to honour mine. Also when I see some of my friends  at SISTWA turn up every week without fail;come what may, I was truly inspired to emulate them. I am thankful to Bhumi for letting me be a part of conducting workshops, volunteer meets, etc.  It has improved my inter-personnel skills and organizing capabilities.

One most memorable incident in your life as a Bhumian.
Friends from Bhumi surprised me on the morning of my birthday at my house. I did not expect that one bit. I was brushing my teeth when they came marching in. They knew how to throw in a good surprise. Now, it is almost like we are searching for one event or the other to celebrate. My life has become a celebration after Bhumi.

Tell us about one Bhumian, who you think is a very good inspiration for you
I am really glad that I met and made friends at Bhumi. It has been a great learning process for me at Bhumi. Princee has taught me how to be more organized. Ganesh has made me realize what it truly means to be efficient. He always gets things done then and there, and one could always rely on him to get the job done. Ranjani always goes the extra mile so that the program does not suffer. Sandhiyan brings out the elegance in being humble.

Any specific, special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us?
At the math project, we conducted an activity based “Math Carnival” to assess the progress of the kids. I enjoyed the carnival like I was a kid and was very happy to see the kids excited about Math. We had life-size snake and ladders, markets, balls and hoops, drawing competitions, Tom and Jerry shows, etc. It was like being in an amusement park, ironically the amusement being Math. We also had a lot of fun, brain-storming, planning and organizing the carnival. Special mention to Keerthi and Thangaraj for making it so enjoyable

A message to every volunteer at Bhumi?
Bhumi is a great platform to make changes in our society collectively. Bhumi offers a great opportunity for volunteers to interact with like-minded people and to grow personally. Once we decide to volunteer it is our obligation to be committed and make Bhumi grow from strength to strength. I pray that Bhumi attracts more change makers into its fold and continues making the changes it has been making.

Volunteer Den – Ashir Aseesh Borah

AshirTell us a little about yourself!
I was born in Guwahati, Assam. I have a twin brother. I moved to Delhi to complete my senior secondary education from Delhi. I completed my 12th boards this year and have taken a gap year to explore. I want to study Mathematics and love playing video games. I was the president of the Mathematical society of my school and the mentor of the Chemistry club. I have volunteered for organizations like Teach for India and also have done other internships like making a film of girl safety, teaching kids in community centre, etc

How did volunteering with Bhumi happen?
One of my friends had liked a post on Facebook where Bhumi was mentioned. The name intrigued me, so I looked it up and signed up for orientation. In my earlier internships, I just showed up for a meeting before the day of starting, so this was different. After getting an idea of the various aspects of Bhumi’s projects, I volunteered for Little Einstein Math and Nakshatra.

What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you, personally?
I started volunteering for Bhumi with Nakshatra. I was in the liaison team and the best part about it is we travelled in groups for work. I have made very good friends here. I slowly started to love the work culture and requested to volunteer fulltime (volunteer during the week too). I have learnt a lot while working in various teams. Even though I’m one of the youngest volunteers in Delhi, I have never been made to feel so. Everyone is considered an equal and known by their work which is something I cherish a lot. Bhumi has made me realize my responsibility towards the society and has also given me a way to contribute to it. The satisfaction when a kid smiles when I enter into the centre gives me much more happiness than I initially imagined. Bhumi has immensely increased my level of patience.

One most memorable incident in your life as a Bhumian
After one of the meetings, a volunteer was reading a newspaper and came across an event that was going to be hosted the next day early morning. The aim of the event was to promote exercise so that one can live a healthy life. Suddenly a plan was made and everyone in the meeting showed up at the park the following day. There were a lot of activities like running, aerobics, cycling, Zumba etc. We did all the activities as a group which was a lot of fun. Everyone in the team was wearing Bhumi t-shirts and after the event, we spread awareness about Bhumi.

Tell us about one Bhumian, who has been an inspiration
I have met a lot of amazing people in Bhumi but the best inspiration for me is Tanushree Sharma, the Regional Manager of Delhi, Jaipur and Kolkata. As I work with Bhumi all through the week, I meet her on a regular basis and I get to learn something from her every day. We are taught to lead, to be patient with everyone but I have seen her do it on a regular basis. She makes sure that all the volunteers are motivated and treats everyone as friends. Her leadership skills are an inspiration to me and I hope to develop my leadership skills to her level.

Any specific, special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us?
During Nakshatra, a few kids from the centre I teach came running to me and asked me to close my eyes. I was sitting at the registration desk near the main entrance. They told me to hold my hands out and handed me their medals. They had won the gold medal and wanted me to put the medals around each of their necks. The torrent of emotions that rushed to me at that point of time was overwhelming and actually brought tears to my eyes.

A message to every volunteer at Bhumi
We do a lot of things in our life but for me, profound happiness comes when something is done without expecting anything in return. Everything one does has a consequence and when I see that our effort is changing someone’s life, the feeling is indescribable.

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Volunteer Den – Suren Mohanty

A little about yourself (origin, education, past work experiences)Suren
I am Suren Mohanty, 23, born and brought up in Rourkela, Odisha. I completed my schooling from Saint pauls’ School, Rourkela. Post my schooling I joined KIIT Science College, Bhubaneswar for my 10+2 (Computer Science) and then I pursued my B-tech (Mechanical) from Gandhi institute of Engineering and Technology, Gunupur. Currently I am working for Tata Autocomp Ltd., in the field of automotive product engineering as a Design Engineer. Prior to this job I was working as an intern in the same company during my final year in the college. I am very proud to be one of the core team who started National Service Scheme activities in our college and we were awarded many times for contributing towards the society. Our college is the only college where blood donation drive is conducted every month which was also an initiative of National Service Scheme team.

How did volunteering with Bhumi happen (including beginning, which project you volunteered for)?
It was the month of February, when I had just completed 2 months of my internship and was still continuing my B-tech in 7th Semester when I searched for NGO’s in Pune and found Bhumi and registered there. And after some days after the orientation I was mapped to LEM project at Eklavya Ashram.

What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you, personally?Bhumi is an organization which makes you realize your positive points and helps you to eradicate your negative points. Bhumi gives a huge platform for all the volunteers to enhance one’s leadership skills, and I have maximized my leadership skill working as a team. I was very short-tempered during my college days and my friends feared to talk to me. After joining Bhumi, I feel I have transformed into a better human being. My friends and my colleagues consider me a very humble and humorous guy. After 2 months of joining Bhumi, I had to go to Odisha to appear for my final semester exam and believe me some classes I took for the kids helped me to focus more on studies during my exams and I completed my B-tech successfully.

Most memorable incident in your life as a Bhumian
There are so many memorable events while volunteering with Bhumi, but the 3 days event (Beacon) that I attended in Chennai was the most memorable one. During Beacon inside that resort made me feel that I am in a different world and enjoyed every bit of it. The energy that I gained through that event is still flowing in me.

Tell us about one Bhumian, who you think is a very good inspiration for you
I would not specify any name because when I see people individually they don’t inspire me at all but when I see a team working for a single cause it inspires me a lot because when we work in a team we work with each other and when we work alone we work against each other. Bhumi as a whole team inspired me a lot and helped me taking new challenges

Any specific, special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us?
3 months back when we went for our first class in Maher homes which is 35km in the outskirts of pune, Sister Jenny took us to the central hall and made us stand in front of all the kids. Suddenly all the kids welcomed us with a song and it created Goose bumps in my whole body. I closed my eyes because tears were about to roll out of my eyes. Suddenly all the kids came running towards us and hugged us. There I couldn’t resist my tears coming out from my eyes and I still remember that day because of the energy given by the kids that day, the volunteers are travelling around 35 km to take classes for the kids.

A message to every volunteer at Bhumi
Excuses, Explanation, Ego—these 3Es are instrumental for success as well as for failure. If we avoid these 3Es.   We will succeed; if we acquire them, we are doomed to fail, after joining Bhumi most of us have realized that these. 3 Es are slowly moving away from our life. Let us now help all our friends with the same. Let us pledge to refer one friend to Bhumi

Happy Volunteering with Bhumi

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Volunteer Den – Mathangi Chandrasekar

A little about yourself (origin, education, past work experiences)Mathangi
Basically from Bangalore, I moved to Chennai in 2008 to do my 12th Std in Lady Andal School. Post that, I decided to purse Chartered Accountancy and embarked on the tedious journey in 2009. I began my article ship with Ernst and Young, Chennai and post finishing my CA, worked with KPMG, Mergers and U team for about 8 months. Currently, I am preparing for CAT and GMAT.

How did volunteering with Bhumi happen (including beginning, which project you volunteered for)?
In 2011, my classmate from Lady Andal was volunteering with Bhumi for Nakshatra and came home to sell me some tickets. That was the first time I had heard of Bhumi. I googled Bhumi up immediately was very keen to join. But because of my busy schedules of class and work, I couldn’t join that year. Two years later, post my article ship, I decided to join Bhumi and was part of Speak Out.

What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you, personally?
I firmly believe that education is the key factor that would bring about change in a person’s life. And as I began volunteering with Bhumi, I realized that the organization and I share the same vision. Being part of Speak Out gave me an amazing opportunity to teach young kids English. But honestly, I think they taught me more than I could ever teach them. I started taking the process of education more seriously. I developed more patience and sensitivity.

One most memorable incident in your life as a Bhumian.
There are so many memorable incidents that have happened in my life as a Bhumian. To pick one, there was a day when the naughtiest kid of our class asked his other classmates to keep quiet because one of my co-volunteer was taking class. That gave all of us a big sense of achievement as he had finally understood the importance of our teaching, being well mannered and that we had finally reached out to him in a way he’d understand. That day helped us believe that if we could bring about a small change in one boy, we felt we could bring about bigger changes in these kids’ lives if we just kept at it.

Tell us about one Bhumian, who you think is a very good inspiration for you
There are actually three people who have been an inspiration for me. First person would be Princee, Project Director. Meeting Princee last year made so much difference to my level of commitment towards Bhumi and has kept me going this year too. The second person would be my fellow Project Coordinator, Lavanya. Her level of commitment and energy is a major influence on me. I totally love working with and have also found an amazing friend in her in the process. Third and lastly, Shashank has also been a big inspiration for me. His idea and vision for the project is out of the world.

A message to every volunteer at Bhumi?
It’s great to see so much young people come out to volunteer these days. My only request would be, whatever do you do, do it with all your heart. It makes life worth living.

Internship Opportunities: Corporate Relations

We require enthusiastic people as interns – willing to devote a few hours daily in order to help us build our corporate relations. The person must be self-motivated, willing to make decisions and be able to work in a team. The person should also possess excellent written and oral communication skills.

Key functions:

  • Identify funding opportunities and develop funding proposals and letters of inquiry for grants and CSR opportunities
  • Maintain detailed record of relevant funding opportunities and grant applications in process to track fundraising progress
  • Researching prospective donors targeting the appropriate funders for the organization
  • Assist with fund-raising events
  • Work with administration to develop a comprehensive communication plan to promote the organization to donors and establish public awareness and fundraising activities

Minimum Qualifications:

  • University degree or current student in their junior or senior year
  • Interest in fundraising
  • Knowledge of or interest in event planning
  • Fluent spoken and written English
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Must be a strong multi-tasker and writer, have excellent communication skills, and be extremely organized.

Please write to us on mail@bhumi.org.in and we will get in touch with you soon.

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Internship Opportunities – Science & Operations

Intern – Little Einsteins Science Programme

We require enthusiastic people as interns, who have interest in basic science (class 6 to 8) and are willing to devote a few hours daily in order to help us in creating a curriculum that will have a lasting impact on the child’s education.

Please select two areas of preference

Locations: Online/On Site

Areas of Internship:

  1. Translating Content – from English to Tamil OR English to Hindi. Work is mostly from home with daily updates over phone/email, but is required to come to the office once a week.
  2. Curriculum Development - Making books more student/volunteer friendly. Will be supported by the Science curriculum team. Work is mostly from home with daily updates over phone/email, but is required to come to the office twice a week
  3. Experiments - Supplement existing content in textbook with photos by performing and manually capturing every stage of the scientific experiments.
  4. Resource Management – Setting up a resource kit with required materials for the children that goes with the curriculum. This will include procurement and assembly of resources. Transportation costs will be reimbursed

If you have any queries contact Agne at 9884 704 878 or mail to agne@bhumi.org.in

Bhumi’s office is located at: 13/4, Cenotaph Road, First Lane, Teynampet, Chennai – 600018 (Near Hotel Park Sheraton)

Intern – Operations

As an intern, you will be working with our Operations Manager in some of the Bhumi programmes including but not limited to ‘Joy to the World’, Refresh, Corporate visits and partnership with other NGOs, volunteer recruitment and day to day operations. You will work in all the below mentioned areas. It will be great if  you have a two wheeler

Location – Chennai, on site

Areas of Internship:

  1. Joy to the World – Bhumi’s initiative to fulfil wishes of children in orphanages. Work with us to involve more orphanages and corporates. Follow up with orphanages and corporates in wish card collection, gift collection and distribution
  2. Day-to-Day Operations – Assisting in day to day operations of the organization. (Visiting organizations/corporates/making presentations to companies) May involve a bit of travelling. Travelling cost will be reimbursed
  3. Refresh – Refresh is Bhumi’s short term volunteering opportunities. This project is in its incubation stage. Fields of work : Environment/Healthcare/Education/Events/Fundraising

The intern will work closely with the Operations Manager to develop the project by meeting with partner NGOs to study their model, presenting to corporates and colleges to recruit volunteers, and developing the project as a whole

If you have any queries contact Agne at 9884 704 878 or mail to agne@bhumi.org.in

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Internship Opportunities: Computer Project

We require enthusiastic people as interns, who have interest in basic computer (class 9) and are willing to devote a few hours daily in order to help us in creating a curriculum that will have a lasting impact on the child’s education.

Locations: Chennai/Mumbai/Bangalore/Delhi

Areas of Internship:

  1. Translation – Translation of content – English – Tamil OR English – Hindi OR English-Marathi OR English-Kannada. Needs to come to the office once in a week but can work from home otherwise. Daily updates to be provided over phone/mail
  2. Curriculum Development – Research online and update our syllabus for the next academic year. Converting books to more student/volunteer friendly. Will be supported by the Kanini curriculum team. Can work from home. Daily updates over phone/mail
  3. Activity Book – Creating an activity/practice book for kids based on the syllabus.
  4. Technical Support – We would require support in updating our software and repairing our systems spread across the city. Would involve travelling within the city.

Locations: Coimbatore

As an intern, you will be working with our City coordinator in all the below mentioned areas

  1. Recruitment Drives – Conduct recruitment drives at colleges in Coimbatore to recruit volunteers for teaching and non-teaching opportunities. The process would involve pitching to organisations, recruiting campus catalysts & orienting interested volunteers.
  2. Refresh – Refresh is Bhumi’s short term volunteering opportunities. This project is in its incubation stage. Fields of work : Environment/Healthcare/Education/Events/Fundraising

The intern will work closely with the City coordinator to develop the project by meeting with partner NGOs to study their model, presenting to corporate companies and colleges to recruit volunteers, and developing the project as a whole.

Please write to us on mail@bhumi.org.in and we will get in touch with you soon.

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Run for Bhumi – Our volunteer champions

Airtel Delhi Half Marathon (ADHM) is an event organised by Procam International with India Cares as their charity partner and Airtel their primary sponsor. This event, scheduled for November 23rd, is organised to instill a sense of social responsibility in the citizens. Each year more than 100 NGOs participate in the event and raise awareness and funds for their respective causes. This year Bhumi is also running to support the education of underprivileged children.

Some of our runners include (in alphabetical order):

Anshi Verma

Anshi Verma

Anshi Verma: YOU. ONLY YOU can bring the CHANGE. This is why I am running for a cause. And I want you to come and support me and make a dynamic impact. 

Ashir Aseesh Borah

Ashir Aseesh Borah

Ashir Aseesh Borah: I believe that we can bring change in the entire country with the help of education and Bhumi has enabled me to do this. I am running in ADHM to support the cause and help spread the impact to more kids. Support Ashir on http://icfn.in/ADHM/fundraiser/ashir/

Jodhbir Singh

Jodhbir Singh

Jodhbir Singh: I am running for Bhumi the Education sector can bring a drastic change in a person’s life. Education is essential to remove the problems we face in our country today and it is also a basic right of every child. Support Jodbhir on http://icfn.in/ADHM/fundraiser/Jodhbirsingh/

Karanpreet Singh

Karanpreet Singh

Karanpreet Singh: I always wanted to see change in the society but didn’t have a opportunity earlier to participate in the change. Bhumi has provided me with a platform to be at the centre of the change. I want to do a bit more by running for this cause.
Support Karanpreet on http://icfn.in/ADHM/fundraiser/Karanpreet/

Ketan Bhatt: We endlessly run after happiness even when it can actually be found in the happiness of others. I am running because I feel great happiness in supporting Bhumi. Support Ketan on http://icfn.in/ADHM/fundraiser/ketanbhatt/

Vol Ritesh

Ritesh Mittal: I always wanted to do something for the society but do not know how to do it. BHUMI has provided me the platform to contribute to the society and to create an impact on the lives of underprivileged children by educating them. I am am running to raise funds for their bright future.
Support Ritesh on http://icfn.in/ADHM/fundraiser/riteshmittal/

Tanushree Sharma

Tanushree Sharma

Tanushree Sharma: I strongly believe that the youth today if guided and motivated properly can achieve wonders not just for themselves but for the society at large. I am running to fund the Lakshya Project as I believe that we are making a large impact in the kids’ lives. Support Tanushree on http://icfn.in/ADHM/fundraiser/tanushree/

Vikrant Sharan

Vikrant Sharan

Vikrant Sharan: Children are our future and we should do whatever it takes to ensure that they are properly taken care of as they will eventually be tomorrow’s leaders. One of the best, time tested ways of doing this is through education. This is what inspired me to run for Bhumi as a volunteer since Bhumi.
Support Vikrant on http://icfn.in/ADHM/fundraiser/vikrantsharan/

The Wipro Chennai Marathon (TWCM) is a three-year old road race held in December of every year, in Chennai. During TWCM 2012, more than 10000 runners participated in the three run categories – 10Kms, Half Marathon and Full Marathon. TWCM is one of the biggest running events in the country today, and enjoys pride of place in the yearly marathon calendars of many. United Way Chennai is the official charity partner of TWCM. We enable the participants to give back to the city and its needy constituents.

Some of our runners include (in alphabetical order):

Vol Kaamil

Muhammed Kaamil

Muhammed Kaamil: I am Muhammed Kaamil and I run because I believe in running. Running a marathon is not about competing with others. Its about competing & conquering yourself. It about facing up to your own challenges. So, I RUN! I Believe! When I am not running, I am a freelance trainer, marketing & business consultant, and a volunteer at LAKSHYA, BHUMI’s mentoring project. Read further on Muhammed Kaamil’s fundraising page

 

 

Dr.Prahalathan KK

Dr. Prahalathan KK

Dr. Prahalathan KK: I am one the co-founders of Bhumi. I am running to raise five lakhs for Bhumi. For every lakh I raise for our cause I pledge to be stay vegetarian for a month. Read further on Dr.Prahalathan’s fundraising page

 

 

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Volunteer Den – Sudhir K

A little about yourself (origin, education, past work experiences)Sudhir
I am Sudhir Kandasamy, 21, born and bought up in Chennai. As I believe that a proper education is crucial to one’s mental and emotional development, I was fortunate enough to have obtained quality education right from childhood. After my time at SBOA, I hopped on the bandwagon of pursuing an Engineering Degree, not too sure if it was my calling. While it took me some time to realize that engineering definitely was my field, I am thankful to my family for leading me in that direction when I was younger. Speaking of my family, I had an incredible childhood with loving p
arents and an over-protective intelligent sister (as most elder sisters are).

How did volunteering with Bhumi happen (including beginning, which project you volunteered for)?
I came to know about Bhumi through a friend and fellow volunteer, Sivakumar Selvaraj, and I wanted to give it a shot mostly because I had time on my hands to spare over the weekends. I initially wanted to join the Science Team because I felt more comfortable with their experiment-based teaching methods as compared to the theoretical book-based ones. However, the science centers were far from where I live and as a result, I had to take up LE-Math and I was mapped to STEPS Korattur. Looking back on that decision, I have no regrets as the way we teach Math is primarily activity-based.

What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you, personally?
Before Bhumi, I was not much of a children person. I never really had the chance to interact with children on a regular basis as we do at Bhumi. This interaction turned out to be a stress-buster. I would eagerly wait for the weekends to meet the children and spend two hours of quality time, educating them while having fun! On a personal front, my social-awareness has heightened and Bhumi has further emphasized the importance education especially in a child’s foundation years. Bhumi has also given me a sense of responsibility as teams are assigned roles and deadlines. The feeling of satisfaction that comes with meeting the deadlines always leaves us with a smile.

One most memorable incident in your life as a Bhumian.
There was this one time, in my center STEPS, where there was a warden change-over and the children were left lenient for a couple of weeks. And by all probabilities, I turned out to be the only volunteer who turned up in the center that week. The kids were all having a wonderful time going crazy without a warden. While I did try, I still couldn’t control them. Just then, this adorable little girl, Divya, from 2nd grade came up to me with a book in her hand and asked me to teach her, in spite of all the shouting and playing around. Puzzled, I asked her, “don’t you want to like play like them?” She replied, “We can play any time we want, but you come to teach here only twice a week and I didn’t want to miss that”. From that day forward, her words have been ringing in my mind and I believe that the motivation and will to learn has to be replicated in every child and adult alike.

Tell us about one Bhumian, who you think is a very good inspiration for you
YES! This is one part I would love mentioning! The one person who made me join Bhumi and was always around the corner whenever I needed help. He is Sivakumar Selvaraj. You can barely see him without a huge warm smile on his face. He has been the one friend I can rely on unconditionally. He’d present himself with a steady hand to offer whenever I need any help with Bhumi or my personal issues. Even though he wasn’t in my Math Team, I would constantly pester him for suggestions and questions to improve our programme. He never gets angry! I would say that he is a blessing – the best kind of best friend and fellow Bhumian one could ever ask for!

Any specific, special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us?
When you go teach children on a weekly basis, they tend to bond with you. With time, the children start to feel more comfortable and they start playing with us. During such instances, you will find yourself at odds over making them study as they tend to use the closeness as a leeway to escape the studying. In my case, I had only been to the center, Avvai, a couple of times and talked to a few kids. While they were very interactive and engaging, they started calling me names and getting overly-candid after some warming up.  One of the girls was annoyed and educated them, saying, “stop with the name-calling, can’t you see that he is human too?” From that moment, the girls went all silent. Soon after, they began co-operating and we had an effective session. That girl’s words even though small, felt special!

A message to every volunteer at Bhumi?
We, as Bhumians, have taken up this volunteering activity with the common goal of giving back to our society through providing quality education. It’s not just about teaching for a couple of days a week and seeing this as another weekly activity on your schedules. It is about taking up responsibilities! The more ideas we contribute to this, the more effective our teaching will be! We need to work as team to steer these young impressionable minds to impact to their thought and knowledge. Enjoy volunteering, keep smiling, and always keep sight of the bigger picture – of helping build a more influential, equal, and socially conscious society.

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Volunteer Den – Aarthi G

A little about yourself (origin, education, past work experiences)Aarthi G
Hi, I am Aarthi, I was born to Mr.Ramasamy and Mrs.Sittukalavathy Ramasamy on 15 June 1993. I completed my schooling from Montfort School, Kattur. Presently I’m pursuing my B.E in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering. I am also, one of the co-founders of a campus company called “kNOWledge”, which is a part of the Entrepreneurship Development Cell of our college. The prime mission of our company is to increase the KEI of India, which is presently in 111th position. As a first step, we have started out by conducting technical and non-technical workshops for various age groups. These workshops are handled by us, the members of team kNOWledge. I got an opportunity to conduct a technical workshop on the topic “First step into the world of micro-controllers” for 120 students. As for the future, I’m planning to do MBA in HR and develop my company into a world class company that recruits people from other countries.

How did volunteering with Bhumi happen (including beginning, which project you volunteered for)?
Let’s just say I happened to be in the right place at the right time J. Bhumi was introduced to me when I was sitting next to Arshath(fondly called Map) and Harvey during their casual banter. I had always wanted to change the world but I had only passion and dreams with no way to channelize my thoughts and energy into the right direction. When I heard about Bhumi from these guys, I signed up for the orientations. I had to wait for a week before getting inducted into the Kanini project. I started volunteering in Hope of the hopeless home, by teaching basics of computer for 9th standard kids. My centre coordinator Prem and project coordinator Karthik made me comfortable and slowly I was made an integral part of the project :-)

What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you, personally?
I’ve become more responsible and thankful for all the things I’m blessed with. My listening skills are way better than they used to be. I’ve now become a better team player. Personally, I’ve become more social and I’ve started looking at things in all possible angles. Bhumi has also helped me hone my leadership skills. My relationship with people has improved and so has my trouble shooting abilities.

One most memorable incident in your life as a Bhumian.
There are too many incidents. But since you’re asking for one, I’d say, the preparation and implementation of BCC (Basic computer course) exam. Right from setting up of the internet lab in our home to last minute preparations for the children, our volunteers coordinated everything so well, through this I gained a lot of friends. The best part was, when I started revising the topics for the kids, all of them were super enthusiastic and were very eager to get their answers right, that made me realize the importance this exam held for these children. And this incident brought me one step closer to my children :-) 

Tell us about one Bhumian, who you think is a very good inspiration for you
The one who introduced me to Bhumi is my inspiration too. Arshath (Map), is one Bhumian whose dedication and hard work makes me awestruck. He initiated Lakshya in Trichy and played a major role in stabilizing it. He does justice to any work irrespective of whether it is assigned to him or not. His charisma and ‘We can, we will’ spirit is what keeps most of us rejuvenated and enthusiastic. I’ve adopted one of his mottos, that is, “To bring a constructive change to the society”.

Any specific, special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us? Would you mind if I share one moment with the kids and one with the volunteers?
During Joy to the world, one child, about 5 years old, didn’t know how to write. I sat beside him and asked for his wish, he looked at his friend’s card and asked me to write “Remote car”.  A few minutes later, he came rushing to me and asked to change his wish and he told me to write “Belt” in it. After writing it down I took a closer look at his attire and found that he wore clothes bigger than his size and the shorts was held using a rope. That was both an emotional and special moment for me. After successfully completing an orientation, we went out for ice cream at Michaels :-D. We had an ice cream competition and I came second :-P That was my first fun outing with my co-volunteers. The hilarious moments are something I’ll cherish forever.

A message to every volunteer at Bhumi?
Do what you do with passion. Do not expect immediate results. Believe in the cause you’re working for, if there is no faith in the cause then there is no use working for it Happy volunteering guys! :-)