Volunteer Den – John Savio

JohnA little about yourself (origin, education, past work experiences)
My origin :P to be specific, It was in the year 1991 that I was born in Chennai, while my ancestors belong to Kanniyakumari. And the first half of my schooling began in Bangalore, While the latter part, till now – as I stand as an Engineer – was completed in Chennai. And yes, of course, Chennai has been the best part of it. Now I’m working as a technician in an Engineering firm. I guess that’s as much as I can say about me :)

How did volunteering with Bhumi happen (including beginning, which project you volunteered for)?
On a totally bored Sunday, during my third year of college – three years back – I was roaming with my friend here and there, and we happened to visit an orientation without any intention of joining, but the presentation given on that day regarding teaching a child, was what made me become a volunteer at Bhumi. I selected Arts as my first option and sports as my second one, and well.. I’m in Arts for the past three years :P

What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you, personally
Like small stones that alter the course of the river, Bhumi with all the characters in it has gradually altered my personality, my perspective of Life and also who I am now as a person. I have learnt extraordinary things from the smallest of children to the greatest of volunteers, and I’m still learning. Came to know a lot of people over a short duration of time. For I was never a sociable person before, and Bhumi with all its lovely people have changed me from being an Introverted person to a somewhat sociable person :P

One most memorable incident in your life as a Bhumian
Every Class attended as a Bhumian is a great memory, but to name one, the following incident will always be my most memorable one. Last year, one of my students whom I had taught Arts, won the first place in Kutty Nakshatra, and she gave me the credit for her winning. That is something to be held memorable :)

Tell us about one Bhumian, who you think is a very good inspiration for you
There are lots of Inspirational Volunteers, But Ganapathy (Gana) is the first that comes to my mind on seeing this question ;) A very sincere and dedicated volunteer who makes me go “Wow!” He puts everything in what he does”

Any specific, special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us?
Well there is this specific moment (two years back) when the children of MSS, gave my fellow volunteers and myself a gratitude speech, for teaching them, the speech was simple but with great value :) 

A message to every volunteer at Bhumi
Enjoy the ride, but always remember the purpose of Bhumi and your part in it.

Volunteer Den – Hanika Arora

HanikaA little about yourself (origin, education, past work experiences)
Family roots are from north of India, Delhi. Born and brought up in Gujarat. I have a professional working experience of 14 years in varied fields like teaching, HR, Counselor and I have finally landed up as QA in IT field.

How did volunteering with Bhumi happen (including beginning, which project you volunteered for)?
I was working for a visually challenged association in Gujarat and after shifting to Bangalore, I was searching for a NGO which hasn’t flourished and wasn’t well known to people. I found BHUMI and registered online and started volunteering for the Kanini project.

What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you, personally
Last 2 years have been extremely joyful. Teaching was always a passion but I wasn’t aware kids have potential to teach us values of life. I was much disciplined, organized and always turned up before time for meetings/classes. Kids made me realize that there is no harm in sharing stupid ideas and being crazy. Quality time matters rather than quantity.

One most memorable incident in your life as a Bhumian
Last year during HI5 activity, I visited Madhu Mansion center.  I had spent only three hours on that day with them this year during Nakshatra. I was standing and a few kids were screaming out to me. I didn’t know why they are shouting.  I got worried; I was wondering if someone was hurt. They started laughing and said akka you forgot us. We met last year when you visited our home. I was so surprised and happy by the way they met me and started asking when you are coming and so many questions.

Tell us about one Bhumian, who you think is a very good inspiration for you
Arpit has inspired me a lot. Though he had a language barrier he stretched himself for the well being of the kids. He never complains for what we don’t have, he always talks about what we can do for the kids rather than for us. He shows how a small contribution can make lot of change in kids’ life.

Any specific/special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us?
This year during Nakshatra price distribution, I was shuttling between many activities when suddenly few kids came and called a volunteer “come akka photo”. Volunteers and the children were talking to each other like they’ve known each other for years.

A message to every volunteer at Bhumi
Bhumi is a source for volunteers to reach out and bring a change in the lives of children and society. While taking some responsibility or doing something we should not think that this not my work as it’s not my career or my job. We all share equal responsibility for all events.

Careers: Trainee, Operations (Part-Time)

Job Description: Trainee, Operations (Part-Time)
Location: Chennai

The applicant should be willing to travel extensively within the city and interact/work with people including beneficiaries, centre authorities and vendors.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Visit & identify shelter homes and community centres to assess suitability and need for Bhumi programmes
  • Visit & shortlist beneficiaries for Bhumi’s programmes
  • Identify and engage vendors, procurement of materials (on need basis)
  • Assist HR team in organising recruitment campaigns
  • Day to Day Operations

Preferred Education Qualification / Experience:

  • Work experience – not necessary
  • Any graduation – desirable, not essential

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Reasonable interpersonal and communication skills –Tamil & English
  • Basic computer skills – MS Word & Excel – Desirable
  • Resourceful, responsible and self-starting
  • Willingness to travel extensively – locally
  • Having a two wheeler – essential

Other Information:

  • Reporting to: Chief Operating Officer
  • Expected Age: Below 30
  • Scope: Part time, willing to work flexible hours
  • Remuneration: Rs.5,000-Rs.8,000 p.m. based on the candidate’s profile
  • Expected Joining Date: Immediate

If you qualify and are interested to take up the role, send in your resume to careers@bhumi.org.in

Field Visit to Museum in Chennai

Bhumi’s volunteers put together a memorable trip to the Museum for children from our Little Einsteins – Science project. They were allowed to explore all the buildings thoroughly, which housed a variety of artifacts of scientific, cultural and historical significance. They were shown an unimaginable and out of this world performance of a life size animatronics dinosaur (T. rex), creating a huge round of applause in appreciation from everyone. Above all, close to the end of the day, a scary 3D movie was screened, which made them all shout in excitement and piqued their curiosity the most.

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Volunteers Speak:

“A day of exceptional fun and enjoyment. I realized that even the smallest duration let alone an entire day, spent with the Webbs kids will be beautiful and make them ecstatic. I learnt that every kid has a thirst for knowledge, and he/she has to be fed that in the right way. The credits go to every single volunteer at Webbs who were able or unable to make it for the trip.” – Shri

“The trip has brought another dimension to the kids knowledge base. Their eyes have been opened to a wide array of possibilities, and this is only a glimpse of the world of possibilities. Hopefully the kids retain this experience for long. Awaiting many such trips in the future.” – Ben

“The trip to the museum was fun and extremely informative, for both kids and the volunteers. It helped the kids get a broader view of the subject and would definitely make them more interested in them. It wasn’t difficult managing the kids, as we had enough volunteers and the whole trip was planned out well, with work delegated to each volunteer, and everyone working efficiently.” – Vanathi

“60+ super enthusiastic kids herded by 15 equally enthusiastic volunteers was the perfect group for a field trip. Although I was initially apprehensive about the kids’ ability to appreciate the exhibits, I was pleasantly surprised when they insisted that they don’t rush through the exhibits. Seeing their faces light up as I explained the exhibits made me realize that this experience has taught them more than several months of classroom teaching. Looking forward to the next field trip.” – Gayathri

Run for Bhumi – Our volunteer champions, 2015

Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon has assumed a stature of eminence, being the largest single charity and philanthropic sporting event in India. Each year, more than 200 NGOs participate in the event and raise funds for their respective organizations. Many participants use the event as a reason to give back to their society and the underprivileged. The run is on Sunday, January 18.

Image1Dr. Madhu Shankar G: “Education is the key to many doors. It empowers people, it breaks down shackles, it gives wings to dreams, it encourages dreams, it fosters independence. Education is the answer to lots of social problems we are facing now. I am a medico who is on the run. Child education has always been a cause close to my heart as I always believe change has to come at grass root level.” Read further on Dr. Madhu Shankar’s fundraising page

Dr.Prahalathan KKDr. Prahalathan KK: “I am one the co-founders of Bhumi. I am running in the 10KM run at the Republic Day Half Marathon in Chennai 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


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.


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


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. Location: Pune

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.