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Tips & Warnings about volunteering

Tips

  • If you want to volunteer, but cannot make a long term commitment, remember that occasional, one-time or short-term commitments can help enormously. For example, donating blood doesn’t take all that long, and you feel good about helping others as well.
  • If you are in charge of volunteers, thank them regularly. Don’t expect them to be content with an occasional praise. They don’t have to be there and their resentment can spread, ending a good working relationship or even resulting in dissolution of the organisation or club itself.
  • If you need a special skill set, special clothing or any other equipment for carrying out your volunteer work and it has not been provided, demand it. Your safety, health and comfort are as important as that of any paid employee’s.
  • Don’t volunteer simply for the credit or bragging rights. Make sure it is something you are capable of doing, and enjoy it.
  • Don’t avoid volunteering just because you can’t be bothered. All societies need volunteers who are competent, enthusiastic, available and willing. When you are capable of undertaking volunteer commitments, do so in a flash. There is an enormous trade-off in volunteering that you will only understand when you do it. While the organisation is getting your time and energy for free, you are gaining confidence and satisfaction in doing a good deed, witnessing personal growth, nurturing your character, and perhaps developing a skill set that you would not necessarily get by sticking to you and yours alone. Be open to the world and one day, it just may be you who needs and gets that help in return.

Warnings

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  • Don’t volunteer if you are sick. You’re not helping anyone if you end up giving them a cold. This is especially important if you are working in a hospital, or with the elderly, children or people with weakened immune systems.
  • Additionally, if you’re chronically sick, don’t volunteer if your illness could worsen by performing volunteer tasks. While some people can still carry out tasks during an illness (and for some, this is even a way of escaping the illness), if there is any possibility that your illness could be worsened by the added strain of volunteering, back down for some time until you feel better. This applies to many illnesses from cancer to chronic fatigue syndrome. You know yourself best – don’t let others “persuade” you into doing something rather than staying at home. Only volunteer your time if you truly feel it won’t harm your recovery and that you have the energy to do so.
  • When volunteering, people with varied personalities come together. This is perhaps more so than in a workplace, where certain people come together based on specific skill sets and personality traits. To deal with this, sometimes you’ll need great patience. If things get heated, let people have their say and summarise their position. Later, suggest a compromising path. You don’t want to lose volunteers because of personality clashes, or those that know it all. Often these people will fly in, tell everyone else how to do it and then drop out just as quickly as they arrived. Volunteers that succeed the most are those who stick around for the long haul, who understand what’s happening and who treat each other with respect.
  • Be aware of your environment. You may be a tempting target to the underprivileged. Consider taking a friend along if you are in an unfamiliar neighbourhood. Leave valuables behind. Do not show fear. This signals weakness and could be insulting.

Cross posted from: www.wikihow.com

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Intern with Bhumi’s Hi5 Club

Bhumi, one of India’s largest youth volunteer non-profit organisations is looking for interns for the Hi5 Club project. Hi5 Club is a programme to promote volunteerism among young people. Hi5 Club will reach 10,000 volunteers during this Daan Utsav (Joy of Giving Week) Sep 20 – Oct 10, 2014

Interns: three interns each in HR, Operations & PR (total of nine)
Locations: Chennai
Duration: 2 hours per day for 2 Months.
Stipend: Nil
Certificate will be provided

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
HR (Human Resources)

  1. Volunteer recruitment for Hi5 opportunities/events
  2. Identifying colleges/companies where we can conduct events and recruit volunteers
  3. Visiting/Calling colleges/companies regarding recruitment and coordinating with college/company representatives regarding activities
  4. Feedback from volunteers post event

Operations 

  1. Identify volunteering opportunities and helping in organising the main anchor events conducted by Bhumi
  2. Find opportunities for partnering with other NGOs
  3. Inventory procurement and management
  4. Monitoring activities, documentation

PR 

  1. Marketing Hi5 club to colleges and companies
  2. Identify brand ambassadors and sponsors for the event
  3. Designing posters and other PR material (Good knowledge of Photoshop, Flash etc. desirable)
  4. Creating promo videos (video shooting/ editing skills desirable)

Bhumi’s Nakshatra 2014 in Chennai

Nakshatra, Bhumi’s annual inter-children’s home talent festival was conducted by Bhumi on Sunday, 13 July 2014 at MCC Higher Secondary School, Chetpet. The sixth edition of the national talent fest is expected to be bigger and better this year with 6,000 children participating in six cities across India.

The guests of honour at the inaugural at the Chennai event were Mr. Shravan (first runner up at Airtel Super Singer) and Mr. Selva Ganapathy (recipient of the Volunteer Hero Award at the iVolunteer awards 2013). Mr. Aadhavan from Aaditya TV was also present to host his show “Konjam Nadinga Boss” with some of the kids. Mr. Subramaniam, President of the Tamil Nadu Astronomical Association introduced the children to the world of ‘Infinite Space’ and showed stars and planets using a telescope.

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The whole event was planned and executed by Bhumi’s young volunteers. Dr.Prahalathan, the co-founder of Bhumi, said “it is definitely a lot of work and there is a framework to be followed, but all this would not be possible without our volunteers”. With more than two months of planning and 200 volunteers, the event steered a crowd of 878 children from 39 shelter homes for 19 different art, literary and cultural competitions like face painting, clay modelling, skit, elocution, story writing etc.

CHE NAK 140713-0174“Being a coordinator has its own blues because of all the last minute changes, but the ecstatic feeling one gets seeing the children happy and witnessing the hard work taking form has no boundaries”, said Aravind Lakshmanan.

While there was lot of excitement rushing throughout the venue, Sonia, a volunteer said “the energy here is coming back like a Frisbee – from the kids to us”, while Ranjani, a volunteer at the help desk said “although I missed the kids performing, all I expect at the end of the day is a smile on their face and a sense of accomplishment within volunteers”.

CHE NAK 140713-2201Who does not like cheering along with the crowd! Boys from Ramakrishna Mission were seen cheering for their team with a drum and trumpet while other kids just danced and supported their teams. Rajkumar, one of the coordinators said “I feel very nostalgic being here, I miss those school days were I experienced that same kind of enthusiasm”.

CHE NAK 140713-1412Nakshatra’s slogan , Dream. Discover. Dazzle. was a motivation for the children while particpating. They were awarded based on performances – while Sevalaya from Thiruninravur was awarded with the Overall Championship Trophy, four other homes including Leo Correya, Siragu, Avvai Home and Indian Council for Child Welfare were awarded trophies for Best Participating home.

 

The event was sponsored by NTT Data, Plintron and LetzChange.

CHE NAK 140713-0837Bhumi is one of India’s largest independent youth volunteer non-profit organisations. Our volunteers work amongst orphaned and underprivileged children in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, New Delhi, Telangana, West Bengal and several other parts of the country. The efforts of our volunteer force consisting of over 1,000 students and young professionals under the age of 30 benefit over 15,000 children every year. To volunteer register on www.bhumi.org.in

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Benefits of Volunteering – Increases chance of getting a job

If you are job hunting, or just looking around for new opportunities, you have probably spent a lot of time recently tending to your LinkedIn profile. Updating your experience. Joining new groups. Building your network. But what if I told you there is something else that you probably aren’t doing which could dramatically increase your odds of getting a job? It’s not about getting a graduate degree, and it’s not even about learning a new skill.

According to the research, the smartest and most often overlooked thing you can do to get ahead in the competitive job market is to start giving back. That’s right. If you want to improve your odds of getting your dream job, it is time to start volunteering.

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Here are the facts.

This summer, researchers at the Corporation for National and Community Service, released new findings that tracked the relationship between volunteering and employment for a group of 70,535 respondents over a ten year period.

According to Dr. Chris Spera, CNCS’s Director of Research & Evaluation and one of the authors of the report Volunteering as a Pathway to Employment, active volunteers were 27% more likely to get a job than non-volunteers. And the relationship held stable across gender, race, ethnicity, age, location, and unemployment rate. That’s a big difference.

Underlying the findings, Spera and his team believe there is a strong relationship between volunteering and the development of social and human capital — key attributes in today’s most desirable candidates.

Linked In 01The findings echo a recent LinkedIn survey of 2,000 professionals which found that 41% of respondents consider volunteer experience to be as important as work experience for job candidates. The survey also found that 20% of hiring managers have offered jobs based on a candidate’s volunteer experience.

So what are you waiting for? If you need some help getting started come visit us at www.bhumi.org.in. And once you’ve found a great place to volunteer add it to your LinkedIn profile and let the job hunting begin.

(Cross posted: Original article by Greg Baldwin,VolunteerMatch on LinkedIn)

Careers: Regional Manager, Projects

Job Description: Regional Manager, Projects

Location: Chennai

This requirement is now closed

The Regional Projects Manager is a position of hands-on leadership for a geographic cluster of Bhumi chapters. Experience in the education sector is essential for this role. Team spirit and the ability to build a good rapport with colleagues, coordinators and volunteers are very important. Main responsibilities would include establishing learning centres, setting up volunteering teams and ensuring smooth day-to-day running of projects across the region – Teaching English, vernacular languages, Computers, Mathematics, Science, Mentorship and Talent development of under-privileged children.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Lead and help in the implementation of all the projects across the region
  • Train or identify suitable trainers and provide a continuous support system for the volunteers
  • Ensure project activities comply with the planned objectives
  • Periodic centre visits across the region
  • Monitor project progress on weekly basis
  • Troubleshoot project related problems. Identify and implement creative solutions
  • Conduct project assessments
  • Analyse data, identify trends, prepare and share reports

Other responsibilities include:

  • Identifying learning centres – tie up with orphanages, shelter homes, community centres, government or other low cost schools where children can benefit from Bhumi’s programmes
  • Recruit volunteers – Make presentations in colleges, work places to bring in more volunteers
  • Represent Bhumi – at events, companies, other organisations for partnerships etc.
  • Engage interns and campus ambassadors
  • Facilitating other projects like promoting volunteerism, entrepreneurship, wish fulfillment, events etc.
  • Facilitate and enable volunteers take up leadership roles

Preferred Education Qualification/ Experience:

  • 1-3 years of relevant work experience in the education sector essential
  • Graduate/Post Graduate degree in any discipline
  • Prior experience of working in a NGO setup desirable (preferably in Education)
  • Prior experience of leading a team
  • Prior experience of training others
  • Prior experience of teaching children is desirable

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Fluency in English, Tamil (desirable)
  • Computer skills
  • Excellent Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Creativity and problem solving skills
  • Resourceful, responsible and self-starting
  • Efficient planning and multi tasking skills
  • A proactive learner with a positive attitude
  • Ability to travel extensively – locally, regionally and nationally

Other Information:

  • Reporting to: Projects Director, Chennai
  • Expected Age: Below 35
  • Scope: Full time, willing to work flexible hours six days a week including most weekends
  • Remuneration: based on the candidate’s profile
  • Expected Joining Date: Jun-July 2014

We are looking for a leader who is committed to increasing his/her skills, knowledge and ability, and is committed to the Bhumi team for at least two years. This is not an employment opportunity but a calling to facilitate change!

This requirement is now closed

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 little perspective about our programme:
Present  structure:

  • Number of Years: 3-5/subject
  • Target group: Classes 1-9
  • Number of classes per week: 2 classes of two hours each during weekends
  • Number of hours per year: 100-120
  • Number of children per class: 5-10
  • Number of volunteer teachers per class: 1-2
  • Duration of programmes: 9 months
  • Total contact hours per volunteer: 50-60 hours

Expectation from Bhumi volunteers:

  • 1 class of 2 hours each every week
  • 1 hour for class preparation/week
  • 1 hour to travel to and fro to orphanage/community centre
  • 1-3 days of training per year
  • Actively participate in the discussions.

Volunteer Den – Krishna Prasad

Image 012 years back I joined Bhumi as a volunteer. The 6 months I spent as part of Bhumi helped me realise what I wanted to be in life. It inspired me to resign my job in Bangalore and pursue civil services. A few days back my results were announced and by God’s grace, I made it into list with a rank of 352. I will always be grateful to Bhumi, the wonderful friends I made here and the emotional bond i had with our kids..” ~ Krishna Prasad

Do you want to know what sparked the change? Read on…

  1. A little about yourself (origin, education, past work experiences)

I am from Yeroor, a village in Kollam district of Kerala. My father works with the central government and my mother is a lecturer. I have a younger brother who is pursuing medicine. After completing graduation from College of Engineering Trivandrum in Computer Science, I joined Philips, Bangalore as a software engineer. I also worked in Philips, Brugge for a few months. Later I had a brief stint with SBI as a probationary officer. I believe I had a dream to try for civil services right from college days. But the huge competition in the process and the inherent laziness always made me a bit (should say byte) timid to start preparing for civil service.

  1. How did volunteering with Bhumi happen (including beginning, which project you volunteered for)?  

I was looking for a volunteering opportunity in Bangalore and I accidentally stumbled upon Bhumi’s website. The idea of being a changemaker encouraged me to register on the website. At our induction program, I met some amazing people. I volunteered for the Little Einsteins program at Marthahalli and had a wonderful time teaching, learning and playing with the kids.

  1. What change did these experiences bring in your life?

The most important change that Bhumi brought in was helping me realign my perspective on life and happiness. When I visited the shelter home for the first time, I assumed that the children would be very sad and dull. But, the kind of happiness and vibrancy they radiated was something I never expected. Once I bonded with them, I felt more responsible. Perhaps, it was the first time someone was looking up to me for something.

In short, I realised that I didn’t want to spend my next 30 years trying to increase the profit of x company from y to z percentage. I wanted to do something more satisfying. And more importantly, the whole process of being a part of Bhumi, meeting diverse people with a passion to pursue their dreams, encouraged me with the requisite courage to resign a well paid job and take that leap of faith to prepare for civil services. Mr. Manivannan (IAS), whom I had met at Nakshatra, helped me a lot during the interview preparation phase later on.

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  1. What next?

I have a rank of 352 (in the first attempt) which mostly will enable me to be a part of IRS or IPS. I know they are wonderful career options but IAS is what I had aspired for. So, I am planning to give one more attempt and secure a rank below 100.  Also, I would like to make myself useful in some way to other aspirants and at least help them avoid the pitfalls I had during my preparation.

  1. A message to every volunteer at Bhumi

You as a volunteer of Bhumi already have a wonderful platform with you to give back to the society and enrich yourself professionally and personally. What I am giving is not a message, but something I realized during the 1 year preparation phase of mine. If you have a dream and you are pursuing it, the kind of happiness you get from the whole process is inexplicable. I know many of us did not want to be in the professions we are now.

What we are now is something we cannot undo. But we can always aspire to be better; we can follow the path to our dream. Despite of the heavy odds on the way, despite of whether we reach our dream or not, walking that path will give you more satisfaction in life.

 

Volunteer Den – Sowmyasree

Why Bhumi?

SowmyasreeI was looking for volunteering opportunities in Chennai and decided to register with Bhumi.

I can’t quite place when and how I came to know about Bhumi. As this organization is really a household name. The company  I work in participated in Bhumi’s Joy to the world Program, a couple of my friends have volunteered with Bhumi in the past, all this gave me a better understanding of the good work Bhumi has been continually doing over the years. Need I say more?

What inspired you to be a part of Hi5? How do you feel having been chosen as the Project Coordinator?

What inspired me to be a part of Hi5? Hmm. The idea of planning a weeklong event across the country, getting a huge volunteer base, planning the nitty-gritties of the event, sounds exciting, doesn’t it?

Besides, some people may not find the time to volunteer on a regular basis. Providing a volunteering platform to such people seems like a good idea. It also gives a better perspective to people who are unsure of what volunteering cause appeals to them the most.

“With great power, comes great responsibility”

That’s how I feel, being chosen as the Project Co-coordinator.  This would be my first big leadership role and I’m both excited and anxious!!

Tell us about your life before Bhumi. (Specially, other volunteering experiences, if any)

As I had mentioned earlier, I was looking for volunteering opportunities in Chennai and I signed up with Bhumi. I had a good six months before I was called for the orientation and I tried my hand at volunteering for a number of small causes during this time.

These experiences have made one thing apparent to me; Bhumi is really structured and organized and working with Bhumi is absolute fun. The volunteer engagement activities and events are definitely a highlight.

Life after Bhumi has sure been busy, but in a very fun way :D

How has Bhumi altered you, personally?

Confidence is something I have gained after my time with Bhumi.

Also, multi-tasking, I have become very good at that :P

Tell us about one Bhumian, who you think is a very good inspiration for you.

That’s a tough one. I really can’t pick just one person. Every Bhumian has been and will continue to be an inspiration to me. One thing I HAVE to mention is the amount of energy and enthusiasm every Bhumian has. Simply amazing!

A note about your personal front (education, job, hobbies, passion etc)

School – St.Joesph’s Girls Higher Sec. School, Trichy

College – CEG (Yes, I’m an engineer, a materials science engineer)

Working at Latentview Analytics.  A TV show addict. I have spent 82 days and 30 min of my life watching tv serials and sitcoms. (There is a website to actually calculate this =P) I like swimming, origami and I really really like to travel.

One most memorable incident in your life as a Bhumian.

Before Hi5, I was part of LE Math. This one time, I had to handle a bunch of kids on my own and frankly, I was overwhelmed. But this one kid stepped up and helped me out with the younger kids. The ease with which he took lead and handled the situation is something which I will never forget. We truly can learn a lot from kids.

That would be the most memorable incident in my life as a Bhumian

A special message to your fellow volunteers.

Thank you all, for your constant support and help! :D

Volunteer Den – Lavanya Jagannathan

Lavanya JHow did you come to know about Bhumi? and what made you become a part?
Bhumi just happened to me! I wasn’t exactly looking out for volunteering opportunities. My friend had signed up for Nakshatra (Siragugal, back then) and used to constantly share her experiences with me. What she shared made me want to volunteer. So, I decided to give it a try. And here I am :D

Why Speak Out? Also, tell us about the change you see in the project/ fellow volunteers from the day you first started and today.
Children from Non-English medium schools look at English as a subject that they have to learn to pass. They don’t look at it as a tool that can aid their communication skills. SO aims at changing this perception and I strongly believe that every child must be given the opportunity and resources to learn the language. I’ve seen the project evolve over the past two and a half years. We have experimented a lot with the syllabus, learnt a lot. It’s a lot more structured. And I think we’re going the right way.
3. What were the initial challenges you faced as a volunteer and how did you overcome them?
I vividly remember my first day. I was super nervous. I had to handle a bunch of 12, 6th std kids all alone. And I had absolutely no previous experience with kids. I didn’t know what to expect. But to my surprise, the kids were trying so hard to make me feel comfortable. They were very friendly and were super excited to get to know a new akka :-)

There were a lot of challenges initially. My class kids would be completely out of control. There have been times when at the end of the class there would be only 5 out of the 12 kids sitting with me. I understood that the problem was with the way I was handling the class. I started incorporating games, activities to get them interested. It wasn’t easy, but with time, I learnt the knack of handling a big bunch of kids.

But, every bunch is different. Every year is a challenge!

Any specific, special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us?
I can just go on and on about special moments with the kids. Something as simple as a kid being able to differentiate between ‘b’ and ‘d’ gives me so much happiness.

I’ve had a couple of kids calling me up during summer, just to keep me informed about how they’ve performed in their exams.

Last year, I did not attend the last class of the academic year. Apparently my class kids were asking my co-volunteers why I hadn’t come. My co-volunteers recorded a video with their messages and sent it over to me. A very simple gesture, it just made my day :D

Tell us about one Bhumian, who you think is a very good inspiration for you.
I really can’t pick just one person. Over the years, there have been so many people who have inspired me, encouraged me to do more.
Every single Bhumian is an inspiration. We’re all here, working towards achieving a common goal.

A note about your personal front (education, job, hobbies, passion etc)
I completed my undergrad in Biomedical Engineering from SSN and recently started working. I love the beach! I love music. And I have this compulsive need to watch new films within the first week of release :P

A special message to your fellow volunteers.
Bhumi will groom you as a person, it will give you inner peace. You’ll learn so much more than what you teach. Enjoy every moment and love what you do! :-)

Volunteer Den – Romeo Denesh

  1. RomeoHow did you come to know about Bhumi? and what made you become a part? BHUMI! BHUMI!! WHAT IS BHUMI ?? was a million dollar question in my college. I am a student of Saranathan. Later, I came to know that, it is an NGO brought to Trichy by Lakshmi Narayanan and Ranjani and that are going to work for kids who are in need of knowledge not money. Also, the tag line CHANGE TODAY, CHANGE TOMORROW inspired me and before I knew, I was already a part of it.
  1. Why Lakshya? Two reasons. One – No specific syllabus… This gives more space for own ideas… and second reason – mentoring…
  1. How has the program altered you, personally? Lakshya made me think from the kid’s perspective to understand how I can fulfill their needs. And this is what i started doing at home, as well. Thinking from my parents’ perspective before I do something. Now, they say – “ROMIO VARA VARA ROMBA PORUPPA IRUKAN “ :P Guess that is the best thing to hear from parents.
  1. Any specific, special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us? How can I name just one? Every day is special and I am enjoying each and every moment with kids and my fellow volunteers.
  1. Tell us about one Bhumian, who you think is a very good inspiration? Lakshmi Narayanan my inspiration. He has such a timing and  problem solving ability that can handle any situation at any given time.
  1. A note about your personal front (education, job, hobbies, passion etc) As per the now famous saying, “Indians first become Engineers and then figure out what they want to become”. A budding Mechanical engineer by degree, I want to become an IAS officer and I’m working hard for it. Hope I’ll get through.
  1. A special message to your fellow volunteers Work with all your heart to your satisfaction ..when there is conflict between your heart and mind just listen to your heart. Though it is on the left side, it is always right. Let us all be good and do good!!!

Volunteer Den – Divya Bharathi

Divya Bharathi1. Why 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.

2. You had a recent switch to LE 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!

3. 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 5thgrades 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!

4. 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.’

5. 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.

6. 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

7. 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!