People First is officially recognised by the Government of Bihar
Donations made in India are tax deductible under section 80G Income Tax Act 1961
2013 PROGRAMME IS NOW FULL BUT APPLICATIONS FOR 2014 ARE OPEN NOW
Changing the world is possible through a single act, if that is multiplied across continents and across time. A volunteer taking that step to spend their time and money to visit a place such as India, to roll up their sleeves and sweat, has the power to influence dozens, hundreds, even thousands of people through that single humanitarian act. The root cause of many of the problems facing the world today results from a lack of education. And this does not mean only education of a developing nation’s poorest citizens, but the education of the Western world as well.
People First offers a chance every year for volunteers to join our staff working alongside them in a village experience programme which offers a unique chance to discover the real India, away from the tourist traps and the "hassle trail" Post programme evaluations have been extremely positive with some participants reporting a life changing experience.
Included in the programme,
All meals when on the programme , not usually any cooking required! Not too spicy
All transport whilst on the programme.
Simple dorm type accomodation
Purified Water at Gyan Vikas, our main centre
Assistance in Delhi ,including being met at the airport and escorted to the train and taxi fares
AC class return train travel to Bihar
Accommodation for two nights in Delhi in a 3 star AC room on arrival and departure, three nights if you opt for the Taj Trip!
New! Optional Day Trip to the Taj Mahal. This will include an extra nights stay in the Hotel and will cost £100 per person including admission all transport and food.
This is the programme for 2014
July 29th Arrive Delhi
July 30th By AC class overnight train to Gaya
July 31st Welcome to People First
Orientation (3 days)
Introductions and expectations
Project Placements from August 3rd
which will include a combination of....
Working alongside existing staff perhaps teaching or helping pur health team
Working on a group project with the children
Individual skills will be taken account of ,ie a carpenter can help make furniture etc
Picnic and Overnight Stay at Kanjiar rural centre.
Picnic with children at Rajgir or Tilaya Dam
Evaluation with farewell evening meal and distribution of completion certificates.
August 10th By AC class overnight train to Delhi
August 11th Arrive Delhi. Hotel Provided.
August 12th Optional Day trip to the see the
Taj or depart for the
UK or your home country
August 13th Programme Finishes- Depart
Places are limited to 20; so early application is strongly advised. Initial enquires can be made to our e-mail address or just use the contact page.
All applicants will need to fully complete an application form. please copy and paste the form on this page and send or e-mail it to us. Because of the nature of our work with vulnerable children checks may be undertaken and references will be required.
The cost of this programme is £449 for students in full time education and £499 for those in full time employment. As a thank you to all the support the trust has recieved from the University of Lincoln UK a special rate of £449 is applicable to all staff working at the University. Details on application. Please add one hundred pounds for the optional day trip to the Taj which includes an extra nights hotel stay. We would love to have some American's on the programme so in recognition of all of their help and support we are pleased to offer special rates of $650 and $825 including the Taj for any volunteer that would like to join the programme from One World Childrens Fund, Asha Silicon Valley, or Global Giving. For all other applicants from the USA rates of $700 for full time students and $775 for those in employment apply. Please add $150 for the Taj option.
APPLY NOW- PAY LATER
Once accepted on the programme no immediate payment is required, but in order to secure your place full payment must be cleared by March 31st 2014. Demand for the programme is high if you are interested please apply soon .. Payment details will be included in your acceptance letter. For applicants after March 31st 2014 (if places are still available) immediate payment is required.
Please note due to the cost of setting up the camp if individuals cancel their participation no refund can be given.
The programme is from July 29th to August 12th or 13th 2014.
(please see full programme above) This includes two nights hotel accomodation in Delhi return AC class train tickets , travel food and simple accommodation whilst in Bihar.
Participants should plan to arrive in Delhi on July 29th 2014. If you plan to return directly to the UK or your home country after the camp the earliest date to book your return flight would be August 13th , depending whether or not you take the Taj Trip option in which case it would be the 14th .
On receiving full payment an information pack will be sent to you. All participants need to make arrangements for their own personal medical insurance and will be required to sign a disclaimer.
This is really a very unique programme and a warm welcome awaits here in the green fields of Bihar, as the workcamp is held during the great Indian monsoon.
"As a teacher, I was very interested to visit some of the village schools and was amazed to see so much being achieved with such limited resources ".
I have come away deeply moved by the love and dedication of the staff at People First, and by the courage and optimism of the women and children they work with".
Send to email@example.com. We will get back to you within 14 days, but probably much sooner!
Date of Birth
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
What are you doing now ?
Please tell us about your school work or study experiences.
FROM TO Experience
Do you have special skills you could bring to the work camp? Please explain briefly why you are interested in applying. What are your previous travel experiences? What are your hobbies and Interests?
Please list five objectives you have for your time with us
REFERENCES Please provide the names and addresses and phone numbers of two people we may contact for references (not family members). Due to the nature of the work with children, checks may be made.
YES/NO - I WOULD TO LIKE TO SEE THE TAJ! (please blank out according to your choice)
comments from volunteers include ...............
a fantastic experience"
"beyond my expectations"
"Every day was special"
"good organisation and great care''
I found the whole experience of being on this Project completely inspiring. People First has compelling story to tell, it was both humbling and a privilege to be part of its operation for two weeks".
"Smiling faces and lots of colours!!!! I have found all the experiences wonderful and very moving. It is hard to imagine in are ‘greedy’ western would how any of us would have the strength of character to survive in the way that the poor people of Bihar do".
"This camp was a unique experience to meet village and local people in their own environment. The children we met were really welcoming and brave".
"I was hugely impressed by the entire children’s attitude to learning in all classes I visited. The health team amazed me with their professionalism and efficiency. The turnaround of patients was incredible. Every single member of staff seemed incredibly competent, caring, and willing to let us get involved which was wonderful".
"All in all it has been an incredible fortnight, and I would definitely come back if I know it can be in a useful capacity".
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