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Category: Education
Host ID: 37878
Country: India

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Last Updated: March 5, 2020

This is a small non-formal school for street kids who live in or around Sealdah Train Station in Kolkata, India. We have 7 students, ages 10-16. Our students educational backgrounds vary with a majority having no formal education whatsoever, many cannot read, write or do basic math. These children are the poorest of the poor but the richest of the rich in their hearts and they are a joy to be around.

Each student has their own individual iPad with educational games that teach skills ranging from learning the alphabet, numbers, and basic maths/sciences.

The goal of our classroom is to provide our students with the exposure and opportunity to learn what they want and when they want. The classroom is open Tuesday thru Friday from 10:30-4:30pm. We provide the students with a comfortable classroom environment, lunches, and compassionate people so that their learning environment is conducive to each child's individual needs.

We ask our volunteers to be compassionate, patient, and open-minded with our students. We would like you to help out in the classroom for a minimum of 2 weeks in the way you feel the most comfortable, whether that be working one on one with students, or teaching a workshop on a topic you are skilled in. The most important thing is to enjoy the time we spend in the classroom with our students and to encourage/help them along in their learning journey.

We will subsidize your accommodation fees (1,000 INR per week, 4,500 INR per month) whilst volunteering and provide lunches on class days.

If you are interested in volunteering please visit our website at and have a look around, and if you are still interested then please message us through the share page on our website and we will provide you with more details, we are happy to answer any questions you may have and provide more information. Thank you and looking forward to hearing from you!

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