Paropkaar Programme (International volunteering)
Volunteering towards Sustainable Development
Paropkaar, a Sanskrit word meaning to serve others unconditionally, is AFP’s international volunteering programme. It provides a structured opportunity for individuals to share skills with grassroots organisations in India and experience exciting new challenges. It contributes to the development of the community, organisation and the volunteer. AFP’s ethos is to ensure that the volunteer placements have a positive long term impact for the Partner organisation and their beneficiaries.
AFP partners with grassroots based organisations in 4 states in India – Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh. Our partner organisations identify specific skills which are required from volunteers to address their needs. Paropkaar volunteers work in a variety of roles in the areas of education, livelihoods, participation and governance . Diverse skills are in demand and previous volunteers have included:
- A film-maker working with an environmental advocacy organisation. Read Blossom’s story
- An art instructor and mentor for children with special needs. Read Mythili’s story
- An employment advisor and mentor working with youth in a slum area Read Rajesh’s story
- A trainer of trainers working with a disabled peoples’ organisation Read Paresh’s story
As a Paropkaar volunteer you will live and work in a local community. With AFP’s development support programmes and collaborative approach, your contribution will make a lasting difference.
We believe that you have as much to share as to gain from being a Paropkaar volunteer. You will use and develop your skills in a new environment, as well as experience living in India. You will be able to appreciate the history of and live in an inspirational country.
Your input will directly support people in improving their lives and you will be able to contribute to the communities in which you work.
Who can volunteer?
The programme is open to Asian Diaspora(see below) over the age of 18. Previous volunteers have included students, recent graduates, experienced professionals and retired people. We organise placements which are best suited based on your skills, experience, interests and availability. You will be given support and guidance throughout your Paropkaar experience.
Find out more about becoming a Paropkaar volunteer here.
NB: IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING FROM APRIL 2010 ONWARDS PLEASE COMPLETE THE APPLICATION FORM AND SUBMIT IT TO US
By British Asian Diaspora we refer to anyone with:
- Territorial links: must have current or distant origins in a South Asian country.
- Personal links: must have emotional, family or financial links (remittances) in a South Asian country.