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Paropkaar- volunteering towards sustainable development
Mixed community cricket tournament
Volunteers compete in a mixed community cricket match to promote peaceful relations
Paropkaar is a Sanskrit word which means to serve others unconditionally.

International Volunteering-Making a difference
International volunteering is a formal, unpaid and structured activity which provides individuals with an opportunity to share existing skills and develop further skills whilst taking on exciting new challenges. It contributes to the development of the community, charity and the volunteer.
  • Volunteering observes international and national statutes on human rights and equality
  • International Volunteering is open to individuals from all backgrounds irrespective of academic achievements and personal circumstances.
  • A volunteer does not have a profit motive incentive nor expect praise/reward for their achievements.
  • Volunteering does not impose values; it respects diversity and works within that framework. A volunteer should be sensitive towards the local customs.
  • International volunteering allows individuals to understand and re-connect with their culture and heritage.
  • Volunteers behave in a respectful manner whilst on placement.
  • Volunteers do not get involved in activity that breaks the laws of the country.
  • Volunteers do not place themselves in any situations that can cause risk to themselves or others.
  • An international volunteer believes that on returning, the experience and knowledge should be shared to broaden understanding, initiate thinking and inspire others.

Who can volunteer?
We arrange placements for students, recent graduates, experienced professionals and retired people.  We organise both long and short-term placements, depending on time and income constraints.  Volunteering is open to anyone over the age of 18. AFP offer a range of placements based on a range of skills.

Current Placement Opportunities
We focus on four main goals; Disability, Education, Income Generation and Health
Our placements are based both in rural villages and urban areas. We are not necessarily looking for specific qualifications in order to carry out a placement.

How am I assessed?
We assess volunteers based on four main criteria which we feel are important for our placements.  These include:
  • Commitment:  A genuine commitment to volunteering in India, as well as a contribution to social change in the UK. 
  • Attitude:  Relevant skills and experience, a positive attitude towards volunteering for a charity in India and the ability to work well in a team. 
  • Approach:  A culturally sensitive, flexible and non-judgemental approach to working and living in India.
  • Communication:  An ability to provide useful feedback that will help enhance AFP’s work in India in the future.

How to apply
If you are interested in volunteering in India and would like to complete an application form please email Nimmi Unadkat () or phone leaving your name and address. 
Read returned volunteers experiences

Get in touch
If you have any further enquires or would like further information about the volunteering programme, please fill out an enquiry form.


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- Nehru

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