Once you have been accepted on to the Paropkaar programme, AFP will guide and prepare you for your placement.
A one day training session with other volunteers will provide an overview of:
India's history and current affairs
Current development issues such as those that you may be tackling during you placement
Your health and how to cope if you do fall ill
Your safety and security
Communicating within India and staying in touch with the UK
Volunteers are also given the opportunity to raise any concerns regarding their placement and stay in India.
The volunteer guidebook has been specifically designed to prepare volunteers to plan and organise their placement.
AFP believes that volunteers should maximise the use of their skills and be able to gain further skills and experience within their placement. In order to achieve this, AFP provides training and advice about identifying opportunities for developing a placement, introducing new ideas and solving problems.
Opportunity to meet return volunteers
We have a community of returned volunteers who you may be able to address your concerns and provide support and advice on how to make the most out of your experience.
Financial contribution towards the cost of travelling
AFP will cover certain costs of your placement and give you guidance about other costs that you may expect to incur.
AFP staff are always on hand to speak with friends and family to answer their questions and address their concerns.