Indicorps launches 2006 program
Indicorps is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for community-based volunteering in India for 2006 projects. For the past five years, the Indicorps fellowship programme has deployed non-resident Indians (NRIs) and persons of Indian origin (PIOs) to India for direct sustainable contributions to India’s development with their time and skills. Indicorps is a non-religious and non-political organisation that offers a year of volunteer work in India to volunteers that seek to reconnect with their roots and make a difference at the grassroots level in development projects.
[ClickPress, Thu Feb 02 2006] Indicorps is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for community-based volunteering in India for 2006 projects. For the past five years, the Indicorps fellowship programme has deployed non-resident Indians (NRIs) and persons of Indian origin (PIOs) to India for direct sustainable contributions to India’s development with their time and skills. Indicorps is a non-religious and non-political organisation that offers a year of volunteer work in India to volunteers that seek to reconnect with their roots and make a difference at the grassroots level in development projects.
The 2006 programme has 19 projects that can take up to 30 volunteers. The programme follows a successful 2005, in which 14 volunteers worked on various development projects such as a Women’s Community Radio initiative and Adult Literacy projects. (2005 Project Profiles are available at http://www.indicorps.org/index.php?function=projhist&level=4#3)
The 2006 projects (http://apply.indicorps.org) include two Grassroots Development Laboratories, a Microfinance Marketplace project in partnership with eBay and, for the first time, an ambitious project to help grow governance reform from the community level up. On the ground in India, Indicorps has a diverse, proactive team that has worked for months with various non-governmental organisations to design these projects, providing an ideal opportunity for persons of Indian origin from United States, Canada and the UK to effectively contribute to the holistic development of India.
The Indicorps fellowship is a structured, public service programme that provides an opportunity for people of Indian origin who have a university degree or five-years equivalent work experience to become partners in India’s development. Indicorps fellowships are designed to be one-of-a-kind transformational experiences, emphasising both personal growth for volunteers and international development in the target areas. Fellows are given individual responsibility to execute and complete projects that are created in partnership with local grassroots developmental experts. Past fellows have brought tremendous creativity, passion, and motivation to these projects. (You can read volunteer testimonials at http://news.indicorps.org)
Since 2001, Indicorps has selected over 30 young professionals of Indian origin for one to two years of service. Through a competitive application process and a pool of over 300 applications, Indicorps seeks to bring the most talented individuals together with organisations that have identified specific community needs. The structure of Indicorps rapidly orients fellows – many of whom have genealogical, emotional or cultural attachments to India but have usually never spent prolonged times in the country -- to India and to their projects. The projects are designed by experienced and educated persons that often forego public and private sector placements to serve in India. The programme maximises the resources of partner organisations to capitalise on the fellows' enthusiasm, talents and desire to serve. The second year encourages Indicorps fellows to broaden their understanding of development and take leadership in managing projects and the Indicorps programmes.
An equally important component of the programme is the fellows’ personal development and self-growth; Indicorps encourages self-reflection via journal entries, discussions, and reflective literature. The intense Indicorps experience is simultaneously incredibly rewarding and personally challenging. The programme is carefully crafted to consider long-term impact and to defy common critiques of both international volunteers and the organisations with which they work.
Indicorps is currently accepting applications from the Indian diaspora who are willing to serve India by applying their skills, time, and resources towards grassroots projects and sustainable strategies for change.
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To learn more about the 14 Fellows already working in India this year, please visit http://www.indicorps.org/index.php?function=ourfellows&level=4)