Become A Volunteer
Taking time out to travel?
Want to share your skills?
Passionate about making a difference?
We believe that our work in the slums is a most rewarding life experience. That’s why we are all volunteers ourselves.
We are seeking to harness the energy and commitment of volunteers like you by facilitating travel, cultural exchange and education in India and Kenya. By working with our partner NGOs on our various programmes you can spend time in the slums contributing, inspiring, and being inspired by, some of the world’s poorest communities.
Whether you want to teach English, give a helping hand in healthcare or share a valuable skill, you can create the prospect of employment and help to improve the quality of life for slum dwellers.
The practicalities of volunteering:
NEITHER SLUMAID NOR OUR PARTNER NGOs CHARGE FOR THEIR OVERHEADS.
Your costs are likely to be in the region of £800- £1,200 including the cost of airfare, however this depends on your length of stay and time of travel:
- Airfare and visa to India or Kenya
- Mandatory travel insurance
- Subsistence while working
You will be working with our partner NGOs:
Lok Seva Sangam a Mumbai based NGO which has been working in Mumbai slums since 1976.
Parva School a school project set up by a former volunteer in the slums of Jaipur, Rajastan.
Mukuru Promotion Centre a Kenya based NGO provides holistic and sustainable health, educational and social development programmes to slum dwellers in Nairobi.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF VOLUNTEERING
Please read the terms and conditions before completing the application. You must understand everything written here before becoming a volunteer.
- You are required to complete the application form and submit it. By submitting the application form you certify the accuracy of the information provided.
- Your acceptance onto the project is on the understanding that you realise that you will be living and working with a partner NGO in a developing country. This could be at times uncomfortable. You accept that services and facilities such as running water, electricity, air conditioning and other home comforts may not be available overseas. You agree to perform whatever work is reasonably assigned to you by the NGO.
- We will ensure that your living accommodation is of a reasonable condition by local standards but you must accept that it is impossible for us to guarantee that accommodation will be to the standards you are used to at home. You must respect the rules of your accommodation providers (e.g. no smoking).
- You must abide by the laws for currency exchange and drug regulations of the country you are visiting. You also agree to abide by the terms and conditions of all carriers concerned.
- Liability SlumAid will not accept any responsibility for any illness, accident or loss, weather conditions, fire, civil or military disturbance, criminal activity, industrial action, border the closures, government intervention or force majeure. These conditions are beyond the control of SlumAid.
- Please note that there is no free health service is some of the locations in which SlumAid works and we cannot guarantee your personal safety or health.
- If travelling to India we would strongly advise you to take tablets for malaria or any treatment recommended by your doctor.
- Insurance It is compulsory to obtain adequate travel insurance to cover personal accident, medical and hospital expenses and repatriation
You will need the following documentation
Passport: Your passport should be valid for at least six months after your return date.
Visas: The visa application process for entering India is outsourced to VFS Global: http://www.vfsglobal.com
It is possible to apply on-line for an e-visa to visit Kenya: http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html
Do not apply for a visa or book your flight until you have a placement from us.
We recommend the following equipment (not essential)
Sleeping bag: We would advise you to take with you a light sleeping bag, preferably one which is washable.
Mosquito net: This is optional but useful to keep mosquitoes away while you are sleeping.
Money belt: It is advisable to carry your cash, passport and valuables in a money belt.
Sun screen: Creams of various sorts are available locally but you may want to carry some with you.
Insect repellents: We strongly advise you to use insect repellent sprays and creams.
Water: On no account drink tap water. Bottled water is widely available and inexpensive.
Camera: We suggest you take an inexpensive digital camera.
Food: Be careful of purchasing food from road side stalls to avoid gastric problems.
Towel : A small hand towel is recommended.
Trainers: Sturdy footwear is essential when working in slums.
Clothing: Four T-shirts or short sleeved shirts are probably sufficient. Two pairs of light weight trousers/jeans or long skirts. Women are reminded to dress appropriately in Muslim neighbourhoods.
Insurance: Travel insurance is complex these days. Credit cards offer so-called free insurance however there are always difficulties when you make a claim. You should insure with a reputable company covering loss of personal belongings and medical expenses.
Money: Sterling, Euros and US Dollars are exchangeable in currency exchange bureaux and some banks. We suggest you take just one credit or debit card or a prepaid currency card with you. You will need at least £10 in local currency, rupees or shillings for your first taxi ride to your accommodation.
Immunisations: Immunisations are not required however it is advisable to take anti-malarial tablets. You should obtain these from your GP although they can also be purchased very cheaply locally.
Insect repellent: Malaria is transmitted by mosquito bites. Your risk of catching malaria is seriously reduced if you avoid being bitten in the first place. Use insect repellent and cover exposed skin when dusk falls (between 6 pm to 7.30 am). Spray repellent on thin clothing as well as directly onto skin. Malaria Helpline (0891 600350) has information on malaria risks and avoidance.