Programme: Women's Empowerment Project in India Kerala
Contribute to sustainable, long-term women’s empowerment initiatives when you travel to Kerala, India. Join a team of international volunteers and help give women and young girls access to equal education.
This programme runs for 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 weeks. Contact us to find out the 2017 dates and start planning your adventure!
Project Overview: With two-thirds of the world’s illiterate population female and countless girl children not receiving a basic education, supporting women in developing countries is vital to helping overcome critical social issues such as poverty and unemployment.
By supporting women in society and giving them access to equal opportunities such as an education, jobs and health care, everyone benefits. Infant mortality rates go down, more children stay in school, incomes increase and the cycle of poverty can be broken. By volunteering on this program, you will join a dedicated team of international volunteers assisting on sustainable and invaluable women’s empowerment initiatives.
In India, women are born into a society that is still having to face social inequalities ranging from gender-specific abortions, mistreatment from their spouses, eve teasing, being married off at an early age and in some cases being denied an education by their families. Through our initiatives in India, we aim to assist in gender equality through various educational, healthcare and income initiatives and empower local women by educating them on their rights the opportunities available to them.
Project Highlights Contribute towards meaningful and sustainable women’s empowerment initiatives and make a serious difference in the lives of girls and women in the local community; meet volunteers from across the world; support our local henna artist and immerse yourself in the Indian culture; experience a new culture through its local people; explore India, while kayaking along the river and cycling through villages; spend the night on a houseboat and cruise along the enchanting backwaters; indulge in a traditional Ayurvedic massage or simply spend your down time relaxing on the gorgeous beaches the country has to offer!
Project Life: During your time on this project, you will be living in the southern state of Kerala. A region famed for its beautiful backwaters, mountains and art forms like Kathakali. You will be staying in shared dormitory style accommodation with your fellow volunteers, near to the center of town, with running water, electricity and flushing toilets. Volunteers can look forward to experiencing authentic dishes from the local community, with lunch and dinner being prepared in the local style.
Upon your arrival, you will receive an introductory orientation by the staff covering health and safety, a basic local language lesson, a tour of the township, an introduction to our local partners and some initial training to prepare you as much as possible for life on the project.
From Monday to Friday you will be working at your volunteer placement. Volunteers can expect to be involved in numerous facets of our women’s empowerment program depending on the needs of the projects at that given time and as such should be prepared to be flexible and adapt to change in the field. From providing one-on-one educational lessons with girl children in local schools, to hosting alternative income and health workshops around the community or working in vocational training centres, all your time and effort will be geared to uplifting the women of India and providing long-term solutions to gender imbalance and discrimination.
On the weekends you will be free to explore this stunning location. Kerala offers a variety of adventure trips to sate the desire of your inner adrenaline junkie with trekking, rafting, kayaking, and picturesque diving just some of the options to choose from, there’s no need to ever experience a dull moment! Close to base you can soak in the local culture with a trip to Dort Kochi and visit the St Francis Church, choose from an array of boutique art galleries, or experience the local cuisine at a variety of cafes and restaurants. For trips further abroad, the Periyar Forest and National Park offers you the chance to spot elephants, monkeys and even tigers on their scenic safari outings.
24-hour emergency phone
24-hour in-country support
Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
All necessary project equipment and materials
All necessary project training by experienced staff
Long term experienced staff
Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)