Volunteer for SAARTHI – THE GUIDE | OpenLinks initiative

Open Links is looking for volunteers who can make education interesting by helping students to make and use good educational videos.

Volunteering requirements:

Below are few expectation form the volunteers:

  • Assist students to make educational videos
  • Volunteers should be able to read and understand the curriculum of classes 6 to 9 (Science, Maths, History etc)
  • Volunteers should be able to guide children on story writing and visualization.
  • Training and support will be provided to volunteers

Volunteering details:

  • Schools will be so selected that it lies in your nearest locality and your timing requirements. However, this may not be a perfect match.
  • Also school schedules can sometime change due to exams, other events, holidays or teacher priorities.
  • We expect you to work out your schedules with the schools so that the program can continue to run successfully during the year.
  • You will typically spend about 1-3 hours with the school every week.
  • Depending on school schedule you may visit the school about 30-40 weeks in a year; The rest of the time, you will be spending on preparation, reflections, sharing etc. in person or mostly on phone / internet with your coach.

Commitment: 6 hours/week for a minimum of 1 year.

Location: Chennai

Other details:

  • This is a pro-bono activity. You may also end up spending money for things like travel and internet.
  • Reasonable comfort and excitement about using IT tools. Confidence that you can manage syllabus of 6th to 10th.

Register below if you are interested. For any assistance/clarification, please visit www.OpenLinksFoundation.org or kindly contact OpenLinks at contact@ticklinks.com.

The DaanUtsav Internship

The 2018  DaanUtsav Internship programme is an opportunity for young professionals to create significant social change.

About DaanUtsav

DaanUtsav, earlier called Joy of Giving Week (JGW), is India’s very own festival of giving. It aims to spread love, joy and happiness among those who are less fortunate than us, and for each one of us to experience the joy in giving. DaanUtsav is celebrated for a week starting Gandhi Jayanti (Oct 2-8) every year, and was launched in 2009.

From celebrities and CEOs, to auto drivers and maids, school and college students to village communities, millions of people participate in the festival ever year in various ways- from organizing large fundraisers that raise lacs and crores, to reading out stories to children, making and distributing sandwiches on the street, to organizing donation, collection and volunteering drives, the festival sees participation from hundreds of corporates, schools, colleges, NGOs, apartments, villages and community groups across India.

DaanUtsav 2018 will be celebrated from October 2-8, 2018 across India.


Internship details

The internship period is 3-6 months, and requires full-time commitment from May/June/July  2018 – Oct 15, 2018.

The duration will depend on the city/location. Each intern is assigned a local coordinator, who is a DaanUtsav volunteer himself/herself, and will work from the offices of the Coordinator’s organization, or in a local nonprofit organization.

  • Full-time commitment for the stipulated period
  • Three/Four/Five or Six month full-time commitment from May/June/July – Oct 15, 2018
  • Stipend: Base of Rs 10000 – Rs 15000, plus Rs 3000 – Rs 5000 to cover travel & communication
  • Potential Internships
    • Tier 1: Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai
    • Tier 2: Mangalore, Lucknow, Jaipur
    • Tier 3: Hubli/Dharwad, Davangere, Mysore, Belagavi, Shimoga
  • Last day to apply: April 30, 2018


The DaanUtsav Internship Experience

The Internship is a grueling and demanding work experience. Each intern is required to spend at least 48 hours a week, but we expect that most will wind up spending more than 55 hours, and having great fun doing so.

  • Each Intern is assigned a Coordinator, who is also a DaanUtsav volunteer. Coordinators are senior corporate executives, business leaders or social entrepreneurs. Each coordinator is committed to spending at least 10-20 hours a month in mentoring the Interns, helping them reflect, learn and grow, and pick up soft and hard skills to work effectively and achieve goals. Coordinators will provide significant initial guidance and training, followed by daily support and monitoring to the Intern throughout the duration of the Internship.
  • Interns get to interact with a wide range of business leaders and executives, social entrepreneurs and NGOs, school and college leaders, government administrators and community leaders. This kind of exposure is rarely available in any other opportunity, and will help Interns create phenomenal relationships and networks across their city.
  • Interns work closely with passionate volunteers in their own city
  • Interns build strong communication, presentation and persuasion skills, self- confidence, positive values and beliefs, greater compassion and caring, a deeper understanding of India’s social issues and challenges as well as possible solutions to them.
  • Interns receive a certificate on successful completion of the Internship Programme from the host organisation.

DaanUtsav Internship Requirements

An ideal Intern would be

  • A graduate or post graduate from a reputed college, with stellar academic and extra-curricular credentials
  • An extroverted person who likes going out and meeting people
  • Very comfortable using email, computers
  • Fluent in English and the local language of the city s/he will be based in
  • Willing to work hard to scale the festival in the assigned location
  • Comfortable with suitable local commute

If you have any doubts about these, please reach out to: Rajan Narayanan at rajan@secondavenue.in


Apply now:

Last day to apply: April 30, 2018

Teach For India fellowship – 2018, Webinar for Bhumi Volunteers

The Teach For India Fellowship is a unique opportunity to transform the lives of students and communities while developing leadership skills by  becoming part of a select network of committed, passionate, lifelong leaders working to fight educational inequity. It is a two year, full-time, salaried commitment to teach and lead students in under-resourced schools. We currently have over 1100 Fellows, spread across 7 cities, in 900 classrooms, impacting close to 38,000 children, and all working together to realise our vision that one day, all children will attain an excellent education.

Want to know more?

We are hosting three webinars exclusively for Bhumi volunteers! You can find the details of the same below :

Webinar 1 :

Date : Friday, 16th March, 2018

Timing : 6-7 PM IST

Led By : Smitha Ganesh

Smitha worked with Bhumi as a volunteer from 2012-2014 as Centre Co-ordinator for Ejipura Government School, Bangalore. She also volunteered to bring alive the first Nakshatra event in Bangalore where children across multiple organizations participated in various cultural events. She joined TFI as a 2014 Mumbai Fellow and currently works as a Program Manager Coach in the city of Chennai.


Webinar 2 :

Date : Saturday, 17th March, 2018

Timing : 6-7 PM IST

Led By : Sanjana Dalmiya

Sanjana led recruitment for Teach For India across Karnataka colleges and corporates from 2015-2017. She then worked as a Consultant on expansion related projects in the East and North East.


Webinar 3 :

Date : Sunday, 18th March, 2018

Timing : 10-11 AM

Led by : Goutham Kumar

Goutham joined Teach For India as a  2015 Chennai Fellow and now leads recruitment for Teach For India across Chennai’s colleges and corporates.


What can you  expect to learn in the webinar?

  1. Current reality of India’s educational landscape
  2. Organizational context
  3. A Fellow’s journey
  4. Student impact
  5. Leadership development
  6. Is this right for you?

The video call link will be shared once you’ve signed up! We look forward to interacting with you.

Please note that the FINAL Deadline for the 2018 Fellowship is on Sunday, March 25th, 2018. You can start your Application on Teach For India Website. Do spread the word in your networks! For any questions, please write to apply@teachforindia.org.

Sports Day, CMS, MMDA – 1

A call to volunteers to help in Sports Event.

CMS, MMDA -1 School is conducting Sports Day on 23 February 2018. The Volunteers for this activity are required to help in the event.

Come, volunteer, encourage and witness the young champs in action. Register here to volunteer for the event.


Date: 23 February 2018

Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m.

Venue: CMS, MMDA -1, Ward 75, Chennai – 600106


Volunteer for English video course preparation | The Hindu

Calling out for volunteers who can do a bit of acting and has clear spoken English.
The Hindu’s initiative STEP is an educational program for job-market entry skills support. Lessons in form of short videos are to be shot. Volunteers are needed for acting in the video. He/she should be able to speak clear English and be able to quickly learn and repeat 1-2 pages of lines. They should be available to come in a couple of half-days a month for shoots. Shooting a 3-minute lesson typically requires multiple takes, and occasionally some voice dubbing, for a total time of 1-2 hours per lesson shoot.

Volunteers of age between 18-26 are needed to take part in film shoots, mostly at The Hindu office on Mount Road. The audition will be held for the registered candidates at The Hindu Office.

Enrol if you think you could be the one!
Volunteers are paid a stipend or the payment can also be used as credits by Bhumi to use the STEP program.

Marina Runnerz Marathon 2018 | Chennai

Bhumi invites you to volunteer for Marina Runnerz Marathon 2018Parts of the proceeds from the Marathon will be channelled towards helping people in need.  Expecting over 2000 runners to participate.
Bhumi is the Overall Volunteer Partner for the marathon.
DateFebruary 25, 2018
Reporting Time for Volunteers4 a.m
End Time: Before 9 a.m
Location: VGP Universal Kingdom, Injambakkam, ECR | Map
Point of Contact: Gowtham 87545 52472
We need volunteers for assistance in managing the event. Register below and invite your friends.
Volunteers will be given a volunteer t-shirt, a certificate and breakfast post the run. You will receive more information closer to the race day.

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Urur Olcott Kuppam beach clean-up

The historical fishing village of Urur Olcott Kuppam plays host to an internationally renowned multi-genre cultural festival called the Urur Olcott Kuppam Vizha. Jointly organised by fisher folk and volunteers from in and around the city, the Vizha hopes to celebrate and harness the power of performing arts (music, dance and drama) to build an inclusive, healthy and compassionate Chennai. The Beach clean-up is geared to readying the village for the festival. Volunteers from the city will join the fisher folk in sprucing up the village and the beach for the two-day festival that is to be held on February 10-11, 2018. 

The Volunteers for this activity are required to assemble by 06:30 a.m at Thalapakatti Biryani, Besant Nagar Beach on February 3, 2018.

Volunteer for Cool Runners Half Marathon 2018

Bhumi invites you to volunteer for Cool Runners Half Marathon 2018. The proceedings from the marathon will be used to build a school in a village.
Date: February 4, 2018
Reporting Time for Volunteers: 4 a.m
End Time: Before 9 a.m
Location: YWCA, Nandanam, Chennai | Map
Register below and invite your friends. Upon registering, you’ll receive an email confirmation within 2 days.
Volunteers will be given a volunteer t-shirt, a certificate and breakfast post the run. You will receive more information closer to the race day.

Volunteer for Art Festival organised by Nalandaway

Nalandaway is organizing an art-centric celebration from January 5 to February 23, 2018 for Children of the Perambur Girls School. The different expressions and forms of Art will be enjoyed with their Parents & the Community.

The month-long celebration that involves various workshops and art engagement activities will culminate on Feb 23, 2018 with an Art Exhibition and a Stage Performance by the students. The Art exhibition will take place in the morning of the Finale, celebrating the Art, Craft and Lifestyle that is native to Tamil Nadu. Students, with their learnings from the Paper Mache workshop to happen on the 18th and 19th of January, will make models and display them to resemble a typical Tamil Village.


Though the Exhibition process is supported with a Paper Mache workshop conducted by Prof. A. Z. Ranjit, we need volunteers with a background in arts, who can be part of the workshop and help the Children in putting the exhibition together. We are looking for people who can learn from the workshop and guide the children in making their models.


The Volunteers for this activity will be required to

  1. visit the school twice a week from 14:00 – 16:00 and guide the children in making their models support on February 21 and 22, 2018
  2. in setting up the exhibition scheduled on February 23, under the guidance of Prof. A. Z. Ranjit

Vettuvankeni beach clean-up

Bhumi invites you all to the Vettuvankeni Beach Clean-up jointly organised by Bay Watch Farm Plot Owners Association and Bhumi.
We all should have one common goal, ‘cleanliness’, which eventually leads us to a healthy environment. Ocean trash is a serious pollution problem that affects the health of people and marine lives. Trash on the shore can affect the local marine life like Turtles that usually hatch their eggs between December and March every year.
Do sign up below and join us at the Vettuvankeni Beach Cleanup this Sunday with your family and friends. All are welcome.
Date: January 21, 2018
Time: 6 a.m to 8.30 a.m
Location: Vettuvankeni Olive Beach, Pandian Salai, Off ECR | Map Link: bit.ly/Vettuvankeni-Beach
Our volunteering activities are strictly plastic-free; we use cloth gloves and props for clean-ups. Water for the volunteers is provided in steel glasses and utensils. Please carry cloth bags and avoid using plastics.