Volunteer for Education Survey | Chennai

Avanti Fellows is a pan India education based NGO working towards proving a platform for highly motivated student from the underprivileged section of the society to help in realizing their dream of scoring good marks and getting into colleges. We have been working in the education field for the past 4 years. Previously we have worked with XI and XII std students in Corporation schools. Currently we are in the process of conducting bridge curriculum for about 1800 students in IX std of Chennai Corporation School.
Work schedule – Four to Five hours in a day
Time – 9.30am – 3.30pm
General Description – We are currently conducting a mid- line survey for our IX std students. This will help us understand their existing grade level in 27 Chennai corporation Schools that are predominantly present in north Chennai zones. We need volunteers who can travel to schools and spend four to five hours a day in conducting survey. The surveyor needs to survey 30 students in a day.

Skills – Able to speak read and understand Tamil.
Qualifications – Any college students or graduates.

If you are interested to Volunteer please sign up at http://bit.ly/1okGYos

Turtle Walks – Animal Welfare | Chennai

Only one in in 4000 Olive Ridley turtles survive to adulthood, you can help save them!


Turtles comes to land only when there is no light or human habitat around. They lay around 100 eggs and close it with mud. Unfortunately,dogs and people in coastal area harm the eggs. So volunteers are needed to recover these eggs.

The recovered eggs are protected by several hatcheries working along the coast, after 48 days those eggs turn to hatchlings and swim their way back to ocean with help of star light. They learn the magnetic signature of their birth place during their journey from sand to sea. When these turtles become adults they will return back to the same coast using the magnetic signature they learnt to lay their eggs (Natal homing).

We take a walk seven kilometres from Neelangarai to Besant Nagar beach. We gather at Neelangarai beach at around 10.30 PM. There is a discussion about turtles and other environmental issues and the walk starts after that. The walk may go on until 4am or 5am depending on whether we find any nests, and how many we find.

To get to Neelangarai beach you have to take the turning off ECR next to Shanthi hospital. There is an arch over the road that says Kapaleeswarar Nagar. We suggest that You leave your vehicles (if any) at the Elliots beach, because when the walk ends you are likely to be tired it’s easier to get back home.

Polling Booth Accessibility Survey – Disability | Tamilnadu

In May 2016, over 5.38 crore people in Tamilnadu will be eligible to exercise their franchise to elect a government for the state. Over 70% of us are expected to turn out and vote easily. However, as per WHO, about 10 to 15% of our population have some form of disability. Most people with disabilities face barriers to cast their vote due to inaccessibility of the polling booths.

Join Bhumi, Disability Rights Alliance and other voluntary organizations in conducting polling booth audits to assist the election commission of India in making a survey of all polling booths in Tamilnadu for accessibility.

The audit can be done by anyone who can install an app in an android phone and will take only 10 minutes. You can begin by auditing your own neighborhood school which serves as a polling booth before taking up other areas based on your availability.

Sign up using the form below and we will invite you for a short introduction to the volunteering programme and the survey.

Date: March 5, 2016

Place: Vidyasagar, # 1, Ranjith Road, Kotturpuram, Chennai – 85. Phone:044 2235 4784

Time: 5-6 PM

Road Safety Awareness, footboard travel – Community | Thozhan | Chennai

On account of 67th Republic day, Thozhan has planned for a massive Public awareness campaign on Footboard travelling across Chennai city at 67 bus stops in Chennai.

Foot board travelling has been an important issue in chennai city and it is one of a major cause for road accidents which endangers the lives of many people. More than 60% of foot board travellers’ are students (College/School) and more importantly, 90% of accidental deaths due to foot boarding are between the ages of 16 to 24.

We are the youngest country in the world and the youngsters are the future of our country. But we are losing such precious lives in micro seconds due to our ignorance.
Step up 2 Stay up: a footboard travelling awareness campaign
Date: 29th Jan’16,  Friday
Time: 7 am to 8:45 am
Location: 67 Bus stops

Register to Volunteer now!

This event is one of the biggest public awareness program on Footboard travelling in India
500 Volunteers that includes 67 bus-stop leaders will be spreading the awareness on that day across 67 bus stops.

Road Safety -Time to act


Volunteer for Beach Cleanathon – Foreshore Estate, Chennai | Jan 17


The Chennai Floods have dumped a lot of garbage on the Chennai beaches, Join Bhumi in a Beach Cleanathon to restore our beaches to their natural beauty and prepare the beaches for the arrival of the Olive Ridley turtles.

The Beach Cleanup is a part of NDTV’s ‘Banega Swacch India’ 12 hour telethon anchored by Amitabh Bachchan to get more people to volunteer for ‘Swacch Bharat’ and will be covered live on NDTV

Date: Jan 17, Sunday
Place: Foreshore Estate Promenade
(From Light House to Foreshore Estate Bus Stand)
Time: 10 AM – 2PM (Pick your slot)

For group/corporate participations please email cleanathon@bhumi.org.in

Flood relief – Community | Bhumi | Chennai

To volunteer to support flood relief efforts in Chennai please sign up below AND to receive important Chennai Flood Relief related communication, register with the Volunteer Messaging system by sending an SMS

BHUMISMS to 92200-92200

Join us!


1. Bhumi’s main Flood relief page

2. For Information and updates follow www.relief.bhumi.org.in & the Chennai Rain Relief 2015 Facebook page

3. To donate online from India / or internationally – preferred donation option Letzchange
> with 80G tax benefits via Bhumi, India – donate with 0% charges
> donate via credit/debit card (INR, USD, SGD, GBP, AED) internationally or net-banking in India
> If you have any issues while donating or for donation confirmation, email support@letzchange.org

4. To donate online (internationally by USD) via PayPal
> with 501(c)3 tax benefits via Bhumi, USA – donate with 2-3% charges

5. To donate online – Other Options
> Give India – India/USA | 6.5% charges + 10-20% matching funds | 80G, 501(c)3 tax benefits via Give India, Give USA
> Ketto – India | 2-3% charges | 80G tax benefits
> Milaap – India/USA | 2-3% charges | 80G tax benefits
> Global Giving – USA | 15% charges | 501(c)3 tax benefits in USA
> Global Giving – UK | 15% charges | tax benefits in UK

6. To donate in-kind (drop only, no pickup) relief inside Chennai – Option now closed
> Bhumi Relief Centre, TPL House (Olympia), Cenotaph Road, Teynampet, Chennai 18

7. To donate in-kind relief from outside Chennai – Contact Goonj

8. To offer help or seek help / rescuesfill up this form

9. To Donate by Bank transfer from companies or for any other queries email here

National Campaign – Education | Pratham |


Due to the devastating Chennai Floods, the Bhumi team has decided to withdraw from this campaign and focus on Flood Relief now and the Right to Education (RTE) campaign later, please sign up for the RTE campaign here

Almost all children in India are enrolled in school. But ten years of data from ASER by Pratham (Annual Status of Education Report) show that there is a major learning crisis in India.The latest ASER figures show that less than 50 per cent of Std V children can read a Std. II level text fluently. Less than 30 per cent of Std V children can solve simple division problems. Other available data also points to the fact that there is high enrollment but low learning.

Everyone thinks that since children go to school, they must be learning. But learning is difficult to see. If the problem is not visible, it is difficult to accept it. But once you see the problem then the process of finding solutions can start. Hence this survey where ordinary people like you and me can assess and understand whether children are learning the basics. If children are not learning, there are tried and tested ways to address it quickly.

If we know there is a problem and we have a solution, then why wait? We can act now. Look at your own communities, understand how well children can read and do arithmetic, and then ensure that all children can do at least the basics.

Come join thousands of volunteers across India who want to make a difference. Together, let us improve the future of our children. Register below

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Due to the devastating Chennai Floods, the Bhumi team has decided to withdraw from this campaign and focus on Flood Relief now and the Right to Education (RTE) campaign later, please sign up for the RTE campaign below