Frequents Asked Questions from Volunteers
- What kinds of people volunteer?
People from every background who enjoy helping others
- Do I need to speak another language to volunteer?
You don’t need to speak Tamil or Hindi as native speakers will be there to help with translating. But English will be the common language spoken.
- Do I need any specific skills to volunteer abroad?
All skills are welcomed; especially in the areas of teaching, counselling, youth services, women studies and career development. But your desire to help is probably the greatest skill you can bring.
- When can I volunteer?
You can join us any time of year.
- How long can I volunteer? Is there a minimum amount of time?
You can volunteer from one week to one year or as long as you like
- How much will it cost to volunteer abroad?
We can work it out. There are ways to cater your volunteering thirst and your affordability.
- What is included in my program fee?
Accommodation and food. Based on the need and comfort ability we can work it out.
- Do I need a visa to travel to India?
Yes you do, but it is very easy to apply for a tourist visa; which is what you will need. Please do not apply for a volunteer visa is it takes longer and has a tendency of getting bogged down in red tape.
- Can I volunteer with children?
Of course, most of our programmes are to benefit the lives of children.
- Do I need police clearance to work with the children?
Yes you do. Please contact your local authority of this.
- Is there a volunteer age limit?
All ages are welcome. The minimum age for unaccompanied volunteers is 16 and those under age must be accompanied by guardian. No upper limit!
- How far in advance do I need to apply?
At least 3 months before
- Can I volunteer with friends/family?
By all means; many people enjoy sharing such worthwhile experiences with family members and friends. Remember it’s not only the time and experience you give to DCF but also the experience and memories they give back to you.
- How will I get from the airport/railroad station to the accommodations?
One of representatives will be happy to meet you upon your arrival. Please provide your travel details before arriving in Chennai.
- What will my accommodations be like?
You will get a 3 star hotel accommodation or any other facility that suits your need would be helped out.
- Will there be free time to travel?
India is a truly fascinating country and we would love for you to enjoy your experience with us when not volunteering. If you like we would be very happy to suggest some sites and excursions to make the most of your free time.
- Will I have access to the Internet, a telephone, or the post office during my stay in India?
Sure, definitely all the mentioned above are frequently available at any time.
- What should I remember to bring to India?
Please see the following list to help you plan:
- Usual toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, soap for example)
- If you’re taking medication, remember to bring enough to last throughout your stay
- Paracetamol or any headache remedy
- Antibacterial wipes or gel
- Rehydration sachets
- Diarrhoea medication (Imodium for example)
- Sun screen and hat (if desired)
- Insect repellent
- Malaria tablets
- Torches or flashlights
- Plastic bags to keep clothes clean and dry (especially your under garments and socks)
- Water bottle
- Biscuits and Cup-a-Soups (for snacks – it’s always nice to have something from home!)
- Travel wallet to keep your money
In dress, please be culturally sensitive with what you wear. For women, keep your shoulders covered (no strapless tops) and please no shorts; cotton trousers and skirts are actually more comfortable and will help keep pesky mosquitoes at bay. If going out at night, it might be a good idea to bring a shawl as in some areas; women are expected to cover their heads.
- Should I bring extra money with me?
It is always good have but we do have many ATMs to help you and so you can tell your banks before leaving to India so that you won’t have any trouble in taking money out)
- What is the area like where I’ll be living/volunteering?-
It is more like a moderate/lower middle class area and volunteering at slums would be interesting.
- What projects do you have and the ages of the children/young adults/women participating?
DCF -5EDUHEIGHTS a brand new 5 initiatives that revolves around education:
1. PROJECT VAZHIKATTI (The Path shower..!)– SYSTEMATIC AND ORGANIZED APPROACH FOR THE CAREER COUNSELING; PROVIDING CAREER PLACEMENT & IDENTIFYING JOB OPPORTUNITIES
2. PROJECT COMPUTER KILLADIES (The computer players!) – DEVELOPING THE BASIC KNOWLEDGE AND AWARENESS ON COMPUTERS FOR THE STUDENTS/NEEDY ONES
3. PROJECT KALANGHARAI VILLAKKU (The lighthouse…!)– SUPPORTING STUDENTS WHO ARE IN NEED OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THEIR EDUCATION
4. DCF MEE: “Making English Easy” – ENGLISH COMMUNICATION DEVELOPMENT – THE FLAGSHIP INITIATIVE OF DCF..!
5. Project EEE (EDUCATION, ENLIGHTMENT, EMPOWERMENT) – AWARENESS AMONG THE SLUMS AND VILLAGES..!
Visit our website for more details.
- Is there a structure to the day?
Yes we can plan
- Can you work on more than one project?
Yes you are most welcome.