SOUL

VOLUNTOURISM

What is Voluntourism?

It is a combination of volunteering and tourism, Voluntourism is a unique form of travel that allows you to contribute to sustainable development while exploring a new location and culture. Voluntourism is a similar experience to volunteer travel or a volunteer vacation. Many people find that doing volunteer work while travelling is a great way to get the best travelling experience.

Voluntourism Opportunities for You :

We offer Voluntourism opportunities to suit any interest, experience level, or age(abv 21yrs). We have different programs which runs in world largest Mangrove forest, Sundarban . Our programs run for 3 months, starts from November to February and volunteer can choose when they want to start and the duration they would like to stay for. Each of our volunteers are supported by trained staff.

If you would like to learn more about how you can participate in Voluntourism, call or email us to speak to a Program Consultant. We are happy to answer any questions you may have call - 9836253999.

info@teamsoul.org

Area of Voluntourism for you

• English Teaching to the School students (Kg to IX)
• Hindi Teaching to the School Students (Viii & IX)
• Women Hygiene ( Reserved for Women )
• Healthcare ( Reserved for Medical Practitioners)
• Storytelling
• Science and Solar Planet
• 7.Handicraft works
• Dance ( Indian classical)
• Drawing
• Spirituality & Mind
• Entrepreneurship
How does Voluntourism benefit the community?

There are a number of ways that Voluntourism can benefit local people:

When you contribute to a well-run and sustainable volunteer project, you are helping to implement long-term development. Use your skills, time, and energy to make a difference that will last long after you have returned home. By helping a local students improve their English/Hindi through a Teaching Project. When you help a struggling entrepreneur get their business off the ground at a Microfinance Project, you are helping support an entire family for years to come.
By participating in Voluntourism, you are contributing to the local economy. In their free time, most volunteers take advantage of the opportunity to go sightseeing, like going on play and island tours. We employ local staff . This provides jobs for local people and in most cases, employees have the opportunity to receive further training and education.Experience is an essential criteria to running programs that truly benefit the population.

Please take a moment to read through our history, values, financial profile, and our impact within the communities where we work.

VIDYASHRAM

"Vidyashram" is a united venture of Vivekananda Vidyamandir (Govt. Sponsored School) and SOUL. It’s a residential accommodation established in the village for Sabar kids so they could attend the village school. It provides them with the opportunity to focus on their education and physical development, as well as lets them avail computer services. Along with academic subjects, the children are exposed to sports, farming, performing arts and Indian mythology to allow them to grow up as well-rounded individuals.

About The Beneficiary Community:

+The Sabar community is considered to be one of the oldest Adivasi (tribal) populations in eastern India. Believed to be there since the epical time of Mahabharata, they now largely inhabit West Bengal and Jharkhand.

+The population of Sabar, as per 2001 Census, is 43,000.

It’s been recorded that the present day Sundarbans in West Bengal, shared with Bangladesh, has witnessed a slew of human settlement waves throughout the years. During the British period, Sir Daniel Hamilton initiated large scale settlements in the area by offering free land to new cultivators. This attracted people from tribal belts and the poor from the coastal regions of Medinipur who migrated in large number to the present day Sundarbans who took over the lands and started establishing themselves. However, Sabar people, the residents of that area, weren’t cultivators. They worked as bonded labor for large land lords or zamindars. Working in exchange for food and clothing, they didn’t have any separate shelters or houses so they had to construct their own one roomed little huts using Hetal trees’ leaves as a roof.

Later, when they did start working for daily wages, they were either given half the rate of normal wage or work free in lieu of food. Because of this they gradually changed into a forest dependent community, majorly collecting mud crabs or honey from the dense mangroves. Sabars always remained deprived of basic amenities and facilities due to their ignorance regarding the aids provided by the government. They failed to identify and make use of the facilities provided to them which ultimately led to their backwardness and exploitation by the richer.

Following the footsteps of their elders, the Sabar children grow up to become addicts of tobacco and liquor. They grow up in one roomed huts, without any proper ventilation, toilet or safe drinking water.

Even the mid-day meal system in the schools failed to attract the Sabar children who preferred to follow their elders and live a life of eternal poverty. Vidyashram is a venture to break this chain. Efforts have been put in to ensure that each child gets access to education, to skills that will help them grow up to be self sufficient individuals who can earn and support themselves and their families. 

OUR VIDYASHRAM LOCATION

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Inspired by Swami Vivekananda’s ideology, we, a group of young corporate professionals came together in 2015 to set up SOUL to work for the sustainable welfare of the planet especially which improves the lives of indigenous people specially children and women by making them financially independent , providing education and healthcare support and maintaining hygiene.

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