Internship Experience @ Bhumi NGO, Chennai: Appreciated and Encouraged from Time to Time for Quality Work

Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Anonymous

Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

Bhumi, Chennai

Application Process with contact details

I applied to Bhumi by filling out their application form on the official website. I was contacted by the team within 4 weeks of application. I had to undergo an interview over the phone after which I was given the internship.

To apply, fill in and submit the form. Click HERE.

Duration of internship and timings

15th December – 15th January, 2016

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

The NGO mainly works for providing education for children. I was familiarized with their work a few days before the internship through the content they had sent me.

On the first day, I was contacted by Vaishnavi Srinivasan to whom I was directed to report to after completion of each of my tasks.

Vaishnavi (aka Baish) was very kind. She guided me through every task I was allotted with. She initially gave me a few test tasks, which after completion was analysed by her. She was very helpful throughout the internship.

Main tasks

The main task I was given was to prepare teaching content for the volunteers who would be teaching the children. I had to prepare the syllabus and question papers for grades 1-5. I also had to develop creative ideas to teach the children. These ideas had to have pictures showing how the teaching could be done along with the explanation. For instance, if I wanted to suggest a method of teaching numbers through cut out shapes and drawings, I would have to insert pictures of these and explain them in detail.

I also had the task of analyzing feedback forms of volunteers. There were up to 300 feedback forms from volunteers from Bhumi chapters in Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and several other cities. I was allotted the task of separating their forms on the basis of the cities and contacting all of the volunteers from each of those cities. I had to have conversations with them about their feedback and make observations on these which would later have to be formulated into an analysis.

These were the tasks that were allotted to me.

Work environment and people

Since my internship mostly involved work from home, I was only in contact with Baish from the Bhumi team and she was really nice to me and gave her feedback on all of my completed tasks without fail. Further, my task of contacting volunteers got me in touch with the views of so many people.

I also made several friends in the process.

Best things

There were three great things about this internship:

1. I had the opportunity to develop my skills in MS office and Excel spreadsheets which has proved to be very useful.

2. I was always given feedback for my work. I was appreciated and encouraged from time to time for quality work which happened to be great motivation for me.

3. I had the amazing opportunity to communicate with so many volunteers who had so many things to say.

Bad things

The only thing I regretted was being an intern and not a volunteer mainly because interns do no get to teach the children or communicate with them. These perks were available only to volunteers.

Stipend

No stipend

Biggest Lessons

I learnt that, for me true satisfaction arises when I know for certain that I’m a part of a good cause.

I also realized that there are so many children in need of education. These children are talented and can achieve great heights with the right mentors.

I admire all those volunteers I had the opportunity to communicate with. It made them so happy to talk about their classes. I could tell how passionate they were towards teaching these children and how much they loved them.

Any Other Thing

There are Bhumi chapters in many cities in India, not just Chennai. If you want to contribute to the society, I suggest that helping out in any NGO is the best way to do this. This was an amazing opportunity for me.

Overall Rating

8

Accommodation

Since I had opted to work under the content development department, I was allowed to work from home with visits to the center only if necessary.

However, There are several PGs in and around the locality.

Office Timings

The timings for the interns at the office was a minimum of five hours everyday. The timings were not strict. The basic idea was to work for five hours a day and five days a week.

Since I had worked from home, I had relaxed work timings. I was expected to work for the day till I had completed my tasks for that particular day. I had to record the timings and the work done in an internship tracker. This was requested to be followed for the purpose of providing an efficient certificate of completion at the end of the internship.

 

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