Name of the organization. City
Advitya is a non profit organization, working to provide vocational training to disabled adults through creative work. It is headquartered at Mumbai.
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Duration of the internship. No. of days/week. Timings
November 11, 2013-November 18, 2013 (one week). I interned for a period of 7 days, 5 days a week. The timings were 10 am to 5 pm on weekdays, and the weekends were off.
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How big was the office? Team strength?
Advitya works in a small 2 BHK flat at Santacruz (W), Mumbai. The team comprises the founder manager, Ms. Anjali Shah and 4 teachers. There are various volunteers who often visit the students to spend time with them and cheer them up.
Application procedure. Internship contact details
The internship procedure is very relaxed. One can contact on the number provided on their website and enquire about an internship experience.
There are no hard and fast rules about the duration of the internship. One can choose the duration as per his/her convenience. At the end of the internship, the intern will receive a certificate for the number of hours devoted to Advitya.
Accommodation: how, where, how was it?
Being a Mumbaiite, I stayed at home during my internship, and travelled to Santacruz everyday by bus. Being used to Mumbai’s traffic and travelling, I did not face any problem. One can also take a rickshaw or a train, alternatively.
First impression. First day, formalities etc.
The 1st impression of Advitya that I got was that it was a very genuine, happy place with happy people. My 1st day involved meeting all the students, and getting to know them.
Main tasks (in detail)
My main tasks included being with the students, building a rapport with them, keeping them occupied and happy. I was asked to play with students, work with the students, and keeping them busy. Their happiness was essential. I was expected to take initiative and introduce games and activities.
Work environment, people
The work environment at Advitya is very fun-filled and cheerful. Work becomes fun because the intern is required to be with the students like a friend.
All the senior teachers and volunteers were very friendly and welcoming. Everybody explained to me my work very nicely and made sure I felt at home.
Best things? (Nothing is all bad)
1. One of the best things about Advitya were the students. They were so welcoming and loving towards each individual who came to visit them.
2. The atmosphere at Advitya was a very cheerful and happy one. It didn’t feel like an office atmosphere. The students were happy to come in every morning, and that made me look forward to the day.
3. Advitya has a very chilled out way of working. The easy internship procedure and work atmosphere were a great part of the experience.
Bad things? (Nothing is all good)
The casual atmosphere also led to the teachers repeating activities on some days, which led to monotony.
What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues
To relax a little, I played with the students. Playing with them was like having a childhood all over again.
Advitya is a non-profit organization, and hence does not give a stipend to its volunteers and interns. Instead, it gives a certificate of community service to them, for the number of hours devoted by them. This helps, if you wish to apply for any college abroad, as they require students to do some community service.
Anything else you’d like to tell; Biggest lessons
Interning at Advitya taught me to be happy. Seeing the students get happy in the smallest of things made me realize the need to learn to be happy with simple things in life.
It also taught me that these so-called disabled adults were actually very creative and imaginative. It taught me simplicity and patience.
My internship experience at Advitya was a very fulfilling and playful one.