Internship Experience @ Bosco, Bangalore [NGO]: Eye Opening Experience

Name:

Anonymous.

Organisation:

BOSCO Yuvodaya, Gandhinagar, Bangalore.

Application process:

Received the internship through college but can be applied by contacting them directly, the details of which are available in the website.

Duration of Internship:

1st November to 30th November, 9.30 am – 5.30 pm, sometimes 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.

First Day Formalities, Infrastructure:

On the first day, we were explained about the organisation, the work done, the objectives of the organisation and child welfare and legal schemes in India sought to be implemented by the organisation. We were briefed about our work and role in the organisation.

The infrastructure, as in any NGO was a little unpleasant frankly but we slowly got adapted to it.

Main tasks:

Since the NGO dealt with children, our man task was to monitor the children, counsel them and make reports on counselling sessions.

We were also asked to tutor the children and survey government schools. We visited Anganwadis and slums to observe the conditions there where we witnessed a lot of social and hygiene issues.

Also, we had to assist the staff on a lot of statistical work which was a bit tough for some of us who were not well equipped with Excel.

Best things:

We witnessed a lot of issues like drug addiction, abuse etc. on a direct basis which gave us an eye opening experience on reality.

Work environment and people:

To be very honest, the work environment could have been better but I suppose that is the same in all NGO’s.

The people were very inconsiderate as they sometimes would not take our safety into consideration and ask us to come to unsafe areas alone in the middle of he internship.

The staff usually dumped the their work on us interns in which some of the work dumped was out of our field of knowledge.

Downside:

Unfortunately, there were a lot of bad things like how the safety of the interns were not really taken into full consideration.

The supervisor would take us into the deep lanes in an unsafe area where criminal activity was high and leave us in the lanes at 6.00 pm which was pretty unsafe.

Also, instead of giving us real experience, they used the interns to get their personal statistical work done.

We also found a lot of glitches in the way the organisation works and mistreats the children. Frankly, this is not an NGO I would suggest for internship especially to those who want to learn.

Stipend:

No stipend but you have to pay an internship fee of Rs.200 to them for interning there.

Editors note: We have also published another experience at Bosco NGO, Bangalore here.

 

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