Name, College, Year
Kavya Kathpalia, 3rd semester, HNLU, Raipur
Name and address of organisation, team strength
Ssrishti, 108B/9 , First Floor, Kishangarh, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi -110010 Ph: 9391748115/9810203491, Email- [email protected]
Apart from me, there were ten more volunteers working in the same branch – of different age groups and professions, including two German students
Duration of Internship
You can intern for any duration. I did a four week internship.
How to apply
To intern, please contact them on email or phone. I came to know about the NGO through a family friend who had done an internship here while doing his Management course.
First day, first impressions
As this was my first internship experience with an NGO and my second internship all in all, considering I have just finished my first year at law school, I had no idea as to what an NGO internship would entail. This element of newness and uncertainty was both exciting and challenging .
My first internship was a district court internship at Srinagar and that too was a fabulous experience.
‘SSRISHTI’ is a Delhi based Non Governmental Organisation working for the underprivileged and the downtrodden, having four branches in Delhi NCR. The branch that I worked in is tucked inside Kishangarh, a known slum area of Delhi.
SSRISHTI just doesn’t cater to kids, it also caters to adults who belong to families coming from below the poverty line who are keen on learning and getting educated.
The first day I had an interview with the CEO who decided that I was to teach spoken and written English from classes 1st to 4th and to classes 10th, 11th and 12th and my working hours would be from 9 in the morning to 2.30 in the afternoon.
Every evening I would prepare an itinerary with much deliberation for the next day, formulating and deciding upon the topics I would teach the different classes as well as the techniques I would use while teaching these topics.
Since these children were slum kids and therefore from Hindi medium background, I would try and translate every concept for them in Hindi for their better understanding. I tried and gave as much as personalised attention as possible.
Since I was teaching them written and spoken English I emphasised mostly on strengthening their knowledge and aptitude for the basics . The main techniques that I used were mostly interactive in nature, for example, stories to explain phonetics and puzzles, jigsaws and exercises in pronouncing different words and the letters of the alphabet.
Over these four weeks my rapport with the principle, other teaching staff and the children grew. Everyday ,going to the school and spending seven hours of my day with these children was very satisfying and fulfilling though I would often come back home physically exhausted, but mentally charged up and refreshed.
Working in Ssrishti has by far been one of maximum learning for me. Teaching and interacting with these children has definitely given me a different perspective of my own self as well as that of the world around me. Putting in these hours of constructive work in the NGO has been both interesting and challenging.
The children there have a subtle way of touching our lives in so many ways and I feel that I have been transformed by this experience in a very subtle way. The difficulties that I had to face in terms of reaching the school tucked in narrow by-lanes where no vehicle could reach,teaching children in a modest classroom in the sweltering heat of Delhi, made this experience even more fulfilling .
One thing is for sure, that the experience will remain with me forever. Once inside the unassuming school and classroom it was like stepping into a different world. It was a joy to watch these children derive pleasure from small things and and this is something I certainly imbibed from these children.
These children definitely have the necessary spark and the desire to take their lives to the next level. Thankfully the parents too are aware of the importance of education and along with the NGO staff are making their own little efforts to make that possible.
The NGO had a tie up with certain Five star hotels who would provide free lunch to the students which we also shared with them.
I strongly recommend every student to take up at least one internship with a genuine NGO – it will change your perspective of life -permanently and forever.
How to reach
To reach- you can take a DTC bus or an auto . Auto charges Rs 50 from Vasant Kunj. The slum lanes are too narrow for a car to enter, but if you have a two-wheeler you can drive right upto the centre.
Since my parents had just shifted to Delhi, I had no issues pertaining to accommodation. For those from outside, best would be take PG at Vasnt Kunj which is about 15 mins drive from Kishangarh.
Sorry-no stipend. Infact you will have to spend money-on transportation and accommodation (if you do not belong to Delhi) and also face inconvenience in reaching the location -but the experience and the satisfaction that you get is worth all the effort.