See. Think. Learn. Act.
Like this the world will change.
VSO and Mittika proudly announce the launch of a challenging opportunity ‘Youth Citizen Service’ for 18 to 25 year old Indians to undertake a journey of personal exploration through work that changes communities for the better.
24 volunteers will get a chance to join this residential, all expenses-paid, 6 weeks group volunteering program.
Apply Now! Applications close 4th February 2015.
Program details below.
Youth Citizen Service (YCS)
Youth Citizen Service (YCS) is a full time, six weeks long action learning programme for young people.
As a part of YCS, young people in the age group of 18-25 volunteer with an NGO in India.
In this engagement, they discover themselves, learn interpersonal, leadership and other skills and gain valuable experience in the development sector.
They learn to join the dots between diverse issues of poverty and get a chance to contribute towards addressing specific issues in a specific community.
The programme supports the travel, accommodation, food, medical insurance and training costs of the volunteers. A stipend is also paid to them.
Key features of YCS
The programme has the following features.
Trainings – The volunteers go through four days pre-departure training, two days community orientation training, one day mid-project review and three days debrief/return volunteer workshop.
Host communities – Groups of volunteers live and work in a rural/urban Indian community that is new to all of them.
Counterpart pairs – Each volunteer has one counterpart with whom s/he works most closely and shares accommodation.
Host homes – Each pair of volunteers stays with a family in the host community.
Work placements – Work placements are structured such that the volunteers are able to learn about a specific issue and have maximum take away about the community and its issues and at the same time make a positive and practical contribution to community initiatives.
Active Citizenship Days (ACDs) – Usually held once a week, ACDs provide the volunteers with an opportunity to come together and engage in active learning about community development issues affecting India as a country. Each week, different counterpart pairs run the sessions.
Community Action Day – Volunteers organise an event that would involve interaction/awareness generation or action project involving the community/organisation.
Who can join?
Aged 18 to 25 years
With knowledge of spoken Hindi and English and
Ability to devote full time to YCS from February 25, 2015 to April 15, 2015.
How to apply?
There are many ways described below. Choose the one that is most appealing to you.
1. Shoot a video of yourself (up to 90 seconds long) telling us the following about yourself, and send it to us:
Name, age, place of residence
Work experience (paid/voluntary)
Why are you applying for the program?
Why do you think you should be selected for the program?
How did you hear about YCS?
Send the video to: 0 70428 20531 by whatsapp or to [email protected] by email
2. Fill the form online (http://goo.gl/forms/0usT6iGhoH)
3. Download, fill and send back the application form:
By post to: VSO India, E – 4, Clarion Collection,
The Qutab Hotel, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg, New Delhi – 110016.
Or by email to: [email protected]
Few important points
The last date for receiving completed application forms is Wednesday, February 4, 2015. There will be no extension of dates.
Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed first on telephone and then will be called for a final assessment day on either February 11, 2015 in Delhi; or February 9 in Kolkata ot Bengaluru.
The programme can only include up to 24 volunteers.
Two placements will take place simultaneously in Rajasthan and Delhi.
To know more:
Drop a mail to w[email protected]
Call us at 0 70428 20531