Volunteers

Volunteering Opportunities

Being a residential institute, there are a lot of opportunities for volunteers. We welcome and support our volunteers in any of the activities listed below:

Activity for volunteers

Preferred days

Preferred time

Possible locations

Literacy program for staff

Any day

4 p.m. to 7 p.m.(One-hour class)

Navkshitij, Marunji

Teach basic computer operations to the staff

Weekdays

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.(One-hour class)

Navkshitij, Marunji

Teach English writing/speaking

Weekdays

4 p.m. to 7 p.m.(One-hour class)

Navkshitij, Marunji

Conduct sports activities for special friends

Any day

44 p.m. to 7 p.m.(One-hour class)

Navkshitij, Marunji

Participate in treks

Only Saturdays

Full day

 

Conduct creative workshops

Weekdays

4 p.m. to 7 p.m.(One-hour class)

Navkshitij, Marunji

Conduct Personality Development workshops for staff

Weekdays

4 p.m. to 7 p.m.(One-hour class)

Navkshitij, Marunji

Organise stalls for showcasing the products made by the special friends

Weekdays

Full day

At your organization/company premises

 

Information for Volunteers

Navkshitij, launched in 2003, is an organization committed to the rehabilitation of Mentally Challenged Adults (MCF).  The premises at Marunji includes a residential facility with separate hostel units for men and women, and six workshop units.

There are 46 MCF residing at Navkshitij. There are nine Trustees, and 27 staff members to support them. Our Founder President is present at Navkshitij from 11.30 to 6 p.m. One Trustee resides at Navkshitij.

Location

Navkshitij is located off Hinjewadi, in Pune, Maharashtra, India. (Pune is about 175 kilometres from Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra and the commercial capital of India.)

Marunji is at a distance of 30 kilometres from Pune airport and 25 kilometers from Pune railway station.

Distance from other important locations in Pune city:

  • 12 kilometres from Aundh

  • 15 kilometres from Deccan Gymkhana

  • 20 kilometres from MG Road

  • 25 kilometres from Yeravada

  • 27 kilometres from Swargate

  • 30 kilometres from Hadapsar

Our Goal

  • To give a happy, dignified and enjoyable life to mentally challenged friends through achievement-oriented and fun-filled activities at Navkshitij, a home where the MCF will proud and happy to belong.

  • To set up a replicable model of an ideal rehabilitation home for mentally challenged adults, which is MCF-friendly, eco-friendly, and not demanding on the budget.

Our Premise

  • MCF have the right to a happy, dignified, fulfilling life.

  • MCF need a peer group as much as any normal person does.  In peer group, they do not feel challenged.

  • MCF can be rehabilitated back to society but not back to home.  

 

Expectations

  1. Report for briefing sessions.

  2. Be punctual.

  3. Dress decently. The dress code is semi-formal. (Salwars, jeans, sarees, track pants for women. Pant and shirt for men.) Volunteers cannot wear short pants or tight fitting clothes.

  4. Not use strong perfumes.

  5. Not laugh at or tease the MCF.

  6. Not laugh at or tease the staff members.

  7. Bring lunch, if coming to Marunji on a daily basis. (Not applicable to resident volunteers.)

  8. Arrange for own transport.

  9. No drinking, smoking, and chewing tobacco inside the premises and at any time outside, when working with Navkshitij.

  10. Not give eatables or gifts directly to the special friends or staff members. If you wish to give them something, obtain permission from the manager and hand over the same at the office.

  11. Avoid coming to Navkshitij if unwell (with infectious conditions).

  12. Not carry any organization material home.

  13. Obtain permission from Navkshitij authorities before taking any photographs or video shoots of the premises, the staff or the special friends.

  14. Maintain the workbook/tracker with details of work done at every visit. Submit the follow–up record to the Manager.

  15. Resident volunteers get Saturdays and Sundays off. If there is an event, trek or any programme, the volunteer it is mandatory for the volunteer to be present at the event/trek/programme.   

 

Gain

  • Training/Orientation

  • Certificate

  • Snacks at the end of an event/function

  • Invitation to dinner at the time of Party for volunteers and well-wishers

  • Opportunity for personal growth

  • Opportunity to enhance Profile/CV

  • Love and support from all at Navkshitij

  • Feeling of happiness and satisfaction (You would have helped 37 MCF enhance their confidence level and sense of achievement. This will give you a good feeling for many years to come.)

Core Areas

  1. Workshop Activities

  • Chocolate Making

  • Pottery Unit

  • Candle Making

  • Plastic Mould

  • Tie & Dye Products

  • Crafts section:  

  • Handmade paper bags, lanterns, earthenware lamps, ecofriendly jewellery

  1. Adventure Activities

     

  2. High Attitude Tracking

  3. Jungle Trekkings

  4. Seashore Trekking

  5. Monsoon Trekking
  6. Moonlight Walking
  7. Holidays outside the city/country

 

  1. Sports and Games

  2. Cricket

  3. Volleyball

  4. Handball

  5. Carom

  6. Chess

 

  1. Performing Arts

  • Dance

  • Drama

  • Music

 

  1. Competitions for MCF involving MCF from other centres

    • Hill climbing

    • Drama Competition

 

  1. Social Awareness/Interaction with Mainstream Society

 

  • Traffic Awareness Drive

  • Tree Plantation and Plastic Collection Drive

  • Street Plays

  • Visit to the theatre, restaurant, mall

  • Annual Day

Orientation

  • Fifteen minutes for specific events/functions

  • One hour for treks/outstation trips

  • One hour for resident volunteers

Support

  • Boarding and lodging for Resident Volunteers

Supervision

  • Founder President – For the first week

  • Manager – After the first week. (The volunteer will need to report to the Manager at the end of every day.)

Recognition

  • Certificate

  • Mention in our monthly newsletter

Constraints

  • Navkshitij premises is located in the interior, at a distance of 3.5 km from the main road.

  • TA, DA and vehicle for pick-up and drop will not be provided.

  • Volunteers from outside Pune/India can stay in the city, but they have to make their own arrangements for boarding and lodging. There will be no vehicle provided for pick up and drop.

  • Internet connectivity is erratic.

  • The nearest theatre is located 15 km away.

  • The nearest fast food joint (McDonalds) is located 3.5 km away.

Contact Details

Address: Next to Zilla Parishad School, Kasarsai Road, Marunji, Off Hinjewadi, Pune-411057. Maharashtra. INDIA.

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Contact Persons

  • Dr. Neelima Desai (Founder President) for disciplinary issues and issues with the staff

  • Mr. Balu Wayal (Manager) for Admin-related issues

  • Mr. Santosh Mundhe (Special Educator) for Workshop-related issues

  • Ms. Kanaka Cadambi (Trustee) for issues related to documentation

Phone numbers will be provided at the time of briefing.

Exit Policy

  • Certificate of Appreciation

  • Informal Send-off Party

  • Feedback from MCF and staff

Daily schedule for resident volunteers

Time

Activity

7.15 AM to 8.45 AM

Exercise session (Jogging, Gym)

8.45 AM to 9.30 AM

Help serve breakfast and have breakfast

9.30 AM to 10.30 AM

Get ready

10.30 AM to 1.00 PM

Assist in workshop activities and be with the special friends

1.00 PM to 2.00 PM

Help serve during lunch time and have lunch

2.00 PM to 4.00 PM

Assist in workshop activities and be with the special friends

4.00 PM to 5.00 PM

Assist during indoor or outdoor play time

5.00 PM to 6.00 PM

Help serve snacks and tea and have snacks and tea

6.00 PM to 7.00 PM

Accompany special  friends on their evening walk

7.00 PM to 8.00 PM

Time for oneself

8.00 PM to 9.00 PM

Help serve dinner and have dinner

 

Resident Volunteers from abroad will be given a detailed Volunteer Document, which will guide them on the forms to be filled and the procedures to be followed.