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Mother Meera Ashram and its associated Vidyalaya (group of schools) and Saranalayam (sanctuary) is now well established and continues to grow and flourish. Mother Meera Ashram Vidyalaya is adjacent to the ashram and was inaugurated as an English-Medium school on June 7th 2010, in the presence of Mother Meera and many prominent leaders of the community. There is a thriving non-residential school, a small children’s home and a few rooms for volunteers who help in construction work and in the school.
Each year the school grows larger. When the school first opened, there were about 90 students. In 2014, the school has over 800 students on its main site in Madanapalle. There are classes from Baby class (3 year olds) to Standard 10 (15/16 year olds). There are also two Play Homes in the town, for children between the ages of 3 and 5. Consequently, we are particularly interested in volunteers who enjoy working with young children, but there are also opportunities for people who could help in our Primary section or with older children in the secondary school.
All sections of the school have well qualified local teachers who teach their subjects through the medium of English. The diversity of local religions, Hindu, Muslim and Christian, is reflect in the school population, both teachers and students. Mother Meera visits the school regularly and plays an active part in shaping developments in the school and in overseeing the numerous new construction works. There is always strong support from international volunteers who give up their time to help with the very varied work needed to support Mother Meera’s Ashram and Vidyalaya. If you would like to offer your service to this work, please contact, firstname.lastname@example.org
There is also a need for volunteers who can help with general maintenance work in the ashram, such as gardening, plumbing, building, cleaning, painting and decorating.
Volunteering at the School
Mother Meera Ashram Vidyalaya has a continuing need for volunteers who have a natural affinity for and ability with children. Volunteers, who speak English, are welcome, even if you are not a teacher. You could be supervising or teaching children, particularly Spoken English, Computer Education, Physical Education, Art, Music or Dance). You might support the work in the school office or help with general and domestic tasks.
There is also a need for volunteers who can help with general maintenance work in the ashram, such as cooking, cleaning, gardening, plumbing, building, painting and decorating.
Volunteers come at their own expense. Subsistence costs are low, but there are only a few rooms available in the ashram so accommodation cannot be promised in advance. Many volunteers who visit for only a few weeks stay in local hotels, which, although noisy, are relatively inexpensive.
You will work at:
- Kindergarten level, with children aged from 3 to about 4/5 (Baby Class and Lower Kindergarten), as helpers to take care of small children.
- Primary level, with children aged from 5 years old to 11 years old (Standards 1 to 6) as an English speaking accompanying adult.
- Secondary level, with older students, aged between 12 and 16 years. Experience of teaching would be helpful but is not essential. What is most important is your willingness and ability to dedicate yourself and your time.
- General support, in the office, or with general maintenance and domestic duties.
- Construction Work, helping with the varied building projects in the school and other local sites.
The Ashram and schools would like commitments for a minimum of a one-month period of time, longer if possible.
A Unique and Exciting Opportunity for Volunteers
If you have questions and / or want to apply, you can contact us by email.
Non-volunteer Indian teachers
The school is also interested in well qualified, Indian teachers who can teach their respective subjects in English. Indian teachers will receive full payment.