IJFD, Germany (Internationaler Jugendfreiwilligendienst - International Youth Voluntary Service)

Significant contributions were made by three student volunteers from IJFD.  

Philip Loske came from Germany to volunteer for Jatan in 2010, to spend a gap year in a social service abroad, before enrolling in University. During his one year here, he focused on maintaining the Jatan website and worked for the “Apna Jatan Centre” in additional to number of tasks. In the words of Dr Kaialsh Brijwasi, ”He became a real Indian”. After his return to Germany, he went on to fundraising for Jatan .

Katja Linnemann and  Konstantin Kaufman – worked for one year 2012 – 2013 and significantly shaped some of Jatan’s projects including the Uger project.

FSD – Foundation for Sustainable Development – USA

The FSD Internship Program connects students and professionals with community-based organizations. Through this program, participants gained first hand exposure to grassroots development projects at  Jatan, while contributing time, energy and fresh ideas . Significant contributions have been made by FSD volunteers over these past few years, some of these students have included Mahal Woldetsadik, Meghan Flynnperrault and 7 students from North Western University. The work they initiated with the Uger Project continues with Jatan today.

Jatn Sansthan and FSD have signed an MOU – whereby Jatan is the nodal agency for placing FSD interns in Udaipur area. Many students have been placed at different NGOs since.

Srishti School of Art Design and Technology

Interaction design is a discipline of design where the focus is to shape the digital material for people’s use. Digital material includes not only the web and mobile technologies, but also sensor based infrastructural and platform technologies. Students of Interaction Design need to understand and explore the possibilities of how they can shape the future. 

Jatan jointly facilitates workshops with Srishti to sensitize design students to different audiences by introducing them to rural communities so that ‘gadgets of the future’ could have real life contexts. Adolescents from Jatans work area are teamed with Srishti students at residential workshops where they learn from each other and work with each other to design systems and products. The journey is designed across the multiple locations of work, including learning aspects to care, health, education and grassroots enterprise using a mix of observational and participatory design methods. Two workshops have been conducted so far where more than 80 young people have benefitted.  One workshop focused on “Udaipur as a smart city” and the other on “Changes during Adolescence”.

Students learn to stitch the Uger Pad
International Citizen Service (ICS) – Pravah (Delhi)

This is a UK Government funded programme providing volunteer placements to 18-25 year olds Placements are 10-12 weeks in length.  UK volunteers work side-by-side with Indian volunteers in Jatan’s  Relmagra area, staying with host families in the local community. Jatan has hosted young people since July 2016. Many projects have been initiated by the volunteers. 

Formation of youth clubs in the communities of Relmagra has been a significant intervention.  Some of the youth from these clubs are now a part of Jatan’s team are working for their community as youth facilitators.  Volunteers have inspired many local women to come forward, share their stories at meetings and get involved in different community work. 

Career Counseling for community youth is another effort made. General introduction to the topic of careers and sharing ideas for different career paths have been facilitated to include information on various training programmes. Formation of the Kisan Club (Farmers Club) at Bamniya Kalan was another achievement vermi- composting technology, solar technology and waste management  – were some of the other aspects that have been promoted by the volunteers.

Volunteers have worked with local communities to fund raise, make petitions affording communities with a new sense of empowerment and giving leading to positive change .

Students with community members
Operation Groundswell, Canada

Jatan has hosted 4 groups of volunteers from Operation Groudndswell, since 2015. Volunteers immerse themselves in Jatan’s field areas.  This broadens the volunteer’s understanding of the complex realities in India as they examine some of the religious, cultural, historical and gender contexts that define the vast landscape of the country. Volunteers get involved in community work to understand local challenges before looking for solutions. 

Some of the projects they have done are cleaning campaign, various workshops on youth capacity building, menstruation health awareness, women empowerment, working with Anganwadi team.

Volunteers with Anganwadi kids at Amarpura
Inspiring Youth Citizenship, Pravah, Delhi – SMILE internship

This is a UK Government funded programme providing volunteer placements to 18-25 year olds Placements are 10-12 weeks in length.  UK volunteers work side-by-side with Indian volunteers in Jatan’s  Relmagra area, staying with host families in the local community. Jatan has hosted young people since July 2016. Many projects have been initiated by the volunteers. 

Formation of youth clubs in the communities of Relmagra has been a significant intervention.  Some of the youth from these clubs are now a part of Jatan’s team are working for their community as youth facilitators.  Volunteers have inspired many local women to come forward, share their stories at meetings and get involved in different community work. 

Career Counseling for community youth is another effort made. General introduction to the topic of careers and sharing ideas for different career paths have been facilitated to include information on various training programmes. Formation of the Kisan Club (Farmers Club) at Bamniya Kalan was another achievement vermi- composting technology, solar technology and waste management  – were some of the other aspects that have been promoted by the volunteers.

Volunteers have worked with local communities to fund raise, make petitions affording communities with a new sense of empowerment and giving leading to positive change .

IIM – Udaipur

We have been hosting batches of IIM interns every year,under two programmes,  “Rural Immersion” and “Summer School”.   As a part of their research work for management students, students select a community  and deign a research component.

The Rural Immersion component provides an opportunity for the students to get a deeper understanding of infrastructure and conditions prevailing in rural areas and the lives of people living there.  The Summer School, under the Duke-IIM-U Summer Program has similar components.

SPJIMR DOCC, Mumbai

Since 2016, Jatan has hosted 10 interns from SPJIMR, DOCC, Mumbai. They are also management students and working professionals, who worked with us  for 2 weeks as a part of their field work.  Some of the projects they have helped us with – Streamlining Development of Khushi Project, Strengthening Hunar Ghar, Strengthening the Anganwadi Centres,  Streamlining Development of Child Line team and Creating monitoring formats for field team of Jatan. 

Students from Educational Institutions

We have hosted individual students of design from Pearl Academy – Delhi, Srishti School of Art Design and Technology- Bengaluru, National Institute of Design – Ahmedabad and  Symbiosis Centre for Media and Communication, Pune

Others interns have been from

  • DA-IICT, Gandhinagar, Gujarat

  • Stella Maris College, Chennai

  • Abhikram Consultancy Services, Udaipur

  • Piramal and Kaivalya Education Foundation,Gandhi Fellows, Udaipur

  • IRMA, Anand, Gujarat

  • Libera University of Language & Communication, Milano, Italy

  • Our Own English High School, Shariah, UAE

  • Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala, Punjab

  • IDC, IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai

  • VIT University, Vellore

  • IIT, Delhi