Frequently Asked Questions
Volunteer Application Process
The East West Overseas Aid Foundation (TEWOAF) and its partner organisation The East West Foundation of India (TEWFI) offers opportunities for volunteers to participate in various programs in Tamil Nadu, India.
The Uluru children’s home and Uluru health care centre are situated in a small rural town in Tamil Nadu, approximately 2 hours by bus from the states capital city, Chennai.
All volunteers must be 20 years old or above and be able to commit to a minimum placement length of 2 months. There are 2 basic programs that volunteers can participate in depending on their qualifications, skills and interests. These include the Rural Health Program (REP) and the Community Education Program (CEP). Volunteers will be provided with dormitory accommodation and 3 vegetarian meals a day at the Uluru Children’s home.
Volunteers will be working under the guidance of TEWFI staff members. However, TEWOAF does not have an in country volunteer coordinator. Volunteer placements are self-directed and volunteers are often required to work independently. Indian staff will provide support and assistance where possible, however, language barriers and time constraints restrict the possibility of in-country supervision. The TEWOAF volunteer committee will be in close contact with all volunteers and will provide assistance and support where necessary and possible.
TEWOAF is a small, primarily volunteer driven organisation. We do not have the resources available to provide 24-hour support and guidance to volunteers. If you would prefer to participate in a more structured volunteer program with in-country coordinators and support staff we suggest you consider the following organisations:
Student Partnerships Worldwide (SPW)
Australian Volunteers International (AVI)
Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD)
Volunteering for International Development from Australia (VIDA)
World Youth International
Youth Challenge Australia
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