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Mr. Shubhasis Pattnaik has taken over as Executive Director of Gram Vikas with effect from 1st May 2014.  
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“Our village is better than the town. We have 24*7 piped water supply to all families, without exception. Every family has their own toilet and bathing room as well. When we seek marriage alliances, our daughters ask us – ‘ would there ...
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Information for Volunteers

Facts About Orissa
Who Volunteers and Why?
What Will I Do?
Location and Travel
Accommodation and Food
Other Logistics
What Should I Bring?
What do I do Next?

 

 

Facts about Orissa
The state of Odisha is home for 36.7 million people, of which 88% are living in rural areas with a large tribal
population

• 47% of the population lives below the poverty line (BPL)

• Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) stands at 75 out of every 1000 live births

• Less than 7% of rural households have access to safe sanitation; less than 20% of the rural population has
access to protected water and no more than 1% to piped water supply

• 80% of the instances of morbidity and mortality cases in rural areas are caused by water-borne diseases

• Only 63% of the population is literate; among the female population, the literacy rate is just 50%

• Only 31% of women are employed

• More than 70% households have no electricity connection
(Sources: Census of India 2001 & Orissa Human Development Report 2004)

Gram Vikas is working to change this status quo in around 943 villages. Together with individuals and local communities, we are helping people to access basic rights and create their own development paths.

 

 

Who Volunteers and Why?
Gram Vikas hosts volunteers from all over the world, for a period ranging from two months to two years. Volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and have different reasons for wanting to volunteer with Gram Vikas. Some choose to volunteer before entering university to gain experience that may enrich their contribution to their desired degree program, while others choose to volunteer while in university to gain experience in the development sector before embarking on career. Academics travel to Gram Vikas to complete their research for PhDs or Masters degrees. Professionals volunteer with Gram Vikas to contribute specific technical skills such as engineering or construction. To read past experiences of volunteers, please click here

What Will I Do?
Location and Travel
Accommodation and Food
Other Logistics
What Should I Bring?
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What Will I Do?
For those who do not arrive with a specific technical skill or their own research project usually split their time between the Gram Vikas head office and various field projects. They are often involved with carrying out small research projects and assisting with documentation and data processing, an area where support is currently needed.

Who Volunteers and Why?
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Location and Travel
Gram Vikas head office is in Mohuda, about 10km from Berhampur, in the eastern state of Orissa. Berhampur has a train station, (spelled Brahmapur) and the nearest airport is in the state capital, Bhubaneswar, which is about a 3-4 hour train ride from Berhampur.

The Bhubaneswar airport is well connected with major cities such as Mumbai and Delhi. It is also possible to get direct trains from Mumbai, Delhi, and Kolkata to Berhampur. The length of time varies from about 1.5 to 3 days, depending on the train and the city you are traveling from.

To travel from the Berhampur train station to the Gram Vikas head office, you can hire an auto rickshaw for about Rs.150 or a taxi for about Rs. 250. Most of the drivers at the train station have heard of Gram Vikas and know where the head office is located. Alternatively, if you provide Gram Vikas with your train details, we can arrange for a vehicle to meet you at the station.

Who Volunteers and Why?
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Accommodation and Food
There is basic accommodation available on campus for volunteers, plus a mess/canteen where meals are served. The basic cost of food and accommodation is 6 Euros/Rs. 300 per day. There are also other facilities available, such as telephone, internet access and laundry, which have an extra charge.

Who Volunteers and Why?
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Other Logistics
Basic working hours at the Head Office are 9:00am – 6:00pm, Monday to Friday, and 9:00am to 4:00pm on Saturdays. Mondays to Saturdays there is a daily (free) bus leaving Gram Vikas after work to Berhampur and returning to campus later in the evening. Berhampur is a large town, where the vast majority of things you may need can be purchased, including clothing. ATMs are also available, with access to the international CIRRUS network, or for direct withdrawals using credit cards.

Who Volunteers and Why?
What Will I Do?
Location and Travel
Accommodation and Food
What Should I Bring?
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What Should I Bring?
In terms of clothing this depends on the season you visit, but generally loose fitting cotton clothing is ideal. Please remember, especially for females, legs and shoulders should be covered, especially when in the villages and towns.

The summer season is March to June, and is very hot, with temperatures reaching 40-450C. The winter season, November to February is much cooler and can get cold at night. Long sleeves and warmer clothing is advisable for this time. Some of the project areas are in mountainous areas, which during winter can get very cold at night and warmer clothing is a necessity.

The Monsoon season is from about July to October, and during this period, an umbrella is essential!

Another essential piece of equipment is a torch/flashlight. Head office and the project offices have electricity, although power cuts (of varying lengths) are common.

Anti-malaria medication is compulsory. In all of the work areas, the risk of malaria is HIGH. In evenings especially, long sleeves, long pants, and the use of mosquito repellants is highly recommended.

Who Volunteers and Why?
What Will I Do?
Location and Travel
Accommodation and Food
Other Logistics
What do I do Next?

 

 

What do I do Next?
If you are interested in volunteering at Gram Vikas, please email us at : gramvikas@gmail.com
or info@gramvikas.org