CSA constantly endeavors to bring about life-transforming and permanent change to ensure better and meaningful lives for underprivileged children. Our aim is to optimize rehabilitation outcomes and support holistic orphan care. A change as huge as this requires a concerted effort at grass root level. To achieve this, we provide various volunteering opportunities to individuals / groups of individuals who are interested in working with underprivileged children. In past, dedicated volunteering efforts have made our initiatives a true success.
We offer varied volunteering opportunities to suit many, depending on the amount of time that you wish to devote for a cause. If you feel strongly about a cause, passionate about our vision and want to bring about a change by contributing in your own way, this is an opportunity to make a difference. Volunteer Now! We are currently present in 4 states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Goa. Specifying your choice of location write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are many volunteering opportunities with CSA. Read what some of our past and present volunteers have to say about their experience as a volunteer.
Bhushan Chopade, Mitali Bhende & Omkar Athalekar – young, sprightly management trainees interned with CSA for three weeks as part of the NMIMS [Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies] ‘We Care 2014’ program in February 2014. It surely turned out to be a good experience for all of them. Read on to know what each of them had to share about their experience with CSA – “The internship was a great learning experience. It sensitized me to the issues plaguing children in children’s homes. It helped me realize that there are so many things that we take for granted which are a luxury to these children” – Bhushan Chopade
“One such opportunity was a field visit to an Orphanage at Panvel. This helped me understand the seriousness of the work done and the impact created. It made me more aware about the gravity of living conditions prevalent at children’s homes and the scope to bring about improvement” – Mitali Bhende
“The experience we had while working with CSA was really enriching, especially because we got to understand various aspects of the work carried out by CSA. The field visits gave us a first-hand experience about the significant difference that CSA makes to the lives of the children in the supported children’s homes and adoption agencies.” – Omkar Athalekar
“New Environment ….Sweet Experience!”
“What is the best part of working in a new environment? Meeting new people, different situations, having new experiences, yes – but mostly, it breaks our own preconceptions. The greater the hold of these preconceptions on us, the break is that much more painful; but the surprise that comes after is exponentially sweeter. When I first joined CSA (Catalysts for Social Action); I had no idea what to expect, having never worked in a NGO before. There had been voluntary activities that I had participated in during school, but these had been special drives undertaken usually for getting additional grades on the internal assessment. Volunteering with an organization had been a first. However, I put my trust in my desire to connect with the children and went ahead. And what a reward that was. The first day itself was a revelation to me. All the kids were so nice!! Very polite, very interesting, and extremely eager to learn (this goes for both the places I visited). As I went along with my teaching schedule, the experience started to unravel for me, and I loved every minute of it. Lot of learning experiences for me, not the least of which were the amazing new origami structures I got to explore (origami is awesome), plus understanding the children, their hopes and expectations, their learning methodologies, their expression. – Gautam Ashok (Marine Engineer & CSA Volunteer)
“True Restoration for Children of India!”
“I came to CSA with one hope. I simply wanted to understand the domestic adoption process in India and be able to communicate it to others. I’ve searched, asked, and dug in so many places, trying to figure out domestic adoption in India. I’ve only come up with contradictions, confusion and more questions. CSA in a sense was my last hope.
My expectations were blown out of the water by CSA’s extensive knowledge and wisdom concerning the adoption process. I spent an all too short two weeks learning from CSA and then collaborating to document the adoption process in a way that would free others to understand the process with ease.
While adoption is my passion, it’s not the only work that CSA does. CSA understands that many children in India will never be adopted – millions will call an institution their home. In order to bring hope and opportunity to these children, who otherwise would have little support, CSA partners with institutions to offer vocational training, health workshops and life skills to these kids, but they do this with concentrated effort. CSA comes alongside institutions to strengthen them by giving them training, resources and materials. CSA doesn’t step in and do all the work themselves. They want to help improve infrastructure – again keeping sustainability as their standard. I would highly recommend volunteering with CSA if you’re interested in true restoration and growth for the children of India who are in need. That being said – come knowing that CSA and these children have far more to offer you, than you’ll ever have to offer.” – Chelsea Elizabeth (Program Director – A Family for Every Orphan)
“These Children are Much Stronger!”
“Sometimes when people just don’t follow or listen to me, i feel lonely and think that there is no one in this world with whom I share my thoughts. But this feeling was shattered the day I visited the children’s home. I saw kids who requires parents help and shelter the most at this age, but they were just enjoying life and playing just like normal children growing up in families. Felt like they had a shield to protect themselves. In fact what I felt was, in many a case, they are much more stronger. They have already adjusted to the current scenario and are very happy.
I saw the happiness when we asked about their daily routine. All were explaining the same thing, but everyone was happy that they are getting a chance to speak to someone. We had snacks, played games, talked to them about computers, about IT industry; I saw many of them were very eager to know about these things. They are already aware of gadgets and mobiles.
The main issue which came to our mind was about their health problems. We asked the trustees about that and they said that there are doctors who frequently visit the home to check the status of the children. We also got to know many things from Bhushan (CSA staff) regarding their life and background and really we thank Bhushan for letting us know these things. We really had a wonderful time, not just enjoyment but also got to learn many things and understand which, I think was possible only because of this visit.” – Kiran Namoodiri (Accelya Kale employee from Mumbai)
“Being the Change!”
“We have worked with CSA for a month now and are sad to be leaving so soon. It has been a wonderful experience interacting with the children as well as learning and experiencing first hand what CSA is involved with. It felt great to be a part of a team that are helping to improve the lives of these children, and after meeting the children themselves it became clear how these efforts had a direct affect on their daily lives. Furthermore, everyone at CSA has been great and we have appreciated the diverse and interesting work schedule we have been given. Considering that this is our first time in India, the work we have done with CSA has made this trip an incredibly rewarding and unforgettable one. ” – Dan & Sarah (Volunteers from the UK)
“An environment to thrive in”
“There are times when all of life seems to be contained within a single moment. I visited a home for ‘destitute’ girls in Pune, which is one of the projects that CSA funds. It was an environment which could have been full of troubled souls, but instead it was a community of happy freedom, where girls re-enforced their own cleanliness and discipline, where issues and problems were openly discussed with the staff and the air was sweet with evident kindness and care. An environment that reminds us that those in the most difficult situations often demonstrate most graciously the power and joy of community. I was impressed with the CSA representative who was familiar with the staff and residents and keen to ensure they were supporting the home where required. Wish you were here!” – Jay Marathe (Individual Volunteer from Pune)
“The exposure I got working in CSA was tremendous. The work began as a part of compulsory one month internship I had to undergo but soon I was drawn in to the activities of CSA and I truly became part of it. I enjoyed every moment while at work. Through CSA I learned not only how to communicate with outside parties but also how to effectively get things done your way. I was given by Bharati ma’am, a great amount of liberty in undertaking many creative ideas. Overall I gained immense amount of confidence and also got a sense of the real and the practical world. The work with CSA sensitized me towards the orphan issues and helped me grew my commitment towards contributing for a social cause. I sincerely thank CSA, Bharati ma’am in particular for giving me such an enriching experience.” – Amit Potnis (Individual Volunteer from Mumbai)
“Waiting to go back”
“This being my first visit to an orphanage, I was initially very apprehensive of what the experience would be like. Infact I would always turn down opportunities to volunteer for these activities. I had envisioned it as being sad and emotional but I am glad that I was proven wrong. These girls were so sociable and open to us, it really helped make our task easy. I never for one moment realised that I was amongst orphaned kids. I would love to go back – maybe for Christmas!!! Infact I have to since my new friends have invited me to their home already!!!” – Emreen (Individual Volunteer from Mumbai)