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St. Jude Home for Children with Cancer

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St. Jude is a home for children with cancer who are being treated medically and have prospects of recovery. During the several months of treatment, they live with their parents at the home. Volunteers and interns deal with the children and their parents; they teach the children on treatment-free days and support the center with administrative activities.
 
 

Project Details

 
St. Jude is a home for children with cancer on the campus of the Tata Memorial Hospital in Khargar, a suburb of Navi Mumbai.
 
The children in the hospital are between 0-15 years old and get different treatments for various cancers. The children are not in the final stages, but have recovery prospects and stay, usually together with a parent or both, in the house, during the treatment. The home does not take children in the final stages, as this negatively affects the morale of the other children. The children get holistic care (Counseling & Guidance, Nutrition, Secondary Treatment) at the home.
 
All children are from poor families from all over India. If cancer is diagnosed in children, the parents often forfeit the children in a panic, because they come from the uneducated rural strata and have no idea about the topic. You will receive counseling by the Director of the facility, as well as an introduction to the subject and about the life in the home and in the city. Many have never been in a big city like Mumbai.
 
The families pay nothing for accommodation and treatments, but only for drugs, which in the case of cancer patients, are expensive. These are paid by trusts that exist specifically for children with cancer; the families have to apply there for the cost of acquisition. The facility supports the families with the formalities and the communication with the Trust. Vegetables are cultivated by the families on the grounds of the hospital. More food is often donated. The families cook at the home in floor kitchens.
 
There are 3 floors with 12 rooms and a floor with 5 rooms, with a total capacity of 41 children with family. The decor is of very good standards, the families are taught hygiene and cleanliness. The building was sponsored by Indian companies and is new.
 
Volunteers and interns at St. Jude maintain the documentation/database with information on the treatments and all other details of the children, and spend time with the children and the families – e.g. gardening, music, dance, theater, English, cricket and other fun activities. On days when no treatments take place, the children also get informal education by volunteers. The children also publish a newspaper about their life and the stories from it are often used as guidelines for counseling in the field of social work. If they spend several months in the house and the children are sick, the parents are also often depressed and therefore, it is necessary that the parents are involved in the activities; the volunteers play sports and chess with them. In the beginning, both parents are usually present; but the fathers often return home to work.
 
The minimum duration for volunteers at St. Jude is 2 months, because it takes time to gain the trust of the children and families. Since the children may have a low immune systems, volunteers should not have infectious diseases (such as HIV , tuberculosis , etc.); this must be proven by a health certificate, presented as a police certificate. There will be a discussion on Skype with the Director of the Centre prior to your participation.
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General
Location: Navi Mumbai, India
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 2 Months
Maximum Duration: 12 Months
Language Requirements: English
Further Languages Of Advantage: Hindi, Marathi
Accommodation:
Shared Accommodation, Hotel
Internship
Supervision Possible: Yes
Qualification Of Supervisor: Educator, Social Worker
Minimum Qualification Of Intern:
None
Further Contribution To Project: None
Volunteering
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification For Volunteer: None
Further Contribution To Project: None
Expectations:
Professional Conduct, Do you have the "right" attitude?
 

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Accommodation

 

Accommodation in Navi Mumbai

 
In Navi Mumbai, you can choose between accommodation of different standards:
 
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Most popular! - This is the choice of most of our participants. You live in a shared flat with other participants and/or young Indians.

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Comfort+ - For those who need more comfort: Accommodation in a hotel

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Shared Accommodation

In Navi Mumbai, most of our participants live in apartments that they share with other participants or young Indians. The bedrooms are usually shared with 2-3 participants of the same sex. In Navi Mumbai, we use various accommodations, depending on the availability and your volunteering/internship location. Please understand that we can usually not tell you long in advance which accommodation you will be staying at. The reason is simply that our participants on site sometimes decide to stay longer and we need some flexibity to satisfy all accommodation needs. For all apartments please bring your own bed sheets and towels.
 
Apartment in Sanpada
 
 
 
The apartment is located on the 7th floor of a residential building in Sanpada (Navi Mumbai). Sanpada is a very central residential district of the Indian upper middle class. In just 10 walking minutes you can reach Vashi Train Station and the shopping centers "Inorbit Mall", "Centre One" and “Raghulela“. The "Vashi Plaza" with many shops is about 10 more walking minutes away. From Vashi station, you can take a train to other stations in Navi Mumbai and Mumbai.
 
In the immediate surroundings of the building there are several small shops with food and everyday supplies, small local restaurants, which also have a delivery service in the neighborhood, a pharmacy, a laundry service and a well-equipped gym.
 
The apartment has a passage bedroom with ceiling fan, another bedroom with ceiling fan and air conditioning, a kitchen, bathroom and a separate toilet. The bathroom has a shower with water heater and sink. The kitchen has a refrigerator, a cooking plate, a water cooker and a sink. 1-3 people can live in this apartment.
 
The building has 7 floors each with 2 apartments in 4 separate wings (in total 56 apartments), in the immediate vicinity there are other similar apartment buildings.
The building is guarded by security personnel and has an elevator in each wing.
 
Mahima Apartment
 
 
In cooperation with our partner Mahima International School that we also arrange internships and volunteer assignments with, we organize accommodation at an apartment of good standard in Koparkhairane. You would share the apartment with up to 5 Indian girls aged 8-15 years and other participants of our World Unite! programs. The girls are usually from socially disadvantaged families and receive free accommodation and schooling from Mahima. You can spend time with the Indian girls, but you don't have to! The apartment can accommodate 1-3 World Unite! participants in addition to the Indian girls.
 
There are two separate bedrooms for participants of our programs (one of which is a walkthrough room with access to the bathroom/toilet). Each room has a ceiling fan. There is a washing machine, a kitchen, a common room, and security personnel.
 
In the immediate neighborhood of the building there are several small shops with food and everyday supplies, small local restaurants etc. Also some larger shopping centers can be reached in just a few minutes by autorickshaw.
 
Apartment in Kalamboli
 
 
The apartment in Kalamboli is located on the 14th floor of a residential building and is equipped with modern facilities. There is a common room with a bed couch, which is also used as a walkthrough bedroom, a bathroom, a toilet and two other bedrooms. In this shared apartment, 1-5 participants can be accommodated simultaneously.
 
The apartment also has a kitchen and a balcony.
 
The building has security personnel and an elevator. In the immediate vicinity there are other similar apartment buildings.

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Hotel Accommodation:

 
Hotel Accommodation
 
We organize accommodation in a centrally located budget hotel in Vashi, which is affordable for longer stays. It offers modern single and double rooms, each with private bathroom and air conditioning. The hotel does not offer Wifi Internet though, but internet use is possible with smartphones or USB internet sticks.
 

Rate

 

I. World Unite! Service Package

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  up to 31 Days
32-60 Days
61-90 Days
91-120 Days
5 Months or longer
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1 Person
450 EUR 600 EUR 700 EUR 750 EUR 850 EUR
2-4 Persons
(Rate per Person)
400 EUR 500 EUR 600 EUR 650 EUR 700 EUR
 
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The World Unite! Service Package includes:

 
  • Individual Consultation and Preparation prior to your arrival
  • Access to the World Unite! Online Resource Centre which has Preparation Materials including Intercultural Preparation, compiled particularly for your destination (PDFs, Videos)
  • Preparation Session via Skype, together with further participants
  • Arrangements of the Documents you need for your Visa Application and assistance with local registration (if required) but not the official government fees for the visa (See costs below)
  • Pick-up and Transfers from/to Mumbai Airport (BOM) on arrival and departure
  • Personal support staff at your location and at our international office
  • Orientation and Introduction in Navi Mumbai
  • Accompanying you to your placement on your first day
  • 24 Hours emergency support by local support team
  • Local SIM Card with 600 Rs. airtime credit
  • Issuance of Confirmations/Certificates for your university, scholarship, insurance, etc. and filling out/signing Internship Contracts for your university
  • Donation of 50 USD (in domestic currency) to your placement organization (in case of charitable organizations)
 

The Rates do NOT include:

 
  • Accommodation and Meals (see below)
  • Travel to/from Mumbai (you book it on your own; we can assist you)
  • Official fees for Visa (see below)
  • Insurance (Travel Health Insurance, Liability Insurance, Travel Cancellation insurance; you book it on your own, we can assist you)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Vaccinations
  • Local Transport (Estimated amounts see below)
  • Please note that for supervised/mentored internships, some organizations charge further contributions. You find this information in the "Info Box" below the respective internship description.
 

II. Accommodation Costs

 
You can choose between the following options:
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All Rates in Indian Rupees!
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 Short-time Stay
(1-31 Days)
Long-time Stay
(32-365 Day)
(Only bookable for full months or half months)
Shared Apartment or Hotel   
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Apartment shared with other participants
1 Person
(Double/Twin Room)*
7500 Rs/2 Week
(min. 2 weeks)*
15,000 Rs/Month
2 Persons p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
7500 Rs/2 Week
(min. 2 weeks)
15,000 Rs/Month
Meals
(optional; Indian Meals)
per person Breakfast 35 Rs; Lunch 45 Rs; Dinner 55 Rs./Day Breakfast 35 Rs; Lunch 45 Rs; Dinner 55 Rs./Day
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Hotel incl. Breakfast
1 Person
(Single Room)
7000 Rs/Week
+ Tax (4%)
30.000 Rs/Month
+ Tax (4%)
2 Persons p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
4900 Rs/Week
+ Tax (4%)
21.000 Rs/Month
+ Tax (4%)
 
* Room is shared with another person of the same sex (World Unite! participant or Indian student/young professional). Electricity is not included in the rate and will be charged depending on usage. Rate for meals is subject to sudden change and not guaranteed. In case of 3-4 person: Same rate as in case of 2 Persons. 5 or more persons: Contact us for group rates. The bed has to be booked for a full month or half month.
 

Overview of other costs:

 
  • Visa around 60-130 EUR (75-160 USD) depending on activity and duration; to apply prior to your travel
  • If meals are not included: 40-100 EUR (50-130 USD)/Month (Estimate)
  • Small local expenses (Internet, Local Transport): ca. 20-40 EUR (30-50 USD)/Month (Estimate)
  • Insurances around 20-40 EUR (30-50 USD)/Month
 

How do I pay?

 
Once all your questions have been answered and you confirm that you want to participate, we will email you an invoice. You can pay it via bank transfer or via Paypal. You will pay a deposit of 200 EUR when the invoice is issued. One months prior to your arrival you will pay the remainder for your Service Package and for the first month of rent.
 
Rent from the 2nd month, possible further contributions to the NGO or for internship supervision (see info box of the respective project description), and costs for visa and possibly further official permits you pay directly at your destination (unless we inform you differently for certain placements). There are ATMs. 
 

Extras

 

Other Projects That Might Interest You:

 
 
These projects are suggestions for alternatives that may interest you or those that could be chosen as COMBINATIONS. The combination of projects in different organizations is often possible and usually cheaper than two individual bookings. Please contact us to know more! Check out our other listings in the areas of "World Learner" and "Active Travel" at your travel destination to make your stay even more interesting.
 

Travel Health Insurance

 
We recommend the following travel insurance that is meant specifically for participants of internships, volunteering, language study, working holiday, and courses abroad. It is available for travelers of all nationalities and usable for all countries, except your home country. You can also add a journey liability insurance.
 
Just click on the link, fill in the form and you will get a confirmation email.
 
 
 

Getting There

 

Getting To Navi Mumbai

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You book your flight to Mumbai (BOM). There, you will be picked up and taken to your accommodation in Navi Mumbai.
 

FAQs

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 
Are there fixed start dates for the project, which I must adhere to?
No, you can arrive at any date and you can hence, plan your trip according to your availability and the prices of flights. We can pick you up from Mumbai airport even at night.
Can I stay longer at my accommodation after my volunteering/internship or arrive earlier?
Yes, this is possible and we will give you our best rates. Just let us know when you arrive and leave and we will let you know the costs.
During my stay, can I travel around the country?
Of course, you can do this - most of our participants do so. However, when the travel destination is too far away, it may not be possible over a weekend; these, we would recommend you keep for before the projects begins or after the completion. You could even plan these out during holidays. Even with an internship visa, it is possible to travel around India.
When is the rainy season and can I travel to India during this time?
The monsoon begins in early June in Kerala, Mumbai, in mid-June and the Himalayan region, early to mid-July and ends in September. The Thar Desert in Rajasthan (location Setrawa), barely gets rain during the monsoon and Jodhpur is rather dry.
 
During the monsoon, it usually rains heavily for several hours every day. As a result, there are often floods in the streets of the cities, because the drains cannot absorb the amounts of water. An internship or volunteering is possible during the monsoon, and the only nuisance will probably be wet clothes and shoes, which are often difficult to dry because of the high humidity. You might want to carry a few extra shoes and a change of clothes with you (or buy them locally). You can even buy an umbrella or a raincoat locally. An advantage to traveling during the monsoon, is that the fares are cheaper and accommodation during the off season is cheaper.
Can I travel to India as a young woman alone? The media constantly reports of rape - how high is the risk?
For decades, India has been a safe country for women and now the impression, given by the media, is that the number of rapes has skyrocketed and India is unsafe for women. More cases are coming into light now, as women previously would not speak about rape, but are now empowered to do so. Compared to the number of cases in relation to the huge population of India (almost twice as many as the whole of Europe), even if projections of unreported cases are included, there is much less rape than in many other countries. There are 2 cases that happen per 100,000 inhabitants in India (in comparison: Central Europe: 8.1 cases; 14.7 cases in Latin America; 28.6 cases per 100,000 population in the US).
 
Of course you have to be careful as a woman, as far as the style of dressing and dealing with local men are concerned. In schools, boys and girls are often strictly separated and many young men have no experience in dealing with women who are not their own mother or sisters; your behavior, based on dealing with Western men, might be misinterpreted as “easy” or “loose” behaviour.
Will I be the only volunteer/intern in the project or in Mumbai?
The total number of participants that participate simultaneously with an organization depends on the size and activity of the organization and responsibilities of volunteers/interns. We try to avoid too many volunteers/interns in an organization at the same time. It may be that you are alone in your work site, but usually there are, throughout the year, other participants in Mumbai, who you can meet in your spare time, if you desire so.
What vaccinations do I need?
Our Info - PDF that you get as a participant, gives detailed information on health care. Also refer to Recommended Vaccinations
Where will I live?
In the tab "Accommodation", you see the housing options.
Does my accommodation have internet facilities?
In the shared accommodations, there is no wifi, but you access internet at a cafe or on your smartphone or using a mobile internet stick. The registration of the modem, however, is very complex and not possible in Mumbai, if you do not have a permanent residence. Our tutor will help you with the paperwork.
How can I do my laundry?
There are several laundromats in Navi Mumbai, where the clothes are washed by hand and neatly ironed. There is a price per garment (fixed price for trousers, tops, towels, underwear, etc.), and it will be best if you negotiate a good rate for the clothes, especially if you have regular amounts of laundry. We advise you to ask around for the best laundromat in your area.
Can I cook in the accommodation?
Yes, you can cook at your accommodations.
I am a vegetarian. Can I get vegetarian food?
Yes, India is a paradise for vegetarians. Almost all restaurants are clearly marked, whether they are vegetarian ("Veg") or not ("Non-Veg"), and there are separate menus. About 40% of Indians are vegetarians.
What language skills do I need?
You should be able to understand and make yourself understood in English.
 
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