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Special Education in Navi Mumbai

Internship and Volunteering Possible
In Navi Mumbai, we can arrange internships and volunteer placements at two facilities for children with special needs, providing vocational training, therapy and education to persons with special needs as well as counseling and guidance to their families. At both facilities there are qualified staff to supervise your internship placement!

Swami Brahmanand Pratishthan - School & Vocational Training

Swami Brahmanand Pratishthan is an organization committed to education and integration of children with special needs into society. Since 1989, the organization operates a school for children with special needs in Belapur, a suburb of Navi Mumbai, in addition to other facilities.
At the school, there are 127 pupils and 41 young people who attend vocational training. Every student gets an educational plan, specifically designed to fit his or her special needs, aiming at the development of his or her personal strengths and abilities. Besides the schoolroom classes, there is occupational therapy, psychological counselling and support, IT training, activities related to arts, handcrafts, music and sports, amongst other leisure activities including students, teachers and parents.
44 employees, including 15 special education teachers, a handicraft teacher, an occupational therapist, a music teacher, an art teacher, a computer teacher and a speech therapist work at the school. In addition, there are regularly changing physical therapists; these are young professionals of Terna Medical College .
There is a morning and an afternoon cycle for teaching: From 7.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., the classes held are standards 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 and 10; 12.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. are standards 1, 2, 5 and 6. Two buses pick and drop the kids everyday.
Every Tuesday, one of the girls participates in an international swimming competition.
Once the students reach the age of 18, they change to the Vocational Centre where vocational skills are taught, with the aim to provide the students with an income and economic independence. The vocational training includes painting, making paper bags and jewelry, producing food items such as chocolate and spices, and handcrafts such as door mats, torans (Hindu decoration), wall carpets, products from linen such as bed-sheets, and seasonal products such as Diya Candles for the Diwali celebrations.
Volunteers and interns can participate in special education, occupational therapy and vocational training. The centres have qualified staff with MA degrees in Special Education and BA in Education. Any person who sees himself/herself able to contribute something meaningful to the described activities can volunteer, for instance offering leisure activities.

Education, Training & Service Centre for Persons with Disabilities (ETC)

ETC - Education, Training & Service Centre for Persons with Disabilities - provides therapy, intervention, vocational training and education to persons with disabilities of all ages.
ETC is located at a 5-storey building in Vashi, offering information, counseling, guidance and various therapy and intervention services for children with hearing disabilities, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, visual disabilities, slow learning, autism, Cerebral Palsy and multiple disabilities, in a barrier-free environment.
A focus is put on early childhood intervention programs starting from starting from year 0, as well as on children with disabilities, but generally the services of ETC are open to persons with disabilities from all age ranges.
At many facilities and programs for special needs in India, segregated education is still prevalent. ETC however tries to promote integrative and inclusive education options.
ETC’s main therapy services include: Auditory training, speech & language therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, art & music therapy, as well as psychology counseling & guidance (assessment, testing, vocational and career counseling etc.), and regular health checkups.
Since it is difficult for some parents to travel with a special needs child using the crowded public transport of Mumbai, ETC provides a door-to-door transportation service to its students. Furthermore, it offers home based training programs to those persons who cannot attend the programs at the ETC Center.
Parents of special needs children can get training, counseling and guidance at ETC in order to have a better understanding of the child’s needs.
For students above the age of 14, ETC offers vocational training services. Students are trained in various professional skills like screen printing, candle making, jewelry making, plant nursery, cooking, making gift items etc.
During summer and Diwali vacations, ETC offers Summer Assessments & Intervention Camps for children with disability who are on the waiting list for the ETC programs, where assessments and home exercise education programs are provided.
Internships and volunteer placements in special education, speech & language therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy are possible at ETC. There are qualified staff members of various subject areas to supervise your internship placement.
ETC Center is particularly looking for volunteers who can provide individual support to students during lessons and who can take full time care of one student. Any person who sees himself/herself able to contribute something meaningful to the described activities can volunteer.
Info Box
Location: Navi Mumbai, India
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 2 Weeks
Maximum Duration: 12 Months
Language Requirements: English
Further Languages Od Advantage: Hindi, Marathi
Shared Accommodation, Hotel
Supervision Possible: Yes
Qualification Of Supervisor: Special Education Teachers,  Educator
Minimum Qualification Of Intern:
Further Contribution To Project: None
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification Of Volunteer: None
Further a Contribution To Project: None
Professional Conduct, Do you have the "right" attitude?

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


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.


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.

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)
  • Costs for 10 seedlings of indigenous trees that we plant on the slopes of Kilimanjaro

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

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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   
Apartment shared with other participants
1 Person
(Double/Twin Room)*
8000 Rs/2 Week
(min. 2 weeks)*
16,000 Rs/Month
2 Persons p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
8000 Rs/2 Week
(min. 2 weeks)
16,000 Rs/Month
(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
Hotel incl. Breakfast
1 Person
(Single Room)
12,000 Rs/Week
+ Tax (4%)
50,000 Rs/Month
+ Tax (4%)
2 Persons p.p.
(Double/Twin Room)
6000 Rs/Week
+ Tax (4%)
25,000 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, credit card or via Paypal. You will pay a deposit of 200 EUR / 250 USD when the invoice is issued. One months prior to your arrival you will pay the remainder for your Service Package.
The payment modalities for rent and possible further costs (e.g. internship supervision fees, as stated in info box of the respective project description) depend on your host country and placement. We will inform you beforehand. In many cases these costs are paid on site, but for some countries and placements they need to be paid partially or fully in advance.

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.

Check out our video on Navi Mumbai!

Judith from Germany shows us in this video, the city of Navi Mumbai. She completed a two-month internship at the local newspaper "Vashi Times". In the video, you will also meet Sudipta, our coordinator and supervisor in Navi Mumbai.

Navi Mumbai - City of Contrasts

Mumbai (Bombay) is the economic centre of India and with 14-20 million people, one of the largest megacities in the world. The city is the centre of the finance industry, trade, economy and fashion in India. "Bollywood", by the amount of films produced annually, is the largest film industry in the world. Symbols of wealth can be found at many places in Mumbai; the real estate prices in certain parts of Mumbai are amongst the highest in the world. As Mumbai was bursting at its seams, the city was expanded in 1972 to the east of the Thane Creek estuary, to Navi Mumbai. Navi Mumbai is seamlessly growing in the north with (Old) Mumbai, and there are numerous bridges connecting the two across Thane Creek. In Navi Mumbai, there are many modern businesses, shopping malls and modern infrastructure. Meanwhile, Navi Mumbai has itself 1.5 million inhabitants, with its own attractive city center, Vashi.
The other side of the success story is extreme poverty. Every day, hundreds of job-seeking people from all parts of India move to Mumbai, and in many cases, they settle down in slum areas which spread on all pieces of available land. In 2001, 54.1% of Mumbai's population were slum dwellers. The population density in the slums is oppresive (up to 340,000 people per square kilometre). Under such circumstances, problems such as a lack of hygiene and diseases, environmental destruction, crime, alcoholism and prostitution are the consequence. In Mumbai, we offer volunteering options related to these problems at charitable organizations, and also internships at leading companies of the city.
For most foreigners, Mumbai is probably not a city where they would love stay for the rest of their life - too crowded, noisy, hot and dirty. For a limited period of time however, it is surely exciting to be in Mumbai to understand and learn about the social processes of an emerging country's mega-metropolis.
The main languages of Mumbai are Marathi, Gujurati, Urdu and Hindi. English is spoken as a common language between speakers of the various mother tongues and is considered by the majority as their second language.

Our Coordinator in Mumbai

Our coordinator in Mumbai is Sudipta.

Recreational Activities in Mumbai

Mumbai is a city with a rich array of museums, events, attractions and shopping. You can also participate in various courses and activities such as dance, language training, yoga and sports.
If one moves out of the city, there are some interesting opportunities for rural tourism on the coast and inland. Check out our offers in Community Tourism in Maharashtra! Another great holiday destination is Goa.

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.

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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