In Jaipur, we offer a supervised psychology internship with Akasha, which is a special education school for children and adolescents with a wide range of mental and physical limitations and mental disorders.
Our psychologist and internship supervisor Anne-Marie Nielsen (MSc Mental Health Studies, BA Psychology) will perform remote internship supervision via Skype: Before you start the internship, you will receive an extensive list of relevant literature about related topics as well as tasks that you will perform during the internship. Then, once a week for 2 hours, Anne-Marie will connect with you via Skype and will discuss and provide feedback about your observations and learning progress.
Volunteer assignments in the areas of special education, occupational therapy and psychology are also possible in the special school.
What is your placement organisation doing?
Akasha is a special school for children and adolescents with a broad range of mental and physical disabilities as well psychological disorders. This includes for instance Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder and Eating Disorders. The school provides a safe and stimulating learning environment for children with special needs, supporting and empowering them to reach their highest potential. Students are supported and challenged according to their individual abilities, and the overall goal is to make them more self dependent.
Daily activities include morning prayers and physical exercise, speech therapy, basic education, arts and crafts, sewing and cooking. The typical daily programme usually runs from 8am to 1pm, with potential minor seasonal changes.
Akansha was founded in 1999 and started out with 10 students and 2 staff. Today the school supports 25 students and has 4 permanent staff. They do not charge students for attending and rely solely on donations from organisations and individuals to run the school. As the students at Akansha all come from low-income families, the school also provides transportation, clothing, stationary items and serves one meal per day for the children.
Outings are arranged every month, and the school enjoys celebrating festivals, birthdays and other special occasions.The staff strive to involve parents, families and the local community as much as possible in their activities.
How can you get involved?
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the school and the support offered, this placement is suitable for students doing an internship, as well as volunteers of a wide range of subjects, including special needs teaching, occupational therapy and psychology.
As an intern or volunteer you will assist local staff in the day-to-day running of the school; assist with activities and therapies that improve educational, social and life skills adapted to the individual children's needs. Staff also welcome new ideas and input from interns and volunteers.
Remote supervision for psychology students is offered by our team member Anne-Marie Nielsen (MSc Mental Health Studies, BA Psychology). As a psychology internship the placement is particularly relevant for students interested in gaining practical experience in the field of neurodevelopmental psychology and for those interested in pursuing a career working with special needs individuals. Anne-Marie will give you specific observational and practical tasks that are chosen depending on your level of education and experience. They will be planned in collaboration between the student, the psychology supervisor and Akansha staff.
Support from volunteers and interns is highly appreciated by the children and staff of Akansha school.
Location: Jaipur, India
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 1 week
Maximum Duration: 12 Months
Language Requirements: English
Shared apartment, host family
Supervision Possible: Yes
Qualification Of Supervisor: MSc Mental Health Studies, BA Psychology
Minimum Qualification Of Intern: None
Further Contribution To Project: None
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification For Volunteer: None
Further Contribution To Project: -
Expectations: Professional work, the "right" attitude
Accommodation in Jaipur
Shared serviced apartment in Jaipur
A maximum of 12 participants are sharing the apartment, staying at shared rooms (4-share), which are separated by gender. The apartment furthermore has 2 bathrooms with a hot and cold shower, a kitchen, a communal space with fridge and cable TV, a balcony, and a rooftop. There is free Wifi.
There are 2 rooms with air conditioning and one without. There is an extra charge for the rooms with air conditioning. Temperatures in Jaipur are high between March and October.
3 Indian meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are served at the house and are included in the rent. At least once per week an activity is offered to our participants in Jaipur at no extra cost, such as Indian dance, cooking lessons, Yoga, or Hindi lessons. The house manager Pooja (who on the pictures is wearing a yellow t-shirt) also stays at the apartment and is your contact person.
Host Family in Jaipur
I. World Unite! Service Package
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The World Unite! Service Package includes:
- Arrangement of your Internship
- 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 the next international airport on arrival and departure
- At least once per week cultural activity in Jaipur, e.g. Yoga, Hindi lesson, cooking lesson, Henna painting, Indian dance
- Personal support staff at our international office
- Accompanying you to your placement on your first day of internship
- 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
- For the CO2 compensation of your long-haul flights: 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 India (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
- 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
Accommodation at shared serviced apartment (2-share to 4-share dorm) on full board, incl. wifi OR with host family (twin or triple room) on full board: 75 EUR/week.
Supplement for rooms with air conditioning: EUR 12.50 per week.
Single room at a host family has a supplement of 35 EUR per week.
Single room at guest house on full board: 27 EUR per night.
Full board means 3 meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), Indian food.
Overview of other costs:
- Visa around 60-130 EUR (75-160 USD) depending on activity and duration; to apply prior to your travel
- 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.
Rajasthan - The Land of the Kings
Rajasthan is located in the North-West of India and means "Land of the Kings". More than 2500 years ago, tribes built cities, and kingdoms were formed, which existed until the British colonial time in the 19th century. The largest state of India, in terms of area, is determined by the landscapes of the Thar Desert and the Aravalli Range, which are rich in forts and palaces of the Rajput kings. Due to its natural beauty and cultural heritage, Rajasthan is today, one of India's most popular travel destinations. Jaipur is part of the so-called "Golden Triangle", consisting of the cities of Agra (Taj Mahal), Delhi and Jaipur, which is part of every round trip in northern India.
Jaipur is known as the "Pink City" due to the dominant color of its buildings. The 3 million-people city has numerous forts, palaces and temples. Jaipur is also known for its jewelry industry. More than 14,000 people produce jewelery made of metal, stone and rubber lacquer, typically at small backyard workshops, which are sold all over the world.
Jodhpur is called the "blue city" due to the colour of its houses. The city is overlooked by the mighty Meherangarh Fort. There is also a university in Jodhpur.
Setrawa is a village in the Thar desert, located around 100 km north of Jodhpur. A problem in Rajasthan is the scarcity of water. In the Thar desert, the only annual rains pour down in the form of heavy thunderstorms during the months of July to September, when temperatures normally go up to 50 degree Celsius. Traditionally, the water of these hot summer months are stored in ponds that are the shape of a half moon, called Johad. In the patriarchal society of the rural regions, women are denied access to education and social life.
Our Coordinator in Rajasthan
In Jaipur, Hasmik with her team will welcome you and provide support for you. In Jodphur and Setrawa our coordinator is Govind from Sambhali Trust.
Recreational Activities in Rajasthan
Jaipur and Jodhpur can count with a large number of forts, palaces, temples, historical and natural history museums, and gardens and parks that you can visit. At both cities you can also take part in yoga classes, cooking lessons, Indian dance session, and join other cultural activities.
It is of course also recommended to travel around other parts of Rajasthan.
Music Video with the girls of Sambhali Trust in Jodhpur
In this music video, shot on the streets of Jodhpur, the girls of Sambhali Trust (with whom we arrange volunteering) sing and play. It communicates very well the mood of the city of Jodhpur!
Video of Setrawa/Sambhali Trust
Karina and Kerry, volunteers from South Africa, speak about their experience in the school of Sambhali Trust in the desert village of Setrawa. They also tell about life in the village.
Getting To Jaipur, Jodhpur and Setrawa
Jaipur: Jaipur has a large international airport. It is best if you book your flight directly there. From Jaipur Airport (JAI) our local team will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation in Jaipur.
Jodhpur: You book a flight to Jodhpur (JDH) where you will be picked up from the airport by our local team and taken to your accommodation in Jodhpur.
Setrawa: You will book a flight to Jodhpur (JDH) where you will be picked up from the airport by our local team. You willI spend the first 1-2 days in Jodhpur, where you get an introduction and will then be driven to Setrawa.