Tong-Len considers the holistic development of the child to be of paramount importance. Our education model is 5 dimensional and covers: Academic, Social, Emotional, Ethical and Physical Development.
The focus is on creating good human beings who can contribute to society and be responsible citizens of the global world. The ideals of non-violence, kindness and compassion for all are the ones we practice and teach. Our desire is to contribute towards the oneness of humanity and to make the world a better place for all.
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Accommodation is not included, but volunteer can find it anywhere in Lower or Upper Dharamshala. There are many guest houses or rooms for rent, so it is quite easy to find accommodation. We are happy to help you find accommodation or offer you guidance on this matter. Usually you can find a room, for approximately 200-300 rupees. If you are looking for a long term arrangement you can find a room for a minimum of 3000 rupees a month.
Tong-Len does not take any responsibility for volunteers food expenses. But lunch is served free of charge in the hostel for those helping in the Tong-Len school. There are also plenty of good value restaurants and cafes in the area.
If you are teaching in the tuition tents you will teach from 3 pm to 5 pm (Monday to Friday) and take additional time for planning and preparation etc. If you are working in the health section, you will most likely be required for 1-2 health clinics (from 8-12 in the morning) and 1-2 ‘Under 5′ clinics for child health, per week. In addition, your services may be needed for the preparation of health awareness programs.
Tong-Len does not charge any fee to volunteer with them, but volunteers must pay for their own accommodation, transportation, food, and any special supplies that they will use. Volunteers must cover all of their own living expenses. You also will be asked to pay a My Proext's administration fee when you are doing your application.
Field volunteers will be provided with stimulating practical experience in the following activities/areas:
EDUCATION IN THE SLUM CAMPS
Tong-Len has been very concerned to provide education and support for the children of the families that were evicted from their homes in Charan Khad in June 2016. In addition to taking more children into the hostel programme, Tong-Len has ensured that as many as possible have the opportunity of a school education and that support is also provided for the very young pre-school children. At the end of the school day, the children are collected from the various schools and taken to the center where staff supports the children with their homework and where they have an opportunity to discuss their school work before being transported back to their families.
In the larger of the slum camps, near Chetru, Tong-Len has constructed a simple corrugated structure as a base in which to provide support for the very young pre-school children. Here about 20 children are washed in a hygienic environment and receive care, a nutritious midday meal and opportunities for play and basic education. It is hoped to expand the number of children involved.
Some children have completed their school education and have the ability to go to college and university. When Tong-Len started the school sponsorship/hostel project in 2004, the goal was to provide primary education. However, the children did so well that they were able to continue their studies at a secondary level. The children’s horizons have changed. Instead of an ambition to polish shoes or sell knick-knacks by the road, they now want to train for professional careers, such as doctors, lawyers and engineers. Tong-Len wants to help them all achieve their full potential.
In addition to their academic development, the hostel students engage in a wide variety of activities concentrating on their individual development, including their leadership skills, their physical development, self-confidence, creativity and their awareness and promotion of ethical values. Tong-Len calls this its ‘holistic programme’.
The results of this programme are already evident in the way the students are regarded as being ‘all-rounders’. The students have instituted two projects to disseminate secular ethics, the one through interactive workshops in local schools and the other through the use of publicity materials including billboards and websites to reach out to the wider community.
Another dimension is the Health Program which has many running projects such as a low-cost laboratory, immunization program, nutrition program for malnourished children, family planning, pre and post natal care, awareness and general Health camps in all slums in and around Kangra, here we look forward to volunteers who have a background in Health\ medicine\nursing. Disease is rife in the slum camps. Respiratory conditions, malnutrition, vitamin deficiency disorders, and blood-borne diseases are widespread.
This service generates NO FEE for the My Proext's members. We are always looking for help with activities and services and many of them can be done remotely. If you have a particular skill that you can use to help TONG LEN, please don't hesitate to fill the micro-volunteers application form. We seek micro-volunteers for the following activities:
- REVIEWER: Review the text of the magazine and look for spelling/grammar mistakes.
- TRANSLATOR (ENGLISH TO SPANISH): Translate the contents of the magazine from English to Spanish.
- TRANSLATOR (ENGLISH TO PORTUGUESE): Translate the contents of the magazine from English to Portuguese.
- DESIGNER FOR COREL DRAW: Help with changes to be made in the magazine.
- OTHERS: Some other online activities you would like to support.