Since 2004 Dayspring home has been offering a place to live for orphaned children from the region. Here they get nutritious meals, a safe place to live and the means to receive education. For many years we have been welcoming volunteers to our home to help out.
We provide our volunteers with simple food and accommodation, in exchange for work on a project that they fund and manage. Projects may be chosen according to length of stay and individual interests. Our staff will guide project implementation, but we are looking for volunteers who can take initiative. Please see the project options below.
Part of Dayspring is our organic farm. This farm is run by our Dayspring team and the children. We welcome anyone who wants to come and help out making our farm even more sustainable.
Work directly with the farmer by planting, nurturing, or harvesting (depending on the season) and assist with the livestock. There is always a need for general maintenance to be done on the farm. Read more about the farm here.
PROJECTS YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN!
General maintenance, cleaning the indoor facilities, kitchen, community areas and outside work such as gardening, maintaining the rubbish and recycling program, beautifying the grounds in whatever way is needed at the time of your visit.
Help on the farm and with the livestock. Beautifying the farm, repairing walls, fences and roofs of the chicken coops.
Help the children with their assigned English homework and/or computer classes, teaching basic computer learning such as word, excel, internet safety and ethics. Facilitating fun activities such as reading circles, games, art projects and dance parties.
Does this interest you?
BRING A GIFT!
Coming to Dayspring as a guest, volunteer or intern? Here are some item suggestions you are welcome to bring with you.
Colouring books and colouring materials (pens, watercolors, colour pencils)
Toiletries and hygienic items
Indian children clothing for girls, western clothing for males
Children daily vitamins
Maintenance supplies (cleaning supplies, light balls, batteries etc.)
Cash for co-payments for the doctor’s visits
Gardening and Farming equipment
Non-perishable healthy food
English or Tamil children picture books
English or Tamil chapter books for teenage and young adults
"We stayed and volunteered at Dayspring for 2 weeks before the COVID pandemic. We really liked the place, the children were really kind, and sharing in their daily life was such a great opportunity for us. As a volunteer you can do almost anything you want to help the children: for example, Pierre did construction work and I used to cook with the children, and we made a video to promote Dayspring for a fundraiser. We were also hoping to organise an Olympic Games, but unfortunately had to leave India because of COVID-19.
If you are looking for a place to be really helpful in India, and share a moment with young local people, this place is for you! "
— Elea & Pierre, France | March 2020