1.3.1 What kind of volunteers do you need?
Aravind welcomes all kinds of volunteers, but we particularly need expertise in:
technical writing (both medical and information systems) to help document our methods and best practices,
information architecture and user interface design that will make our work accessible to other hospitals, NGOs, teaching facilities, and government agencies via the Internet,
social media for marketing and fundraising
1.3.2 How long is the average volunteer assignment?
The length of an assignment varies depending on the project -- we have volunteers who come for a month, and we have volunteers have worked with us for 30 years. It takes some time to get used to working with a new organization and (if you’re coming from outside Tamil Nadu) to living in a new environment. A month is usually the minimum we would recommend for the work to be meaningful for you and for Aravind. Some projects can be completed remotely via the Internet.
1.3.3 How do I volunteer?
Fill out the application form on line, and attach a copy of your CV. Don’t forget to tell us how you heard about Aravind. We will contact you when we have the right position.
1.3.4 What travel documents and vaccines do I need if I am volunteering in India?
It varies from country to country; please visit your local consul office or their website to make sure that you have the proper visas and other travel documents. If you are traveling from the US, once your volunteer position has been secured, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and they can advise you, too.
1.3.5 Does Aravind pay for travel and accommodation?
Aravind does not pay for travel, however, once you are here, you will stay in the Aravind guest house with other volunteers and visiting staff. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the guest house; the meals are typical south Indian cuisine. The New York office of Aravind Eye Foundation does not pay for travel or accommodation.
For more information on local customs, appropriate dress, and things to do and see in Madurai, please visit Vanakaam, which means “Welcome” in Tamil.