Create and facilitate vital educational programs for children living in the slums of Mumbai with JDC partner Gabriel Project Mumbai (GPM).
Within the vast Asia region, India is home to one of the oldest centers of Jewish life still thriving today. JDC's challenge is to ensure that the small, often widely dispersed Jewish communities in these countries can care for their neediest and remain culturally vibrant and self-sustaining. JDC has been active in India for over 50 years, providing welfare services for the neediest Jews in the community and helping to develop a vibrant Jewish life in Mumbai through programs at the Evelyn Peters Jewish Community Center.
In 2012, JDC established a partnership with the NGO Gabriel Project Mumbai (GPM) to connect the local Indian Jewish community to the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam and empower them to take responsibility for the world around them. GPM cares for thousands of vulnerable children in India; its mission is to help break the cycle of poverty and hunger in the slums of Mumbai through education, hygiene, nutrition and medical programs. As an initiative of the Indian Jewish youth group, the Jewish Youth Pioneers (JYP), several young Indian Jews are selected to be GPM interns.
JDC Entwine also partners with GPM each year to send young Jews from around the world to volunteer in the slums as joint JDC-GPM Multi-Week JSC Fellows. JDC-GPM Fellows create innovative literacy and informal education programs by teaching in English and interacting with the children. They also help by cooking, packaging and delivering daily warm meals for children, creating an incentive for parents to send their children to school rather than to work in the streets. JDC-GPM Fellows are simultaneously immersed in Mumbai's vibrant Jewish community, working alongside their Indian Jewish peers and at the JCC. Learn more about Gabriel Project Mumbai
Week 1: Orientation
Week 1-8: Daily Volunteer work in slums, with excursions, site visits and classes
• Background or interest in working on educational programs with children
• Flexibility and comfort working in the setting of India's slums
• Ability to adapt, comfortable in new cultural contexts
• Passion for volunteerism and instilling the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam
Participation Fee: $3,100 (Global Leadership Grants available)*
• Comprehensive health and emergency medical evacuation insurance
• Transportation to and from service work
• Airport pick up
This does not include:
• Airfare to and from India
• Any personal expenses
Visas All accepted participants will be responsible for obtaining a visa to India. Upon acceptance, JDC will provide detailed logistics and instructions for applying for a visa.
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"India was fantastic! It really was a life changing experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone I speak to! The kids were so cute as well, I wanted to pack them in my bag and take them home! My co-volunteers were great as well, really friendly and everyone helped each other out whether it was with the teaching or with other challenges we were facing."
"My experience volunteering in India with the JDC and Gabriel Project Mumbai was hands-down the most transformative cultural experience of my life. My everyday interactions with the exuberant children in the Kalwa slums was enriching, and the warmness with which I was received by the Jewish community in Mumbai was heart-warming and indicative of the kindness of Indian society in general. I could not have imagined a better way to spend my summer. I am planning to return to Mumbai to resume my volunteering in Kalwa as soon as I am able."
"This experience has given me a lot of insight into how most of the world lives and how the western society lives."