Volunteers & Interns
“These children helped me realize that you just need your little dreams and the motivation to fulfill them for true happiness. I am proud of each one of them. I am proud of this moment with them, and a little proud about myself too."
“These children offered me to celebrate Diwali with them. This is my best Diwali so far. I m going to cherish each moment, every smile, every day. Thank you my new bunch of best friends."
“Innocent giggles with beaming eyes, is what I noticed when I entered the Mission Education centre (Anandadhara), home to 550 students in the district of Noapara. They are children of minor farmers and daily wagers who have migrated from nearby regions in search of livelihood.
“Doctor, Teacher, Pilot, Astronaut..”, the list was endless when I asked them about their ambitions. With tiny and neat classrooms, it was great to see the children eating nutritious food during their recess.
It’s enthralling to experience how they open up so soon, and make you a part of their family in almost no time. There were moments when you realize the love and respect you are getting here, is like you can find nowhere else."
“I'm Julie a French student in Public Health. I've done a 2 month-long internship with Smile Foundation. I learnt so much about public health, medicine, management, and about the Indian lifestyle. I really enjoyed working with smile foundation's team; they are very kind and nice people. I felt welcome and comfortable during my stay, I recommend anyone to work with this NGO as it will be a good and rich experience! Thank you so much, I hope to come back to work with you one day!”
“I have been working for Smile Foundation in between 13th October 2013 and 9th January 2015 for a period of 12 weeks. During this period I was engaged in the work of the Smile Twin e-Learning Programme (STeP), Outreach, Smile on Wheels (SoW) and shortly Swabhiman. I enjoyed my time with Smile. The work everybody does here cannot be honoured high enough. The people are all very helpful – especially when the language barrier stops me of continuing my work and the coherence among the team members is impressive. After a slow start of getting to know the workflow and the programmes, I asked to be more included into the work and in response got more responsibilities in the STeP team (individually renewing the Case Study management & working on centre proposals). The longer my experience with Smile the more trust was put into me on working on several tasks individually – mainly in the Outreach & SoW department – which I appreciate a lot. Besides the above mentioned tasks, I went on a field appraisal on a potential new centre in South Delhi and wrote due diligence documents to present prospective centres to the donor for STeP. My engagement for Outreach & SoW covered research on current health issues in the respective areas of intervention, writing, compiling and checking monthly, quarterly, annual and completion reports for different projects, wrote Case Studies and worked on the establishment of Performance Indicators for 2015 (SoW). For Swabhiman, I wrote and checked project completion report and wrote several case studies for the annual case study book published by Swabhiman department. Looking back on my time here, I am proud on my contribution and the trust and alongside this, the responsibilities I gained. I gained insight into the everyday work of managing, monitoring and evaluating the programmes as well as the interaction among employees within the head office in Delhi. It was very important to stay with Smile for a longer period (> 4 weeks) to efficiently use my gained knowledge and skills. More than ever, I am included into ongoing work because I understand the process, the way Smile is doing the work and which data/information I miss to complete given tasks in time. Thank you Smile Foundation for this great experience.”
“As a part of my MBA course, I was required to work with an NGO, so that I get an exposure as to what and how things are done in a NGO. I choose to work for Smile Foundation. At Smile Foundation I was provided an opportunity to work with the Outreach team for Smile on Wheels program. During my stint at Smile foundation, I was able to gain both theoretical and practical knowledge of what goes behind making Smile on wheels program a success. Initially, in order to sensitize on different kind of works done by the outreach team, I was given a task of proofreading a report that was to be submitted to the donor. This task helped me get an inside knowledge on the various activities carried on by the outreach team. After this I was asked to plan activities for a year time which included six health camps, fifteen IEC camps and fifteen special health camps. This task required me to understand the kind of programs that Smile foundation could conduct. Further, it also required me to keep in mind the kind of people who would benefit with these programs. My responsibility was to come up with activities that would have an impact on maximum number of people in the target group. After this, I was asked to go to a Smile on Wheels camp to see how things are done at the ground level. I along with the Smile on Wheels team visited Sanjay Camp at Chanakyapuri. There I was able to gain practical knowledge as to what happens in a health camp. It was quite an eye opener for me seeing the health condition of the people living in that slum area. I got to know how SOW was making a huge impact on these people. It was surprising to see how some people are totally dependents on camps like these as they cannot afford to go to hospital. However, this program made me aware about how so many things can be done for the betterment of the society. During my internship, I also got an opportunity to work on Smile on Wheels Management Information System (SOW MIS). Smile on wheels is a PAN India program and has been trying to go online in order to manage the information and data. My responsibility was to go through the website and provide feedback to the developer about the changes and additions that were required to make the website more users friendly. Further, I was also asked to prepare a user guide for the program coordinators. I prepared a user guide with all the steps to be followed with the supporting pictures. This guide has been prepared in such a way that anyone can use the website easily with the help of the guide. Further I was also asked to feed data in the website. Data for vehicle, equipment for the different running projects has been entered in the website. This internship has taught me many things and helped me grow my personality. The things that I have learned here will of great help in my career ahead. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my mentors Mr. Ayaz and Mr. Prateek who kept me motivated and encouraged to learn more during my stay here. I will always be grateful to Smile Foundation and Smile foundation family for having me as an intern here.”
“Volunteering at Smile Foundation under Swabhiman, I understood that altering people’s lives is not a myth. The vision and concept of Swabhiman has had a great influence on me, improving my perspective on life. Change begins at home. ‘You educate a man, you educate an individual; you educate a woman, you educate the Nation’. Once you show them the right direction, women are willing to amend the entire community. During the capacity building sessions at Swabhiman, I grasped the significance of offering a child the choice of informed decision. After they realise what is right from wrong, they can guide their respective communities in the appropriate direction. Apart from reporting the daily proceedings, I had an excellent opportunity to observe how Swabhiman as a programme took initiative to transform itself by objective evaluation of their capabilities and future possibilities. My project responsibilities for the internship were to provide analysis of the sessions and preparing reports to be presented to the supporters of Swabhiman. I was also included in various events related to the organization. In addition, I helped to organize the training sessions on women’s issues attended by the volunteers, health educators and beneficiaries, which added yet another facet to my understanding of Swabhiman’s community relations. It has been a great way to learn more about the incredible work that Smile Foundation is doing every day. The environment that I worked in was dedicated and encouraging; I was treated as a friend and a colleague from the initial day and was wholeheartedly welcomed to the Swabhiman team.”
“My Journey with Smile Foundation has been a knowledgeable experience. I got the opportunity to join the IP Department. I learnt lot of things which includes formal communication with corporates, the whole procedure from the first call till how an event takes place. My experience with the team seniors Miss. Chhavi and Pooja has been good. I was given the responsibility to make calls and converse with the corporate heads and HR’s. During this tenure I realized the amount of effort that is being put into for bringing that innocent smile on the faces of underprivileged children and indeed felt pride of myself being a part. The organization provided me a platform of not only immense learning but also contributing towards the society and fulfilling the responsibility which each individual should. Working for Smile Foundation helped me use the knowledge I’ve acquired over the past one month as a college student as well as the skills I’ve developed.”
“Being a fresher, this was the first time I was exposed to a formal workplace, which, indeed, was an enthralling experience. After being cognizant of the kind of the work done by Smile Foundation in general, and STeP specifically, I felt contended and relieved that, in this modern capitalistic world, there still are some people, some organization which are working for the greater good of society, and helping marginalized group of people by playing a role of catalyzed to uplift them from the abysmal condition many of them find themselves in. The wide array of work done here at Smile Foundation surprised me. Since my stint with the organization was only for a small tenure of 3 weeks, or 15 working days to be specific, I was allotted a small fraction of work, which, I tried to complete with utmost sincerity and diligence. Some of the works which I was allotted include writing case studies or success stories of candidates who were trained at different STeP centers across India mentioning about their family background, about how they were trained and bagged jobs, and how STeP played a catalyzing role in bringing a positive change in their, and their family’s life. After going through the raw data about them, I felt desolate that there are so many people in our nation who are devoid of resources, who face harsh side of life, but at the same time motivated me that no matter how big the problems are, one, if he is motivated and confident, can cross those hurdles to emerge victorious in life. Some other work which were allotted to me include speaking to ROs of different STeP centers and coordinating with them to get the raw data transferred on updated excel based questionnaire which help STeP employees track the necessary information easily. Writing in brief about various programs conducted across India was also one of the few works that were assigned to me. Now, when my stint is about to get over, I, wholeheartedly, enjoyed the work that was assigned to me and tried my best to complete the work to the best of my abilities. There are a lot of positives that I would be carrying after this internship. The always exuberant and cheerful attitude of employees motivated me to strive better and brought a smile on my face. The punctuality and diligence of people here enlightened me about work culture which I wasn’t exposed to hitherto. I shall keep these points in my mind whenever and wherever I am assigned work. In the end I would like to thank my mentors Ms. Vaishali and Mr. Tony Thomas who always encouraged me and taught me how to improve whenever I made any mistake in carrying out assigned work. I will always be grateful to Smile Foundation for having me as an Intern, and shall always remember people with whom I worked.”
“My experience with Smile Foundation was extremely serviceable and estimable. I worked in the Individual Partnership Department of Smile Foundation . During my volunteer-ship I gained so much of experience and knowledge about how difficult it is to put smile on those underprivileged children and help them in their education. I was pleased to work in such a friendly environment where every individual work so hard to achieve their ultimate goal of bringing smile on innocent faces of those underprivileged kids . I was assigned the responsibility of providing managerial assistance to take appointments , conduct events in illustrious and lauded individuals and corporate . Currently I am pursuing as a student of philosophy honors’ from Miranda house , Delhi University . For me it was an overwhelming experience and I feel grateful to my department for giving me this opportunity of working with them .”
“My internship with Smile foundation had been a delightful learning experience. I am currently Pursuing Psychology Honors and being with the IP department of Smile Foundation and getting to interact with the heads of renowned corporates directly and indirectly had been an enriching opportunity. The reason behind perusing this internship was to try and give back something to the society that it has given me, and working for the education of underprivileged children seemed like the best thing to do. But after Joining Smile and knowing in detail about its grass root processing and all that it did to transform lives of helpless people, I realized it’s so much more. I would like to thank Smile Foundation for giving me this opportunity. It was an experience that I’ll cherish forever.”
“I had a great privilege to work with the Smile Twin e-Learning Program (STeP) of Smile Foundation as an intern. It was an enriching experience to work with Smile Foundation. The STeP team with whom I was working was amazing. The internship gave me a wonderful exposure as to how an NGO works and how various projects are implemented and how they are monitored. While working with STeP I was able to learn many things like how to make case studies, donor reports, data Sheets etc. Also I was able to take personality development classes at various centers where STeP training program was offered and was able to interact with the students at the centre. During my internship I was able to understand how work is coordinated professionally. I would also like to thank Mr. Tony and Mr. Prashant who were instrumental in molding me during the internship at Smile. It was a joy to work with them and they inspired me to do my best at work.”
“My internship with Smile Foundation was immensely satisfying. I am currently pursuing masters in technology and have always been interested in technology and research. So, working with the weaker section of society was a new learning experience and felt very rewarding. India has grown leaps and bounds since its independence but where education is concerned, the gap between women and men is severe. I believe that with its “Swabhiman” programme for women and girl child development, Smile Foundation is helping fill this gap. Doing field work, performing group discussions with women and children in the identified communities, having face to face conversation with them and seeing their confidence has convinced me that Swabhiman is opening doors of opportunities for many women and girls.”
“My one month internship with smile foundation was indeed very satisfying and enriching one. I am currently doing Law and the reason behind perusing this Internship was to reach out to those people who are in need of help. I would like to Thank smile foundation for giving me this opportunity. It was pleasure working with the Individual Partnership department, where you call up firms, make them understand about our project and ask them to come forward and support the cause. In Order to run an NGO and to make sure that these underprivileged children are getting a better life, one need to have proper funds and IP department took care of it. I was highly privileged to work with IP team , they made me understand and told me how the smile foundation works , they also helped and guided me when ever needed , they created very peaceful , co-operative environment where one can easily work . Though I would always crib as this Internship required 2 hours of travelling every day, the experience was worth it as it really inspires me to give back to the society. As the word Umeed lives up to its name. It gives one the hope that things can be changed and will change.”
“During one month of my internship with Smile Foundation, Delhi. I was inspired by the organization efforts and its success. I was especially impressed by the impulse compassion of the staff members and their dedication to create a social change. With the limited resources they are helping the masses. Benefitting over 3, 00,000 children and their families. Today, 8 million children in India are out of school and are surrounded by illness, poverty and despair; they are fighting a daily battle for their survival. Smile foundation is not only helping the children in coming out of poverty and illness but through its Mission Education program it is providing the FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT- RIGHT TO EDUCATION to the underprivileged children. During my internship, I gain insights of the lives of underprivileged children, their families and communities. In 2002 Smile Foundation was set up to work with grassroots initiatives for effecting positive changes in the lives of underprivileged children. My project responsibility of the internship was mainly concerned with the report making for the donors. Throughout my internship I helped in colligating various reports, making snapshots of the reports. However, the significance of the Mission Education and the organization successes were most evident to me when I had the opportunity to interact with the underprivileged children. These various interactions helped me to gain insight into the tragic challenges that are faced by our society. To be associated with Smile Foundation as a volunteer was akin to returning a favor to society in a positive manner. The complete experience was stimulating and enriching. The initiative by Smile Foundation is just a milestone there is a long way to go. Together we can bring change and make it last.”
“Interning at Smile foundation has been an enriching experience for me. I was genuinely impressedby the organizational structure of Smile foundation which is a perfect combination of an NGO working in a corporate way.The dedication and commitment of people working here towards the visions and missions of this foundation is overwhelmingly amazing. During the internship, I everyday learnt something new from my colleagues here. Being a part of the Corporate Partnership team/department, I have gained exposure to the research and marketing world and developed invaluable skills which will definitely help me in my future endeavors. My supervisors were extremely encouraging and supportive,continuously guiding me in the right direction. I really appreciate their help and thoughtfulness. Working at Smile has been a great learning curve for me through whichnot only I have gained a deeper insight into the functioning of charitable organizations,but also that of the corporate world.I truly felt like a part of the Smile community and I was by all means treated like one. This entire journey has been extremely enlightening and enjoyable for me.”
“My internship with Smile Foundation has been an extremely enriching experiencing. I worked as an intern under the programme department for Mission Education for a month. I gained an immensely satisfying experience, be it regarding the documentation, following-up with the partners over programmatic requirements or preparation of project reports. I was highly privileged to have visited a Mission Education centre in Satyaniketan on the very first day of my internship, where the children were preparing for an event and I helped supervise their preparations. All the employees have been very encouraging and supportive throughout the course of my internship. They taught me about the ME programme and how it educates and empowers the children of the weaker sections of society. It was a life-changing experience and will be of great help to me in my coming years.”
“My internship with Smile Foundation has been an enriching and wonderful experience. It was great to work for a month in the IT Department of the organization and it has certainly enhanced my knowledge not only in my field of work but also a broader perspective of the noble work that the organization does for the underprivileged sections of the society. It was immensely satisfying for me to work and develop software programs and web pages for the organization and as an engineering student to intern here wasa great development for my personal growth. It was my pleasure to contribute whatever little I could do for this noble deed. The ambience at Smile Foundation was very friendly and the people here were very helpful and cooperative. I truly felt being a part of the Smile family and I thank Smile for the wonderful opportunity it provided me.”
“Working with smile foundation was one of its own experience. I was assigned the responsibility of providing managerial assistance to the Individual Partnership Department of Smile Foundation. During this volunteer-ship I realized the amount of effort that is being put into for bringing that innocent smile on the faces of underprivileged children and indeed felt pride of myself being a part. Arranging appointments, conducting events and dealing with a plethora of individuals and corporates , the organization provided me a platform of not only immense learning but also contributing towards the society and fulfilling the responsibility which each individual should. It was an enriching experience and I am grateful to Smile Foundation and the department I worked in for giving me this opportunity.”