My volunteering experience turned out to be a beautiful heartfelt experience that not only benefited the children but also my confidence in learning and teaching.

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Patiala School for Deaf, Patiala School for Blind and Patiala School for The Deafblind – “COLORS OF LIFE”

By far the best volunteering program available in this part of the country…. being offered by us.
Society for Welfare of The Handicapped managing Patiala School for Deaf, Patiala School for Blind and Patiala School for DeafBlind are Co-educational schools providing FREE residential education to Deaf, Blind & DeafBlind children since 1967. No FEES of any kind is charged and the schools are providing free education, uniforms, books, stationary, hostel and meals to the students.

The schools have 175 children of which 40 are Blind boys and girls and 135 are Deaf boys and girls. 140 children are staying in the hostel. Since it’s inception, nearly 900 Deaf and 400 Blind boys and girls have completed their class X or class XII (High School) and are now leading independent lives.

The volunteers are initially familiarized with the school children with special abilities followed by basic learning of sign language and braille and then are familiarized and invited to be a part of daily activities like games, sports, teaching & art/craft workshops with the children.

The schools-timings are from 9AM to 2 PM from Monday to Friday. The evenings are free where you get to learn Yoga/Punjabi language and even some Bhangra (traditional folk dance of Punjab). Local sight seeing and visits to various monuments/museums are also arranged during the free time.

Weekends are free for the volunteers where a visit to the family farm at the village near Patiala is arranged with overnight stay to understand and experience the rural living, culture and traditions.

Home stay:
One of the things that is going to take you by surprise and also deeply touch you on your India tour is the warm hospitality of Indians. A ready smile on the face, always willing to go out of the way to help somebody, exuding genuine happiness upon meeting a person – these are some of the common traits you will come across in a number of Indian families. The Sanskrit adage, “Atithi Devo Bhava,” meaning the guest is truly your god dictates the respect granted to guests in India.

You will be staying in a more than 100 year Old exotic Colonial style bungalow with huge lush green lawns offering a tranquil home stay during your visit and experience the warmth and comfort of a family home. We aim to provide the volunteers the feel of ‘a home away from home”. Be ready to share your experiences with us.

You will be warmly welcomed and given personal attention to ensure that your stay is comfortable and enjoyable. All rooms are well furnished with all modern amenities. WiFi connectivity is available.

Delicious home cooked Punjabi, South Indian, and Continental meals are served. Though at least once during your stay, please be ready to slog it out in the kitchen and help us learn your favorite dish.