Education, Fundraising, or Publicity Project

We provide high quality, extremely low-fee education to close to 900 students from disadvantaged families living in the Nagwa slum of Varanasi.

NGO description

We provide high quality, extremely low-fee education to close to 900 students from disadvantaged families living in the Nagwa slum of Varanasi. Our students come from a neighborhood where the adult literacy rate is below 25%, where the average monthly household income is less than 55 USD, and where fathers are often unemployed, absent, or suffering from drug and alcohol addictions. We ask for a nominal yearly fee of Rs. 1000 from our students in order to encourage attendance and a serious approach to school, but few of our students pay the full fee and there are no penalties to not paying the fee.

We also offer safety and stability to 25 street and orphan girls who live in our in-house hostel, where the girls are raised in a loving, family setting and given opportunities to excel in school, seek higher education after class 12, find dignified employment, and start families of their own.

BRIDGER's actions

There are many things volunteers could work on while here, but the following gives a relatively comprehensive scope of potential volunteer activities.

1) A volunteer could assist in English classes, structuring a curriculum that helps students become active speakers and learners. Experience in teaching, working with children, and speaking Hindi would help enormously.

2) A volunteer could use their English language skills to do as much of the following as time allows: writing newsletters and annual reports,  writing grants, and managing our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

3) A volunteer could also choose to spend their time making a short documentary or video about our school and hostel.

4) A volunteer could devote their time to researching a number of metrics within our school including post-graduation outcomes, factors impacting exam scores among our students and learning outcomes, factors impacting student attendance or absenteeism, teacher performance, and curriculum efficacy. This work will entail a period of observation of our school and day-to-day activities here, a healthy amount of time inputting and compiling data in Excel, interviews with students and teachers, fieldwork visits to local settlements and families, and the formulation of plans to improve the educational attainment of our students based on that research. Experience in research and Hindi language skills would be very helpful.

5) A volunteer could lead an extracurricular activity of their choosing

OTHER information

We do not provide accommodations to volunteers, but we would be happy to give information about a hostel or arrange a homestay if volunteers are interested.

Varanasi is a city unlike any other in the world. Whether you are walking along the ghats that lead into the Ganges or wandering past silk stores and sweet shops in Varanasi’s historic neighborhoods,  the “City of Light” is bound to amaze and inspire you with everything it has to offer. There will be no shortage of amazing and inspiring moments at our organization as well, where you can witness and participate in our work to empower our students and break the cycle of poverty affecting them and their families.


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Varanasi, INDIA
Varanasi UP IN
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Bridgeo est une association humanitaire et de défense de l'environnement agissant par l'intermédiaire de ses bénévoles partout dans le monde grâce à des partenariats locaux. Toutes les missions et les besoins exprimés sur cette page ont été co-écrits et issues d'une concertation entre Bridgeo et les partenaires locaux. La description du partenaire et de la mission n'a qu'une valeur informative et indicative, non contractuelle.

Minimum length of the mission:

6 weeks


All year long

Language spoken on site :


The non-profit provides :

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Transportation from/to airport :

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Other fees :

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Coût de la mission

La candidature à la mission est gratuite. Aucun frais est demandé avant confirmation de votre engagement par notre partenaire.
Une fois la mission confirmée, le coût de la mission est intégralement à la charge du bénévole et comprend l'adhésion à Bridgeo, les billets d’avion A/R, les frais demandés par notre partenaire et à verser sur place (ils varient en fonction de chaque structure : logement, nourriture, frais de transports de l'aéroport au lieu de mission, soutien à l'association) et les frais administratifs (assurance, visa).


Il est obligatoire d’être adhérent (250 €) à Bridgeo pour participer à nos missions après avoir été accepté(e) par notre partenaire. En adhérant, vous témoignez de votre intérêt pour les objectifs de notre association. Vous pouvez alors participer à nos activités et bénéficiez de notre accompagnement et de notre réseau solidaire.

Démarches à suivre après avoir été accepté(e) par notre partenaire :

1/ Adhérez ici à Bridgeo en tant que membre adhérent si vous ne l'êtes pas déjà

2/ Nous retourner la Convention d'engagement réciproque entre l'adhérent et l'association Bridgeo signée en ayant lu attentivement la Charte éthique de l'adhérent,un certificat médical et un casier judiciaire.

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