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  Indicorps is a US based non profit. We are not a funding agency, nor do we ask for funds or help raise funds. We are currently entering our fourth year, and our headquarters is in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. This year, we currently have 9 projects (11 volunteers) all over India, in a range of development areas. Our main objective is to reconnect people of Indian origin with India through voluntary service at the community level. We work with local NGOs already doing work in the area, and after a careful evaluation, we work with them to design a year-long project that is a need of the organization and that is self-sustaining. After designing a project that will help the organization and create a "transformational experience" for the volunteer, we put an application on the internet and advertise to potential volunteers that specific project, listing all criteria that the NGO desires in that volunteer. For example, if an NGO prefers someone with a business background to help with microcredit models, we can make this a requirement to apply for the project. We prefer that projects include a substantial amount of field work and maximum exposure to the local community. Transformational experiences are seldom found working behind a computer all day in an office. We then review the applications with the local NGO and together select the person that is most suited for the work. In cases where a qualified applicant is not available, we will choose not to place a substandard volunteer. We believe in professional volunteers, who have as much if not more to learn from volunteering as the local NGO. We do not claim to have solutions to the NGOs problems, but we wish to serve as a catalyst to help the NGO reach its longer terms goals in an effective, sustainable manner.

Indicorps believes in a three way partnership: the local NGO, the volunteer and Indicorps. We ask each party to be invested, so when difficult times arise, all are equally committed to make this program work. We ask the volunteer to pay for their own airfare to India, their own health costs, and all incidental costs with their year long stay in India. We ask the local NGO to provide simple housing and food and project related expenses incurred by the NGO. We at Indicorps, provide a month long training "Orientation" for the volunteer (local language training, reading about development in India, discussions, exposure to living and working in the field, etc.) as well as continual support throughout the year to help the fellow adjust and to ensure a successful project. Initially we meet with the local NGO and the "fellow" (our term for the volunteer) monthly to make sure that all expectations are managed. We also hold meetings every two months where we bring all of our volunteers together and share best practices and continue the learning process about India. These expenses Indicorps bares. Together we create a positive volunteer experience and help achieve goals of the local NGO. I hope this answers some of your questions about our organization. Our website, www.indicorps.org is online and has more information, and I would be more than happy to answer any other questions that you might have through email. We are currently attempting to identify potential project partners for August 2005.

Kabir Kumar

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Kabir Kumar
Indicorps Staff
91.98192.49260 (Mumbai Mobile)
91.98980.30279 (Gujarat Mobile)
kabir@indicorps.net (main)
kabir32@yahoo.com (alternate)