At a glance
- Learn about the impact of India’s history and traditional culture on the status of Kerala women
- Spend your days teaching employability-boosting English skills to women from communities in and around Kerala.
- Use your free weekends to explore the beautiful seaside town of Fort Kochi
- Live, work and travel alongside people of a similar age
- Spend a weekend floating through canals on a traditional Kerala houseboat
Throughout the yearSee Dates
50 or over
Is a Women’s Empowerment Project in India right for me?
Ready to take real action towards women’s equality? Are you wanting to fight against injustice and do your bit to move society forward? If so, help empower women in India through activities to provide useful skills and boost their confidence.
With on-the-job training and supervision, this programme requires no experience. There’s only one thing we ask from you: to come with a passion for equal rights and a sincere belief that you can make a positive change for women in India. As a Grown Up Special trip, for people over the age of 50, you will be in an advantageous position. Age is respected in Indian culture, therefore the women we work with will be excited to talk to and learn from a group of older volunteers.
You’ll watch as their confidence levels increase, helping them to forge their own paths through life. The Women’s Empowerment Trip lasts for two weeks, but your journey will have a lasting impact.
Women’s rights in India will be won by empowering the amazing women who live in rural areas who are on a low income. If you’re ready to help them succeed, then book your place on our Women’s Empowerment Project in India for Volunteers over 50.
Where in India will I be working?
During your Women’s Empowerment Project, you’ll be located in Fort Kochi. Your volunteer accommodation is only a 10-minute walk from where you’ll work, so you won’t waste any time on a long commute. You’ll spend your time running English classes at our teaching centre. It’s fully equipped with plenty of seating, white boards, books and other teaching resources which you can make use of.
Fort Kochi is a beautiful region in the city of Kochi, Kerala. Surrounded by water, this is a peaceful and relaxing area of India. On your days off, you’ll visit museums, beaches, and temples to satisfy your sightseeing cravings. The beach walkway is the perfect place to feel the cool breeze after a long day’s work in temperatures that regularly reach the mid-30s.
What are the aims of a Women’s Empowerment Project in India?
Your work is focused on giving women the skills and education they need to pursue their dreams. This will be by improving their English language level through regular lessons. However, we also aim to give women in India a chance to be exposed to new ideas.
Many of the women you work with will have grown up in a traditional household, shaped by a colonial past and post-independence policies which are focused on traditional gender roles. As someone from a very different kind of society, you’re there to spread ideas of women’s liberation and freedom from societal constraints around gender.
Another vital part of your role is increasing the confidence of the women you work with. By talking to you in English, they’ll start to feel like they have the skills and capabilities to succeed in male-dominated professions. Use this experience to talk to them about their goals and encourage them to go after their dreams.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Food and accommodation
You'll share accommodation with other Projects Abroad travellers during your stay in India. This is a great way to get to know each other, share experiences, and explore your surroundings during your free time together.
The accommodation is safe, clean, and comfortable. Your programme fees include three meals a day.
Find out more about our accommodation.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
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