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Service/Learning Opportunity for UU Seminarians: Anne Margaret Barr Children’s Village, Kharang, India

Background

The Anne Margaret Barr Children’s Village (AMBCV) in Kharang, India was established in February 2009 as a home for as many as 24 orphaned children. It is operated by the Unitarian Union of North East India, under the leadership of Reverend Nangroi Suting and with day-to-day care and oversight of the children by three “Mothers.” Children at the orphanage have ranged in age from 3 to 15.

The Mission of the AMBCV

“We, at the AMBCV in the Khasi Hills, are committed to offering a safe haven to the neediest children who lack adequate familial and societal support. We aim to provide these precious children loving care in the highest Khasi tradition and afford them opportunities for education with a firm moral base and prospects for personal growth in a nurturing atmosphere in the hope that they will realize their God-given potential and grow up to be exemplary citizens.”

Opportunity

Unitarian Universalist (UU) Seminarians are invited to apply for a 2-3 week placement as a volunteer assistant at the AMBCV. The purposes of this Service/Learning Opportunity are:

  1. Service: To assist the Mothers in providing care and nurturance to the children living at the AMBCV.
  2. Learning: To provide an opportunity for UU seminarians to grow in their international and multicultural understanding, including their understanding of Unitarianism in North East India UUNEI.
  3. To further establish and demonstrate the commitment of mutual support and right relationship between the UUNEI and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).

Placements will typically occur during July/August and December/January with some flexibility depending on the volunteer’s availability. The optimal circumstance is for two seminarians to be volunteering at the same time during each of the placement sessions.

Expenses

Some Financial assistance will be provided to assist in the cost of travel expenses. All other expenses will be the responsibility of the Seminarian volunteers. In, budget r/t flights from NYC are available for $1700, Room/Board expenses will be approximately $7/day.

Expectations

Seminarian volunteers will be under the direction of Rev. Suting and the AMBCV Mothers. Typical responsibilities will include: Life Skills training, sharing cultures, help in spoken English and general education, games, sanitation, gardening, Case study of a child (optional) and any others if needed.

Seminarian volunteers will be in the position of representing Unitarian Universalism while they are visiting the AMBCV, and must be prepared to fulfill this responsibility effectively. They must be able to demonstrate their understanding and willingness to be a “servant-learner” and have versatility in cross-cultural engagement.

Within one month of returning from their visit, scholarship recipients must submit a report about their experience suitable for publication to the UUA’s Director of International Resources and their academic advisor.

Facilities

Seminarian volunteers will be provided with room and board at AMBCV or with a family in Kharang.

Application Procedure

  1. Complete an application form (PDF) and submit it by August 15th (for December/January placements) or March 15th (for July/August Placements) to the Unitarian Universalist Association, International Resources Office, 25 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108.
  2. The application must include an essay explaining your interest in this Service/Learning opportunity, your preparedness for the opportunity, relevant experience, and how you expect this experience to inform your training for ministry.
  3. All candidates must include a letter of recommendation from an academic advisor and a minister in Final Fellowship with the UUA.
  4. All application requests MUST be complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Review

Applications will be reviewed and approved by the UUA’s Director of International Resources in consultation with AMBCV leaders. Award notification will be sent to applicants by September 15th or April 15th, respectively.

For more information contact web @ uua.org.

This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Tuesday, September 6, 2011.

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