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Volship 2022

Do you want to be a leader contributing towards the nation’s growth?
Do you believe in volunteerism as a value?
Do you have the potential to build a team of volunteers?
If yes, Volship 2022 is for you.

Cycle 1 Applications Closed

Volship Application: Cycle 1

FEBRUARY 2022 to NOVEMBER 2022

What is Volship?

Who can apply?

What we look for?

What will you do?

Volship was conceptualized by Volunteer for India as a Volunteer Leadership program aimed at young leaders who are passionate about Volunteerism. Volship aims to enable young leaders to tackle pertinent issues within their cities through well structured and result oriented projects, engaging the community around them in the process. Volship 2022 will be simultaneously happening in 12 cities across India which can potentially become VFI Chapters where you can continue your journey and efforts.

  • Individuals above the age of 18.
  • Student / Working professional within the above age limit.
  • Fluency in English and the regional language of your city of application.
  • Passionate towards volunteerism.
  • Commitment of 8 hours per week for a period of 8 weeks and 6 hours per week till November 2022, if selected as a Chapter Lead.

A confident team leader who:

  • inspires fellow VFI volunteers with their commitment, dedication, and perseverance.
  • is passionate towards volunteerism and specific causes in the community.
  • mandates inclusivity in every action taken as an individual and organization.
  • displays collaborative leadership by being open minded, be open for solutions and communicates with empathy.

Once you have progressed through the selection process, you will be the Volship Chapter Leads of your city. Please note that there will be two leads for each city.
Along with your partner lead from your city, you will

  • Participate in VFI Ideathon to ideate and design the 8 week quantifiable project plan to work on a social cause pertinent to your city.
  • This project will transpire over eight weeks between February 20 to April 17.
  • Reach out to and engage with a minimum of 25 volunteers.
  • Implement projects with measurable outcomes.
Applications for Volship 2022 are open in the cities listed below. Three Volship Chapter Leads each will be selected from twelve of these sixteen cities to proceed for the initiation project spanning over 8 weeks.
Ahmedabad
Aizawl
Bangalore
Chandigarh
Chennai
Dehradun
Guwahati
Hyderabad
Indore
Kochi
Kolkata
Lucknow
Mumbai
New Delhi
Raipur
Srinagar

Selection Process:

Application Phase

DECEMBER 26, 2021
Applications for Volship Chapter Leads open in 12 cities.

JANUARY 9, 2022
Application Phase 1 closes.

JANUARY 10 - JANUARY 30, 2022
Interview with selected applicants.

JANUARY 23, 2022
Application Phase 2 closes.

FEBRUARY 4 2022
Announcement of 36 candidates selected as Volship Chapter Leads.

Orientation & Ideathon Phase

FEBRUARY 11 - 12, 2022
Orientation & Induction session for Volship Chapter Leads.

FEBRUARY 19 - 20, 2022
Volunteer for India- IDEATHON 2022.

FEBRUARY 20, 2022
Submission of 8 Week Project proposals.

Implementation Phase

FEBRUARY 20, 2022
Commencement of Volship Projects which will continue for the next eight weeks, in 12 cities.

APRIL 17, 2022
Completion of 8 week Volship Projects.

Continuity Phase

APRIL 10, 2022
Applications are invited from Volship Chapter Leads for setting up Volunteer for India Chapters in their respective cities as Chapter Leads.

MAY 1, 2022
Volship Awards and Announcement of Volunteer for India Chapters that have been approved.

MAY 14 to NOVEMBER 14, 2022
Journey of Volunteer for India Chapters

Detailed Selection Process

Phase A : Application Phase

  • Application Form– Your application form will help us understand more about you and your motive towards volunteerism and VFI
  • Virtual Interview – After the successful selection of your application, you will be interviewed by a panel of VFI coordinators. Three candidates from top 12 of the 16 cities will be selected for the program as VFI Volship Chapter Leads.

Phase B : Orientation & Ideathon Phase
The Volship Chapter Leads are officially welcomed into the VFI Family of volunteers through a series of formal and informal sessions that includes

  • Virtual Orientation & Induction into VFI
  • A virtual VFI Ideathon where applicants are guided to build together an idea as a team of two, towards a social cause in their base city.
    At the end of this phase, you will submit the implementation plan for the next 8 weeks.

Phase C : Implementation Phase

  • The plan generated during the Ideathon will be implemented in the next 8 weeks.
  • Each city should work with a minimum of 50 volunteers during this phase.
  • A Grant of 10,000 INR per city will be provided to support through this implementation phase.

Continuity Phase : VFI Chapters

  • Volship Chapter Leads who are interested in continuing their journey are invited to apply for setting up Volunteer for India Chapters in their respective cities.
  • Your 8 week project will be evaluated by experts on the aspects of leadership, quantifiable output and engagement of at least the minimum number of volunteers as promised.
  • Chapters are selected based on the applications received and the evaluation of 8 week Volship projects.
  • Selected Volship Chapter Leads get promoted as Chapter Leads of their particular city to take the VFI movement forward in their city as an official VFI Chapter.

VFI Leadership Journey and what you get :

VFI journey is an opportunity to give back to the society we grew up in. Additionally, you will get to:

  • Gain leadership opportunities and mentoring to become a strong leader.
  • Connect with inspiring social entrepreneurs and interact with social leaders.
  • Have a dedicated mentor team to guide and support you through the process.
  • Have an opportunity to meet, experience and work with other prominent stakeholders in the volunteer network and get access to associative resources.
  • Interact and learn from other Leads in Cross City Virtual Camps, giving you a chance to explore and implement nation-wide solutions to pan Indian issues.

VFI Chapter – An Introduction

VFI Chapters are city based VFI branches which promote and contribute towards organizational vision and mission at city level.

  • Each Chapter can focus on its own social causes based on the needs of their city.
  • Each Chapter will have its own set of leadership team and volunteers who will be recruited and groomed by the Chapter Leads

FAQ

  1. I do not have prior volunteer experience , can I apply?
    Yes , Volship has both the elements of leadership and volunteerism. If you are passionate towards volunteerism and have identified a leader in you, this journey is for you.
  2. Can an individual apply for the project?
    Each city will have two Volship chapter leads working on a project. Hence you can apply as an individual. You will be paired up with another leader through the process.
  3. Can we apply as two/three members for the project ?
    No, all aspiring applicants need to submit applications separately.
  4. Can I apply if I already have a job?
    Yes, an individual who is above the age of 18 and already has a job/studying can apply.
  5. Do you have an upper or lower age limit?
    Yes, applicants must be above the age of 18.
  6. What is the overall selection process?
    An online application submission followed by a virtual interview will be the overall selection process for Volship Chapter Leads.
  7. I am new to volunteering, will I be given training?
    We have a detailed induction and orientation process to the VFI volunteering journey. Then you have a Volunteer Ideathon where you will ideate your 8 week plan with assistance from experts. There will also be mentors and VFI national team to support you through the journey.
  8. Will it be just the three of us leading the journey? Will there be additional support?
    Yes, the three Volship Chapter Leads be leading the 8 week project in your city. Please note that you will be creating a team of volunteers under you to support and enable through the 8 weeks. Also, you will be continuously supported by the national support team.
  9. I am not from any of these 16 cities. Will I be eligible to apply?
    The next cycle of Volship will involve more cities. Watch this space for more updates.
  10. Will I be paid a stipend for this project?
    Volunteers work for the 7 figures P-A-S-S-I-O-N.
    No, you are not paid a stipend for this project but you are provided with 10,000 INR for the project expenses per city.
  11. What is Ideathon?
    This is a virtual event where the Volship Chapter Leads build together an idea as a team of two towards a social cause they are inclined towards in their base city. This idea needs to be implemented in the next 8 weeks.
  12. Will there be support during Ideathon?
    Yes, there will be experts guiding you through the process. Also there will be cross sharing & ideating across different city projects.
  13. Can I fundraise apart from the 10,000 INR Grant for the project?
    Yes, you can fundraise money apart from the grant amount using VFI modes and account. Once selected, our administrative teams will help you with the process.
  14. How is Volship Chapter Lead different from Chapter Lead?
    A Volship Chapter Lead will be implementing the eight week project in their city. Based on the performances of the 8 week project, selected Volship Chapter Leads will transform into Chapter Leads and continue their journey and their city will be announced as VFI CHAPTERS.
  15. What is a VFI Chapter?
    VFI Chapters are city based VFI branches which promote and contribute towards organization vision and mission at the city level.
  16. Will all 12 cities get converted as VFI CHAPTERS?
    The conversion of a city into VFI CHAPTER depends totally on the performance of the 8 week project of that city. There are chances of all 12 cities getting converted as VFI Chapters and chances of no city getting converted too.
  17. How will the 8 week project be evaluated?
    The 8 week projects will be evaluated by experts on the aspects of leadership, quantifiable output, minimum number of volunteers as promised, delegation of authority and collaboration.
  18. What will be the journey after 8 weeks?
    Potential Volship chapter leads turn into Chapter leads and lead the VFI journey in their city for the next set of volunteer projects for a minimum period of 6 months.
  19. What happens after six months of leadership?
    Volunteerism is a continuous journey. The vision of the organization is “Volunteerism as a National Value”. We move as a VFI family towards this national level vision.
  20. Do I have to continue the journey beyond the eight weeks?
    Yes, you will be committing a total of 9 months of your time, by submitting your application for Volship 2022. Your journey beyond the Volship Project phase depends on the performance of the city. However, if you are unsure about your commitment for the entire course of the nine months, we urge you to apply for upcoming cycles of Volship where you can commit to the entire duration of 9 months to the program.

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