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Volship was conceptualized by Volunteer for India as a Volunteer Leadership program aimed at young leaders above the age of 18 who are passionate about Volunteerism

The program was designed to engage the selected young leaders to work on pertinent social issues in cities where they reside or study. Individuals selected to be part of the program are assigned the role of Interim Chapter Leads (ICL’s). They are also provided the unique opportunity to set up a Volunteer for India Chapter in their cities upon the completion of the Volship program. These chapters will work towards the vision of Volunteer for India within its area of jurisdiction

Volship 2021

Application and Interview

Applications to the position of Interim Chapter Leads were open in 12 cities across India. From a total of 132 applications received, 40 applicants were shortlisted for the interview process. Of this, 20 individuals representing 9 cities were selected to be part of the first cohort of Volunteer for India.

The nine cities were –Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Jaipur, Mumbai, Sasaram and Trivandrum. Each city had a team of 2 individuals taking up the role of ICL’s. Of this, Chennai was the only city that had two teams representing it.

Ideathon

The Volship journey started with the four day Ideathon session that started on April 18th. A total of 5 sessions were organized as a part of Ideathon, to enable the ICL’s to envision and initiate their six week Volship journey.

Volship Journey

The Volship journey formally started with each team recruiting volunteers to work with them. A total of 136 Volunteers signed up to work on the various Volship projects. A total of 8 projects were initiated during Volship and 22 events/sessions were organized as a part of it.

Though Volship was initially planned as a six week program, it was later extended to nine weeks to accommodate the challenges brought about by the second wave of Covid. This enabled the teams to connect with and support a total of 416 beneficiaries from different walks of life.

Staying true to the mission of VFI to foster collaborations, the teams were able to collaborate with a total of 11 non-profit organizations across India. A plethora of resource persons from various professional backgrounds also joined hands with Volunteer for India during this period as a part of various skill building and awareness sessions.