Our approach is centered around the pillars of excellence, trust, dedication and transparency. We believe in open communication and positivity, with the goal of delivering results for our partners.
Our culture is one of partnership, diversity and ensuring employee satisfaction as well. While striving for excellence, the key for us is to ensure purposeful engagement through which organisational and individual goals are aligned.
THE PROGRAM EXPERIENCE
Which cities are we based in at the moment? Do you accept volunteers for all these locations?
We operate out of Mumbai and Pune at present. Yes, we are open to having volunteers both places.
Why should I join Atma as a Volunteer?
Volunteering with Atma means that you will join a network of inspiring thought leaders in the non-profit space in Mumbai/Pune. By contributing your skills and expertise, you will strengthen and endorse the amazing work that Atma’s portfolio organisations are doing.
Atma volunteers have met with incredible success in the development sector, often going on to work with innovative organisations from our network or founding their own social enterprises.
You should apply if:
You are interested in a career in the development sector
You want to learn how things work at the grass-root level
You want to explore a world outside your own
You want to meet inspiring people from across the world
You want to test your abilities and discover what you are really capable of
Who can volunteer at Atma? What kind of work can I expect to do?
At Atma we look for diversity, not just with where you come from, but also what you do. Historically our 300+ volunteer cohort has included consultants, teachers, lawyers, doctors, accountants, pilots and jugglers (true story)!
These amazing people have worked on projects ranging from curriculum development, designing HR systems and processes, financial management, designing marketing campaigns, website design, designing and implementing fundraising campaigns, leadership development, photography, teacher training, making videos, program design and documentation.
Your roles will vary based on your level of experience:
Consultants 8+ years of professional experience
Senior Associates: 3 to 7 years of professional experience
Associates: Graduate and/or 1 to 2 years of professional experience
Why does the volunteer experience require an intensive time commitment?
At Atma, we believe that sustainable change takes a significant time to take root and grow. Taking the time to do projects to the best of our capacity delivers the best results. Normally we only take on volunteers who can commit to a minimum of 3 months. In order for the volunteer and the organisation to get the most out of the experience. Typically, our volunteers find that their time with Atma follows a general pattern. The first month is one for learning and observation, the second month is for conceptualising their project with the Atma portfolio organisation, and the third month is for executing and finalising the project.
Where will I work?
Atma works with 15 education non-profits and social enterprises in Mumbai and 4 in Pune. These are innovative organisations that are working to address the education gaps in India. For a full list of our current and graduated Portfolio’s please visit www.atma.org.in. Depending on the nature of the project, Atma volunteers divide their time between the Atma office (located in Bandra) and the portfolio organisation that they are placed with.
Who can volunteer at Atma? What kind of work can I expect to do?
All Atma volunteers receive intensive support from staff. Listed below are the various types of support that you will receive throughout the program.
Life support (International Volunteers)
Atma will provide you with support that will enable you to experience the city like any other local volunteer:
Pre- Arrival: We understand that moving to a new country and adapting to a foreign culture can be an overwhelming experience. At Atma, we do our best to prepare volunteers for their stay in Mumbai/Pune. All volunteers receive a pre-arrival information pack to help them better adjust to a new culture and environment.
Atma also provides all international volunteers assistance in planning for travel and logistics, visa information, accommodation*.
Arrival: Atma arranges for volunteers to be picked up from the airport to their place of accommodation by an Atma representative (see optional service fee). The Volunteer is also briefed and accompanied to the Atma office for the first time. All volunteers are given an orientation about: Locality (so they know how to identify landmarks, where to buy supplies from), how to access medical help in case of health or other issues, how to access public transport, acquiring internet and phones.
Professional Support (Local & International Volunteers)
This includes work support in the form of:
Regular Feedback & professional guidance
Weekly meetings with supervisor
Volunteer professional meetings
Miscellaneous support (Local & International Volunteers)
As an Atma volunteer you will have access to:
Workshops and trainings facilitated by Atma
Volunteer social activities
A network of non-profits and social enterprises in Mumbai
Will I be paid?
Atma’s volunteer program is unpaid, but Atma invests in you. Over a three month volunteership, Atma provides approximately 100 hours of support to each volunteer. This ensures that each Atma volunteer is supported in every area of their work and life in Mumbai/Pune.
How do I apply?
The application is a 3 step process. Please see below:
After you submit your basic details using an online form, the Volunteer Manager will send you an email with the next steps along with a detailed online application form.
If your application is shortlisted you will be required to undergo 2 rounds of interview before you can be selected into the program. The Volunteer Manager will set up the interviews at a time convenient for you. For international applicants, these interviews will be conducted via Skype or phone at a mutually convenient time.
If you have been successful at the interview stage the Volunteer Manager will send you an email acceptance with further instructions to pay the optional service fee (if applicable). Upon successful receipt of payment, Atma will send you a formal acceptance letter!
Does Atma Team provide any Optional Service Fees?
Having hosted more than 250 volunteers from over 25 countries, we at Atma understand that volunteering abroad can be extremely challenging. This is why we offer to assist all our International volunteers with logistics and planning. Please see below a break-down of the fees and assistance we provide:
Accommodation (AUD $200):
The average price of housing in Mumbai/Pune is INR 18,000 per month. Additionally, to find accommodation through a broker you will need to pay a brokerage fee of at least Rs. 18,000 and a deposit of Rs. 20,000 over and above the rent. By opting for accommodation assistance through Atma you can avoid paying the brokerage fee and saving a minimum of AUD $100.
Airport Pick-up (AUD $25):
Opting for this service will ensure that you have a friendly face at the airport when you arrive! An Atma representative will pick you up and drop you off to your place of accommodation.
Local SIM card (AUD $25):
Procuring a local SIM card can be a tedious process requiring multiple document proofs and innumerable trips to the service provider’s centre. Atma offers to have a phone with a local SIM card ready for you to use upon your arrival!
When are applications open?
Applications are open all year round. Ideally, a candidate would apply to be a volunteer about 4-5 months before they would like to start their placement.