Youth4Sewa is an unpaid summer internship connecting dynamic individuals from diverse backgrounds with NGOs in India and the UK. It’s a collaboration between Sewa UK and National Hindu Students Forum (NHSF). Youth4Sewa cultivates and develops a spirit of Sewa (selfless service) and inspires individuals to work for the wellbeing of humanity. Projects are available in health care, education, environmental awareness, women’s empowerment, rural development, social upliftment and much more. Through selfless service, the interns engage in a transformative experience.
The interview, orientation days and mentoring are a key part of the Y4S journey. We create a platform that nurtures you through personal challenges whilst facilitating group learning along the way. You’ll have an individual mentor dedicated to your growth throughout your journey. The 4-week internship is just the start. Upon completion, we hope you’ll be inspired to engage in local community projects so you can continue your self-development whilst contributing to the world around you.
Youth4Sewa offer projects in health care, education, environmental awareness, women’s empowerment, rural development and much more. The Y4S team has spent time with each project understanding their culture, dynamics and passion of the local team.
What is Y4S?
Youth4Sewa is an unpaid summer internship offered by Sewa UK (registered charity) in collaboration with National Hindu Students Forum UK. Our focus is on self-development through the service of underprivileged communities. It’s an opportunity for young adults to contribute their time to a larger movement of serving humanity.
Selfless service transforms both the individual serving and the people they serve. We provide a safe platform where individuals can actualise the meaning of Sewa. Our transformative internship inspires the youth to pursue purpose, happiness and spiritual upliftment through a life of Sewa. If you want to challenge yourself, have an adventure of a lifetime and develop values such as kindness, compassion and selflessness then Y4S is perfect for you!
How much time must I commit to Y4S?
Successful applicants are expected to commit at least two hours a week to the self-development tasks set by the Y4S team. This is in addition to the orientation days that you must attend prior to your 2 or 4 weeks volunteering at an NGO in India.
How much does the internship cost?
The internship fee is a non-refundable £25. You must cover the costs of your flights, travel insurance, vaccinations and any other costs associated with travelling. Once in India, we will organise your accommodation and food at no additional cost.
How do I apply?
The application form is available on our website from 1st February – 30th April 2023. Once we receive your application, you’ll be contacted for a video/in person interview by our selection team. We’ll inform you if your application is successful by mid-April 2023.
What happens if my application is successful?
Your journey starts with a series of compulsory orientation days on the following dates:
1st – 3rd July 2023 (venue tbc)
The orientation days guide, inspire and prepare you for your journey ahead. You will then spend at least 2 hours a week on self-development work. For example through daily reading, meditation, local volunteering and yoga. You’ll be expected to engage, document, blog and reflect as part of the internship. You’ll then spend 2 or 4 weeks over the summer working with NGOs in India, supported by a team of mentors who have completed the internship themselves. You will be living with a host family away from home. Through this experience, you’ll discover, learn and engage in a life changing experience that empowers you as you strive to make an impact in a particular field.
How are the projects chosen?
Projects are available in social care, education, environmental awareness, and much more. The YFS team has spent time visiting each project understanding the culture, dynamics and passion of the project and local team. Projects are selected through strict criteria. We take into account safety, transport links and opportunities to engage with Sewa work.