Saturday, July 30, 2011
Education Hub – home to the best public schools in India/ Easy availability of trained adult volunteers/ teachers.
Great camp and service areas in and around Dehradun/ Adventure and recreational hub
Starting place of the award in India/ Economical getaway from bigger cities
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Friday, July 29, 2011
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
International Gold Event (IGE) 2011 Delegate and India Open Awards Centre (OAC) Leader visits the International Secretariat in London
Award Interns Dhruv Bahl and Ridhima Oberoi share the experiences from the International Youth Camp in Lombok, Indonesia
Ridhima says that "Í got a wonderful opportunity not only to be a part of the conference but also to interact with so many people. I got an opportunity to contribute my bit for a social cause. Iayp is a platform to be a part of social causes and has helped me to see the world from a different perspective thereby, helping me to develop into a person the world needs today!"
Photo Courtesy: Ridhima Oberoi for NAA India, Lombok, Indonesia 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
NIM (Nehru Institute of Mountaineering) is one of the most famous and best
mountaineering institute of Asia. Abhishek Maurya, Mohd Aneesh, Annapurna, Rohan
Panwar, Sagar Sharma, Ritesh Singh, Deepak Thapa, Rishabh Jain and Ayushi Rana
were the ten lucky students who got a wonderful chance to visit NIM and to participate
in 181st adventure course .We all have only heard about this and now got the
opportunity to be a part of this institute.
Tired with the monotonous work, wishing for something new and exciting and thankfully
god has listened to our pray. 20 days before we were told about the trip to Uttarkashi.
10 students have to be chosen for this .We feel very lucky to be a part of this trip and its
like dream come true for all of us.
In the beginning we were very nervous as well as very excited as for the 1st time we
were going for a mountaineering trip without our parents or teachers which serve as a
guidelines for us and help and guide us in every problem. But for 15 days we have to be
all alone with no one around whom we know much and who cares about us expect our
group of 10 students but we overcame and hid our anxieties because we want a break.
On the 1st day of our journey we were told to assembled there in Purkal and with the
blessings of our teachers and elders we started our journey to Uttarkashi. We all were
very happy and were busy weaving our thoughts – what will be there, what we will be
doing there, how much fun we will be having so everything was going on and on in our
mind. In the evening we reached there we all were very happy as we were feeling like
free bird. There we first registered our name and were allotted the rooms in the hostel.
Next day we had a brief introduction with all 90 students who were selected for this
mountaineering trip like all of us, our instructors and principal of NIM which followed by
division of students into groups. So we had 10 groups comprising 9 students each. We
were very happy as we made many new friends. They shared their experiences and
some beautiful moments of their lives with all of us. Our instructors though not very
interactive but helped us whenever we asked. They showed as their campus. Every day
we had physical exercises. After doing that we were like full of energy and felt very
active. It was very tiring but we used to do that with full enjoyment and the breakfast we
had after that was osem that we forgot all our tiredness we were in.
We were shown the equipments which we have to use during our adventure course
.Some of them are Rucksack (bag), Mattress, sleeping bag, long selling, water bottle,
mustine (utensil for eating food), wind sheeter, poncho (raincoat) etc. each one of us
was given the equipments and we were very happy to get that and it seems as if a child
has got some toys to play with. We were also laughing after hearing the names of the
equipments. That day we were full of laughter. There we were given many tasks to do
which were both adventurous as well as dangerous.
Next day we all packed our bags for 4 days outing at Tehkla. It was a beautiful place.
From hostel we marched 13-14 km to Tehkla! We were very tired after that long walk,
so we had juice to refresh our body. After that we were back on our work, we pitched
tents and made arrangements for our task. There we did rock climbing, jumaring,
rappling which we were finding very difficult after seeing others doing that. We were
very nervous and scared but when we did ourselves then that was the thing which we
were enjoying the most. We were no longer timid and nervous and if given a chance we
would have done it again.
In the beginning we were very nervous as everything was new for us. We were thinking
that it will be a little difficult for all of us to do but somehow we gathered our courage
and were successful in accomplishing the given task. The task which we found the most
difficult one was that of river crossing because the flow of water was very high as well
as it was very Cold that we were finding it very difficult to keep our balance in that heavy
flow .Since we had not bathed for three days so we were also very excited to go into the
river. So all and all it was both terrifying and enjoying. In the evening we came back
from there walking and we were so tired that we were looking for a bed where we could
stretch our arms and legs. We all looked pathetic.
In the hostel we also had seen a movie ’Vertical limits’ which was based on Everest
expedition. It was a very beautiful movie, very inspiring that we wanted to climb the
Everest in the same way as was done by the characters of the movie. Before our
second outing we did artificial wall climbing, obstacle racing, cross country and also had
speech competition. Artificial wall climbing was very tough but was very interesting to
do. As a lizard crawl on the wall, in the same way we were also crawling on the
mountain. It was great fun. Obstacle race was also full of enjoyment, one of the most
interesting part of this activity was Brahma bridge which was very scary and where we
have to maintain our balance on the rope.
There in every step we were learning something without sitting in just one corner of a
room .We learnt how to pitch tents, reading maps etc .In the second outing we did point
to point march which was a group competition. In this we have to use map and had
been told to reach to our destination i.e. Oyali without the assistance of our instructors.
It was very interesting; the distance which we had to cover was very long and had to
cross the forest where the most troubling thing we faced were the leeches. We were
very tired that we did not want to walk further and also we were carrying those heavy
equipped bags on our backs that it almost broke our backs.
On reaching Oyali, we found it a beautiful place with grass looking so serene and quiet.
There we pitched our tents, took rest for some time and then had dinner. In Oyali we
visited Chaurangi khal and Nachiketa Taal which were in the middle of the forest. Oyali
was a big place. There we enjoyed the beauty of the nature and felt how calm it is. We
were feeling lucky to be in the lap of nature. From Oyali we came by bus to hostel and
feeling so happy and relaxed that we do not have to walk back. There in the hostel we
prepared for graduation ceremony and camp fun. We prepared dances, skit, songs,
small plays etc for camp fun to relax ourselves. Preparing for camp fun was very
exciting as for the first time in those 15 days we were enjoying together and were free to
do whatever we wanted . In graduation ceremony we got batches of NIM by the Chief
Guest and students were also awarded who came up with flying colour in different
activities and competitions,
In the evening we had our camp fun where we enjoyed a lot. We saw different types of
dances and plays and they were very thrilling. We also gave our performance in front of
those 90 students and were feeling very confident and we were not taking that for a
competition, we were just enjoying ourselves and feeling free that we do not have to do
But in some corner of our heart we were also sad as very soon we will be leaving that
place and friends with whom we had spent those 15 days which were some of the most
beautiful moments of our lives. We left the place at 6: 00a.m. All were very sad and
depressed. There we exchanged our numbers and id’s with our colleagues. Also we
were happy to go back home which is considered to be the most peaceful place for any
person. All and all it was a good experience for all of us. We learnt many things from
this trip to Uttarkashi and the most important of all, we want to thank PYDS and IAYP
for giving us this wonderful opportunity where we got to learn many new things and it
was a good exposure for all of us. Lastly we can say that always ready to face
challenges and enjoy life as much as you can that is what life is all about. Don’t back
step in any stage of life whether it is good or bad. In fact dare all the challenges for a
As Hellen Keller had rightly said : "Life is either a Daring Adventure....... Or Nothing !!!"
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Australian Sports Outreach Programme (ASOP) and IAYP India partner to Engage Youth in Society through Sport
Formally launched in India on 07 Oct 2010 by Australian Minister for Sport Senator- the Hon. Mark Arbib against the backdrop of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, ASOP India will use sport for development as an exciting way of strengthening relationships between Australia and India while fostering both sporting and life skills in marginalised children and youth.
Designed around the three core areas of Communicate, Connect and Collaborate, ASOP India will be implemented through five selected agencies: Magic Bus, Special Olympics Bharat, Rashtriya Life Saving Society (India), Goa Football Association and Naz Foundation (India) Trust. These organisations focus on social mobilisation through inclusive participation of disadvantaged communities in quality sport.
The 3-year IAYP India and ASOP India partnership will focus on Youth and Sports and engage the young people in ASOP Partners to participate in the Award Programme. Under the ASOP-IAYP partnership, sports coach trainers, mentors, peer leaders and volunteer community sports coaches from marginalised communities, who work with the 5 existing ASOP India partner agencies, will be facilitated to undertake the Award program, in order to incentivise and reward their spirit of volunteerism. They will undergo character and skill building experiences they would never normally encounter, leading to enhanced individual motivation. Pursuing the certified standards of bronze, silver and gold over a time span, they will grow as individuals, become better coaches and eventually qualify as IAYP trainers authorised to deliver and certify the Award program amongst the youth communities they work with, through Open Award Centres (OAC) and Youth Engaging Society (YES) Centres.
Without losing the spirit of volunteerism, the IAYP set of standards (bronze, silver, gold) involving character building activities will not only round off their existing skills, but also provide great motivation and recognition of their commitment to the young Sport Coaches. Motivating the enthusiastic Community Sports Coaches (CSCs) of the ASOP Project to engage in the Award Programme and thus be recognised for their dedication to their communities in the first year of the partnership. Special focus will be given to providing the CSCs with employment / vocational skills in their respective areas in addition to ensuring that their Expeditions and Residential Project experience is different and enriching.
Arun joins the National Award Authority (NAA) Team in a crucial year of the Award Programme in India. He will be responsible for the key areas of: Developing Partnerships; Extending the Award; Brand and Marketing of the Award Programme. As part of the NAA Team, he will be closely involved in the coordination of activity, policy and strategy as per the annual plan.
Arun completed his MBA in International Marketing from the University of Wales, United Kingdom in 2008 and specialises in business development. We are certain that his experience in the UK and his enthusiasm to be involved in the development sector will Engage more young Indians this year!
Contact Arun at Arun@dofe.in
- For the outdoor based/activities based program, a registration form, a medical form, a parent consent form and a release of liability form will have to be submitted by each participant before the commencement of program.
- INME will provide an indicative kit list of items to be carried to camp.
- Please find attached the Project details and the Application Form for Award Participants
- The last date to apply is 24th July 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011
"My Summer was EPIC": Shubhda Hirawat-Gold Award Participant, Award Intern and University Student shares her experiences from the Summer
“Two roads diverged in a wood and I-I took the one less travelled by”
This Robert Frost quote very aptly summarizes my summer. Being a student of Business Studies in Delhi University, interning at larger-than-life corporates for the summer is a trend, the road taken on mostly. This time I decided to differ . Through Grassroutes (www.grassroutes.in) I took a road trip for social change to Avani in the Pithoragarh District of Uttarakhand for over 4 weeks and that has “made all the difference”
Since I started doing the Award , it has almost become like a valid excuse for doing things I wouldn’t have ever thought of doing or wouldn’t have been permitted to do ! Spending a month in the hills working on Community Health and Hygiene with a concentration on Maternal Health and Nutrition.Learning about rural health has been an experience for me whose lived all her life in the glam of the city Delhi.The closest hospital ,rather a small health centre is a minimum 2 hour trek through the hills and imagine a pregnant woman walking to this centre .I worked on the documentation of traditional practices and medicines whose need increases manifold given the harsh living arrangements . I think my biggest learning has been “People”.The graciousness and hospitality of Indians moved me. Inspite of living in dilapidated houses ,empty bowls for grains and tattered clothes and barefeet, the villagers never failed to offer the standard Indian guest serving of “Chai”.Not even once. Happy faces welcomed me like home.
Apart from this, I had the opportunity to learn hard skills like welding and drilling. I nearly mastered the art of drilling because of which I was the mechanic for drilling to eventually make a solar geyser and its panels. I also understood the chemistry of organic dyeing and pigment making . I accomplished my teenage fantasy of Beekeeping and when I say the bees don’t sting ,I am not lying !
I am now back in the heat with a sore back, dyed clothing,bruises and insect bites but it has been all worth it for the summer that it has been .This summer has been my best so far and its because of the Award ,which is always a push factor in following what you like doing .
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