SAMSKRITA BHARATI

Rating: 5 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Philanthropy

Location: 2068 Walsh Avenue Suite B2 Santa Clara CA 95050 USA

Mission: Promote Samskritam as an everyday language and provide access to its rich and diverse repository of knowledge.
Results: Through its direct classes, camps and other activities, Samskrita Bharati has helped nearly 10000 people to learn Samskritam and speak the language.
Target demographics: promote the language of Samskritam
Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 1000 people learn Samskritam and published two new books.
Geographic areas served: the US
Programs: direct classes for adults and children in more than 30 cities across the US, residential retreats in five regions, youth camps, summer day camps for children, Samskritam As a Foreign Language program for high school kids, distance learning program for adults, Master's program in Samskritam through a collaboration with Karnataka State Open University and various publications.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The volunteers and workers in this organization amaze me with their dedication, effort and above-all cheerfulness. Reviving samskritam is indeed a task of humungous importance to Indians in particular and people of the world in general. The language is at the core of dhArmic (hindu/ buddhist/ jain) civilizations.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

myself, and my family. Speaking samskrit with them it is impossible not to notice the reinvigorated sense of self-respect they exude.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it more internet-savvy.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Happy. Confident.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

This is a great organization that is taking the onus of teaching the language that every Indian should be learning from their young age.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very good and dedicated

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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6 people found this review helpful

This is a wonderful organization that supports and promotes learning sanskrit -- the mother of all Indian languages, ancestor of a variety of european languages - http://mutiny.wordpress.com/2007/02/09/sanskrit-mother-of-european-languages-says-prof-dean-brown/ the organization is supported and run by a large group of volunteers spread across the world, esp. in India and USA. SB conducts a variety of sanskrit learning programs taught by volunteers, with a single goal of spreading the speak-sanskrit movement and goodwill. I myself started learning sanskrit starting a year back through SB - motivated by the selfless efforts of SB volunteers, I have started volunteering myself, whenever I can, whichever way I could.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I learnt and still learning sanskrit through this organization, which has created a very attractive and fun syllabus of learning this ancient language.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

selfless service provided by its volunteers. Esp. their motivation towards helping others learn the language.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

In one word -- Phenomenal... They are all learning the language and bringing back this lost language to life and helping others join the train, along the way.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

A School in England teaches Sanskrit in their curriculum and their primary motivation is that Sanskrit (words and pronunciation) accelerates the mental growth in children. This organization holds the key to make Sanskrit available to all, across the world

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Very well run organization to teach Sanskrit. Even though I live in the USA, I am able to learn Sanskrit and understand Indian scriptures relatively easily. The material is well organized and the teachers are extremely motivated.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outstanding

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

I am learning sanskrit from this organization and the folks are doing a great job. Not only, I can converse in Sanskrit reasonably fluently, I can also read Sanskrit literature on my own without looking at translations or commentary. Great job.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

yes, as i learnt sanskrit completely.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

no changes are needed

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

great

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

spread the language effectively.

Ways to make it better...

none

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funds and volunteers

One thing I'd also say is that...

we need more such organizations

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I started learning Samskritam through Samskrita Bharati and they did a really excellent job. Their method of teaching is wonderful, emphasizing spoken samskritam rather than an emphasis on the grammatical aspects. The language is also thought using our scriptures as an example - thus learn samskritam using Bhagavada Gita and in turn, learn Gita using samskritam. SB has an online bookstore that contains a lot of books regarding the samskritam language, our Indian way of life and the pride of being Indian. These books are useful for any level of learner - from the casual learner of the language to a person wanting to be an expert in the samskritam language and Indian culture. These books can be ordered online and will be delivered anywhere in the world. Through my interaction with Samskrita Bharati I have a better understanding of our culture and history. SB also does a lot of work within India to promote samskritam as a spoken language and as a way of life. It takes very little for each of us to understand our culture and history and there is no better way to do this than through an organization whose sole purpose is to help in that goal.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my understanding of our Indian culture and heritage and in the knowledge I have gained through the use of samskritam as a day-to-day language

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the interaction with the people, in particular the people who have been around since the start of this organization and who are still giving it all they have. They have helped demystify this ancient language and have shown that it is not hard to learn

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very devoted to the idea that samskritam is a definite way of life and the most important way to understand our selves

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Samskrita bharati is doing phenomenal jobs since several years in abroad and in India, promoting various programs for all ages to speak samskritam in day to day life. This organization is well organized with highly skilled volunteer and teachers to reach out all the propagation of samskritam and to helping to understand inidian culture.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It took very short time to understand and speak samskrit

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The curriculum and always helping nature of volunteer

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very kind and knowledgeable

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It can really transform every individual's life

Ways to make it better...

More cities come forward to learn samskritam

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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