I completed the Indicorps Fellowship by volunteering with a small, grassroots NGO in a remote, mountain-top, tribal village in Tamil Nadu. I assisted the NGO with implementing their first nutrition interventions in the community including introducing a new, locally sustainable technology wherein 2 clay pots, some sand, and water could be used to create a rural refrigerator. As much as I worked to create a sustainable impact on the lives of the villagers, the greatest impact was on me and how I learned to be a better leader and person. This is why I continue to be involved with mentoring current fellows.
I was involved with Indicorps in the context of their fellowship program, during which I lived in rural India and worked with a local non-profit. I did not know really what to expect from this experience, and to be honest, I did not fully appreciate how special this organization is until I returned from to the States and spoke with a friend who had recently done Peace Corps. My friend's experience was disjointed, disorganized, and there was little support during the time in the host community. In contrast, Indicorps was supportive and inspiring in a non-smothering way that really allowed me to move ahead and out of my comfort zone while feeling like I had a safety net if I ever really need to bail. You won't find another group of folks so passionate about Change and Empowerment and Good and Respect and Honesty as the Indicorps staff (and this includes all the fellows I met and worked with as well). This experience shaped the rest of my life and I am on a completely different career path than before because of my work in India with Indicorps.
I was an Indicorps Fellow in 2005-6. I had a tremendous experience. Indicorps facilitated my work with a local grassroots NGO in Delhi, India. I lived and worked as a type of barefoot-paralegal in a slum community, with no prior formal legal training. I attribute much of my success in that volunteer work to Indicorps unique and holistic approach to service.
Indicorps is an organization with a strong central ethic. Its mission is simple: empower young people of Indian descent to commit to themselves and to their communities so that they can create change for themselves and in their communities. Indicorps has built a strong network of NGOs, support staff, and programming to implement this mission.