Here are frequently asked questions and their answers.
The duration of Educational Internship at Earth5R is 3 months.
Projects are ongoing, so you can volunteer as long as you enjoy working with us.
We take interns throughout the year.
We expect that members work with us for minimum 3 months. We do not accept applications from volunteers who may not be able to commit a minimum of 3 months on the team.
8 hours per day. Interns have fun and they are learning what a typical education system is not designed to teach.
Our projects are spread around the world, so you can volunteer from any location on the Earth.
In most cases hours are flexible. However, few community activities are time bound, being shared responsibilities one may have to conduct activities in hours which are more suitable to community members.
“You can't make footprints in the sands of time by sitting on your butt. And who wants to leave buttprints in the sands of time?” - Bob Moawad
No, we are not an NGO. We are a Social Entreprise, a profit-for-purpose venture.
We have a very unique organisational model. The whole organisation Earth5R is run by volunteers and interns. This includes the Management team, the Core team and the Project teams.
Some of our projects were initiated by our Volunteer Environmentalists and Environmental Interns. You can start off with any of the existing projects. Once you have set up your successful track record, you can suggest a new project to the management. Depending on its feasibility, the project can be launched by Earth5R.
The work at Earth5R includes hanging out in slums, working with marginalised communities- many people find it challenging because they are not used to. If you can read this on your screen, you are privileged and it needs a stretch of the mind to understand the challenges people face at the bottom of the pyramid.
It’s important to realise that lofty ideals are not enough. Wanting to do good is one thing. Actually doing good is another. When we hold ourselves to lesser performance standards, it disrespects the impoverished, the marginalised communities and the people whom we seek to help and empower.
You bring your passion and the cause. Earth5R provides the actionable tools to get you started and step up your game. We are about doing stuff. It’s about practising what we preach.
There are various reasons why people apply to Earth5R.
A lot of people apply because they are believers in humanity, and they genuinely want to be part of the change they wish to see in the world.
Then few others apply for following reasons, and we hope you are none of those:
These people get bored easily, lose motivation soon, get satisfied with a little performance, don’t get enough learning, and bring disappointment to the cause that is build to change lives of marginalised communities.
Your personal values, how you perceive those you intend to serve and your personal motivation for helping the planet– that is, basically how well you know yourself – will have a powerful impact on your ability to bridge the gap between lofty talk and real work here.
We don’t believe in the over-sold mythology about “teamwork.” We don’t give you any team. Here we help you become leaders, and real leaders develop their own communities, and they build their team that beats in sync with their heart!
We assume you are neither a policy ideologue nor a romantic naively idealising poverty and Facebook couch activist. Earth5R is for you, but – more importantly – for the impoverished, powerless and for the planet.
“Do it only if it’s super important to you, if it’s not, don’t waste your time because life is too short to do something that doesn’t include your emotional investment.”- Saurabh Gupta, Founder, Earth5R
We generally take very few best people (with best we mean those who are committed to the cause, empathetic towards marginalised communities, who can take criticism positively) on our program so the selection criteria is very stringent, good performance on the assigned task is crucial.
There is no certificate or any LOR for incomplete work. If you are very sure about your involvement and impact then definitely take it ahead.
We believe in ethics and highest standards of performance. It’s a moral responsibility of every privileged person to share their most important resources- education and skills, with those who are at the bottom of the pyramid.
It will definitely require you to be the strong species here if you want to build a change that is sustainable. You are welcome if you think you are doing what is due and YOU ARE DOING IT FOR YOURSELF.
Earth5R offers three months of flexible educational internship for carrying out specific socio-environmental projects. Interns work, on an assigned project related to Social Entrepreneurship and Environmental Sustainability.
The educational internship includes training, mentoring, outdoor and indoor tasks, submission of project report and performance reviews. Interns will be guided by their mentor/ team leader and will receive relevant study material throughout the internship.
Your major contributions would be via following activities:
The duration of the internship program is 8 hours per day for 3 months or 480 hours in total.
International students, working professionals and Earth5R interns upon completion of educational internship can apply for volunteering at Earth5R.
Indian students can apply for Volunteering only if they have gone through an internship program at Earth5R. This is subjected to their performance as an intern. In the past 80% of the interns continued their stints at Earth5R as volunteers.
There is no maximum limit to the length of Volunteering. Some of the best ones with long-term assignment become project partners at Earth5R and build their career within Earth5R.
A successful sustainable development agenda requires partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society. Climate change is global, but it starts at the local level. Innovation can’t happen without people coming forward from diverse sectors, certainly not without exchange of knowledge and action. If our epidemics start at the local level, their solutions also need to start at the local level. Inclusive partnerships built upon a shared vision and shared goals that place people and the planet at the centre are needed at the global, regional, national and local level.
Citizens can address this by partnering in the change process. Urgent action is needed to mobilise, redirect and unlock the transformative power of communities to deliver on sustainable development objectives.
Citizens who would like to kickstart local sustainability programs under Green Citizens Project can apply to volunteer with us for a minimum of 6 months. There is no maximum limit to the length of Volunteering.