There are several ethnic minorities in India. NGOs are working towards community development to prepare them to participate and compete within the mainstream society. The primary focus of NGOs is to help the tribal communities cope with issues that they are facing with- such as education problems, lack of adequate medical care and isolation. Working in this field requires a high degree of flexibility, and volunteers must try get involved directly with these people and with the staff of the local project.
Most projects in this field are located in rural and remote areas, near to or within the tribal communities. You will be working with tribal communities and therefore be prepared for bare minimum and simple living conditions. There will also be a strong language barrier which will be a challenge for anyone working in this field.
A prior experience or a good knowledge of these kinds of situations is appreciated. Most of the development work carried out by NGOs working towards community development projects is based on education, awareness, creation, livelihood promotion and health development. Therefore the volunteers will be required to teach in most of the projects where they work with tribal children. So an interest in teaching and love for children is important. However, you could also be supporting the staff in the daily running of the orphanage, when the children go to their normal school.
A creative approach to work is useful and you will have the opportunity to initiate new mini projects or activities. You will have to be prepared for a flexible approach to the work and be willing to undertake a variety of tasks.
If you have many ideas of teaching different kinds of activities such as games, songs, arts and crafts or sports and athletics to children, then this type of project is for you!