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Questions to Ask Before You Decide

Kenosis Foundation (KF) is a registered on 2013 and legally approved not for profit organization under the charity Trust Act 188 with a registered number 166/2013-2014, by the govt of India. Thus, we are legally approved to organize and facilitate any charitable projects and conduct programs in India in coordination with international organizations including local organizations in India. To help you with this we have provided answers about KENOSIS Projects Abroad for you to their questions. To avoid being too general we have chosen to answer the questions based on one of our more popular programs.

STAFF

How many full-time staff do you employ? With how many of these people will I come into contact during my program?

We are a yet to establish our staff capacity within the organization. However, we still have 8 full-time staff, 5 part time staff, 5 advisories online from abroad and plus 2 staff in each of our local partners in India overseeing our projects.  We have build partnership to assist you on and off line in UK, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Portugal, Australia, and New York, to name few. You can contact them at any times before you volunteer with us. If you are volunteering in India, you will meet all of the staff there.

 

What are the roles of the full-time staff positions at the program where I will be volunteering?

The first staff member that will interact with is our Managing Director function as your primary Volunteer Advisor, a position dedicated solely to working with upcoming volunteers to help them prepare.  The Volunteer Advisor will make sure you know what to do and will go over all of your questions.  Upon arrival, you will meet our numerous Project Coordinators, staff who make and maintain connections with our local partners and our volunteers on how to best serve each placement. Our Social Manager coordinates cultural events and volunteer get-togethers, making sure you meet the other volunteers.  Many project destination offices or partner organizations also have Coordinators.

Coordinators help you transition to life abroad in such a different environment, especially during the first few weeks. All of our staff is also there to listen to you if you are having any trouble with culture shock as well as with your host family, roommate, or another volunteer. Managing Director from Kenosis Foundation (KF) is your primary contact person to talk to him over the phone and write email, regarding your project placement, your well-being weekend trips, feeling home sick, and need holiday, Certificates or a letter of work experience, and so on.

 

Are the full-time employees’ parts of your organization or do they work for another organization?

All individuals responsible for arranging your project, assuring your well-being, and improving your effectiveness as a volunteer, are directly employed by Kenosis and also its partners in India and abroad. Kenosis projects abroad do not outsource any aspect of its operations to third-party organizations.

 

During a typical Day, how often will I be with a staff member of your organization?

Staff check-in with volunteers regularly during the first week in-country: there are formal check-in sessions for each volunteer after the first day, the first week, and first month.  Beyond this, staffs are available at social events, at our office during office hours, and there is a local 24/7 emergency number for every destination.  However, on a typical day several weeks into a placement, you may not see a staff member unless you need them.  If everything is going as planned, after you've adjusted to the local setting, many days will be spent with one or two other volunteers at your placement.  This immersion is a key aspect of Kenosis projects abroad’s program.

 

Will I have a bilingual staff member on-site and available to me in person at all times?

Our staff members generally work with volunteers’ side-by-side every day. All our Kenosis staffs are recruited locally in each destination.  Not only does this support the local economy, it also benefits our organization and partners, because the people who live in (and grew up in) a society know it best.  All of our key staff members in every destination speak English (as well as the local language) fluently.  This is how we are able to offer projects in places like rural district of Krishnagiri, state of Tamilnadu, where very few volunteers actually speak English.

ACCOMMODATION

How and how often is the accommodation selected and monitored?

Wherever possible Kenosis volunteers live with local host families, house of staff, guest house and on the campus of our partners. The places or families are screened and then selected based on the international volunteer’s requirement standard from the local community. We ensure they can provide appropriate accommodation, food, and security and they are also interviewed to make sure they are friendly and taking in volunteers for the right reasons. Many are associated with our own projects, and we know them for several years such as teachers, staff, host families or doctors that work with our volunteers on various projects.

 

Host families are checked before every new arrival to make sure that they fit our standards for cleanliness and security.  They must have a room available in their home that is dedicated solely to the volunteers.  The house must have solid construction and use secure locks.  They must keep a clean home, especially kitchens and bathrooms.  They must provide potable drinking water and they must be able to provide three nutritious meals of local Indian delicious and variety of cuisine each day. The volunteers can learn skill of cooking or teach host family about western dishes.

 

Where host families are not available, volunteers live in group accommodation or at their placement, similarly evaluated for safety and comfort.

 

What type of security is in place overnight?

Host families are in safe communities and the screening process includes evaluating the home for security. Moreover, your room will be secure and can be locked when you are not there. Follow the safety advice of our staff and use common sense and you should have little to worry about.

CONTACT

How will my friends and family contact me if there is an emergency at home?

There are a number of ways to keep in touch with home and Projects Abroad staff while you are abroad. Most volunteers choose to buy a local cell phone for use while abroad. We will take you to do this as part of your first-day induction. Most phones are pre-paid and affordable. With a prepaid phone you can also receive incoming calls for free, even from your friends and families abroad. There will be internet cafes in close proximity to you placement and/or accommodation as well where you can affordably use a computer and call home via Skype or using an international calling card at a pay phone. Friends and family can also contact our office to get in touch with you through our staff.

 

How will I contact my friends and family if I have an emergency during my program?

First of all, what to do in an emergency will be covered in the induction you will receive when you first arrive. In case of an emergency you will call our emergency number. Not only will we arrange proper care for you, but we can also facilitate your contacting home. Likewise, if your friends and family are concerned about your safety they can contact our staff abroad directly at the contact information provided.

 

Is a 24 hour emergency number provided? To whom does this number connect?

Why not, absolutely. Each destination has a 24-hour, 365 days per year emergency cell phone number.   This connects to a local staff member who is at our office, or close by.  This person speaks English and is trained in our emergency protocol.

ORGANIZATION

 

How long has the organization been conducting programs?

Kenosis Foundation (KF) in India has been providing volunteer opportunities abroad since 2013.

 

How many people do you send each year? How often will I see those people?

We do not really count on numbers, rather we value our work on quality of volunteers and the outcome of impact of volunteers supports in India. A volunteer on our Project will see around five volunteers each day, including roommates and other volunteers working at the same project. On the weekend, you would see anywhere from ten to fifty volunteers at social events and training seminars, depending on the week. We are now trying to increase the number of volunteers coming from across world. We recently got approved “Project across Border” by EU commission, Germany and expected to start January 2017, “Turismo Solidario”, based in Spain and “ENH”, UK to name few.

 

All of the organizations listed on this website are approved with contracts with stringent principles and practices, which includes making publicly available detailed information about how the program fees are used. You might want to study this information to decide whether or not you approve of how funds are spent.

 

Kenosis projects abroad is committed to keeping our prices as low as possible while still offering quality programs with unparalleled flexibility and support and without passing off our volunteers to external organizations. Please see our Why pay to volunteer section for information about where your program fees go.

 

Does the organization hold current and adequate domestic and foreign liability insurance?

Yes, Kenosis projects carry a worldwide public liability insurance policy.  In addition, each volunteer is requested and ensured to got travel medical and travel insurance as a part of our programs to fulfil our Terms and Conditions.

 

Does the organization have an operating manual and universal crisis management plan that is available to all staff?

Kenosis projects abroad have an organization-wide crisis management system in place and all staff is prepared in case of an emergency. All our staff and partner Directors receive personal training by our experienced Operations staff in our India head office.