Project CARE facilitates group volunteering trips to underprivileged schools and other learning centres across Asia and Africa.

About Us

Founded in 2012 and has since coordinated 15 group volunteering trips, raising over £100,000 for transformational education projects

Currently organise trips to:

  • Navchetan Andhjan Mandal School, a school for children with a variety of physical and mental impairments in Bhuj, Gujarat in India
  • Himalayan Buddhist Cultural Association School, the only school housing children in a remote location in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains in Manali, Himachal Pradesh in India
  • Auro Technical School, a vocational college providing courses in hairdressing, tailoring, bricklaying and carpentry in the rural town of Pajwenda near Tororo in Uganda

Want to know more?

University students

For any university students who are interested in going on one of our 2022 trips – please register your interest by clicking here.

Anyone else 

Are you not a university student and interested in going on a volunteering trip of a lifetime with a group of like-minded individuals wanting to make a real difference? Does your organisation want to partner with us? For those and any other questions, please email us on – projectcare@careducation.org.

Volunteer Blogs, Social Media and Newsletter

1. Click here to read in-trip blogs from our past volunteers
2. Instagram
3. Facebook
4. LinkedIn
5. YouTube

Click here to subscribe to our newsletter!

What makes us different?

  • Project CARE is run by a group of volunteers who have each volunteered through Project CARE
  • Opportunity to volunteer abroad with a group of diverse and passionate individuals
  • 100% of donations received reach the grassroots projects (NB: no one within the charity receives a salary or other reimbursement for operating it)
  • We do not charge any administration or other fees for the trips
  • Achievable fundraising target for each volunteer
  • Significantly subsidised accommodation, meals and transfers costs
  • Support and training before and during the trips, including a full-day workshop prior to trips
  • No local language skills or prior teaching experience required
  • Immersion in the local community
  • Simple application and enrolment process

Our Trips

Navchetan Andhjan Mandal School | Bhuj, Gujarat, India

The Navchetan Andhjan Mandal School is a centre for disabled children where the focus is on teaching the students both academic and vocational skills. The centre provides boarding facilities for many of its students. The school is an inclusive and enabling environment, catering for students with a wide range of physical and mental impairments and is seen as a refuge for disabled children in the local and wider community. The school therefore plays an important role in providing a platform for students in a developing Indian society that, in part, still grapples with the realities of disabilities.

There is currently one trip to this school each year, at the end of June. During the trip, volunteers live in guest rooms on the school campus, with all meals provided at the school. Volunteers get the opportunity to run their own classes with the students on a variety of subjects outside of their usual curriculum. They are also able to spend time outside of school hours running sports, arts and crafts, dance and musical sessions with the students.

Aside from their time in the schools, volunteers will be able to experience the local community, including an eye opening visit to an old people’s home supported by CARE in nearby Bachau.

To find out more about the school, Click Here.

Click Here to read blog posts from past Project CARE volunteers who have been to  Navchetan Andhjan Mandal School Bhuj volunteers. 

Himalayan Buddhist Cultural Association School | Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India

The Himalayan Buddhist Cultural Association School is a school located in a remote part of the Himalayan mountains and is the only school in this area to provide both educational and residential facilities. The children attending the school are often incredibly deprived and some travel up to 7 days through mountainous terrains to reach the school at the start of each school term.

The school is English speaking and volunteers are encouraged to support the existing curriculum by presenting lessons in more atypical and creative ways. There is also scope for volunteers to present bespoke classes on areas not covered by their existing curriculum such as geography and politics. Volunteers often also run fun and varied extracurricular classes, such as sports, arts and crafts and dance sessions.

Volunteers stay at a guesthouse which is a short walk from the school during their stay, where all meals are provided.

To find out more about the school, Click Here.

Auro Technical School | Pajwenda, Tororo, Uganda

In November 2019, four members of the Project CARE committee (Darpit, Riya, Shiv and Meera) spent time volunteering at Auro Technical School, a vocational college located in Pajwenda, a rural part of eastern Uganda, near Tororo town. The college gives local young adults an opportunity to access invaluable vocational training, and currently provides courses to over 140 students in hairdressing, tailoring, bricklaying and carpentry.
Following their visit, the Project CARE team raised concerns about the college’s kitchen and toilets, as these facilities were in extremely poor condition and requiring urgent renovation. CARE has subsequently funded the Auro Technial School to enable it to reconstruct these facilities to meet local standards and help transform the sanitation levels for the students. The construction work is underway.
Project CARE aims to start group volunteering trips to the Auro Technical School in the near future.
If you would like to donate towards the costs of the reconstruction of the kitchen and toilet blocks at Auro Technical School, please Click Here.

Organising Committee

Darpit Mehta

Chair

Darpit founded Project CARE in 2012 and chairs the organising committee, and his role includes managing external relationships and the overall direction of the programme. He has been on trips to Bhuj in 2013 and 2014, Manali in 2014 and Uganda in 2019.
Darpit studied law at the University of Warwick, graduating in 2014 and currently works as a private equity M&A solicitor at a law firm in London.

Riya Pabari

MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Riya manages communications with prospective volunteers at universities and Project CARE’s various social media platforms. Riya set up Project CARE at the University of Nottingham in 2014 and has been on trips to Bhuj in 2015, Manali in 2016 and Uganda in 2019.
Riya studied mathematics at the University of Nottingham, graduating in 2016 and currently works as a portfolio specialist within asset management in London.

Shivam Soni-Sadar

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE COORDINATOR

Shiv manages the in-trip experience of volunteers, including organising the annual volunteers’ training workshop, where Project CARE run a series of sessions to prepare prospective volunteers for their upcoming volunteering trips.
Shiv has been on trips to Bhuj in 2015, Manali in 2016 and Uganda in 2019. Shiv studied engineering at the University of Warwick, graduating in 2016 and currently works as a wealth manager in London.

Meera Sindha

FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR

Meera manages and coordinates the fundraising efforts of prospective volunteers and is responsible for fundraising-related communications. Together with Riya, she set up Project CARE at the University of Nottingham in 2014 and has been on trips to Bhuj in 2015 and Uganda in 2019.
Meera studied psychology at the University of Nottingham, graduating in 2016 and currently works as a youth worker in London.

Nikita Shah

ALUMNI RELATIONS COORDINATOR

Nikita manages relations with past volunteers, including sending regular newsletters and organising trips for alumni and other graduates who want to volunteer through Project CARE again. She has been on a trip with Project CARE to Manali in 2016.
Nikita studied natural sciences at the University of Nottingham, graduating in 2017 and currently works as a market researcher in the healthcare industry in London.

Fundraising Efforts

The funds raised by Project CARE volunteers each year goes towards CARE and enables CARE
to allocate funds towards needful projects that it supports across India and Africa. 

The funds raised in past years by Project CARE volunteers has allowed CARE to contribute towards, amongst other things, the following:

  • A sanitation project at the school in Bhuj
  • Infrastructure (including a playground) at the Manali school
  • Funding the Cerebral Palsy Foundation in Mombasa
  • Funding classroom construction by the Amara Charitable Trust in Nairobi
  • Rebuilding a school in Nepal following the earthquake in 2015

Unlike many charities where donations may, in part, go towards administration costs, expenses or salaries, CARE cover all such costs themselves and do not make deductions from donations. This means that, other than the fees charged by Virgin Money Giving for online fundraising, your donation would go towards projects supported by CARE.

Click the “Donate” button below to donate towards the fundraising page of the Project CARE committee members who volunteered at the Auro Technical School, with funds going towards the reconstruction of the school’s toilets and kitchen facilities.

Donate