Bridging-the-Gap

For young between 20 to 24 years old

DESCRIPTION

Bridging-the-Gap, a bridging program by the TGG Foundation, empowers individuals aged 20-24 who aspire to be entrepreneurs. During the program, we provide them with crucial life skills such as proficiency in technology, responsible use of social media, strong work ethics, fundamental values, and practical survival skills like cooking, laundry, and vegetable cultivation. Additionally, our program promotes knowledge-sharing through open discussions and explorations, fostering personal development and enhancing their comprehension of sustainable development.

PERIOD AND DURATION

Tailored for individuals between the ages of 20 and 24, our program suggests a minimum stay of 5 weeks. Immerse yourself in a transformative experience, making the most of your time to gain deep insights and explore new horizons. Embrace personal growth, confront comfort zones, and capitalise on opportunities. Engage fully in the journey of self-discovery, pushing boundaries to reveal untapped potential.

Sustainable Project

Within 5 weeks

Complete one project successfully

Experience : Practical knowledge

Work Exchange

5 hours per day

Office & common activities

Exchange: Food & Accommodation

Volunteering

2 hours per day

Community Welfare activities

Gratitude: Selfless Service

KNOWLEDGE SHARING AND VOLUNTEERING PROGRAM

MORE INFORMATION

Before Arrival:

Alignment with our mission: Once your application is accepted the initial step towards participating in our Bridging-the-gap program at TGG Foundation is to complete a one-time registration at https://tggfct.org/responsible-human-mission/.

Clarity and Connection: It’s crucial to gain a clear understanding of our Bridging-the-gap program and differentiate between Work Exchange and Volunteering opportunities when contemplating a visit to our charity organization. We will organise a Google meet to discuss your interest and your area of intervention. We have dual focus: identifying your inherent talents and interests, and equipping you with responsible technology usage for both work and revenue-generating activities. Concurrently, we provide various community development initiatives, including social media promotion, videography & photography, and vegetable cultivation, as part of our volunteering activities.

Letter of recommendation: After being selected and obtaining RHM registration, it is necessary to submit a letter of recommendation from the institution’s Head of the Department before planning your trip if you are still pursuing your graduation. Consider factors such as program duration, season, and any visa or travel requirements.

Online Integration: Students planning to join us are required to complete an online orientation program before arriving. This ensures a smoother transition and reduces the need for extensive assistance upon arrival, facilitating seamless integration into our project. Our Experiential Learning Programme occurs from November to March, and due to a packed daily schedule during this period, we may have limited availability to personally introduce students to the project and activities, potentially leading to a less connected experience.

Items to carry: Other than your personal belongings, items that you need to carry for the onsite volunteering program are : Cloths to wear during field work, Garden Gloves, Mask, Safety Glass, Gumboot, Cap, laptop, essential medicines, etc.

When you are here:

Open-mindedness: When undertaking our training program in a different cultural setting, it is crucial to approach the experience with respect and an open mind. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the customs and culture of the community you will be working with, and be willing to adjust your behavior and communication style accordingly. Embrace new experiences and perspectives, and be open to both learning and sharing.

Leave Ego Outside: Before entering any TGG-created centers, it is requested that you leave your ego outside, as there is no place for it within our spaces. Approach with humility, recognizing the substantial effort invested in creating such opportunities. We extend the same courtesy and respect in return, acknowledging the effort you’ve made to travel and participate in our training program.

Office Activities: During your stay, you will collaborate with various foundation members and remote volunteers to develop and successfully complete your project.

Common Activities: Engage in tasks such as cooking, cleaning, collecting dry leaves, maintaining the vegetable garden, harvesting, watering plants, social media promotions, videography, photography, and more.

Volunteering Activities: Sustainable projects benefitting the community require a creative approach, integrating handholding at every level for people in rural areas. This should be part of your project planning and implementation to ensure ethical income generation for self-sustainability.

Sustainable Project: Create a sustainable project aligned with our rural development goals, submitting a project report detailing short-term and long-term impacts to the Chairman.

Our Practice: Embrace minimalism at the RHM Center, promoting two major meals a day, recycling, upcycling, simple living, a low carbon footprint, resource sharing, and cost-effective travel. Alcohol and smoking are strictly prohibited.

Accommodation: Bridging-the-Gap participants receive shared dorms (twin sharing) with a shared washroom facility located 25 meters from the room at the RHM Center.
Cooking Facility & Groceries: A community kitchen at the RHM Center provides basic ingredients for Indian meals. Additional items can be sourced from a store 3 kilometers away, with delivery available on request.

Culture Exchange: Hosts at the RHM Center, also founders of TGG, invite those interested in a simple way of life. Daily routines include refreshments at 8 AM, breakfast at 10 AM, tea/snacks at 3:30 PM, and dinner at 7 PM. Sharing meals and potluck dinners are encouraged, fostering informal conversations from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

Knowledge Exchange: Your enthusiasm, dedication, abilities, and talents will be assessed during your engagement. Opportunities will be provided for exploration and development until you excel in your chosen area. Successful participants become members of the RHM Club.

Safety Responsibility: Visitors are responsible for their safety in Wayanad, a district surrounded by forests and wildlife. Caution is advised when traveling at night, and staying inside between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM is recommended to ensure safety and minimize wildlife interactions.

Program Termination: While TGG Foundation benefits the community through its projects, participants play a role in social responsibility. If goals diverge from social responsibilities, the bridging program may be terminated, and RHM Registration canceled.

On the area:

Wayanad is a district enveloped by numerous forests, plantations and wildlife sanctuaries, all welcoming habitats for wildlife. We strongly advise all visitors to remain inside their rooms between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM, as a precautionary measure to ensure your safety and to minimize any potential interactions with wildlife.

Time off opportunities:

Many tourist places are closed on Mondays, so it’s a good idea to plan your visits on your days off. You can find more information at Wayanad Tourism. The nearest bus stop to the RHM Center is ONNEYAR, just 1 km away. You can also take an auto or taxi to get around. The closest train stations are Kozhikode and Mysore, both about 100 kilometers away. The main bus station near the RHM Center is Sulthan Bathery, approximately 18 kilometers away. The nearest airports are Calicut International Airport, Kannur International Airport, and Mysore Airport, all approximately 100 kilometers from Wayanad.

When you are back home:

We encourage you to share your experience review with us to ensure continuous improvement and make the experience memorable for all participants.
Spread the word on TGG Foundation with others, if that can help transform the lives of other students who are loinspiring and encouraging them to participate in similar opportunities.

APPLICATION FORM

Takeaways

  1. Certificate of Participation
  2. Nomination to RHM Club
  3. Survival Skills
  4. Technology tool usage
  5. Opportunity to participate in TGG Aid (social welfare programs)
  6. Gaining knowledge on Experiential Learning Program
  7. Being part of a global family for collective actions that are for common good
  8.  Food, Accommodation & Travel reimbursement for undergarduate students within the age group of 20-24 years sent on assignment to social organisations for gaining hands-on-experience / Three months  handholding  to estahlish themselves independently.