Tuesday, September 8, 2015

About the Programme

The idea of the Asia Plateau Volunteer Internship Programme (APVIP) was born at the Global Hoho held at the Asia Plateau in December 2001. This programme is designed for energetic, self-starting young adults, between the ages of 21 and 35, that are ready to change themselves and bring integrity and positive change in society. The programme will be at Asia Plateau, the Initiatives of Change (formerly MRA) Centre, located on the hills of Panchgani, Maharashtra, 100 km from Pune.

 Interns will be taken in two batches in a year:

  • 1 September to 15 February,
  • 1 February to 15 July (or earlier)

 For each intake, applications should come in at least 6 weeks before the starting date.

This is a hands-on programme with emphasis on learning and growing through voluntary service, leadership and initiative. The program includes:

1. Learning through attendance at seminars, workshops, conferences and other programmes of the Centre which provide unique opportunities to hear experts on various subjects and to meet, mingle and have interactions with some eminent and accomplished facilitators and participants coming from varied backgrounds, professions and locations.

2. Interactive Sessions with opportunities for learning from other countries and cultures. Interns will be expected to make presentations about their respective countries. Living in a multi-faith, multi-cultural community provides a rich experience in life skills, relationship-building and team-work.

3. Leading and Organizing participants of all levels in the practical running of the Centre’s activities and at group meetings.

4. Dedicated Sessions for personal empowerment through effective living and leadership as encouraged by IofC, allow one to examine one’s own life and living, study the forces that can build a sound society as well as understand the relationship between the individual and the state of the world.

Apart from Asia Plateau programmes, ‘Grampari’, IofC’s Rural and Ecology Centre, provides opportunities to work with and learn from village leaders and others from rural India. There may be village visits and activities conducted by Grampari. 






The pre-requisites for the participants are as follows:

  1. Graduate (Preferable but not essential).
  2. Knowledge of spoken and written English.
  3. Should be a responsible and reliable self-starter and a cheerful team player. A commitment to live by the Community Guidelines of Asia Plateau, respect for authority and maintenance of discipline are essential.
  4. Acceptance of IofC’s standards of Unconditional Purity, Honesty, Unselfishness and Love as values to live by and endeavoring to make a sincere effort to live a life of care and service.
  5. Should be physically fit, in good health with ability for hard work and service.
  6. Age: Between 21 and 35 years.

Spoken Hindi/Marathi, and musical, acting and other talents will be an added advantage.

This programme is open to both the genders irrespective of culture, religion or background.

Those meeting the above criteria and keen to join, may fill up the application form online on the link provided below.

Applications should be filled at least six weeks before the starting date of that Internship.

There may be a skype/telephone interview before final selection.  Successful candidates will be informed through email.  

Cost of travel to Asia Plateau and back, incidental and personal expenditure and any other personal travel is to be borne by the candidates. Selected candidates should also take their health insurance covering their entire stay in India.  

There is no fee for the APVIP, food and accommodation as well as any domestic travel expenses in connection with the programme will be borne by IofC, for the duration of the programme. However the centre will be happy to accept any donations/contributions you might wish to make.


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