Hard Work, No Pay – Summer Jobs Off the Beaten Track

Do you support the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) and the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS)? Then why not give some of your time to help make it work?

Last year 40 student volunteers from different universities across India helped the Araria District Administration and Jan Jagaran Shakti Sangathan (
www.jjabihar.org ) to conduct a series of social audits of NREGA works. This year the administration plans to not only cover NREGS but also ICDS and Old Age Pension scheme.

Volunteers are needed for conducting social audits and surveys in Araria district of Bihar. This involves assisting NREGA workers with work applications, ensuring that their complaints are addressed, inspecting NREGA worksites, conducting awareness campaigns, monitoring the payment of wages, auditing Anganwadi Centres, and related activities.

Volunteers should be prepared to work in rural areas for at least two-three weeks, without modern comforts. Prior experience of fieldwork, and fluency in English and Hindi, are preferred but not essential.

We will be covering your expenses in Araria, but this is not a money-making opportunity.   More importantly, it is a chance for you to gain work experience, learn something about rural India, and contribute to the realization of the right to work and right to food.

Also clarify the dates when you will be available. The audits will be conducted from 7th May to middle of July. Please send your resume to [email protected] by 20th April. You also need to fill up a form online at http://nrega-tk/nregasurvey/


For any clarification you can call Ashish at 09973363664.


Thank you,


Kamayani Swami and Ashish Ranjan for the Jan Jagaran Shakti Sangathan.