How did Teach For India find volunteers for their classrooms?

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Teach For India was founded in 2008. Inspired by Teach For America’s journey, they worked with McKinsey & Company to craft a blueprint around the belief that all children must attain an excellent education.

What was their requirement? 

Teach for India is a non-profit organisation that aims to address educational inequality by recruiting and training young professionals to teach in underprivileged schools across India. This noble cause, however, comes with its unique set of challenges. The classrooms, for instance, are generally under-resourced and have specific requirements that aren’t easy to meet. This is where their volunteer programme comes into play. These volunteers assist fellows in managing these classrooms and addressing the unique challenges they pose.

Why WisdomCircle and how did we help?

One of the major challenges they faced in their volunteer programme was finding the right individuals who would be willing to volunteer in-person.

Enter WisdomCircle, a platform where individuals over the age of 50 are looking for opportunities to give back to society in a meaningful way. With a lifetime of experience, these individuals are looking for purpose-driven roles where they can make a significant impact.

Recognising this, Teach for India listed their volunteer roles on WisdomCircle, hoping to tap into this pool of experienced individuals passionate about education equity. The response was overwhelming. Several interested individuals connected through the platform. However, given the specific classroom requirements and location constraints, WisdomCircle was able to place five volunteers with Teach for India.

The impact

The impact these volunteers had was immediate and profound. So much so, that Teach for India was thoroughly impressed with their performance. They even wanted one of the volunteers to consider applying for a full-time fellowship position, recognizing the immense value these experienced individuals can bring to their organisation.

Find the talent you need

So, if you are an organisation grappling with similar challenges, WisdomCircle can be your solution. If you are looking for passionate, driven volunteers with a lifetime of experience who can bring a fresh perspective and a wealth of knowledge to your cause, find them on WisdomCircle. A solution like this not only addresses your immediate needs but also contributes significantly to the larger goal of societal improvement.

Blog cover illustration: Education illustrations by Storyset

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