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 “So You’re Native Indian!”  

  “Then where are you from?” a trainee asked me. On my second day volunteering at ETASHA, I observed a class on Spoken English at the Mori Gate centre in North Delhi. Eight or nine trainees, probably about my own age – 19 – sat around the edges of the room in wicker chairs that […]

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India’s Shortage of Skilled Workers

  According to the ILO, the Indian Industry will have a demand for 500 million skilled workers by 2022. However, the current supply of skilled workers is only 3.4 million approximately. The Indian education system, which often overlooks employability skills, faces a massive task of making 496.6 million Indians employable in a new-age economy within […]

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Helping Youth Deal With Anger

  By R. Nithya He had a job, true. He also had enough money for his family to survive in the resettlement colony of Dakshinpuri in South Delhi. But Raj Kumar, now 26 years old, wanted more. Not more money, but something more important and rather more difficult to earn. He wanted respect. “I never […]

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“It’s All About the Trainees”

By Katja Polc An early morning. Days are slowly becoming more pleasant and I love the blast of freshness in the air which helps me to get out of the bed.  My day starts with the usual first morning voice of our very own vegetable-seller who shouts on top of his lung in a dynamic […]

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Career Highway: Helping Students Choose Their Careers

  By Monika Lust One of the hardest choices young people need to make concerns what they want to study and what kind of a career they would like to opt for. With more and more diverse career options and professional opportunities emerging, there are unfortunately many young people who remain confused and end up […]

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ETASHA Society Joins Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2014

The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon is back! And we’re running again. Our campaign “Twenty15in2015” aims at raising Rs. 20.15 lakh to provide career guidance to 2,015 young people from underprivileged backgrounds in the year 2015. The need for proper career guidance is acutely felt by both the youth and their parents. Increasing competition for admission […]

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Alone Doesn’t Mean Lonely

  Namaste! My name is Monika and I come from Estonia. Is this the first time you’re meeting an Estonian, or the first time you’re even hearing about Estonia? Do not worry. I hear that every day here in India 🙂 Estonia is a small country in northeast Europe. It’s about the size of the […]

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Where the Magic Happens…

  I sat on the plane in Slovenia and landed in this big, hot, colourful, sometimes hectic, but always interesting city, which each day grows closer to my heart – Delhi. But let me start at the very beginning of my story. I applied for volunteering work in ETASHA through GLEN – Global Education Network […]

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Reflections One Year on

It seems like it was only yesterday… I still remember that blank expression on Meenakshi and Ian’s face when I introduced myself as a biologist during the first round of my interview. They were clueless as to why a biologist would want to work for them…..but I had answers to all their why’s! I told […]

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Volunteering – find your own way to make a difference

  Do you remember the much mocked story ‘6-Day Visit To Rural African Village Completely Changes Woman’s Facebook Profile Picture’ that went viral on social media a few months ago? The story is a satire on international ‘voluntourism’, whereby privileged Westerners go to developing countries on short albeit expensive trips, spend a few days in […]

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