Before I began my internship with EduCARE I was pretty confused about how my daily working life would be structured. Although daily life here is structured loosely, in writing this, I hope any prospective interns will get a good idea of an average day working for EduCARE in Punjab.
Today, the 4th November 2014, the Punjab team woke up at about eight o’clock in the morning and took a two minute walk to the local village leader’s house. We go here once or twice a week to chat with the village leader (and quite often his friends and family), drink some chai, eat some biscuits and then have an amazing breakfast before we go back home a few pounds heavier.
After breakfast we then had a few hours spare to get on with some work for our projects. This can involve doing research, going to one of the Migrant camps early to implement something (today a few interns went early to build an EcoSan toilet), going to any meetings you have arranged, working on the office, or simply completing some paperwork. Then, around two o’clock, all the interns met at one of the camps we work with in a nearby village called Paro. Here we usually sit with the community for a while to build on our relationship with the camp. This can seem daunting and difficult at times, especially when there are no interns with Hindi skills, but just being there and sitting with some of the community members is an important aspect of working with the Migrant camps.
After a bit of community engagement we ran the After School Programme where we taught the children some English and played some educational games. Once we finished with these activities (the whole time in the camp usually lasts between two and three hours) we got the bus home and We prepared, cooked and ate dinner together (as we do every day) and then did as we pleased. Some people use the evenings to do more work, exercise, browse the internet, watch films and so on. Once or twice a week we also get together to have a little party, listen to music, drink a few had the evening to ourselves. beers and play some games.This, I would say, is an average day working in Punjab.