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UCD Volunteers Overseas

Northeast India Project

UCDVO works in partnership with Assam Don Bosco University in Guwahati and the Ferrando Speech and Hearing Centre in Shillong. The project involves volunteers from Ireland and India working in collaboration with NGOs, missionaries and student groups on implementing community development and physiotherapy projects. 


UCDVO participants and Social Work students from Assam Don Bosco University, Guwahati


Project Objectives

  • To share learning between Indian and Irish university students and partner organisations in the areas of social outreach and community development
  • To collaborate with NGOs, missionaries and student groups on implementing community development projects based on needs identified at the grassroots level, e.g. Literacy, English language, healthcare, physiotherapy, youth participation, awareness raising
  • To enhance cultural awareness and solidarity between university students and NGOs for the purpose of development activity


Key Facts

•Eastern most region of India

•Seven Sister states: Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland

•International borders with Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Tibet

•39 million people in the North East

•220 ethnic groups, dialects, traditions


Project Achievements 2014 - 2016

  • Renovation of four Anganwadi (pre-school) centres
  • Organisation of a community exhibition, bringing together 3 villages to showcase the work completed during the programme
  • Production of “Comics for Social Change” book which highlights local and global inequalities
  • Increased awareness of domestic workers’ rights through 3 street play performances
  • Increased understanding of working in a multicultural context
  • Increased activity among the youth through a sports and language classes
  • Skills development for women’s groups in the area of handicrafts and increased potential for income generation through sale of products
  • Formation of women’s groups and girls’ clubs
  • Physiotherapy support and community outreach, Ferrando Speech and Hearing Centre Shillong.