About: The Agency for Non Konventional Urban Rural Initiatives (ANKURI) was started in 2000 as a series of meetings of village women in the rural area outside Dehrarun, in northwest India. The meetings arose as the women began to think of ways to generate employment. Utilizing a multifaceted approach to village development, ANKURI empowers rural women through income generation, alleviation of poverty and promotion of health, education and the full participation of women and children in Uttrakhand society. ANKURI’s mission is to empower village women to become economically self sufficient, enabling them to be decision makers in their families thus improving the health and education of their children. They achieve their mission through three distinct programs: craft and vocational training (knitting, stitching and embroidery, spinning, and weaving), a literacy program, and a travel program.
Intern Responsibilities: Based on the program area, IIP interns in the literacy program will provide 20-35 children English language classes and soft skills classes; in the craft and vocational training program will help in brochure designing and finding markets for finished products and photography; and in the travel program, IIP interns will produce promotional brochures and other materials to help publicize and promote the work of the organization. Specific projects include:
- Development of classroom resources such as flash cards, maps, learning games and lesson plans. Lead classroom-related projects and participate in others.
- Development and enhancement of ANKURI's media and social media presence. Projects include continuing upkeep of the Facebook presence, development of program's presence on other social platforms (Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
- Development of business tools and resources for the programs. Maintain and enhance the craft center inventory database and accounts.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in teaching, art, communications (including social media), design (including fashion design), community development, theater and/or film are encouraged to apply. Skills in creating/enhancing webpages, and utilizing art skills to make teaching aids, signs, etc. would be an asset.
Previous work experiences (in the words of the past IIP interns): Intern #1: We inventoried finished products, started translating a women's ledger, created resources for the literacy center, taught kids, inventoried the books in the literacy center, supervised other interns, worked on the social media and websites, and looked at ways to advertise ANKURI and assessed its impact through surveys.…I think my work really grounded the organization and made them more aware of how their organization works and how it's impacting the community. I also set up resources for future interns and have found ways to let more people know about ANKURI…I learned how important it is to test a resources out on the kids before assuming that they will love it or it will help them. I learned how to incorporate what I read in the news into daily conversations and also how to make processes more efficient. Intern #2: Our daily work responsibilities were making lesson plans, teaching classes (for about two hours), and making resources such as flashcards for the classroom. In addition, we were given projects such as creating a spreadsheet inventory of all the finished wool products in their craft center, creating an inventory of all the literacy center resources (ie. books, puzzles, stories, etc.), and editing the website. We also conducted a survey created by a previous intern to assess the impact of the organization on the local women… I learned a lot about teaching children, how to work in close cooperation with two others, and how to work under a supervisor when given more vague directions than I've been used to in school, (allowing me to bounce my own ideas and put my input in). Intern #3: We taught English lessons to local kids. We also worked on more long term projects. I was put in charge of making flash cards to correspond with one of the English textbooks, which was a massive job because the book was huge. I also was asked to draw pictures on a map of the world for the classroom, and over the first few weeks I made an alphabet banner to go in the classroom...Throughout this placement, we came up with lesson plans for the kids and then tested them out in the afternoons and wrote what went well and what didn't. We tried to tailor little lessons to each level…So we focused on creating resources for the classroom that were appropriate for the age groups of the kids- anywhere from 4 to 12…We definitely improved the teaching resources for future interns and by the time we left had an actual curriculum planned, with directions for activities and flashcards etc…This experience has taught me how to think creatively about what kids will enjoy doing in class and what they'll get out of activities. I'd never really thought about how teachers prepared lessons or even if they cared what the kids learned, but being on the other side really opens up a new perspective. When teaching the small groups I preferred to sit with the kids rather than stand in front of them, especially with the younger children.
View a PowerPoint presentation by a past IIP intern: ANKURI_India_Laffan_Faridah.pdf