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IIP-Indian Institute for Cerebral Palsy
Kolkata, India (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Partner Institution/Organization Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Dept Offering Program: IIP, International Internship Program (IIP) Program Type: Internship
Language Prerequisite: No Program Features: Community Service, Field Work
Degree Level: 2 First year Ugrad, 3 Sophomore, 4 Junior Time Away: Summer
Housing options: Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization Program Group: International Internship Program
Program Description:
Indian Inst of Cerebral Palsy    IICP 1

About: The Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy (IICP) offers services across the life-cycle from newborn babies aged to adults over 50 years of age. It works within the context of an institution and in the community--in urban slums and rural areas of the state of West Bengal. IICP's multi-disciplinary professional team of therapists, teachers, and social workers, work closely with persons with disabilities and their families. IICP's areas of specialization include Information Communication Technology, Advocacy, and Community Based Services. IICP seeks to educate and inform persons with disabilities and their families of equal rights and opportunities and to assist them in gaining access to all aspects of life in the community. IICP’s assistive technology center demonstrates the close collaboration between developers of technology and users.

Intern Responsibilities: Possible projects for IIP interns will be: teaching children and adults with disability; physiotherapy/occupational therapy--assessment and management of CP; collaboration with instituitions like the National Resource Center for Augmentative and Alternative communication and the Ankur Advocacy and Empowerment Group; vocational training; adult day and short stay services; family services; social work; projects in Jugnu, a playschool for economically disadvantaged children aged 2-6 years. IIP Interns can choose one or more services in which they will be placed.

Qualifications: IIP candidates with interest in human rights, assistive technology for persons with communication difficulties, advocacy and empowerment of marginalized groups, journalism, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, drama, music, art, and/or counseling and social work are encouraged to apply. Photography/video skills are recommended. Film-making skills would be an asset. Basic knowledge of Hindi or Bengali would be an asset but is not required.

Previous work experiences (in words of past IIP interns): Intern #1: In the mornings, I taught the special education department. I worked with students ages 8 to 14 on reading/writing in English and learning basic math skills. In the afternoons, I went to the Adult Day Center where adults with severe disabilities spend their day. There, I was responsible for engaging the students in activities and teaching them basic life skills like how to feed themselves. I was also responsible for feeding those students who cannot feed themselves. In the evenings, I worked on creating teaching aids for the next day's class and worked on a project in the vocational training division to teach the hearing and speech impaired how to cook. Next month, I spent my mornings working full time in the vocational training division, helped the students there build resumes, conducted job interviews, and obtained marketable skills that they can use in a workplace environment (like typing, use of computers, exc.). I then spent my afternoons working with Roshni, the technology department, where I helped develop additional learning aids for the hearing and speech impaired. Intern #2: I worked in the Hindi/English classroom and the LSTU (Life Skills Training Unit) classroom in the Center for Special Education (CSE) in the institute. My projects were to teach communicative English in those classrooms, teach math and English individually for two students, and made a poetry communication board for one student. The communication board was a collection of poems that the students used to learn and recite poetry...I learned how to be more open-minded about different cultures. I was very accustomed to structured schedules and routines in the United States, but I learned how to be more flexible and open to sudden changes...My project was also helping me learn how to teach. I learned how to present the material, what kinds of problems/questions to give them, and how to grab their attention...My communicative English lessons helped the students learn how to interact with people who speak English, especially with foreign visitors who come to the classrooms. The individual math and English lessons for the two students helped them reach several of their academic goals. The communication board was also be used by other students who have difficulty speaking, not only the student that I made it for. Intern #3: I worked in the institute's catering unit alongside people with disabilities.  This work included making a picture catalog of all kitchen items, utensils, and appliances to help in the vocational training process; creating a Korean cookbook that is disability friendly to share before leaving; facilitating the daily cooking process and trying to improve understanding between supervisor and vocational trainee during the learning process through the use of my projects...Specifically, I created five pictorial catalogs of Indian spices, vegetables, fruits, utensils & appliances, and dry goods with English and Bengali captions along with one pictorial Korean recipe book that people with disabilities could use in the catering unit...I learned that there is such a thing as a universal language, adapted to intense and fast-paced environments like the kitchen in a foreign environment,and learned about who to turn to when questions arise i.e. navigating the Indian power bureaucracy.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.