Drought Duty - Internship FlyerDROUGHT DUTY: WHAT AND HOW?

26th May -15th July 2016


  1.     What is Drought Duty?

Drought Duty is a chance for young people to take action in drought relief in affected rural areas.

·       First, there will be a chance to participate in a survey, to understand the actual reality of drought and the ways in which it affects people’s lives.  Also, we will map water resources in the village, both ones that exist and those that have been lost.

·       Second, the data from the survey will be used to help prepare a report which will highlight the truth of the ground;

·       Third, and even more importantly, we will use this to help people understand their claims and assist them to get their share from the government.

·       The data gathered from water resource mapping will be used to prepare village level watershed management plans.

This way, we highlight the ground reality of drought and hope that the plans for battling the drought will be based on this information.


  1.     Who is organizing Drought Duty?

Many organizations with long experience of working on the ground: Ekta Parishad, Jal Biradari and National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), Swaraj Abhiyan.


  1.     When will Drought Duty take place?

For six weeks between May and July. The tentative dates are 26th May to 15th July 2016. You are required to work FOR ONE WEEK ONLY. Of course if you want to work for longer, we can arrange that too.


  1.     Who can apply?

Necessary requirement: Any young person, committed to understanding and working on issues of social policy, poverty, marginalization and rural development.

Absolutely necessary requirement: Any young person, tough and committed to living in rural India in the peak-summer without modern-facilities like electricity, toilets and running water.


  1.     Where will I be located if I choose to participate?

In any one of the following states – Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Odisha, Karnataka, Bihar, Haryana, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh. You can request a region, but may have to accommodate according to the planning of the team.


  1.     Will I be working in a group or individually?

ALWAYS in small groups consisting of activists from the local affiliated centre and student volunteers. Wherever possible you will work, travel and reside together. Sometimes, the team may be split e.g. between host houses, but you will always come back together. There will be a balance of gender, language abilities, experience etc. We cannot accommodate special requests to be assigned to a particular team and request you to refrain from doing so.  Each team will have a team leader and all volunteers are expected to follow guidelines, cooperate and act in the best interest of the team at all times.


  1.     Where will we live during the internship?

You will be staying with a host family, or a common building of the village in the area assigned to your team. The details of the boarding and lodging will be shared with you after your batch has been formed. You should be prepared to not get basic modern-day comforts and be open to experiencing a different way of life. For women volunteers, arrangements will be with a local family only.

  1.     What do I get out of this?

An experience of a lifetime, a real sense of how people that give us food, live.

A CERTIFICATE in your name, signed by people respected for their commitment to the ordinary Indian.


  1.     Will I get paid? Do I have to pay?

You will not be paid anything, and you don’t pay anything either. We expect you to pay for your travel up to the point where you will be living and working. In case you cannot afford it, we will try to help you.

10.  So what do I have to do?

Fill up the online application form,The application form to participate in the internship is available at http://goo.gl/forms/D47GGJMJ7V. and email your photo id to [email protected]. We will get back to you shortly.


There may be more questions in your mind, for which you could call +91-7065003180 or email us at [email protected].  Rest assured, you will be working with people who have lot of experience, came to work on the ground with backgrounds like yourself and would be able/happy to guide you.