Bhoomi – space to explore your talents & hobbies as volunteers

At Bhoomi, we have been blessed with volunteers from different parts of the globe enriching the experience of children and everyone else involved with Bhoomi.

Recently we had Saskia & Luzie who did their schooling from Waldorf Schools in New Zealand and Germany, visit and volunteer at Bhoomi. One of the projects they took up was, making a “Bag Holder” for Bhoomi children. They reused the wood available at Bhoomi and got Bhoomi children and staff involved in making of the bag holders.

Bag Holders by Saskia and Luzie Saskia & Luzie Saskia & Luzie wood work with children @ Bhoomi

Saskia & Luzie – we really appreciate your drive, dedication, and craftsmanship in executing the project and we are grateful for your kindness in volunteering at Bhoomi.

Saskia and Luzie reminded us again about the value volunteers bring to Bhoomi. In order to make volunteering more sustainable, long term and to make the experience richer for everyone involved, we are reaching out to anyone from the local community who want to volunteer at Bhoomi. Here is our message to anyone who would like to explore volunteering at Bhoomi.

 

We are writing on behalf of Bhoomi school in Edapally, Kochi. Bhoomi opened in June 2016 to provide an alternative educational environment for children aged 3-7 in Kochi. We focus on providing children the freedom to play during most of the school hours (2 out of 3 hrs), with the rest of the time spent on self guided activity, some movements with songs and having food for nourishment.

Here are couple of articles about Bhoomi:

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/a-new-way-to-learn/article8529487.ece

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/the-joys-of-school/article18263008.ece

As of Oct 2017, we have 15 children between ages 3-7 and we plan to have a maximum of 20 children in year 2017-18.

At Bhoomi volunteers can share their talents with the children and we give the children the freedom to learn & emulate the adults if they choose to. This is, to a large extent, done by the adults doing their work / play / activity / hobby at Bhoomi. Children observe and some join in and learn to do the activity.

Here is an article about some of the past volunteers at Bhoomi – http://bhoomischool.org/volunteering-at-bhoomi

In this context of volunteering we wanted to reach out to like minded, socially active & conscious artists, and craftspeople in Kochi to see whether they would be interested in visiting and doing their play / activity / dance/ drama / hobby at Bhoomi. You don’t need to be an established artist or craftsperson to volunteer… you can consider Bhoomi as a space to explore your hobbies.

In the long run, this relationship will organically grow to some children finding mentors among the volunteers, some wanting formal lessons (once they decide they want it) from volunteers and hopefully your hobbies taking a new direction as a result of your time at Bhoomi. This relationship is bound to flourish as we grow into a grade school in 2018.

If this is something that you would love to be part of, please let us know so that we can meet in person and discuss details.

Please contact us via email at  bhoomikindergarten@gmail.com or call/WhatsApp us at +91-9972992288.

We are looking forward to hearing from you very soon.

Oct 20th 2017

 

 

Setup continues

We’ve finished quite a few things this last few weeks!

The climbing structure in the backyard, planting some kappa, spinach and kovekya, made the balancing beam from coconut trees.

For inside the school we got the curtains done, the eating/painting/drawing tables done, the round tea party tables for kids, and the play kitchen that came out beautifully (!).

This week we plan to set up the interior completely to have it ready for school, and to tie the swing sets and hammocks for backyard. 🙂