Goonj started its fellowship journey in 2018 with its first cohort of 15 fellows from diverse backgrounds.
Our aim is to create more doers, following the words of our founder, Anshu Gupta, “Right now India doesn’t need more thinkers, it needs more doers.” We are looking for people with a passion to make a difference. If one is tired of thinking about solutions and wants to do something, then this Fellowship is the place for you!
The one year time frame of the fellowship is about engaging the youth in a deeper way with some real life challenges, tasks and timelines. The Focus is on giving hands on experience and immersion into urban and rural India’s realities.
The Goonj Fellowship is our way of engaging with the youth in a deeper way. We are looking for people who are done looking around and are ready to do something. This Fellowship is about engaging with some real life challenges, tasks and timelines, to give you hands on experience and immersion into urban and rural India’s realities and a precursor for your own action plan at the end of the Fellowship.
Goonj Fellowship – Grassroots
Most opportunities and resources in the development sector are easily available to youth in the cities, be it training programmes, conferences, fellowships, funds, exposure to new ideas or simply guidance.. And yet youngsters from the villages, smaller districts and towns of India are the ones who go and work on the last mile.. Becoming the foot soldiers of development work.
“You get your hands on something, there’s no unlearning or becoming less good at something. It only becomes a journey of self-growth and self-development; you just get better with time.”
“ I think one of the key learning for me here was actually a bit of ‘unlearning’ .”
“Whenever I think this thing will be difficult for me I can’t do it, I don’t know from where some positive vibes comes and tell just give a try and then it starts happening and I do it.”
“It is always great working for Human feelings than for a distinctive target.”
“There are so many issues and conflicts happening all around. Simply thinking about that will not help. Solving one problem is 100 times better then just sitting and contemplating on 99! ”
“Every day has been a surprise, with something new to learn, something new to experience and something new to explore within and outside myself ”
“मै मुंबई में कभी भी काम नहीं करना चाहता था, लेकिन मुझे अर्बन टास्क के लिए मुंबई ही मिला, मन तो नहीं था लेकिन मैंने एक्सेप्ट कर लिया, जहाँ का रहनसहन मुझे बिलकुल भी पसंद नहीं हे वहां में आज दो महीने में ख़ुशी से रह पाया हु… मेरे लिए सबसे imp बात हे। इसके पीछे बहुत कारन भी हे, जैसे की जैसे आये हे काम पे लगे हे। पहिला महीना तो ये सोचने के लिए भी टाइम नहीं था की मेरी नापसंद जगह पे में रह रहा हु। पता नहीं था क्या कर रहे थे, सिर्फ काम करते रहते थे।”
“I came to realize that I function on my emotions. And it comes from inside it doesn’t depend on the outer world.”
“शुरुवाती के दौर मे मै किसी कॉल करने मे या किसी से बातचित करने में डरता था। मुझे अच्छी इंग्लिश नही आती यह सोचकर पिछे रहता था। पर इस बात को मैने बदला। मै लोगो से बात करने लगा। पहले तो डर लगता था। पर बाद में काफी सारा बदलाव आया। अब मै अच्छा कम्युनिकेशन कर सकता हू। डर ने से बेहतर है आप बात करो। गलती होगी पर आप सिख जावोगे यही मैने इस दो महिनो मे सिखा।”
“Sometimes things don’t work as per plan, then we have to accept it and move forward, but shouldn’t think of it and waste the time…”
“Unlearning to learn – Letting go of predicaments and prejudices about people and environments as you meet quite many people who are of a whole different lot than those that you’ve known…”
“Reality is different , on paper everything seems doable but when I actually started doing tasks understood the reality.”
“ I learnt to prioritize my tasks and modify my plans according to the scenario.”
“Take risks sometimes you might fail but that failure will teach you something.”
“Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination”