“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.”
Goonj, a 20 years old award winning nonprofit working pan India, started its fellowship chapter last year with its first cohort of 15 fellows from diverse backgrounds. More details on https://goonj.org/fellowship/
Goonj’s aim is to create more doers, following the words of Mr. Anshu Gupta “India doesn’t need more thinkers any more, it needs more doers”. We are looking for some 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! To know more visit this link.
The 1-year fellowship is an immersion experience for young graduates and professionals to understand the practical aspects of working on issues and an opportunity to observe the realities of India first-hand. Some highlights of the fellowship:
- It gives you a chance to work on innovative ideas and execute them pan-India.
- You get hands on experience connecting with Goonj’s ongoing/planned campaigns in collaboration with its internal stakeholders and contributors.
- You work with Goonj’s experienced rural and urban implementation teams on the last mile challenges and grassroots problems and solutions.
- You create your own action plan within the social sector under the mentorship of an expert panel.
- You connect with inspiring social entrepreneurs and interact with Magsaysay Awardee and Goonj Founder Mr. Anshu Gupta.
The fellowship will involve three segments:
Engaging you in an ambitious pan India urban campaign involving strategic thinking, logistics, communication, people handling and managerial responsibilities.
Planning and executing time-bound ideas and projects addressing an urban/rural problem, supported by Goonj.
Chart out an action plan for yourself (post fellowship) in consultation with some industry mentors, guiding you through the process.
Applications for the
session 2019 – 20 are
closed now !!
Application open: December 2018 to March 2019
Names for interview round: April 2019
Confirmation mail: June, 2019
Commencement of Fellowship: July, 2019
“ 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”