Every year, a group of volunteers from around the world spend two weeks at an Amrita kuteeram project.
They clear building sites and help with the construction. With their open heartedness and spirit of selfless service, the volunteers generate joyful interactions, much to the amusement of their Indian co-workers and local villagers.
They donate their time, energy, and enthusiasm, but the volunteers often say that they receive so much more than they give.
In the sharing of loving care across cultural boundaries and language barriers, the line between “giving” and “receiving” disappears, and volunteers and recipients find that they are not so different after all.
In truth, they even share a common mother tongue: the universal language of Love.
The Amrita kuteeram International Volunteer project began with the Japanese Volunteer Student Association, IVUSA. Over time, volunteers from other parts of the globe have heard about the project and enthusiastically joined in. What is most remarkable is that for many of the volunteers, the time they spend at the Amrita kuteeram project, long days of hard labour under the hot sun, is their only vacation for the year. Inspired by Amma’s own life of dedication and service, they choose to spend this time not for their own enjoyment, but to do something for the benefit of the less fortunate.
The international volunteer projects are outpourings of love and selfless service by Amma’s children from all over the world.
International Volunteer projects table:
|1||Free housing||Udayamperoor, Ernakulam||Kerala||1-14 Mar 1998||31|
|2||Free housing||Perumbalam island, Ernakulam||Kerala||25 Feb-13 Mar1999||16|
|3||Free housing||Kannadi, Alappuzha||Kerala||1-15 Mar 2001||25|
|4||Earthquake houses||Bhuj||Gujarat||2Feb -13 Mar 2002||56|
|5||Slum rehabilitation||Ajanta Nagar, Pune||Maharashtra||23Feb-09Mar 2003||62|
|6||Tsunami houses||Ernakulam||Kerala||33-17 Mar 2005||93|
|7||Tsunami houses||Nagapattinam||Tamil Nadu||2-16 Mar 2006||80|
|8||Tsunami houses||Nagapattinam||Tamil Nadu||1-15 Mar 2007||127|
|9||Tsunami houses||Ernakulam||Kerala||4-17 Sep 2008||113|
|10||Flood houses||Raichur||Karnataka||24Feb-10Mar 2011||42|
|11||Flood houses||Raichur||Karnataka||20-29 Feb, 2012||78|