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Sari Bari Fellowships
Sari Bari Fellows will commit to a minimum of one year at Sari Bari full-time. Fellows positions are project and skills based. Fellows positions are self-funded, and Sari Bari will provide logistical assistance with housing.
Fellows Job Descriptions (Now hiring for 2016)
Fellowship must be submitted at least 3-6 months prior to arrival. Apply for a Fellowship
Need an Internship?
Interns will spend a minimum of 6 months at Sari Bari full-time. Internships are project and skills based. Internships are self-funded, and Sari Bari will provide some logistical assistance with housing.
Current internship opportunities are available in the areas of:
- Product Design
- Marketing & Social Media
- Photography & Video
- Web Development
- Business Development
- Social Work
- Education & Staff development: teaching English, computer skills, etc.
Internship enquiries must be submitted at least 3 to 6 months prior to arrival.
Volunteers spend 1 to 6 months at Sari Bari doing part-time work. Volunteers primarily help with day-to-day operations of Sari Bari by doing simple tasks. Projects may be available depending on skill set and length of time at Sari Bari. Volunteers are responsible for their own housing.
Volunteer enquiries must be submitted at least 2 months prior to arrival.
Visitors are welcome at our Kolkata locations to hear the story of Sari Bari, visit the facility, meet the staff, and purchase products.
Visits are offered on Mondays at 3p.m. and Thursdays at 3pm and last about one hour.
For the protection of the Sari Bari women and work environment, visits are not offered at other times. Please note that there are also times when Sari Bari is unable to host visitors.
Visit Request Form
Please submit the Visit Request Form at least two weeks prior to desired visit date.
Life Changing Work
There is nothing like participating in someone else’s freedom journey. You are invited to partner with Sari Bari as we journey toward freedom together.
Use your creativity for Justice
Sari Bari is always looking for creatives who want to use their talents for good! If you are an artist or a wordsmith or simply a creative who want’s to learn something new and put those creative talents to work for the cause freedom, we want you!
Be a grassroots changemaker
From the villages of West Bengal to the alleys of the red light area, Sari Bari is seeking justice for women and children. Join us as we continue to build programs that support economic justice, healthcare, education and gender justice.
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That time I spent 3 months in Kolkata
by Jona Peck
Everything happens for a reason.
I couldn’t tell you why I decided to make the journey to India. My wife has always wanted to go, but me… not so much. Sure I enjoy the occasional curry, am pretty comfortable with a warm climate and hey, I even watch cricket. But go to India? I wasn’t convinced it was for me. Maybe it’s for those ‘hippie’ backpacker types, or the admirable men and women whom feel called to live with and serve the poor and needy.
But this year, when my wife and I set out on our ‘year of adventure’ across the globe, she snuck India onto our itinerary. And I was okay with that. In my mind, our time in India would be ‘her thing’ – her chapter of our 2015 travel story.
I guess I was wrong. It’s turned into a life-changing adventure for us both.
We’ve just finished a three-month stint in Kolkata volunteering at Sari Bari. We helped out with whatever was needed. Some days that looked like making tags, or helping the ladies pack the beautiful products they’ve made. Other days it looked like using our professional skills in the field of media and communications, writing and digital strategy. But every day contained beautiful new experiences, and every day made us smile for a different reason.
I love the time in the morning when the ladies meet together, singing songs and starting their day in contagious joy and freedom. I love the time in the middle of the day when all that can be heard is laughter, gossip and the scraping of metal plates on the smooth concrete floor as everyone meets for lunch. I love the time in the evening when we break for ridiculously sweet tea and biscuits, and the sun begins to set behind the old cinder block buildings of our neighborhood.
My wife and I have travelled a lot. From the Eiffel Tower to the Statue of Liberty, from cathedrals in Rome to the mosques of Istanbul. But never before have we lived anywhere foreign. We’ve toured, but never planted our roots and lived as a local… that is, until our time in India’s City of Joy. Have I missed home sometimes? Sure. But as the dawn breaks each morning in Kolkata, so too has the feeling of being at home here. I’ve felt like I belong within the Sari Bari family.
Our time in Kolkata has been amazing. A once-in-a-lifetime experience. Being here at Sari Bari has value, and we’ve see this everyday in the shining faces of the women working in their freedom. It’s been fulfilling, rewarding, challenging, character-building, sweat-inducing, soul-uplifting work. And I’d do it all again.
Everything happens for a reason, and I’m glad this experience has happened to me.