• Career Calling

    Choose your Path

Security, power and status continue to be the main drivers for career choices today, both for the urban and the rural populace. The rural youth experience not only an overwhelming pressure to join the rat race to keep up with the expectations of peers and parents, but also the demands of a competitive global job market.

As a result, they opt for career paths that are often not in harmony with their strengths and interests, resulting in stress and a lack of wellbeing. This is our special retreat for the rural youth, to help them in making career decisions under the guidance of national and international experts. We are fundraising for this program, and you can help us make a difference. Read on for more details.

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This Retreat gives the rural youth a hitherto non-existent opportunity to get exposed to, and be inspired by the vast body of experiential knowledge that Auroville has gathered in various professional areas.

It will introduce students to different exercises and principles that will help them find their true calling, helping them design how to put their objectives into practice and how to deal positively with the difficulties that may come their way.

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Confucius once said “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Career Calling aspires for the rural youth to reach their full potential, by shifting the way they make their career choices, from those taken under pressure from family and peers to those based on their core values.

The program will expose the youth to different fields and allow them to interact with experts in counselling and workshop environments. The following domains are envisioned: Sustainable Sciences, Farming, Art, Creativity, Theatre, Drama, Music, Body Work, and Healing. Each domain will have two components: A workshop session with a hands-on activity and an interactive session with the expert.

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This will take place in Auroville, a place of unending education and an experiment in human unity. Auroville has won international acclaim for its efforts in social and environmental sustainability, and has developed innovative techniques in bodywork & healing.

Auroville is an international community with over 2000 people from around 50 different countries. Located 8km from Pondicherry, 3 hours drive from Chennai city/airport (150km) along the scenic East Coast Road (ECR) and 8 hours by an AC sleeper bus from Bangalore (350km).

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We hope that Career Calling will make a difference in the lives of 16 under privileged students. The retreat will be provided free of charge to them, and we rely solely on donations to make this happen. You can commit a small fraction of your income to help these youth in their career decisions, and attain job satisfaction. The budget for implementing Career Calling is Rs. 55,000, but you can donate any amount, even as low as Rs. 500 to our cause.

As a donor, we invite you to visit Auroville and experience the retreat on first hand basis. You will also get a report on how your donation has been used to make a difference.

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You can make donations by clicking on “Book Your Retreat” button at the top of this page, which will take you to the registration and online payment portal. If you need a tax exemption certificate for your donation, you can contribute by clicking here. Mention “Auroville Retreat” as the project name while making your donation.

Since this retreat relies on the generosity of individuals like you, we ask you to consider contributing to this cause. We hope that you will help support our efforts. Feel free to give us a call at +91-413-2622571 or at +91-9843948288 with any questions or concerns. We thank you in advance for your support!

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Accomodation is provided by Verite. Charges are extra, inquire with us for details.
Day 1: 
15:30 to 16:00: Arrival in Auroville and check in
16:00 to 17:30: Drum Circle
18:00 to 19:30: Dinner
Day 2: 
09:00 to 09:30: Registration and introductions
09:30 to 10:30: Orientation to Auroville
10:30 to 12:30: Deep Listening: finding your genius
12:30 to 13:30: Break for lunch
14:00 to 15:30: Health & Wellbeing: hands on session
15:30 to 16:00: Break for snack
16:00 to 17:30: Crafting your Career
Day 3:
08:30 to 10:00: Learning from the Hard Times
10:00 to 10:30: Break for snack
10:30 to 12:30: DIY session
12:30 to 13:30: Break for lunch
14:00 to 15:30: DIY: counselling session
15:30 to 16:00: Break for snack
16:00 to 17:30: Call for action