Anne Margaret Barr Children's Village

Kharang, India

We, at the AMBCV in the Khasi Hills, are committed to offering a safe haven to the neediest children who lack adequate familial and societal support. We aim to provide these precious children loving care in the highest Khasi tradition and afford them opportunities for education with a firm moral base and prospects for personal growth in a nurturing atmosphere in the hope that they will realize their God-given potential and grow up to be exemplary citizens.

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The Anne Margaret Barr Children’s Village (AMBCV) in Kharang, India was established in February 2009 as a home for up to 24 orphaned children. It is operated by the Unitarian Union of North East India, under the leadership of Reverend Nangroi Suting and with day-to-day care and oversight of the children by three “Mothers.” Children at the orphanage have ranged in age from 3 to 15 years old.

Internship Description

Selected interns will be teaching in the school from Nursery to Grade 12 on a variety of subjects. Those with a medical background may support the health center as well. Other roles may focus on ministry work, web design, or other organizational needs.

  • Specific Skills Needed: In addition to having experience working with children, interns should have capacity to teach in any subject, nursing, doctor, vocational trainer in any discipline like knitting, sewing, embroidery, veterinary discipline, cooking, dancing, singing, games, yoga, etc.

Preference will be given to applicants with prior experience working with young children, and those with prior experience working with non-native English speakers. Strong preference will be given to applicants who identify as Unitarian Universalist or who have a demonstrated interest in Unitarian Universalism.

  • Number of Intern Placements: 2
  • Internship Time FrameMid-May to Mid-July 2017; Approximately 25 hours per week
Know BEFORE You Apply

AMCBV will arrange housing in a homestay or at the organization’s campus, and receive all meals, which are comprised primarily of Indian food. The direct cost of room and board is $300 to 500; interns may apply for this to be paid for by UUCSJ.

Interns will need to hire a car to travel from the airport to Shillong and same on the return trip back to the U.S. While in the Khasi Hills interns can use public transportation.

Interns are eligible for a stipend of no more than $1,200 to assist with travel costs and incidentals, depending on a variety of factors. Applicants are encouraged to seek other sources of funding, including grants from colleges and foundations, congregational support, and Faithify fundraisers.

Because this placement works with children, selected interns will be required to complete a CORI background check.

This internship placement is contingent on UUCSJ receiving commitments from two interns. This placement will not run if only one intern can be confirmed.

From AMCBV staff: There are home rules to be followed which is according to our culture. The home and the children are beautiful but we might face some cultural shocks to which i can say that they should come with an open mind and if such a situation arises we will solve it amicably. Come share our cultures, we have no luxury for life but we live very simple.

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Heather Vickery is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with UU congregations, State Action Networks, past UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) program participants, and regional staff in order to expand engagement in UUSC and UUCSJ’s work. As the Coordinator for Congregational Activism, she manages the workshop offerings and group visits to the UUSC/UUCSJ office and assists with communications for the Activism and Justice Education Team. Heather is an active member of the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network and a dedicated dog-mom to her rescue puppy Nova.

Heather may be contacted at and 617-301-4303