What is YFS?

Youth for Sewa is an unpaid summer internship offered by Sewa UK (registered charity) in collaboration with National Hindu Students Forum UK. Our focus is on self-development through the service of underprivileged communities. It’s an opportunity for young adults to contribute their time to a larger movement of serving humanity.

Why YFS?

Selfless service transforms both the individual serving and the people they serve. We provide a safe platform where individuals can actualise the meaning of sewa. Our transformative internship inspires the youth to pursue purpose, happiness and spiritual upliftment through a life of sewa. If you want to challenge yourself, have an adventure of a lifetime and develop values such as kindness, compassion and selflessness then YFS is perfect for you!

How much time must I commit to YFS?

Successful applicants are expected to commit at least two hours a week to the self-development tasks set by the YFS team. This is in addition to the orientation days that you must attend prior to your 4-weeks volunteering at an NGO in the UK.

How much does the internship cost?

The internship fee is a non-refundable £25. Since you are required to stay away from home during your internship, we will provide food and accommodation. However, you are expected to cover any other costs that you may incur such as travel.

How do I apply?

The application form is available on our website from 31st January – 31st March. Or e-mail us with your interest and we can keep you updated with national events and our recruitment timeline. Once we receive your application, you’ll be contacted for a phone interview by our selection team.

What happens if my application is successful?

Your journey starts with a series of compulsory orientation days on the following dates:

  • 10th April 2022 (virtually) 
  • 2nd – 3rd July 2022 (venue tbc) 

The orientation days guide, inspire and prepare you for your journey ahead. You will then spend at least 2 hours a week on self-development work. For example through daily reading, meditation, local volunteering and yoga. You’ll be expected to engage, document, blog and reflect as part of the internship. You’ll then spend 4-weeks over the summer working with NGOs in the UK, supported by a team of mentors who have completed the internship themselves. You will be living with a host family away from home. Through this service, you’ll discover, learn and engage in a transformative experience that empowers you as you strive to make an impact in a particular field.

How are the projects chosen?

Projects are available in social care, education, environmental awareness, and much more. The YFS team has spent time visiting each project understanding the culture, dynamics and passion of the project and local team. Projects are selected through strict criteria. We take into account safety, transport links and opportunities to engage with sewa work.