Working with VOICE 4 Girls in India

Eliana Piper '14 and Rachel Funk '14

VOICE 4 Girls, Hyderabad, India

Eliana Piper '14 and Rachel Funk '14 both did internships with VOICE 4 Girls, a nonprofit based in Hyderabad, India, that equips girls to take charge of their futures by teaching marginalized girls general life skills, basic health and safety knowledge, and spoken English. The camps are fun and girl-focused and give campers tools to break cycles of social and economic inequality.

Eliana says the field work she did and the skills she learned will be extremely beneficial in her long term plans to do international gender development work. She found VOICE 4 Girls to be one of the most valuable experiences of her college career. She hopes to return to India to work again in some capacity. 

Rachel was involved with more long term projects, included drafting VOICE's first business plan, creating a template for future grant applications, completing a competitive analysis report on similar organizations in India, creating a competitive analysis report on similar organizations in India, helping create a pitch deck and scaling strategy for VOICE, and researching potential impact measurement assessments and evaluating VOICE's current impact assessment model.

Both Eliana and Rachel say their internship helped them develop a greater appreciation and interest in other cultures and places around the world. VOICE was one of the most challenging and formative of their lives, and helped them understand how they want to do development work in the future.