Volunteer Den – Omkar Gawade

Tell us a little about yourself!

An Entrepreneur having a degree in Telecommunications Engineering. A foodie who loves watching movies and backpacking to new places.

How did volunteering with Bhumi happen? (including beginning, which project you volunteered for)

Volunteering journey started from 2014 during my college days with Bhumi as my first and only place I volunteered so far. I always wanted to do something for the society in my free time. Realizing that I’m capable enough to teach, I started with project Kanini (Computers) in 2014 and LES (Science) where I also handled operations for the project.

What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you, personally?

Interacting with people made me more social, and I made a lot of friends. Handling certain roles in Bhumi gave me good exposure and helped me enhance my management skills.

One most memorable incident in your life as a Bhumian:

I had many, but the most amazing experience was being a part of Bhumi India Run, which was also my first time being a part of an organizing team for such a big event.

Tell us about one Bhumian, who has been an inspiration:

Satheesh Ravi! Though I’d never tell this to him on this face, but yes, he is someone who has a lot of experience in volunteering. However worse the situation is, his “chill bro, I’ll handle it” attitude is always handy and positive. He’s someone who anybody can rely upon.

Any specific, special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us?

When I was volunteering with Kanini I used to teach origami to kids assigned to me after every class. So soon after every session, all the kids from other volunteers also used to gather around me with paper to learn something new! It was fun.

A message to every volunteer at Bhumi:

Bhumi is one of the best place where you can volunteer for a cause. It is a place where you get to learn and experience a lot of things. Volunteering is also a serious responsibility where your actions influence somebody. Have a right cause and direction, and you’ll love doing it.

– Omkar Gawade, Volunteer, Yantra – Mumbai

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