Behavior and Conduct Policy

Behavior and conduct policy for Moods of India program participants

This policy sets our expectations of program participants while at the MOI house and at work. It is extract of a detailed ‘Behavior and conduct policy’ which participants receive once they become a part of our programs.

This policy contains some conditions which you must obey, these conditions are:

a) Alcohol and drugs

  • Consumption of alcohol and smoking are prohibited in the project area therefore don’t smoke or drink alcohol in the project area. Volunteers are supposed as role models for children and smoking or drinking is viewed adversely in the community.
  • Drugs are prohibited at MOI camp house and at project area.
  • If you want to drink alcohol, you have to do so responsibly. In MOI house alcohol consumption is allowed only in moderation.
  • Smoking is allowed only in few selected areas at the MOI house. It is not allowed to smoke inside the buildings.

b) Dressing

  • Do not wear clothes that don’t fit with the local culture and highlight your western descent or higher status inappropriately.
  • We recommend that women cover up as much as possible in the spirit of the local culture to avoid embarrassment to male staff that come from various parts of India and may not be accustomed to seeing women dressed in skimpy or low-cut tops etc. Do not bare your shoulders or belly unless you are wearing an Indian saree. Your clothes must not be too short, too tight.

e) Use of Recording Devices

Using photo or video cameras in the project area is not allowed. Unless, you have a journalist visa, video filming or still photography could lead to complications with local authorities if the subject & purpose is not tourism-related. If you really need to record at work, seek permission from the project staff before bringing cameras to work or using it in the community.

d) Intimacy and Sexual Behavior

  • Any kind of physical intimacy or sexual contact is strictly prohibited in the MOI house and at work.
  • Do not flirt or involve yourself in any physical relationship with project staff or MOI staff as this could lead to the termination of their employment with MOI and your termination from the program.
  • Do not engage in any physical relationship with your fellow volunteers unless you have joined the program as a couple.

c) Professional Conduct

  • As a responsible volunteer and a role-model for the community, you are expected to be present at your work on time. Please note that it is not so much responsibility of the project staff to mind the timings as much as it is yours.
  • You are expected to work at your projects regularly unless you have any urgent need of day off. For example in case of sickness etc.

 

f) Group Communication

  • Respectful Communication: Participants should be courteous when communicating to MOI or work place staff
  • Anger Management: There will be several occasions where you might find it challenging to control your dissatisfaction or emotions. However, as a responsible volunteer you should not take that out on others or shout at people around you.
  • Interaction with different nationalities: You are likely to be with people from a variety of other countries but English is the recommended language at MOI among colleagues or staff members unless one is in a group where another foreign language is understood and spoken by all.

g) Complaints and their redress

If you have any complaint please follow the procedure.

  1. Notify or discuss your issue with your project staff.
  2. If your issue is still not resolved please speak to the manager.
  3. If still not satisfied please write or talk to Head Office.

k) Emergency

  • Keep the mobile numbers of the project staff and manager handy in your phone or wallet and contact them immediately in any kind of emergency. If you fail to establish contact with local staff, contact Head Office.

 

Kindly read the complete Behavior and conduct policy, which you will receive after confirmed booking of program.

j) Driving

  • Traffic rules don’t allow driving without license. Please avoid breaking any traffic rules.
  • We recommend that you wear suitable clothing and safety helmet when riding a two wheeler.

i) Hitchhiking

  • Don’t accept invitations to socialize from people you are unsure of. If you do accept invitations, do not go alone. Make sure you tell fellow volunteers about your whereabouts and mention your contact info in the sign in & out book.
  • It is not advisable to take rides from strangers or people you are unsure of.
  • Don’t travel alone at night unless it’s organized by the staff. Be fully alert whenever leaving the house. Report any suspicious activity in the house, project or outside the house to the manager.

h) Interaction with local community

  • Try to avoid accepting food, drink or gifts from the community as it could sometimes lead to complications. For example, food or drinks offered might not fit your personal standards of hygiene whereas gifts might lead to expectations of return gifts or favors. While most people make such gestures as a token of appreciation only, is best to decline these in a polite and modest manner.
  • Be respectfully clothed when in public and avoid any intimate or inappropriate behavior in public, with strangers or staff.
  • Don’t engage in unnecessary conversations or interactions with people you are not sure of. Trust your instincts and don’t worry about offending people if you feel unsafe.
  • Avoid dark or secluded places and ask your manager or staff whenever unsure about the safety of a particular area.