Current projects at Blue Light
Things to know before you consider volunteering in Auroville and Blue Light
To get to know you better, please take the time and reflect a bit on the questions below. This will help you to get clearer what you want and help us to see whether your involvement is in the right place in Blue Light. We might find that your skills fit or if not, try to see where else your involvement can be helpful in Auroville.
- What makes you want to come and stay with us in Auroville?
- Why is the Blue Light project of special interest to you?
- What are your skills you want to offer during your stay?
Please send us a photo of you when applying for volunteering. You find our photo here.
Some practical considerations
What is your intended time frame for staying in Auroville? How many months? Which time of the year?
Granted you like Blue Light do you envision to work the full time with us?
Do you speak English? In Auroville almost all communication is in English.
Can you support yourself financially during your stay in Auroville? We recommend for volunteers between 8000 and 10 000 INR (Indian Rupees) which equivalents to 120 - 150 Euros or 190 - 230 US$ per month (Exchange rate 68 Rs per Euro or 43 Rs per US$). This amount can vary depending on your life style. You will need this money for accommodation, transport, food etc.
Are you the person we are looking for?
We are looking for geeks, geeks-in-the-making, open source enthusiasts or other computer savvy people. Blue Light provides you with an office environment and if you don't come with your laptop - with a workstation. We have quite a mixed bunch of people around so we learn from each other.
Depending on the project at least 3 to 6 months of commitment is expected from you. We are also looking for Python programmers to create software that helps Auroville.
Part of the job is to meet Aurovilians. This is a great way to dive deeper into Auroville, how it works, what daily life looks like ...
We are using Open Source software wherever and whenever possible. This means researching Open Source projects, installing software on test computers, getting in contact with the developers or the community if needed and finally introducing solutions into working environments (offices) and providing user training.
We require proper documentation of your work so it's possible for others to get involved.
If you have Linux server administration skills ...
Well, almost all is welcome here. If you know how to secure a server or automate task via scripting, virtualisation, MySQL/PostgresSQL database ......
If you know how to program in Python, Java etc.
We are working on web-based solutions for our community needs. One of them is based on http://www.tryton.org (true OpenSource fork of not-so-open-any-more OpenERP). For further details please contact us.
If you know how to teach or train or have skills to develop training materials
If you like teaching (in English) to adults or teenagers check in with us. Whether you teach Libreoffice (text formatting or spreadsheets) or proper emailing or offer to introduce the community in fields like online social networking, Internet in general and security and privacy in particular - all this and much more is interesting for us.
If you have skills in the following software and could configure, optimise or train people
Auronet is our internal community platform and Drupal based.CMS?
We are in the process to introduce common address books via LDAP server and also have developed a LDAP based synchronisation tool.
Blue Light is using Amanda in a number of offices to do the daily backups. We are always curious to learn more about this software.
We are introducing Ubuntu Linux and LibreOffice to our community and its offices. If you have skills you could share them either in solving problems or in training people.
We are also using GNU-Cash for accounting.
We are using Jira and Confluence for our internal functioning and are open to get some real insider tips and tricks.
If you have some experience in open source POS (Point of Sales) software like http://lemonpos.org/
If your skills are not mentioned here, please contact us and check in. We might still have a place for you.
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