Written on: 03/04/2012 by delyth1000 (1 review written)
The project and location is amazing, it’s so different there. At first it was a complete culture shock but in a good way. The project coordinators are very good and well organised. They make sure that all the volunteers are safe and somebody was with me from the time I arrived in India making sure that I got to Udaipur safely.
Travelling down to Udaipur on the night train was an experience in its self and when I arrived at Udaipur somebody from the project made sure that I am aware of the city and took me around and showed me which Tuk tuks to take if I want to go to town on my free time.
The school is just out side Bedal which is where we are based and the driver from the project youth takes us to the school every morning. This is enjoyable as you can see how the locals live as you go through the small villages. In the afternoon we go to a local orphanage and teach some English to the children there.
Food is great and touch wood I haven’t been ill yet!! Somebody comes in every day to cook us a meal for breakfast, lunch and supper so it’s freshly made.
I have 4 more days of teaching to go. I had the weekend free of teaching so I had an opportunity to see the city and I shopped till I drop, I need another bag as things are so cheap here and good quality!
It’s an experience of a life time and I am really enjoying it. I feel safe which is good.
I have really enjoyed the experience. Not only do you see a different culture and life but you also learn about you as a person. It is a way of discovering yourself if that doesn’t sound too hippy! Having seen how the people live here, it has made me think about my own life style at home. Yes you do appreciate what you have at home but you also come to realise that the more materialistic things you have the more you want. People seem to be happier here, less stressed and happy with one self. The children are also happy in school and eager to learn even though that they do not have any resources at school. The main thing that I have learnt is that we think that by giving materialistic things to these children it will help but as the members of the project staff have explained to us, it is the knowledge that we give to them that is more valuable and useful than anything materialistic.
A life changing and memorable trip which I will never forget. Thank you Delyth