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Two Weeks in the Field

Two Weeks in the Field

I’ve just finished my penultimate day volunteering with GVI, and it has definitely been an amazing experience! I spent most of my time at a school that supports children and young adults with special needs and mostly worked with the younger children there. The sensory...

Not exactly Notting Hill Carnival

Not exactly Notting Hill Carnival

It wasn’t exactly Notting hill carnival, but there was such a vibrant and exciting atmosphere in the streets of Kochi filled with hundreds of people who were out celebrating the Onam festival.  The whole of Kerala were celebrating Onam. We attended the parade...

Thambu School learns the nativity story – In English!

Thambu School learns the nativity story – In English!

Over the December weeks, I started a Christmas task of teaching the Nativity story. As I was the only Education volunteer, this was quite a job to accomplish, but was a joy from start to finish. Firstly, I worked with the children in their Standards (or small mixes) –...

Constructing a safe future for Kerala’s children.

Written by our incredibly motivated and enthusiastic volunteers Marc and Susie during GVI’s first week at Dil Se house, some 4 weeks ago. It is an ongoing project led by our excellent construction coordinator David, in close support with our friends and partner...

The Women’s Empowerment whirlwind.

The Women’s Empowerment Programme is a whirlwind of many different projects where we support a mix of women of different ages, backgrounds and situations. Our goal is to help create positive change by giving women more opportunity, autonomy and independence, as well...

Teaching Abroad In Kerala, India

Teaching Abroad In Kerala, India

At 18 years old, having just finished my A-levels, my motives for choosing to volunteer teaching English in India were varied. I wanted to travel, to meet new people, and to change my perspective on my – frankly very comfortable and easy – life back home....

Of Positive Liberty And The Women Of Kerala

Of Positive Liberty And The Women Of Kerala

I arrived in Kerala two weeks ago, and have been working on the women’s empowerment program. As a deep-rooted libertarian, this program has given me one key life lesson which I will always remember. What we are working for here is choice and opportunity. From...

Blog from an Under 18’s Group Leader

  I first came to India in October last year on a whim. My seasonal job was finishing up, I had little direction and all I wanted to do was run away. So that’s what I decided to do. I had been thinking about volunteering for a while and India was a country...