The Kerala Blog
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...
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) –...
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 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...
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....
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...
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...
Life here continues to be busy but good. Temperature is getting hotter all the time as summer approaches, but we had some very heavy showers during the nights recently, which have caused power cuts. The bad news of that is that the fans stop turning and we all...
Just over a week here at GVI in India, yet it feels like I’ve been here for months. Arriving at base I was greeted by the friendly faces of the fellow volunteers that I now consider to be my great mates. A bunch of exciting activities in the week...
Every journey is an adventure and adventure equals uncertainty. It’s part of the magic when you travel, and when you travel with a purpose magic on your side. Arriving to another continent is always surprising. There are always things that remind me of home and some...
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