Alice Matthews

October - 2013


We choose this school because of its previous positive reviews from past volunteers. Prior to our time at Gokuldham of Nar we were told that the school was highly enthusiastic and hard working and that everyone clearly wanted to learn, that is why they encourage volunteers to come to their school. During our first couple of days at the school this was clear, we were welcomed straight away by everyone’s friendly attitude. We have also been fortunate enough to have experienced teacher meetings and a parent’s consultation afternoon. We incorporated a fun approach and activities for the pupils who became more eager and willing to get involved, resolving in talking more English. During our time spent at the school the students have become more confident around us, resolving in us being able to have productive and interacting lessons with the students. Most importantly we would like to say a massive thank you to the teachers for making us feel so welcome and equal. 

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Not only have they been our work colleagues over the past two months they have grown to become our friends. It is so refreshing in the mornings to come into a staff room filled with smiles and a pleasant greeting. In addition, it’s noticeable to us the strong bonds some teachers have with their pupils. The accommodation provided is of an exceptional standard with air conditioning and a spacious area for living. Our room became our home for over two months, and we’re extremely thankful with all that has been provided for us. Everyone on campus have made us feel extra safe and at home. It was a risk for both ourselves and the school for letting us travel here at only 18 years old. But we must say it has been the most amazing experience we have both endured and we are positive that it will help us in the future with our careers that we wish to espier into. For the duration of our time in India we have learnt a large amount about the Indian culture and traditions, and we have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity of travelling around Gujarat. We can’t wait to visit again in the near future!