November - 2015

United Kingdom

“I spent a month volunteering at Gokul Nar and it was definitely an experience I won’t forget. The teachers were all very warm and welcoming. The children were mostly a delight to teach, all so eager and excited. We experienced a little rowdiness as well but the teacher remained in the class so we were able to concentrate on the teaching aspect rather than disciplining. We had fun taking a few music classes singing pop songs, serving the children their food at break and taking part in the music video. The school campus itself is very rural so it’s important to bring something to occupy yourself. There were two other volunteers with me, but I think I would have struggled if I’d been alone. Our time spent playing in the evenings with the smiley Lila’s three children next door (Divya, Neelam and Brianche) was a real highlight of my stay. We were very well looked after by Pravin and his wife Sumitra. The lifestyle here is far removed from the Western world I have lived in and I’m glad I was able to experience such a different culture.”