Luke Flynn

July - 2018


My time at Gokuldham of Nar was a tremendously enriching experience. All the individuals that I have met during this experience have been so welcoming and wise. I was extremely impressed by that standard of education delivered by the teachers and this is a testament to Manish and the religious leaders who hold high expectations or their pupils. Gokuldham is located in a beautiful area and the people of the region I found to be especially helpful and friendly. Hermant, the hostel supervisor has become a very special friend to me. He helped me endlessly during my stay and was constantly asking if I needed anything and encouraging me to take part in religious activities. Additionally, Hermant and Sunjay made sure that I ate like a king during my stay and were so generous when it came to meals. The Kids I met at the Hostel will also hold a special place in my heart. Their gratitude and respectful nature was one of the most refreshing elements of my experience at Gokuldham.
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As for my own development, I feel my time volunteering here has taught me to embrace the benefits of living simple and impressed on me the absolute joy of living without ego. I would encourage any volunteers who are considering traveling to Gokuldham to embrace the experience with an open mind and an enthusiasm to immerse themselves in a new culture. My most precious memories are those experiences that somewhat pushed my comfort zone. For example taking part in Arty and sitting in on ‘Gujarati’ classes.
I sincerely thank everyone at Gokuldham for welcoming me into their community and look forward to one day returning this amazing place.