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ALEX CRESSWELL
English

Care for Orphans and Teaching English
in Madurai, India
         

Hi Karen [Travellers Team],

My bags arrived in Madurai on Friday morning :) I was in Mamallapuram this weekend with Holly and Alyss so Anita and Lakshmanan [Travellers team] were kind enough to collect them for me! They have been fantastic, I would have been very lost without them.

My projects are wonderful. The orphanage has been eye opening for me, with lots and lots of new experiences. You definitely get thrown in at the deep end but I am thoroughly enjoying it. Even if it means I am up at 6.15 every morning.

I start the school properly tomorrow so I will let you know how it goes. I have just been to visit the Headmistress to speak to her about what I will be doing and the impact it should have upon the children conversational English.

I have felt completely supported the whole time I have been here. Everybody (including strangers) are very kind and helpful. I know if I have any questions or troubles I have lots of people to help me on the end of the phone etc.

I have also been able to help the sisters at the orphanage with their English. I am having a great time...

Madurai is really nice, which allows you to have a close look at Indian life and culture without feeling overwhelmed or unsafe due to the size of the city.

The orphanage is a lovely place which highly appreciates your work. The staff are lovely and welcoming. The school again is a nice place with welcoming staff.

I fell I have gained confidence, understanding of different cultures + traditions, working with people from different backgrounds, teaching experience and care experience.

I am enjoying the school because it is allowing me to gain a deeper understanding of Indian life and culture whilst gaining more teaching experience.

The orphanage is fantastic as I am able to really help and make a difference. The children and staff are really welcoming and thoroughly appreciate what you do.

I would recommend both placements to future volunteers.

The placement would suit a person who is:
Orphanage – kind, caring, hardworking, someone who wants to help, someone who loves children and is confident around children.

School – confident, who wants to learn more about the culture, hardworking.

 

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