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Volunteering at children in hope as part of my gap year travels to Asia was such a rewarding experience. The children are so loving and fun to be around and just want your attention to play games and teach ! It’s really an emotional and rewarding experience to say the least. We spent a lot of time in the school doing renovations to their playground for the children and teaching lessons such as educating on names of sports, fruits and other primary school topics. I had never taught a hearing impaired class of children before so I was nervous to start, but as soon as I saw how excited and dedicated the children were I was instantly put at ease that we could manage the class full of eager youngsters! We even learned some sign language ourselves! Living in the volunteer house next to the family was really nice. They welcomed us with open arms, we learnt a lot about Indian culture and food! And being in a really remote area really was unforgettable, true India. Would recommend to anybody who is looking for an authentic volunteer experience in India. Really life changing.
Volunteering for Children in Hope is an experience I will never forget. Seeing what they do for the children is just so heartwarming. Not only educating, them but caring for them as their own. I am so honoured that I got to experience all of the hard work the children in hope foundation puts in On a daily basis to make sure that the children are cared for, loved and are able to have the best chance at life. Asha and her family go above and beyond for the children and it really shows. From the minute I arrived in India I was welcomed and looked after by Asha and her family as if I were one of their own. They are the kindest most giving people you will ever meet. I will never forget the huge smiles on the children's faces as they performed songs and dances for us and welcomed us to their school. This was an experience that will stay with me for life and if you're lucky enough to be able to have the opportunity to experience it too or to simply see the work that children in hope does for these wonderful children then you are truly very lucky! Thank-you Asha, Nabin, Doctor Ravi, and the rest of the family for welcoming me to your home and country and for everything you do for the children!
'I volunteered for two weeks at the Life Aid Centre and was given the opportunity to visit all three facilities currently offering help to children who are deaf and differently abled. Children come from all over Tamil Nadu to attend the Life Aid Centre in Tiruvallur, as it provides a fantastic learning environment for these students, where there are few alternatives. I very much enjoyed meeting the students, teaching them about my home country, and playing games! The teachers are all very skilled and incredible with the students. I was also able to help with administration for the organisation, using my English skills to help proofread documents that would be sent out to ask for help funding new equipment and facilities to provide the very best for the children.'
Sage Lancaster, Volunteer in March 2017
Life Aid Centre in Tiruvallur is truly a special place. The children are the most radiant and warm kids- with such beaming smiles. It's hard not to want to spend every minute with them, with their infectious laughter and hugs. Not only are they full of life, they are also eager to learn and teaching them is one of the most rewarding things you can do. The school is such an important place for all the children, and really do deserve any help that can be given.
The month I spent with Children in Hope, teaching English and providing support, taught me in ways that could never be achieved through formal education. The school isn't just a charity , it's a family who extend their arms to anyone willing to be kind and compassionate. Would urge anyone to volunteer and extend their skills to an important cause whilst gaining a truly rewarding experience.