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PATRICIA GLEESON
British

Care for Children with Disabilities Project, in Madurai, India
         

Busy, noisy, colourful, smelly in places, all these things make Madurai an amazing place to be. The people have been so friendly and helpful in all areas. I have been surprised by the huge numbers of people out and about at all times of day, busy, busy, busy.

I am gaining an insight into how children with autism, learning difficulties and physical disabilities are educated and cared for in a different country.

The best things about my placement by far are the smiles, handshakes and hugs I am met with every day. The staff and parents have all been so welcoming and made me feel at ease in a strange country and different environment. It has been heart warming to see how the children help each other and the older ones taking charge of the younger ones.

I certainly would recommend this placement to anyone else. It is such a rewarding placement. The children are so responsive to new people and gives them confidence with new social situations.

This placement would suit just about anyone with a heart.

The children are all safe, happy and cared for, so none that come to mind.

A typical day:

  • Start time at 10.00am

  • Yoga with early intervention group until 10.30am and prayers.

  • Access to all classes during the morning, yoga, dancing, numbers, crafts.

  • Lunch 12.30-13.30

  • Afternoon is enrichment, singing, dancing, colouring, playing. Socialising with children and parents in the physio department and assisting the children with exercising.

Experience living with a host family: a truly wonderful one!

I have felt at ease with the family and enjoyed typical Indian cuisine including delicious homemade breads and cakes. Anitha and her family are on hands to answer questions and help you to get the most from your Madurai experience.

Having Anitha at the other end of the phone helped me to feel confident going out and about in Madurai as I am travelling alone.

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