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LYDIA TYRRELL
Irish

Teaching English to Children Project in Madurai, India

         

I suppose the story that sums up my experience is the fact that I didn't want to leave. I had done 3 months teaching and as Annual exams were approaching I got very worried because I really didn't want to finish, but teaching wasn't really an option as the children would be busy with exams.

It was the whole experience that I didn't want to end though - life with my host family, meeting other volunteers in Madurai, going away at weekends........ So Karen [Travellers India Project Co-Ordinator] suggested that I change projects. That is how I came to be working in the orphanage.

I got a completely different experience that I never expected to have and I had an amazing time. Although in the end I had to leave, I braced myself for it and I am still so thankful that I got to stay on longer. I am still going to do some travelling, but I felt my time was better spent in Madurai than travelling for two whole months.

I was very happy with the information I got. Everything seemed to be covered, from information on the family, on the school and on the country. There was even important information that I wouldn't have even known to ask about. I can't think of anything that I wished I had known or that I wasn't prepared for by the pack or by Karen.....

I'm still baffled by how hard Karen works. Any little query I had she was able to help me with immediately. Any time, day or night she has been there, even when she isn't needed for company and support. It wouldn't be the same without her. Even a couple of weeks after my placement has finished and she still makes sure I'm okay and offers me help if I need it.

She has made India a much less scary place for me. It was one hundred times more than I expected. I felt totally supported by the team at all times and I am thrilled with the experience I have had.  

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