It seems like yesterday when we welcomed 2017, and already the 1st quarter of the year has passed. It feels like time is flying and there’s so much good work left to be done and so many places left to be explored.
We have had people from different parts of the world, who joined different volunteering programs in Delhi and Palampur and contributed in their own ways. While few joined the medical projects and looked after the patients helping them to get well soon, few others joined the street children program and showered the kids with love and warmth.
And it wasn’t just about work! Our volunteers also made sure to explore India during their free time, and few of them were lucky enough to experience the snowfall in the Himalayan regions in the month of January.
While we have entered the 2nd quarter of the year, let’s look back and see how the 1st quarter has been like, for the Volunteering India volunteers.
Alysia Hughes, Louise Colvin, Kylie Wickens and Sarah Coss
They traveled from Australia and joined the Medical Project in Palampur for a duration of 4 weeks. During this time, they worked at the local hospitals and health care centers, learned how the healthcare system works in a semi-urban area in India, shadowed professional doctors and got some first-hand opportunity of treating patients.
Since Palampur is a little town on the lap of the Himalayas, these volunteers traveled to other parts of Himachal Pradesh (a north Indian state). They trekked the hills, explored the localities and enjoyed the snow that had covered the valleys during the winter months.
They also paid a visit to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, which is considered as a Holy Shrine for the Sikhs.
And like everyone, their trip would also have remained incomplete without visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra! So, they went to Agra to see the symbol of love.
Coming from Burlington, United States, Julia volunteered for the Childcare Program in New Delhi and knitted some wonderful memories with the innocent little ones. She showered them with love and shared some great time with them. Her enthusiasm and friendly nature were absolutely adored by the children.
Marcia joined the Street Children Program in New Delhi for 2 weeks. She was from Attleboro, United States, and fell in love with India during her stay. The children enjoyed her company as she shared some valuable knowledge with them.
Tracey was a part of the Mini Break Volunteering Program in India, and she was in the country during the month of March when the festival of colors (Holi) was celebrated! Undoubtedly, she was a part of the celebrations and enjoyed to the fullest. She had a great time volunteering with the kids and taught them some interesting lessons through activities. She also traveled to Jaipur and Agra, and made friends with the monkeys on the way! Coming from Fraserburgh, United Kingdom, India didn’t fail to amuse her!
The beautiful soul from Marblehead, United States, Anastasia was volunteering for the Street Children Program in New Delhi for a duration of 5 weeks. The little ones at the center used to wait for her visit and she was loved by them all. Anastasia also explored the monuments of Delhi (including Lotus Temple, Qutub Minar etc) and was mesmerized to see the architecture.
Apart from these volunteers, we had many others who also made some meaningful contribution towards the Indian society, and we are lucky be a bridge between these volunteers and the society.
If they have inspired you in any way, and if you also wish to come and do something for India while exploring the county, do get in touch with us. We would love to hear back from you!
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