“Things I Will Miss About India”

On the last page of the diary that I kept throughout the project, there's two lists that I must have written whilst feeling immediately nostalgic on the plane: Things I will not miss about India, and Things that I will miss. It feels like quite a [...]

2013-02-16T15:23:00+00:00 February 16th, 2013|ICS, Travel Diary, VSO|Comments Off on “Things I Will Miss About India”

Debrief and Departure

As time drifted on and more "lasts" were had - last trip to the market, last day in the community, last night spent in the flat - the reality of the fact that the trip was coming to an end began to really sink in. Despite [...]

2013-02-16T09:12:00+00:00 February 16th, 2013|ICS, Travel Diary, VSO|Comments Off on Debrief and Departure

Bodhgaon

After the last few, emotional days in the community, we got the opportunity to go for a trip to Bodhgaon, Bodh's rural campus. We'd wanted to visit for a while; partly because we had heard that it was really beautiful and peaceful there (the boys from [...]

2013-02-15T12:22:00+00:00 February 15th, 2013|ICS, Jaipur, Travel Diary, VSO|Comments Off on Bodhgaon

Community Action Days

I'm nearing the end of India now; it's time to discuss the dreaded Community Action Days. Community Action Days (CADs) are designed to increase the positive impact that a team has on a community. In our case, this meant trying to involve parts of the community other [...]

2013-02-15T10:56:00+00:00 February 15th, 2013|ICS, Jaipur, Travel Diary, VSO|Comments Off on Community Action Days

The Trips

Towards the end of the program, we wanted to step up our game a bit in terms of the fun we provided for the girls we worked with. Also they'd been nagging us to take them out for ages and we are very weak-willed. Bearing in mind [...]

2013-02-14T21:18:00+00:00 February 14th, 2013|ICS, Jaipur, Travel Diary, VSO|Comments Off on The Trips

Festivals

After having had a more serious post, I'm back to emphasising what an AMAZING time I had again.The time frame in which we were in India - i.e. September-December - just so happened to coincide with EVERY FESTIVAL IN INDIA EVER. Pretty much. (Except for Holi, [...]

2013-02-12T22:18:00+00:00 February 12th, 2013|ICS, Jaipur, Travel Diary, VSO|Comments Off on Festivals

The Point

I feel like I've been talking a lot about logistics and facts and the setup of everything - and also all the fun things we did - which to me seems somewhat backwards. So back to the point.The girls.The reason that I wanted to take part [...]

2013-02-11T23:38:00+00:00 February 11th, 2013|ICS, Jaipur, Travel Diary, VSO|Comments Off on The Point

Mid Phase Review

Before we knew it we were half way into the program, and it was time to have our mid-phase review - the purpose of which is exactly what it sounds like. Due to some unfortunate circumstances out of our control, the plan to have it at [...]

2013-02-09T00:21:00+00:00 February 9th, 2013|ICS, Jaipur, Travel Diary, VSO|Comments Off on Mid Phase Review

Days Out

One of the main attractions of living in India was all the cool things we got to do and see. And "cool" doesn't even cover it.The first thing we did was go for a quick trip to India's own "Albert Hall' - which is in fact [...]

2013-02-08T19:43:00+00:00 February 8th, 2013|ICS, Jaipur, Travel Diary, VSO|Comments Off on Days Out