Yearoutindia really went above and beyond my expectations so many times throughout my volunteer experience. I was put in contact with a few former volunteers so that helped me understand what to expect from Yearoutindia.
From the moment I arrived in India I felt at home with this small organization. All the organizers and staff are so incredibly helpful with everything that it really allows the volunteer to focus on the real reason they come to India whether it is to teach English, or build a house in a village. In my preparations for India I was notified what things were essential and what things weren’t needed. Navin picked me up at the airport and all transportation was coordinated and organized. Every question I had was answered and I felt very comforatbale with all the preparations YOI gave me before my trip.
The orientation was very good for helping me to prepare for Kanthaloor. I like the laid back feel and the open atmosphere to ask any question about anything. During my orientation period I came up with the project idea of the school magazine and that was with the help of all the YOI staff. They gave me a good idea of what to expect and what my prospective duties might be on arrival in Kanthaloor.
The accommodations in Kanthaloor were excellent. I lived two minutes from the school I was volunteering at, so it was very convenient. I also had great interactions with my host family who was living connected to my house. It was great to live so close with a family from the village so I could really see how they lived on a daily basis. The house was always clean, very comfortable, and their wasn’t one time during the whole volunteer experience when I felt unsafe. The food prepared for by the staff on the program was exceptional. Not only was it authentic Indian food but the staff helps you learn how to make the food. The hygiene levels were above satisfaction for me, never had any problems relating to hygiene standards. The transportation was exceptional as well. Taking public transportation was a great experience and often times an adventure. Many times Nitin would use his own personal SUV to transport myself and the staff. It was great to travel with Nitin every time the occasion came. The transportation provided by YOI was truly first class in India.
The staff went above and beyond expectations to make sure I was comfortable and enjoying myself. Subeesh, Amba, and Ramen did whatever was in their power to make my experience the best it could possibly be. They also invited me to get involved in their life on a personal level by inviting me to experience their home life and meet their families. Going to a different country and culture is hard and they helped me understand everything that was going on. It was a great learning experience because of Navin, Nitin, Subeesh, Amba, and Ramen.
My experience was excellent. I immediately was able to work directly with the children of the village in and out of the classroom. It was exactly what I was looking for. The staff made it very easy for me to focus on my teaching and interactions with the kids. They arranged all the supplies and details for all the meals so I could focus on the work I had to do for the children. Living in the village was the best experience from my entire India trip. Really living somewhere and getting to know the people and surroundings is incredible. You really learn what life is like there and the culture and personalities of the people living there. It was an unbelievable experience I will remember the rest of my life.
Even when I went to travel after I was done volunteering with Yearoutindia they went out of their way to make sure I was safe, and enjoying myself. I can’t say thanks enough for the effort and time spent by Navin and Nitin to make this experience so special for me. They constantly went above and beyond expectations to make sure my experience in India was as positive as possibly. I consider myself lucky to have even met these two people and I hope in the future I have many more opportunities to volunteer in this organization. Yearoutindia is a great program and I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work with this organization.
Dear Students, Teachers and Faculty,
It has really been an honour for me to work at Sacred Heart High School over the last month. I have enjoyed getting to know every one of you in and out of the classroom. There are a few things I want to tell you all in this letter. First, I am very proud of all the students at SHHS. From the first second I arrived I only spoke English and most of the students wre able to understand practically every word I saiid. That’s incredible! You are all very smart students and capable of acomplishing anything you set your mind to with hard work. Always remember, if there is anyway I can help you all in the future please let me know.
Please keep in touch with me in the future.