March 19, 2012
I went to Sevalaya School, west of Chennai city, India from January to February 2012 as a volunteer for Children's Art Village. I worked as an art teacher along with the local teacher to produce an installation with 800 kids made from rubbish which was then exhibited in the city. I had email contact and had met Mai before I went and she was amazing in putting me in contact with past volunteers as well as supporting me through email when I was out in India for the two months. I felt prepared when I went and had a good picture of what to expect. The school was great and I really enjoyed my time there working with the art teacher. The kids were brilliant and very amusing. I stayed in accommodation on the school site which is basic but with great food served three times a day, eating with the kids from the orphanage who are always on site. The staff at the school were great and I had the opportunity over that time to make good friends and enjoy the beauty of Indian hospitality. The school is run really well and the kids are well looked after. Mr Murali the founder and his wife, Bhuvana, are great and were really supportive in the project. Having the opportunity to volunteer with Children's Art Village was an incredible experience and one in which I took many things from. Cant thank Mai enough. Charlotte
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