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Udayan Care
July 12, 2013

Three years (2010), I spent the summer after my sophomore year with Udayan Care. I was connected through the International Internship Office at my university, Princeton. The first week of my 2-month stay was very challenging and it took some time to get used the heat, the new language and just that general feeling of not always understanding what was going on. But by the end of my 8 weeks, I did not want to leave. The children are INCREDIBLE and this organization really thrives when there are foreign volunteers at the home. You WILL make a difference, though as I said before, prepare yourself for a challenge. This is difficult, but very rewarding work. I think about the 40 girls at the Greater Noida home often.
I was living in Thailand this past year and knew that I had to make a return trip to Udayan Care. I visited the Greater Noida home for a week and was amazing how much the children had grown and matured. Even after almost 3 years apart, the girls all remembered me and it took no time to get reacquainted. Once you get to know these children, they will always be a part of you.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make the volunteer orientation/introduction more consistent and thorough. Also place more adults in the Greater Noida home.

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