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The greatest experience of my life

Review submitted by Elise
Review date 1 abr. 2018

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Before I went to India with Frontier I had no idea what to expect. I didn't know anything about their culture and I had no idea what any of the children would be like, how much English they'd speak and if they'd even understand us.

We had two projects, the school and the orphanage.

When we went to the school in India I realized that we could communicate with the kids, even if it wasn't perfect. I think that I speak for everyone in the group when I say we were quite nervous to teach in the school but the head teacher at the school was very friendly and welcoming. The groups of children were rather large so that was a bit daunting but once we got into it we were all enjoying it as much as they were. The children clearly enjoyed us being there and being able to communicate with different people, they were able to ask questions and it was generally something different and interesting for them to do. We taught them a song and a dance and watching them accomplish that was very rewarding. At the end of the week the children started coming into the hall already singing the song and it was nice to see that they enjoyed it.

Teaching lessons was harder than teaching the children songs and dances. You had to explain what you were doing thoroughly so that they understood properly. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't, it was just trial and error. It was great to see the children learning. Some of the children were so clever and I felt proud of them because that was something I didn't expect.

The children were asking for autographs from us. We were all happy to give them to them but in a way I felt bad because technically, we're just like them, we are in no way better than them and they treated us like we were famous, I wanted them to know that we're actually not that different.

The next week we went to the orphanage. The children all welcomed us with a clap and seemed to be quite excited. We basically did the same things with them as the school in lessons. They had to do their chores which were gardening and cleaning. When we did gardening the boys were lovely, the kept bringing us flowers and showed us a certain plant which was quite cool, they were always keen to show us things in their everyday life. We cleaned the classrooms and some had to clean the toilets which wasn't too nice. The toilets weren't too welcoming, but rather than complaining that they were disgusting, I felt bad for the children because they don't have anything better. Although the children don't have much, they are clearly grateful for what they do have. A few boys taught a few people in the group and me to play a game they play, they were all amazing at it, I can't say the same for me. It was lovely to see how appreciative the orphanage was when we left. The children are all amazing!

Overall I had an incredible time in India, it's something that I will never forget and I'm so glad that i've had the opportunity to do this. It has been the greatest experience of my life and I think if you get an opportunity like this, you should take it straight away. I've learned so much about India and my life has definitely changed. I now respect things that I have and I don't take anything for granted because I know how little other people in the world have.

THANK YOU FRONTIER!

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