When Karen from Norway planned her volunteer trip to India about six months ago, she wanted to travel together with her elder son. While discussing the project, both agreed, that they wanted to do something for children’s education, at school. While researching, Karen found that Iko Poran was offering both a teaching and a construction project at a school in Jaipur. A perfect fit, where her son could work on construction, painting beautiful signs, while she would be teaching children, and women.
Teaching, Women Empowerment and Construction: Perfect Mix of Projects for Karen and her Son!
Karen wanted to build up self-confidence for the women, especially for them to encourage their children to keep on studying at school. It was a success, and such a rewarding experience! In the first place, Karen and her son were wondering, if they would experience a culture shock. But in fact, from the first moment at their arrival, they have been very well been taken care of the organisation, and all the people turned out to be friendly and helpful! Listen to Karen’s full statement on video:
Interview with Karen, India
How are you doing?
I am fine. Just a bit emotional today.
It’s your last day.
Karen, could you please tell me, why did you come to India?
Well, this was an idea about six months ago, and I have been working on it since then.
I wanted to take my elder son on the project together, so that we could do volunteer work. We have been discussing, what we like to do, where we want to go, and we agreed, that we wanted to do a project on school and to do something for children’s education.
And then we chose this country and this project because it was one of the countries that have both construction projects and teaching at school. And I also wanted to combine the teaching both with students and with women, ot teach women and give them some self-confidence, so maybe they can encourage the children to keep on studying. That’s the main reason.
How was your experience with Iko Poran?
It was very good. Yes, from start till end, very good information. We feel, that we are very good taken care of, from the arrival, it is very safe way to host and stamp. And we also got só much inside information about the country, and made só many experience that we wouldn’t have as tourists. Só it was very solid, the organisation.
How would you describe the India you have seen here?
India is só much more, than I could imagine, before I came. I have read a lot, and prepared for culture shock. Culture shock, it was not só bad. And the differences between poor and rich, they are big, but not so… yes, we haven’t seen so much of beggars and poor people, as we maybe thought. The people are friendly, I was warned, the people are very… they are not nice, they are scared. Yes, that was what we were warned about. But we met só many nice people, and they want to help us, they were very friendly. We have always been very safe.
Would you advise other volunteers to come with us to India?
Yeah, definitely. India is something special, it’s unique, a unique country, and it is some experience, you have to get this experience.
Thank you for being with us Karen. Thank you so much!
Thank you for having us here!
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