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Not a “Regular” Weekend. It’s Pongal Weekend!

There’s more heating up on Pongal weekend than the weather.  In India, where this holiday is celebrated, there is a lot going on. If you don’t know about it already, let us tell you about Pongal, one of the coolest celebrations in India. It’s Pongal weekend! Pongal is one of the most important celebrations in India. […]

Yoga, Happiness, and Prosperity

YOGA, HAPPINESS, AND PROSPERITY

As part of our series on Myths and Legends, India Country Manager Stephen Raja continues talking about Kolam, and explains its relationship to yoga, happiness, and prosperity. On a previous post Stephen explained the legend behind Kolam (beautiful drawings found in the streets of India.) Now Stephen explains why women really choose to make this drawings […]

Kolam: Beautiful Drawings in India

Beautiful Drawings in India

Continuing with our series on Myths and Legends, India Country Manager Stephen Raja talks about Kolam, a  tradition of making beautiful drawings in India.  What does yoga have to do with drawing? And what does drawing have to with prosperity? According to the Hinduism, a lot. India Country Manager Stephen Raja explains this: If you walk through the […]

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Volunteer Develops New English Teaching Method in India

Volunteer Develops English Teaching Method in India: Devra wasn’t sure how to teach English in India, so she developed her own teaching method. I am not a teacher, so when I was asked to teach in Chennai in 2014, I was very nervous.  It is one thing to know a subject but it is another […]

“It’s Not A Sacrifice” to Celebrate Christmas in Chennai

Christmas in India

Happy Christmas to all! It is 1:17am and a fun and a full Christmas Eve Day has quickly turned into early Christmas morning… Our day began with a first visit for team members Riley and Barbara, and a return visit for Susan, Brookie, and Katie to Assisi Illam where we’ve been working all week.  The teen […]

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Childrens’ Christmas in the Orphanage – Volunteering in India

christmas in the orphanage

We work with a few Christian organizations in Chennai, India.  Country Manager Stephen Raja reports on a very merry Christmas Eve celebration with our holiday volunteer team. Read about a children’s Christmas in the orphanage: This year we’re celebrating Christmas with the children of Assisi Illam. Last evening, all the volunteers joined the children and […]

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Creative Teaching in India – Cow Girls and a Banana Phone

teaching in India

Global Volunteer, Michelle, reports on creative ways to engage students in learning English when teaching in India. After dropping Steve and Barbee at Assisi Illam, Jennifer and I headed back to Christ the King School for a second day with the 4th and 5th graders. We built on the animal teams and team slogans created on […]

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Immersion in Indian Culture – Sights, Smells and Spirit

Indian culture

Global Volunteers on our India Service Program remark on the many opportunities to take in Indian culture on the streets, in the classroom, and sharing conversation in a local family’s home. Our day began early to make time before breakfast to visit the flower, fruit and veggie market, the largest in all of Asia. The size […]

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My Impact Volunteering in Chennai, India

volunteer impact

Reflections by Emily, an India Global Volunteer, on the cumulative positive volunteer impact on students in Chennai. Before I made the decision to come to Chennai, India, I debated with myself over what my true volunteer impact would be in such a short period of time. I didn’t know if my time and effort volunteering […]

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Volunteer Reflects on Responsible Volunteering

responsible volunteering

Global Volunteers’ Philosophy of Service guides team members on the principles of responsible volunteering. This alumni volunteer shares a practical example of how this works on site in Chennai, India and elsewhere around the world. By Fran, India Volunteer.   At Assisi Illam, the daycare center in Chennai where we’re serving, we’ve just finished singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little […]