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My Impact Volunteering in Chennai, India

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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 […]


Volunteer Reflects on Responsible Volunteering

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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 […]


Chameleon on iPad Clever for Teaching Students in India

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India Global Volunteer Fran employs her creativity and bright personality to motivate primary school students at Christ-King School in Chennai.  Using an iPad and a story about a chameleon, she creates a lesson about colors, reason, and sentence structure. All the way to the school, I kept hoping that the short video of a chameleon changing […]

Joy as a Volunteer in India

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Team Journal by Fran for Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016. Wow! Today as a volunteer in Chennai India was filled with joy. Although it began as a typical morning as a Global Volunteer in Chennai, the sun was out, the dogs barked early in the morning, the crows (a species so different from our American birds) delivered their raucous morning […]

My 3rd Time to Christ King School


Journal entry by Fran for August 1, 2016. The weekend is over and it is Monday, my first day at Christ King School. Actually, it is my first day at the school this year. I volunteered at Christ King in 2013 and 2014, but it is like any first day of school. There is a […]

Experienced both Joy and Sadness


Team Journal by Fran for Friday, 29th July 2016. Today is my last day of volunteering at Assisi Illam. I had not anticipated the depth of feelings I have developed for the children and kind women there. I experienced both joy and sadness, the joy of being with the little children and the sadness of […]


Exploring Indian Markets

Exploring Indian Markets

Team Journal by Fran for Thursday, 28th July 2016: Exploring Indian Markets. My day in Chennai began earlier than usual. I left the guest house around 6:30 this morning to go to the market. It is important to arrive early at Indian markets for several reasons: The morning is cooler and many people arrive early to purchase […]

Fun with the Little Ones at Assisi Illam

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Team Journal by Fran for Wednesday, 27th July 2016. I was awake before the call of our crow this morning. I have concluded that my strange sleeping hours will make the adjustment for the 12.5 hour difference between Arizona and India time a bit easier when I return to the States. I have been able […]

Delightful Second Day in Chennai

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Team Journal by Fran for Tuedsay, 26th July 2016. I awoke to the raucous cries of our crow, the swoosh sound of the native coconut stemmed broom scraping the concrete, and the awakening of traffic. Soon the metal pots and pans began to play their morning song in the kitchen below me. It is the […]

Busy First Day Volunteering in India

Busy First Day Volunteering in India

Team Journal by Fran for Monday, 25th July 2016: Busy First Day Volunteering in India. Message of the day: One does not meet oneself until one catches the reflection from the eyes of another human being. The message for the day seems especially appropriate because seeing our reflection from the eyes of a child is […]