Sankalp Volunteer Society India

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In general my experience was great. Such a cultural shock and adjustment was made easy by the combination of great staff, accommodation, and food and of course the children. I had some free time which allowed me to read and reflect on India and the culture and the people. I had so much fun with the Kids. Considering the language barrier I was able to communicate through action and expressions far better than i imagined. The kids were great and always try to get your attention. I found the children could be harsh to one another but also saw them to be very caring toward each other. The accommodation was great; I’ve never eaten better food than this. The special food made by the cook on the regular basis was always good. The staff made me feels at home.
In the beginning, I was nervous about coming to India and to teach children. The staff, housing, children, food, city and everyone I met in Jaipur is gracious and welcoming. I had no negative experience and will recommend the program to my friends.

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Posted: May 15, 2011
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10
By: heini
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I had done the volunteering work with Shake Hands-India volunteer Program. It was a rewarding and challenging experience from day one till the last day. I did the Street kid program. The kids were great. Always ready to learn new things. This project allows me to use my creativity. In the play time, we use to play Duck-Duck-Goose it was really fun. The older kids are easy to handle whereas the younger once are little difficult to handle. But Pranay always help us in controlling the Kids which was helpful. The accommodation was great. The house was quite big with all the facilities like Beds, T.V, Air Conditioner, Water System, Internet etc. The food was amazing. The staff was also very helpful. I will recommend Shake Hands to everyone for a life changing experience

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Posted: May 10, 2011
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By: ksu
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It was a rewarding experience with “Shake Hands India Volunteer Program” running by Sankalp. The program has been amazing. This program has made my time in India fun, exciting interesting and truly memorable. Looking back over the past nine week so much has happened, so many memories to recall. The children at the orphanage are absolutely wonderful. On my first day I wasn’t sure what to expect, however the children were so cute and love playing and attention and affection so much, I found it easy to fit in and try and make their lives happier and more full of love. I feel that I did make a small difference to children’s lives by giving them some love, and treating them like they are my own. I specially enjoyed the company of the little children and whilst I was there kids started calling me ‘didi-didi” which was very sweet. I really enjoyed the program. The children’s really need the volunteers. The staff was very helpful and friendly. All my questions were answered by the Sankalp Team. I would defiantly Sankalp to anyone looking for a serious and a life challenging opportunities in India.

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Posted: May 7, 2011
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10
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10
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By: andrea
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I have greatly enjoyed my time at the volunteer program. At first I was a bit nervous, coming to a country so far away from home, I had no idea what to expect. I can honestly say the program and accommodation and everything exceeded my expectations! I always felt safe and taken care of and treated well here I thing the street children program is fantastic. I truly hope that what my self and other volunteers are doing will make a positive difference in these children lives. I believe that it will help them. It was nice to have the staff around so much; the time to time meetings were helpful during the program. I felt if I had any problems (even though I didn’t) I would have been able to discus openly and that are solution would have been found. I was great to be able to have so much free time after my program. I felt like I really got to explore Jaipur as well as other cities around it. I had great experiences with everyone at Sankalp as well as the other volunteers. I feel like I got to experience Indian culture on a better level then I would have if for example I stayed in a hotel. I only have positive things to say about the Indian culture and Indian people I met!

It was a lot of fun working with other volunteers at the school, everyone always got along well together. Pranay was very helpful with the children, translating for us, them as well as disciplining them. You can tell he really cares about them a lot which is nice to see. I’ll defiantly recommend this program to other. I think it is very well run and well organized and you can see the money goes to the children.

I found that I was very comfortable working with children. They are all wonderful and made the volunteer work special and motivating for me. It was interesting to get to know all of their different personalities and abilities. I really had a great time with them and leant a lot. The accommodation was really amazing! I found the bad really comfortable, the TV and film were also great as well as the board games. I found the food to be amazing.

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Posted: May 5, 2011
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10
By: ap
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I enjoyed the teaching program immensely; the staff both at the school and the volunteer home was extremely helpful. If I needed some advice about transportation in Jaipur or different teaching methods the staff would always level their hands. The community and the children were welcoming. The children were willing to learn and better themselves. Although I did not speak the local language they would try to understand and communicate to me. Accommodation and food both were great. Food sometimes little spicy, but I should expect that in India. I am very impressed with the efforts the Shake Hands team.

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Posted: April 30, 2011
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9
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By: Cr
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