Do not miss it, india is waiting for you !!
I tell you very briefly, or perhaps not so much, my volunteering in India. It can help you to take the step towards a different volunteering and at the same time very enriching.
The support and support provided by the organization so that anyone can travel with total tranquility to a country with so many peculiarities such as India, is very good. This organization is very responsible. At all times they facilitated the bureaucracy, sometimes terribly complex in India. They offered me all the support I needed (logistics, information, contacts of interest, etc …), so everything was much easier. Even if you are curious and interested in learning more about Hindu culture, the organization will be happy to share its extensive knowledge on the subject with you.
I was working in that the support program women’s shelter, where I also stayed. It is a short-stay shelter for women with problems (mainly ill-treatment). Living with them in their own home is the best way to get to know first hand the project and the life of these women.
The place of volunteering
Around the house reside several families linked in one way or another to the organization. They were a fundamental part of the trip and are the engine of the project. At all times they were waiting for me, always attentive to any need, including constant invitations to have tea with them and their families, including an invitation to eat and / or dine with them. They love that and they are proud to share “floor” and tablecloth, now, bring your stomachs prepared to withstand the spiciness of the place…
Everyday during my volunteering
As you can imagine, there is a lot of work to do in a center like this , from the organization of the kitchen, empowerment workshops with women, games and recreational activities for the women’s children. In addition to the management of purchases and use of resources. In summary, at no time will you lack any task or work to do to contribute something positive about “your harvest” once installed.
Not everything is rosy in the house, keep in mind that each of the users brings a heavy load. Knowing their most recent past and why they have reached that situation will make you understand and understand some behaviors of insecurity, sadness or despair that sometimes you detect only with a glance.
You will also have time to dedicate to leisure and tourism, getting here and not doing it would be almost a sin.
What you can visit during your volunteering
There is a tribal area called Bandardara, very sparsely populated, which is appreciated in India, with incredible landscapes, rice fields in terraces cultivated in an ancestral way, villages lost between mountains, rivers and cliffs. In short, a day trip more than recommended.
Another excursion that will take you a couple of days but that you cannot miss is a visit to the Ellora and Ajanta caves. They are two authentic jewels that if they were inside the circuits previously named would be world-renowned, I do not want to tell you more because the best thing is that you discover it yourself.
On the way to Bombay for your return, I recommend you stop in Nasik, the holy city of India where the world’s largest pilgrimage, the “Kumbhamela”, is regularly celebrated. Nasik is crossed by a river where, as with the Ganges. The Hindus deposit the mortal remains of their loved ones and perform a series of religious rituals on the banks of the river.
If you have time, a trip to Trimbak, another holy city just an hour from Nasik. Will give you the opportunity to know one of the most important temples in all of India for its symbolism within the Hindu religion. Here the environment is spectacular, surrounded by mountains that, if you dare and like trekking, it is worth exploring.
Finally, since I was trying to write a short essay and I am extending myself more than I wanted, just to tell you that in my opinion. This is a unique opportunity to discover a totally different culture. Know the most vulnerable and forgotten part of society and collaborate with an organization that does essential work for many people.
Alfredo – Women’s Empowerment Program