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Friday 1 August 2014

The North and East team reflect on their time spent away in India over the past two weeks: 

Emily
Emily

I can’t really fit this whole experience into one paragraph – but I really enjoyed it. I loved teaching and getting to know the pupils in my classes; it’s amazing to see such impoverished people being so generous and so happy. They will never be forgotten. I am very, very thankful to have been picked for this trip – the opportunities we had don’t come around often! It was amazing! – Emily

Ryan
Ryan

Saphara has been an incredible experience and one that I will never forget. From teaching the kids in the schools to the visiting the marginalised communities, the main thing that stuck was the sense of hope on their faces and it really made me appreciate what I have. – Ryan

Niamh and Barra
Niamh and Barra

It is difficult to put into words how I feel about my time in India but here I go. The trip was definitely a peak in my life. I’ve had countless unique opportunities and experiences. I sang in front of a school and hiked up a mountain with a small Indian child on my back, just to name a couple. I have made strong connections with so many people. Firstly, the kids that we taught – they were really special to me and I wish them all the best for their future. Secondly, inspirational people like Dr Reeta, Surender and Nadesh have given me a lot to think about. Finally, the 17 amazing individuals on my team. I have had so much fun with you guys and it saddens me that we have to go our separate ways. Thanks for the good times! Thank you India for helping me appreciate the little things as well as the big things in life and for broadening my perspective on the world and the people in it. Namaste. – Barra

The Saphara experience has been life changing for me in so many ways. I have experienced so many new things, met some inspirational people and had some incredible experiences. I am so glad that I was able to share this journey with such an amazing team and I know my experience in India will affect me for the rest of my life. – Niamh K

Kabir, Naresh and Sam
Kabir, Naresh and Sam

Amazing experience with a team of wonderful people. It is great to see, first hand, the difference that Saphara is making in the lives of many people. I feel honoured to have contributed to their work in a small way. – Sam

The thing that will stick in my mind is seeing the enthusiasm, smiles and eagerness on the faces of the children every day.

 

Nikki and Orlagh
Nikki and Orlagh

My Saphara experience has not only been everything I thought it would be but so, so much more. The thing that will stick in my mind is seeing the enthusiasm, smiles and eagerness on the faces of the children every day. They are so happy with what they have and we will all be more grateful for the simple things such as our own education. I’m leaving feeling more aware and inspired by the work going on and the huge impact it is making. So happy to be a part of it all! – Orlagh

Killian
Killian

What I have experienced over the past two weeks is something I will be unable to forget. I cannot and will not forget the Taj Mahal, Lotus Temple, Agra Fort, the incredible class 6 at Kaplani and the amazing classes IA and IB at SNEHA. I am so thankful to the inspirational and unbelievable Nadesh, the selfless and wise Surender, the incredible Dr Reeta, Christine, and every teacher and team member and on this trip. The end doesn’t seem real; I wish it wasn’t. – Killian

Alistair
Alistair

When I came out on this trip I promised myself I wouldn’t become emotionally attached to any of the school kids or experiences I would encounter; I failed. Saphara has truly changed my perspective on life and my personality (for the better I hope). The friends I have made and the children I have taught have impacted me massively and I wouldn’t trade the experience of them for the world. – Alistair

Ben and Megan
Ben and Megan

The whole experience of teaching has been eye opening. As a student, you will never realise how much time and planning and resources teachers have to put in to be able to engage with their pupils. Our team has only done it for nine days but we are all exhausted! The experience has been so useful and rewarding and has started me thinking about teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) – I am completely grateful for it. – Megan

Saphara was a life changing experience with an incredible group of people! Words can’t describe how beneficial it was both for us and the kids we were helping. Anyone who’s considering applying next year I urge you to do so – trust me you won’t regret it! – Ben

Yasmin
Yasmin

My Saphara journey was not what I had expected. Hearing the stories of others about their time on Saphara is nothing compared to the experience my team and I have had. No words can describe the incredible bond we have together and with all the children we have taught. They will always be in my thoughts as I pray for them to do well and be the inspiring people they are. – Yasmin

As a student, you will never realise how much time and planning and resources teachers have to put in to be able to engage with their pupils.

 


Saphara was a great opportunity and an unbelievable experience. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to travel with and meet some inspirational people who are doing great work to help those less fortunate than ourselves and would recommend it to anyone.Scott

Cathy
Cathy

We have shared laughs, tears, songs, stories and carried each other along the way. The teaching has been amazing but we have been taught a lot more. We brought gifts but have been given so much more from the people who have so much less than us. Treasure the memories! – Cathy

Nicole
Nicole

Saphara is definitely not what I expected it to be, it was 10 times better. I didn’t think the children would affect me so much and I would become so attached to places and people I spent only 4 days with! I remember so clearly the principal of Kaplani saying ‘this may only be 4 days but we will remember this for 40 years’ which is completely accurate. It was the best 16 days of my life and has made me a better person and made me realise how lucky and appreciative we should be at home. – Nicole

Niamh McC
Niamh McC

The whole teaching experience has not only been my highlight but has been eye opening. It has made me become more grateful for my own education and I now hope to pursue a careers working with children. – Niamh McC

David
David

Saphara has taught me a lot about India and also myself. My highlight would be the last day in SNEHA; the last class was beyond words. I have found inspiration from a young teacher called Nadesh who has such passion and love for the job and the children. – Dave

Lynsey
Lynsey

Saphara as certainly been for me, as the Hindi for suggests, a ‘journey with purpose.’ I have been truly inspired my so many amazing young people as part of this charity. A special mention must be made of Dr Reeta. During a conversation about her own story and the work she has done at SNEHA she said, “I believe we sow the seed…God does the work and one day we will see the fruit!” What a challenge – it’s time to sow more seeds anywhere and everywhere! – Lynsey

There have been so many rich experiences over the past two weeks – moments of joy and a wonderful awe at the way human beings can touch and influence the hearts of others. It has been a blessing to be a part of Saphara in 2014. – Lorna

I believe we sow the seed…God does the work and one day we will see the fruit!”

Matthew
Matthew

What a fantastic two weeks these have been. Reflecting back now so many memories come flooding back. It was truly an honour and privilege to work with the amazing children in Kaplani and SNEHA. The ambition and hard work ethic of the students was inspiring. It’s hard to believe that the trip is over now and I’d like to thank Christine and the teachers for making this opportunity possible. This has been a very positive experience and I hope the work of Saphara grows from strength to strength. – Matthew

Thomas, Ellen and Ellie
Thomas, Ellen and Ellie

India was quite an experience. I loved every minute of it andespecially spending time with our Saphara team! It opened my eyes tothe obvious problems in India which I didn’t expect to be as bad. It also makes you appreciate what we have – as the poorest people we met appreciate what they have even though it’s so little. – Thomas

Saphara was the best 16 days of my life and has been so inspiring! Saphara does fantastic work and I’d like to thank Christine for an amazing experience and for the opportunity to meet every member of the Saphara project, especially Nadesh, the teacher from SNEHA. The trip has made me appreciate what we take for granted! And thanks to Cathy, Sam, Nikki, Lynsey and Lorna for all their hard work. – Ellen

Saphara has been the most incredible 16 days of my life. The kids at Donk, Kaplani and SNEHA taught me so much and I’m so grateful for meeting each of them. It’s so hard to put into words how special the kids really are but I will never forget their happy wee faces and how every little way we tried to make a difference counts! – Ellie

Posted in North and East Team 2014
on Friday 1 August 2014