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North Belfast Final Reflections!

Saturday 18 July 2015

 orth Belfast Team – Final Reflections on India 2015

We asked our fabulous North Belfast team for some final thoughts on our 7–hour layover in Dubai Airport. This is what they said:

Siobhán Comer

This was definitely the most unforgettable trip of my life. The children of Kaplani, Donk and Sneha were truly inspirational and will be really missed. Best two weeks ever!

 

Ellen Groom

Without a doubt, Saphara 2015 has been the best few weeks of my life as a result of the many great memories and bonds with the team and the students. A life changing experience which I will never forget!

 

Ellen Reid

I have been so honoured to meet the most creative, ambitious and motivated children through teaching over the last few weeks. I wish all the kids from Kaplani, Donk and Sneha good luck in their future. No doubt they will continue to shine in all they do.

 

Megan Norris

The 16 days in India have been absolutely incredible, made all the more special by our fabulous team and of course the wonderful children we have met in Kaplani High School, Donk and Sneha. I have really enjoyed every minute of this trip, and teaching the children in the schools has been the most rewarding and fulfilling experience of my life.

 

Martin Smith

From start to finish, Saphara has been so amazing! I have been gifted with some unforgettable memories and teaching has been truly rewarding, definitely one of the best experiences of my life!

 

Malachy Loughrey

The last 16 days have been the best of my life. The trip has been insane and inspired me to do as much good as I can in the future. I have met some amazing people, such as Nadesh, that I will never forget. Overall an amazing experience!

 

Connor Devlin

Without a doubt the most life changing experience of my life! There have been so many unforgettable memories between our team and teaching the children of Kaplani, Donk and SNEHA. It was a real pleasure to be a part of Saphara this year.

 

Ruairi McGinn

It has been a true honour to teach the children of Kaplani, Donk and SNEHA alongside a fantastic group. I am truly grateful that I have been a part of the North Belfast Saphara team and it has been an experience that I will never forget!

 

Kathleen Reilly

‘Some infinities are simply bigger than other infinities’. This quote has stuck out to me while I have been teaching in India. Although I wish my infinity was longer I was happy for the little infinity I got to share with each school as they all taught me how to smile at the darkest times and they made me laugh every day. I am so grateful for every one of the kids I met.

 

Clare Pierce

Without a doubt, Saphara 2015 has been the most memorable, heart–warming and inspiring experience of my life. I have loved every minute of it, from teaching in Kaplani and SNEHA and forming unforgettable relationships with the children, to the infinite number of laughs, games of Spit, Banagrams and Mafia along the way.

 

Niamh Carroll

Saphara has been an incredible experience and will stay with me forever. I feel so privileged to have been able to meet so many amazing people, especially the children in Kaplani, SNEHA and Donk. I hope that we were able to make half as much of an impact on the kids as they made on us. I’m so grateful to have shared this experience with such an amazing team!

 

Henry Cavan

Before I left for India, people who did Saphara before told me that it would be the best experience of my life. I was skeptical but thought I would have a good time anyway. I was wrong, Saphara has been one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had and would thoroughly recommend you to do it if you can.

 

Una McCoy

During my 16 days in India I have met some of the most amazing people in my life; the school children, Nadesh and Surrender as well as the team themselves. Honestly don’t think I’ve met a better group of people in my life and couldn’t have gotten through it without them. The laughter and craic helped keep spirits high as we saw the most eye–opening scenes I have ever witnessed. Truly amazing experience!

 

Kieran O’Reilly

Teaching at Kaplani and SNEHA these past two weeks has been one of the most fulfilling things I’ve done, seeing how Saphara helps such a large number of children is incredibly inspiring and encourages me to go on and do similar work in the years to come.

 

Jack Venables

The past 16 days has been the most difficult 16 days of my life emotionally but even though it has been tough for the whole team, the way this amazing team has pulled together and helped each other through it to achieve what our journey was set out to do. Teaching kids in SNEHA, Donk and Kaplani was so fulfilling and possibly the best feeling I’ve ever had seeing the kids so happy in such poor conditions and it has encouraged me to push on and do more in years to come.

 

Caitlin O’Callaghan

Realising that the poverty we see on TV is very different to seeing it first hand and knowing that the positive and determined children live with those conditions was the most challenging thing I think I will ever come across. However, teaching these children and watching their little faces light up when you enter the room leaves you speechless because they are truly inspiring people and I feel so blessed to have had the chance to spend time with them and our amazing team!

 

Ciara Cooke

This Saphara trip has been the most amazing experience of my whole life. I have witnessed things I could never have imagined, met amazing people with truly amazing hearts and helped make a change myself through teaching the kids in SNEHA, Donk and Kaplani. I will never forget these past 16 days with such a great bunch of people.

 

Euan Loughrey

This trip was amazing. We met some inspirational people and helped some inspirational kids. We experienced various schools and got to know some of the kids really well. Although some parts were challenging, it was a rewarding experience, which by the sounds of it, has helped us all realise what we want and need to do in our futures.

 

Kyle Johnston

Some of the things I have done, seen and felt these past two weeks are impossible to put into words; but I can definitely say it has been the most incredible experience I have ever had. The people I have met, kids I have taught and the things I have learned have been truly remarkable and I thank Saphara for making this all possible!

 

Jakub Jankiewicz

I am proud to be part of this team. We all worked together, helped each other, got along with each other but most of all, we helped the kids together which really made a difference.

 

Maeve Higgins

India has been the best experience of my life without a doubt. Teaching in Kaplani, Donk and SNEHA was enlightening and it will continue to inspire me in the future to make a difference. I feel so proud to be part of this team and I will never forget this amazing Saphara trip.

 

Tara McGrogan

It’s probably been said so many times already but India has honestly changed my life in the best possible way, I can’t even describe the feeling I got when teaching in the three schools and I am so grateful for having been given this opportunity. 

We must say a massive thank to everyone who made this trip possible for us: Christine, Flo, Emma, Michaela, Katie, supporters, family, friends and teachers and, of course, the wonderful people we met in India.

We wish all the very best to the East Belfast Team moving to teach in SNEHA, the Down Team heading to Kaplani and the Student Team finishing up their journey with purpose. Go well!

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Posted in North Belfast 2015 Team
on Saturday 18 July 2015