Waking up on Monday morning looking at the spectacular views of the Himalayan mountains was definitely not disappointing. We packed up our rucksacks, had a quick breakfast and jumped into the taxis to head to Kalpani High school. We were all very excited to teach for the first time in India but nervous as we all did not know what to expect!
The assembly in Kalpani High School was definitely an experience to watch. The children all stood in rows with many of them turning around and looking at us with the smiles on their faces. I was very impressed with their English and how well they behaved while the Principal was talking. The national anthem was sung and they read out the news of the week led by the students which was brilliant to see. When the assembly was over, we started getting ready to teach the children.
I was teaching class 7 alongside Michaela and Ciara. The class contained 15 loving and excitable children. I could not believe the level of English that the children had and It was amazing for being their third language! It was such an experience to be a part of.
We then observed the girls’ resilience programme at Kalpani. Seeing the girls come together in the school to take part in activities was brilliant as it allowed them to gain their confidence and to improve their self–worth. It was also great to be participating with the girls!
At lunch time, we went to see the children eat their midday meals. This was the highlight of the day for me seeing where our fundraising goes to and to see the children eat all the food with them getting seconds and even thirds! We then had a trek up the Himalayan mountains. The views were outstanding even though it was exhausting for us all!
We lifted our rucksacks from our hotel then headed back to Dehradun on the long and windy road in the taxis. We arrived to Hotel Relax who welcomed us and gave us our wonderful rooms. We experienced for the first time the well–known way of transportation in India –Vikrams– to a lovely restaurant in the middle of Dehradun. This was a magnificent feast after a long, rewarding and activity–packed day! We went to bed early as we needed to be bright and breezy for teaching in SNEHA school in the morning!
Melissa Robertson, Stranmillis
Posted in College Team – April 2018
on Monday 9 April 2018