Student Team 2014

The Elephant in the Market

Friday 4 July 2014

The Student Team 2014 is open and ready for business.

It has been a very long day. No, two days? To be honest I’m not really sure anymore. As soon as we touched down in Delhi airport we were whisked off to our hotel for a bit of respite after the long journey.

Soon however, we were on our way to the reasonably upmarket Khan Market in the centre of the city to get kitted out for our weeks ahead. Suitably attired, more efforts to explore the rest of the market were halted when leaving any air conditioned shop resulted in us entering the oven that is New Delhi in the wet season. Nevertheless, we persevered and some of us have even got some presents bought already!

Once again, we were whisked away quickly to the Irish Ambassador’s residence where we were honoured to be welcomed by Mr Feilim McLaughlin and his charming family.

In between all the cool drinks and the stomach–achingly good food, we found time for an impromptu game of football/gaelic/rugby with the smaller members of the McLaughlin family. Being joined by the Belfast Team, some of our returning members were asked to to talk in front of the group about what to expect and why Saphara had drawn them back. We were also lucky to hear from Mr McLaughlin himself on the work the Irish Embassy do in India and the vital roles groups like Saphara play in national relations.

Now we are all shattered and must rest before tomorrow before we take a trip to that jewel in the Indian crown, the Taj Mahal. However, almost everything we did today is driven slightly into the background by one miraculous event.

We. Saw. An. Elephant.

Elephants are like Buses

Saturday 5 July 2014

Elephants are like buses…

You wait years for one and then three come along in two days. O and we also went to visit the Taj Mahal – but let’s get our priorities right.

In all seriousness though we had a fantastic day, albeit in the sometimes baking–hotheat. The stunning Taj Mahal was first on our list after a long coach ride down to Agra before we visited the wonderful if slightly less well known Red Fort. In between, we found time to dine in luxury in amazing and beautiful 5* star surroundings – not bad for a couple of days work. And now that I have run out of synonyms for fantastic it is time to hit they hay – we all have to be up at around 4.30 tomorrow to get ready for the trip up to Dehradun. We will write therefore in more detail very soon. For now, take a look at our photos and have a good night’s rest!

– Graham

A Chronic Fear of Cows

Sunday 6 July 2014

Day 3 and another brutal 4:30am as we all attempted to catch our train from Delhi to Dehradun.

There were a lot of tired bodies from the previous day’s exertions but we braved the bleariness and set off. Sometimes for the greater good, sacrifices must be made and that includes temporarily sacrificing our sleep. When the students’ bus eventually found the station, our driver having gotten slightly lost along the way, we commandeered a carriage and set to passing the six hour journey. Some managed this more effectively than others, catching up on sleep and providing little banter for those of us who have not mastered the art of train–snoozing. It was alright though as Maria and Catherine regaled us with tales of their childhood. As if it wasn’t funny enough that Catherine has a chronic fear of cows (fair play to her returning to a country where they wander at will) it turns out she has an aversion to milk too, our lactophobe once taking two hours to drink a small glass. But I digress. The teams parted ways in Dehradun McDonalds, the Belfast school heading on to Kaplani and the students staying put in Dehradun. Erin wept with sorrow and buried herself in Christine’s arms pleading with her not to go, but alas she did. While we will miss Christine a lot we are confident that we will manage ourselves well.

Although shorn of our fearless leader we resorted to temporary insanity.

Specifically an impromptu presentation of a birthday bouquet of flowers, lovingly crafted from McDonalds straws, napkins and chip boxes, to Rebecca who was twenty today.

Perhaps the most perilous part of the day involved a Tuk–Tuk ride to our to hotel. Suffice to say that I was glad to get out at the end. The rest of the afternoon was spent perfecting our lesson plans and ensuring that everyone is well prepared. We are so excited to see the kids at SNEHA tomorrow and begin teaching them. Dinner in the hotel was an extended affair. We had ordered too little food and simply ordered more; all part of the trial and error experience and everyone was more than satisfied by the end. As I write this post Djokovic is about to beat Federer in the Wimbledon final (we’ll see about that!). Much more significantly however the first heavy rains of the monsoon have just arrived. A fitting reminder that we begin a new chapter tomorrow as we embark on the teaching we have travelled so far for.

– John William


Monday 7 July 2014

Today we were fortunate to begin our experience of teaching at SNEHA school.

We were all excited and quite nervous, especially those who had never been before as they did not know what to expect in terms of learning abilities and how well the children would react to us as teachers speaking a different language. However, because we had spent a lot of time preparing for the day, we were keen to deliver our lessons and meet the children whom we would be spending every day with for the next two weeks. It began at 9 am when we taught an introductory lesson which consisted of a range of icebreakers, involving the tracing of handprints and listing individual hobbies and interests. This gave us the opportunity to get to know the children on a one to one basis, although the majority of children listed cricket and dancing amongst their hobbies. The whole team found this particular lesson essential in order to grow familiar with the students’ names as well as gain an insight into their personalities and individual learning abilities.

It is fair to say that we came out of the classroom with wide grins and feelings of relief as we realised that the children were as happy and eager to be involved in the lesson as we were.

We also quickly learnt how supportive and appreciative the staff and teachers in SNEHA were to have our team assist them, as they greeted us with warm smiles and offered their help and services in helping us deliver our lessons to each class. Particular mention must go to Nadesh who wins the prize for best and most welcoming smile.

It is true to say that the lessons that followed were just as delightful to teach, as the children persisted to appear enthused as we taught different aspects of the weather, focusing on both the World Around Us and Numeracy elements. We were even treated to a display of singing and dancing from the SNEHA students who showcased their talents at the end of every lesson. Our attempts at Irish dancing and Oasis songs however, met with a little less success, if a lot of audience enthusiasm.

Today was also particularly special as we had the pleasure of celebrating our (Rebecca and Eddie’s) birthday in India. The children in 5B were coaxed into singing Eddie happy birthday which you will be able to see a recording of when we get home! At end the day, we all went out for a nice meal at the legendary ‘Salt and Cravings’ where everyone was glad to have a little bit of Western food. Definitely the perfect way to end a fantastic day.

Rebecca and Eddie


Tuesday 8 July 2014

A day of laughing, crying and downright lying…

After a relaxing lie in to the glorious hour of 6:50 am, duly allowed by our awe inspiring one true glorious leader/potential Kaiser, the team felt rejuvenated and replenished. Our sleepy breakfast slumber was disrupted by the daily near–death experience of our vikramride to school. With the first day having gone so well, we oozed confidence as we approached our lessons for the second day. We were happy to see that the children had retained the knowledge of the lessons taught yesterday and particular enjoyment was felt those who had previously travelled with Saphara as they were reunited with a number of pupils they had previously taught.

There was much enjoyment had by all in their school day, with some teachers lucky enough to have front row seats to a live break dancing ensemble by a number of pupils, which has inspired many to a change of career path i.e. break dancing lessons. After the intimidatingly cool display we too wanted to be as ‘groovy‘ as the kids. Obviously in our ripe old age we sought the help of a number of the older pupils in conversation class.

Our question, ‘How do we say cool things in Hindi?’ was met with nervous laughter, blank stares and a look a child would give to an embarrassing parent dancing at a wedding.

On return to the hotel and after planning our lessons for the following day, amidst monsoon and power cut, we looked for some light entertainment. This so–called ‘light’ entertainment was met with the darkest of deceit. After much discussion on what game to play we decided on Empires, a game reliant on truth. Nearing the end and as numbers dwindled and the temperature rose, we happened upon an unthinkable act; Edward ‘Judas Iscariot’ Bergin confessed that he had, in fact, been eliminated a mere 10 rounds previously but refused to admit it because he was too tired to move from his seat. We were disgusted at this betrayal by a fellow team member and will never be able to look at Mr Bergin again, or even be familiar enough to call him by his first name. He has been banished forthwith to the streets of Dehradun and we may never see his face again. (Editor to Eddie’s family: Please note, Eddie is very much safe and in the hotel as we speak…)

To really top off our day of cultural adventure we proceeded to order what only seemed right in an Indian restaurant in located in India. Chinese food. This dinner, like many others, was full of laughter and jokes and, for the first time, a few tears.

The weight of our experience started to take its toll as our thought for the day was poems about smiles, bringing our thoughts back to the circumstances behind the children’s smiles in the past few days.

Joanna’s rendition of said poem brought tears to the eyes of Maria who thought that it was “just lovely.” We are currently rounding off the day with another game of Empires in the hope that such deception as previously mentioned does not occur again.

– Erin and Jamie

Chicken Lollipops, 10 rupees only

Wednesday 9 July 2014

The exhaustion is beginning to take its toll as the team found it more difficult to rise this morning, but we finally made it to breakfast in time and the feeling of excitement soon spread for our third day in SNEHA.

A particular highlight for the whole team was the warm welcome we received by the school at their morning assembly.

We listened to the school song and prayer and took part in the well–known favourite ‘If you’re happy and you know it.’ The assembly scene in the school courtyard was a special moment for everyone and a privilege to witness. We are now looking forward to beginning the preparations for our own assembly to present to the school next week.

Another personal highlight of the day for the teachers of class 5a (Aine, Eddie and ourselves) was their very successful art lesson. All of the student team agreed that it was great to see the children taking such pride in their work ensuring everything was perfect for their wall display on the weather theme. Conversation classes resulted in an exchange of Indian and Irish dancing and singing, we were even treated to a dance lesson by one of our students. We also discussed career choices and were inspired by their passion for their subjects and ambition for further study.

Sadly we will be at least temporarily loosing a vital member of our team tomorrow as Graham will be greeting the Down School team in Delhi. We will miss him but enjoyed a lovely meal and even a trip to the cinema. (Please don’t leave!) The cinema was a mixed experience for all as we saw a Bollywood film ‘Ek Villain’ with no subtitles. While most of the girls loved it there were a few boys who weren’t convinced. It lived up to our expectations as a romantic but action packed thriller that grabbed our attention from the very beginning keeping us on the edge of our seats. It also helped that the film stars were easy on the eye! The cinema also had some interesting options for snacks with chicken lollipops and peanut butter and cabbage mimosas on the menu. Another, rather nippy tuk–tuk journey back to the hotel and we are all ready for a good nights sleep and excited for another eventful but enjoyable day at SNEHA!

Lots of love Aoife and Catherine xo

The Community

Thursday 10 July 2014

We began the day the standard way by being ridiculously tired but warriors as we are, we motored on to SNEHA by trendy vikrams for 8.15am.

Our art lessons continued from yesterday which resulted in a success for both teachers and pupils alike. We were particularly surprised at the level at artistic ability from children as young as eight years old. During our hour break, half of our team visited the marginalised community accompanied by Nadesh and a year 4 pupil named Sawan who kindly showed us to his home. Although it was a shock to our systems by what we saw, we felt comforted to see how proud Sawan’s mother was of him and his achievements in SNEHA. Once again Nadesh showed his kind and loving nature by comforting Sawan with hugs when he felt moments of embarrassment when showing us his community. We left feeling saddened at the thought that 85% of the children from SNEHA are from a community that is underprivileged in many ways but also uplifted to know these same children are getting an education which will enhance their life in the future.

We came back to an interesting talk from Dr Reeta who enlightened us with the different programs that are running in the marginalised community including sowing and health classes.

However, we were saddened to learn that, although a lot of good things continue to run in improving the community, there are programs that have been discontinued due to lack of funding.

Overall, an it was an interesting experience which is essential for every student in order to fully understand the difference they are making everyday through teaching in SNEHA.

Four of the student teachers had the opportunity to watch Nadesh teaching his year 4 class. This gave us the chance to see how the children are taught daily and level of response that was given by each pupil in the class. In particular for me (Maria) as a student teacher I have gained excellent tips on how to engage the children and make the lessons as active as possible.

Now onto Day 4 of the conversation classes, Erin expressed how the whole team felt which was a higher level of comfort with the pupils. We felt the conversations were a lot less forced and flowed better with much more response from every member of the groups.

As I (Maria) was walking towards my conversation class I was informed that Aine had split her trousers down the middle and was unable to make class. (Shock!)

To add to this disaster, she was informed of this by the principal of the school which caused slight awkwardness as she had to spend a long ten minutes in the bathroom with no trousers on while the sowing class got to work. I decided to capture Aimee and John asking to join our groups together. Princess Aine arrived back in her newly sowed trousers looking sharp and automatically got the group dancing and singing a mixture of hindi and titanic songs. Along with this was Aimee’s favourite hobby of spreading the Irish culture by lending a GAA top to a seventeen–year–old Indian pupil who ran around the school wearing the top for the remainder of the conversation class.

We had quite a well deserved chilled out afternoon and then took to the streets of Dehradun without Master Graham (Editor’s Note from Delhi – they have never called me master before but I insist upon it on my return) for the very first time! Turns out Joanna has jumped right into Grahams shoes and managed to avoid any deaths or losses. After a trip to the best shop in the world/best air–conditioned place in Dehredun aka Kumar’s, we ventured on to the nearby Indian Market. With some great bargains like £1.50 for a tunic we wondered why we ever spent thousands of Rupees in the fancy FabIndia.

Back to the hotel and it was time for dinner, tonight we actually had Indian food in India instead of Chinese and it was a delight. Feeling nicely fed and watered, we all headed to one of the rooms to play a variety of interesting games. We started with one called Paranoia (Google it if you can be bothered) which Maria quickly got paranoid from as almost every answer was her. It then escalated to a game of categories in which a hesitation meant a glass of water to the face… With most team members soaked and their nerves wrecked we began to wonder why we listened to Aimee in the first place. Hours have went passed with every member safe and sound enjoying each others company we have come to realise that one week has brought us all closer together than we ever imagined back at the start. One fantastic week down we are feeling tired as usual but so excited for what is to come in the next two weeks.

Hope Ireland is as rainy as ever and you are all very jealous,

Aine and Maria

Sun, Sandals and Sawan’s Birthday

Friday 11 July 2014

Today started in the usual way, hitting the snooze a few times, a rushed breakfast and Jamie rolling straight from bed into a vikram.

Maria and Catherine could be seen strutting their stuff in their not so Topshop £1.50 bargin indian outfits from the market last night, and it was as if Eddie Bergin had been plucked straight from a billboard with his £3.50 “Tommy Hilfiger” sandals.

Arrived at SNEHA to handfuls of sweeties being offered to us from a young boy in our class, Sawan, who was kindly sharing his birthday treats with not just us but every teacher in the school! He was closely followed by his partner in crime Nickhil, both of which can only be described in the words of Maria as the “dudes” of the class. Later that day Sawan was so happy to receive a birthday card, bubbles and a packet of sweets for his big 1 0.

It just shows how appreciative of the simple things they are whereas children at home wouldn’t look twice at such gifts.

Being at SNEHA for a week now I have really noticed the difference not only in the children’s level of English but the attitude towards girls and the aspirations of the girls themselves compared to Aimee and I’s visit two years ago. When we were teaching in SNEHA before the girls were all very shy and few thought about what they could do when they left school apart from getting married and raising a family. It was great to hear the girls talking in my conversation classes about wanting to continue their education at college or university to become accountants, teachers, doctors and nurses. A particularly special moment for me was when Shelly a 16 year old girl in my conversation class asked me about what my mum did for a living and what other types of jobs women had where we are from. It doesn’t seem like much but that conversation really highlights the new outlook the SNEHA children have, allowing them to have hopes beyond spending the rest of their lives in poverty, especially the girls.

Further developments in knowledge of hygiene and positive attitudes were seen on our visit to the marginalised community. There seemed to be far fewer children playing in the dirty river and fewer animals actually living in the small makeshift houses than the last time we were in India. On speaking to parents they were eager to enrol their children into SNEHA, which is a great step forward. One past pupil has even set up a pre–nusery class within the community to prepare these children for school life, teaching them what is expected in terms of behaviour, discipline and basic hygiene.

Following our short visit into the community, Dr Reeta talked to us about the work SNEHA was trying to do in the community and told us about the further help that is needed in terms of funding.

A year 12 pupil at the school is need of a £800 heart operation which she is unable to have at this time due to the cost.

University fees is another area children in the community find difficult – one girl in particular has just left the school and would like to study nursing but is having a problem with the expense; SNEHA are currently trying to find a sponsor for her £3000 fees for the full 3 year course. After our talk with Dr. Reeta we left the room realising our work did not end after this trip and how important SNEHA and Saphara are to the surrounding community.

We are heading up the mountains to Mussoorie tomorrow to visit our friends in Kaplani High School and hopefully get some relief from the stifling heat of Dehradun.

Chat soon, Aimee and Joanna McE xx

Day Trip to Mussoorie

Sunday 13 July 2014

Yesterday we had a small lie in of half an hour before getting ready to head up the mountains to visit Mussoorie.

Those who had been out with Saphara before were very excited to return to Kaplani and hopefully see some familiar faces while the entire team was looking forward to a full day without constantly sweating.

We began our ascent at half eight and settled ourselves for an hour and a half of beautiful views of Dehradun and the surrounding areas. This did not work out as we’d planned. We were enveloped by clouds for the entire journey! We had a few glimpses of scenery every now and then but never long enough for someone to whip out a camera to capture it. The journey came especially interesting when the horn in one taxi suddenly died. (The horn is essential to navigate the blind corners on the narrow mountain roads). However eventually we arrived at Kaplani safe and sound!

We had roughly an hour to spend with the pupils in Kaplani before they finished school at lunchtime. We split the classes into boys and girls and spent time doing name games before the boys took on some of the students in a nail–biting game of football. The girls did a bit of singing and dancing for us showing off their impressive moves while Aoife, Maria and Rebecca demonstrated a bit of Irish dancing. It was great to see some of the pupils we had taught in past years and we all wished we could have spent a bit more time with them.

We enjoyed an amazing lunch in a hotel where we had a huge choice of western foods, including mashed potatoes! We followed this with a trip to the markets where we found an amusement arcade with a haunted house and 5D cinema. If we hadn’t already bonded before, we definitely did while we were clinging to each other in fear! Once we had all calmed down, we spent some time shopping and browsing the stalls. We also were introduced to the one armed monkeys which roam the streets of Mussoorie.

We finished the evening by having dinner and a catch up with the Belfast team who had just finished their week in Kaplani. They all seem to have loved teaching the kids there and made us even more jealous! We filled them in on what to expect in Sneha, namely the heat!

After such a busy day yesterday, we were treated to a lie in this morning with most of us not getting up until after half 12! We had been looking forward to this all week. The staff in the hotel however must have been wondering if something was wrong, as they phoned us twice to remind us when breakfast was ending! Safe to say we were not happy about being woken up on our day off. Some of the team decided to take a trip to the cinema to see Planet of the Apes in the afternoon. (This time the film was in English). The rest of us took a trip to a local Buddhist temple which was beautiful. It was filled with intricate wall paintings and huge statues. To round of a very relaxed day we ordered dominos and stuff ourselves. All in all it has been a great weekend. Back to school tomorrow!

Talk again soon,


Go Light Your World

Wednesday 16 July 2014

The team were all really excited to be back at SNEHA yesterday after what felt like a long weekend away.

The fresh air of Mussoorie was a welcome (and much needed) break, and we felt re–energised and enthusiastic to start a new week at SNEHA.

While the school team joined us and started making new relationships with the children at school, we enjoyed seeing the relationships made last week develop and grow. We felt like we had been away for a while, and it was good to see that the bonds we had made the week before were still going strong, and that the things the pupils had learnt had stayed with them. Conversation classes continue to be a joy; we get to know the pupils on a deeper level, and the team are regularly entertained with singing, dancing, and today… bongos!

For the past couple of evenings, alongside lesson planning, we have been practising our singing and dancing for the assembly we are doing at SNEHA on Wednesday; 17 of us squashed in to one (not overly spacious) hotel room, doing an interpretive dance to ‘Go Light Your World,’ really was a sight to behold! Not one of the many things I expected we might do on our visit to Dehradun. Hopefully our practise will pay off tomorrow and it will be a moving performance.

Time seems to be flying by and we’re now seeing the end of our teaching at SNEHA getting closer; it’s going to be very emotional to leave these children, who are so full of life and fun, but we will enjoy looking back at the goals we had set for our time here and seeing the things that they have achieved.

– Becky

Handshakes and High Fives

Saturday 19 July 2014

After endless games of religion fruit salad (a very inclusive game involving a chaotic, happy riot of children from all religions), countless sing–songs, hand clapping and many English classes, we had arrived at the end of our time at SNEHA. Having not blogged yesterday, this double–whammy is sure to satisfy any of your blog cravings with tales of fire, fun, and, of course, woe.

First, the fire. Having tirelessly polished Nadesh’s routine to ‘The Candle Song’, Thursday morning came and we were psyched and ready to set fire to the monsoon rain. The audience was a thousand strong as they all watched down upon our routine, passing the flame of a candle from the student team to a chosen dance crew of SNEHA kids. The rain may have put out the candles instantly but we still feel our performance lit up the stage (/playground). We thought we were done, but Nadesh had other plans. As a group of girls from SNEHA began their well–practiced dance routine, Nadesh beckoned Maria and Aimee to join the troop and in his words “just copy what they’re doing”. In a flash, the whole student team was part of the performance acting like we dance in front of thousands every day. The routine culminated in Aine’s top year 5 student and conversation class star (everyone’s favourite – Akash) doing a backflip in the rain. Video footage of this does exist, however, it may mysteriously disappear over the next few days…

Oh the fun, the fun we had. The cultural exchange didn’t disappoint. Representative kids from each class gave short and very, very sweet speeches to all the teams: student and school. Maria, Joanna, Aimee, Jamie and myself (Lucy) were all bursting with pride as the class four representative Harshita – in the youngest class – gave her speech entirely in English.

She was a credit to the teachers of SNEHA and we’d like to think that we maybe contributed to her confidence with the language!

The exchange involved dances, both Indian and Western, performed by the pupils in costumes stitched by the womens’ sewing class. Looking around the room you couldn’t help but see proud faces as the SNEHA pupils from each class performed or spoke with daring confidence.

Tales of woe. It’s been a mixed bag today. Like all the other days we were greeted with masses of energy and familiar faces with the biggest smiles. You can’t help but be lifted by their sheer enthusiasm. But today was not any other day. It was our last in SNEHA and time to say goodbye to these phenomenal children and their inspiring teachers, both of whom have given more than they know and more than we can thank them for. Although the tears shed were the norm for ‘monsoon Joanna’, the “monsoon” really swept over the rest of the team today; even the kids were shedding tears as we reluctantly said our last goodbyes, took a few snaps (some of which are to follow), and started on the humungous queue of hugs, handshakes and high fives.

Katie and Lucy xx

And in the end…

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Sitting in Dubai airport facing a joyous seven hour wait, we suddenly realised we’ve been very remiss about the blog in the last few days – so here comes a final, fairly sleep–deprived update!

Friday was our hectic last day at SNEHA, and so we made lots of space in the lessons just to enjoy company and friendship with the pupils we’d got to know over our time there; Class Four were encouraged (by the ever dynamic and much missed Nadesh) to disrupt as many classes as possible with their rowdy singing, while Class Six learned irish and indian dancing, and Class Five got their kicks from a few more rounds of religion fruit salad, amongst other things! We took lots of photos, and gifts and thank–yous were exchanged in all directions. It was a great last day, and really highlighted for all of us the relationships that had been formed over the two weeks – even with some of the more challenging characters! That of course made leaving all the harder, but we headed off in the end for a much needed nap, and final meal at our favourite spot in Dehradun.

On Saturday morning we packed up and headed for the pilgrimage towns of Haridwar and Rishikesh to do a little sightseeing in the foothills of the Himalayas and enjoy a night in a slightly snazzier hotel! Both Haridwar and Rishikesh are built around the banks of the Ganges, and we took full advantage of the 2525km river by trekking the full length of it, or so it seemed. The views were pretty stunning though, and on Saturday evening in Rishikesh we attended an Aarti, a Hindu ceremony, which culminates in flowers and candles floating on the Ganges.

We also learned that the tale that cows can’t walk down steps is entirely false, much to the disgust and fear of Catherine.

The following day the majority (aka the non–fat half) of the group got up for some sunrise yoga, which left them feeling very zen, and well prepared for the fantastic buffet breakfast that followed. From Rishikesh we continued on to explore Haridwar; by far the loudest and busiest place that any of us have ever been. The fact that it is currently pilgrimage season meant there was a chaotic sea of orange–clad people (on a journey collecting holy water from the Ganges), and clouds of incense smoke, though even that couldn’t mask the stench of sixteen sweaty Irish people. On Sunday evening we boarded the train back to Delhi which, although long, was a good opportunity for the team to have some time to hang out together.

On Monday morning we had the privilege of going to the offices of the International Justice Mission, to hear about the work they do against bonded labour and trafficking in India. Listening to the speakers and having the chance to ask questions really was a learning experience for the whole team and, after a weekend of fun, once again brought home some of the crueller realities of life here. It was encouraging to hear about IJM’s brilliant fourfold approach to the issue, but thought provoking too, challenging us to think about our own responses.

Sitting in Dubai airport we have just had our final reflections as a team. It’s brilliant to be able to chat so openly and honestly as a whole group, and says a lot about the team dynamic that has grown over the past three weeks. We have all learned a lot through our experiences in these weeks; the challenge now is for us to work out how we can bring those things into our day to day lives, and not leave them behind us in India…

The Team


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