From: Jessica Amsellem
Sent: Friday, August 19, 2011 12:58 AM
Subject: Greetings from Jessica and Josh
I would like to thank you for providing such a great experience for both Josh and I, we both really miss the lovely guest house and the amazing people and the food! I truely hope that next year I will be able to return again Below I have written out what you requested, about my experience and time during the volunteer program All the best and please give mine and josh's love to everyone there - especially Annu.
Prateek took some nice photos at the school, he said he would send them to me, please may you pass on my email address so he can send them.
My experience – The volunteer program
The two week volunteer program that I participated in was an amazing experience, both as a volunteer and as a teacher.
I found teaching English in the village school to be very challenging, mainly because of the language barrier but also due to resources at the school being limited. It was essential to be creative, lively and dynamic within the classroom in order to achieve maximum results.
By the end of the two weeks, the progress of the children was visible both academically and in terms of self confidence.
Even though I came to teach I feel that I actually learnt so much more from the children, the children's motivation, participation, and immense show of affection that I received just filled me up with such self satisfaction every day.
In a way it left me feeling that the whole experience was slightly unfair, because I came here to give but no matter how much I gave I always felt that I was receiving so much more.
Apart from teaching at the school, my time at Mandore Guest House was like finding a new home and family. Everyone who works there makes you feel like you are part of the family, whether you come for two nights or two weeks.
I have the warmest memories of the beautiful place and the people, both of which I hope to see again.