To all at Mandore Guest House
On behalf of myself and the 14 volunteers that have been staying at, and working with, Mandore Guest House on the Book Bus Project during March and April 2013, I would like to thank you for your help and support.
We have had a most enjoyable stay at your guest house, where we feel very much at home and welcomed into your family. The accommodation and food are excellent, the gardens relaxing and the staff attentive and friendly. During our 6 week stay for a joint social volunteering project in local schools, we have experienced many things and learnt a lot about your society, culture and way of life.
The Book Bus is a British based charity that works in Africa and South America in rural schools with the aim of improving child literacy and promoting the joy of reading, books and crafts. For the past 2 months we have been running a pilot project at 5 schools around Mandore. This program would not have possible without your cooperation and support. Thank you for all the efforts you have made to begin and successfully run this project. We have been warmly welcomed wherever we went. The teachers, pupils and local communities have been eager to take part and see what we are doing. Thank you for mobilizing interest and facilitating the day to day running of the project.
We have had a most amazing experience interacting with the children. It has been very rewarding to see their confidence and creativity grow over the course of the 6 weeks. I can say that all parties have benefitted from this project. The pupils have been taught in a joyful, fun, interactive way in small groups by interested and dedicated volunteers. They have experienced a new way of learning and have been exposed to books and materials that are unavailable in their schools. The teachers, shy at first, have really become interested and participated in our lessons and we, as visitors to your country, have truly experienced your hospitality and the real life that many tourists fail to see.
Working together in partnership has guaranteed that we have been accepted into the communities and has exposed us to the true way of life in this area of Rajasthan. Overall the project has been a great success and we are pleased to say that the Book Bus and Mandore Guest House will be running a long term joint program from October 2013 to March 2014.
A special thanks to Surendra, Raj, Sanjay and Prateek for making every aspect of our stay enjoyable, educational and productive.
look forward to working together again in the near future.
Yours Kelly Geoghegan On Behalf of Book Bus, April 2013