Category Archives: Disablity Programs

Tristan

TMI arrived about two weeks after Jo and Kate, with almost no idea what to expect.  With 36 hours of travel behind me, I crawled into bed and woke up to the sounds of Raphael all around me.

It has been an island of peace and complete tranquillity in an otherwise bustling country.  It took a week for me to begin calling it “home” and to tell each other “I can’t wait to get home” while out and about on weekends. Continue reading Tristan

Trish

Trish TwaitsIn 2013 my application to Ryder-Cheshire Australia to participate as a Volunteer was accepted and I was offered a place at Raphael. Dehradun. India.

Arriving at Dehradun airport and taking the hour trip to Raphael was colourful, busy and as I remembered from a previous visit to India a little hair-raising. Arriving at the Raphael gate you enter a green and tranquil oasis, set on the edge of the forest. Continue reading Trish

Anita and Sarah

R-Jan2012-Vols-AnitaSHIRWAIKER(yellowScarf)&SarahBRERETON (1)-small-smallHaving never travelled alone, and being in a foreign part of India, Sarah and I had no idea what to expect on our arrival at the Raphael Ryder-Cheshire International Centre in Dehra Dun on the foothills of the Himalayas. However, an incredibly warm reception instantly melted away any feelings of anxiety or apprehension. Little did we know how memorable and rewarding the following three weeks would be. Continue reading Anita and Sarah

Marianna

x (2)I spent three months at Raphael and it was fantastic. The kids are wonderful, the staff, brilliant and the city itself has a special type of charm. Raphael is welcoming so if you are a keen traveller or just starting to dip your toe into a world that is different to the one you are used to, this will start to show you what India is while making you feel safe. I started my time in India here and by the time I left, felt more confident about travelling through the rest of India. Continue reading Marianna