The opportunity to experience Raphael came as my friend David, announced that he was returning to Raphael, and I asked if there was an opportunity for me to join him. David had attended in 2012 and very much wanted to return. Continue reading Bruce
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
As soon as we entered the iron gates and made our way down the long driveway I felt instantly at home amongst the tall trees and forestry.
After travelling for 5 weeks through South-East Asia it was nice to unpack and have a place for our belongings. Continue reading Kate
When I arrived at Raphael at the beginning of July with my friend Kate, we had just spent 5 days in Delhi and were slowly getting used to the culture shock of India. Raphael was very peaceful and quiet when we arrived as there was still a week of school holidays left and the children from the hostel hadn’t arrived back yet. We were feeling excited and anxious to meet the staff and see the school. We were introduced to the Custodial Group which was very confronting at first as they were all very excited to meet us and approached us speaking hindi and taking us by the hand to show us different projects they were working on. Continue reading Jo
First impressions on arriving at Raphael after 4 months of being on the road (one of which was spent travelling through northern India) were a breath of fresh air. The grounds were quiet, kids adorable and company of fellow volunteers great. I had arrived after a very frustrating time attempting not only to find the bus to Dehradun but also the correct bus station. I was sent here and there and finally found the station and bus. It was a long ride after an exhausting and frustrating search and something I wouldn’t recommend to anyone else. Continue reading Anita