Category Archives: Raphael

AMELIA

Amelia HeadI arrived in Raphael in November 2012 and it was one of the best experiences I ever had.

Raphael offers each volunteer a multi-tiered experience. Even if you initially give assistance in one area, being the school, hospital or one of the adult education programs, you will find yourself swept up in the spirit of the place and taking valuable life lessons from each part of the organization. Continue reading AMELIA

Josh

Josh headRaphael has a very clear sense of history. I felt it the first time my rickshaw drove through the arched gate, the first time I stepped into the volunteers’ mess hall and the first time I met the Ava Vihar children. I felt it the first time I flicked through the past volunteers’ notebook, right up until the day I left my own departing note, four months later. I’m incredibly proud that I’m now a very small part of its history as well. Continue reading Josh

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

Bec

Bec Head 2Raphael… an incredibly welcoming, warm and beautiful community on the outskirts of Dehradun, India. Five years later and the experience I had there still influences my life daily. I and two other volunteers,  who at the time I had not met, spent three months living, working and making friends in Raphael and  its  surrounding community, through as many activities as we could embrace, interwoven with exploring the culture, beauty, noise, colour and life that India had to offer.  Continue reading Bec