Category Archives: Volunteering

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

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

Clare

Claire 2I recently spent 2 months volunteering at Raphael in Dehradun, India. For me it was a door that opened just as I arrived at a crossroads in my life. I was in need of adventure, and throwing myself into another culture was bound to do the trick. It was about a 6 weeks lapse between expressing my interest in volunteering and being on a flight bound for India, so I really had little time to develop preconceived ideas about Raphael and the experience that was to come. Continue reading Clare