Month: November 2014


Anyone who can possibly make the effort to spend time in Timor Leste should jump at the opportunity. I enjoyed every day of my two months’ stay at Klibur Domin. As I have been retired for a few years I was worried that the long day from 8 am until 5 pm in the heat […]


Arriving for the first time in Dehradun after spending a few days amongst the craziness that is Delhi I could not believe the tranquillity of Raphael. 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

Linda and Terry

My husband, Terry, and I as older volunteers felt the trip and introduction to Raphael to be a challenge.  In some ways it was, but, from our very first day settling into the Mess and enjoying Hari’s cooking we felt safe and looked after.  This support and interest for our comfort and wellbeing continued with […]