My time at Raphael was an amazing and rewarding experience. From a professional, cultural and social aspect my time was more than I expected. I arrived in India not knowing anyone but left feeling that I had made many new friends. Raphael has a commitment and enthusiasm to improve the lives of many people. It also has an ongoing learning environment for current staff as well as future Special Education teachers. Besides my working life, my Raphael experience was an opportunity for me to learn about India and for Raphael to learn more about Australia. Daily exchange of cultural ways was educational for all of us. Language, religious customs and of course, enjoying the delicious Indian food were some of the highlights. Many people in Dehradun were friendly when they knew where you worked. But the hospitality of Raphael staff was outstanding.