All posts by Susie Mackerras

Louis and Corey

In January/ February, we were given the chance to go and volunteer at Klibur Domin. From the moment we were picked up at the airport we were welcomed with warm East Timorese hospitality from all the staff and locals. Despite supposedly being wet season, we were able to do a considerable amount. Our first project was to repaint and make some minor improvements to Uma Barbara (Barbara Cottage) both inside and out. After finishing that task (which we had fundraised), we helped Gregorio and the maintenance guys doing activities such as mowing all compounds lawns and fixing windows. Our highlight however, was our last weekend when we got to take the children of St Damian’s Respite ward to the beach. It was lovely to see the smiles on their faces. Our Time in Timor L’Este, despite being short, was very enjoyable and we loved every second of it! Not only the volunteering side, but also the things volunteers can see and do on the weekends. We would like to thank everybody at Ryder Cheshire and Klibur Domin for giving us this opportunity of a life time and we both highly recommend giving it a go if given the chance. We will definitely be back.

 

Julia

 

CaptureI discovered Raphael searching the web. I was looking for a special education school in India were I could do an internship for my university in Germany (I want to become a teacher for children with special needs).

I am really happy that I got in touch with Raphael because I really enjoyed my visit here. The longer I stayed the more I felt at home. I can’t believe the 2 1/2 month are already over. You really feel at home very quickly because the teachers were always so friendly.

Julia DELLMAN (3)In the afternoon I liked visiting the Little White House children. We had a really good time together, they tried to teach me some Hindi and for Founder’s Day we practiced an Indian dance which we performed together. Continue reading Julia

Derek

I left Australia from Melbourne travelling with a short stopover in Singapore – a 13 hour flight. Arriving in New Delhi at 6am I was picked up by the hotel in the southern suburbs (pre-arranged in Australia).

My first impressions were that the airport was modern, clean and the surrounds the same. However, as I travelled further through the city it became busy, chaotic, dirty and crowded. The hotel was clean and orderly and a relief!!! That day I arranged a taxi with the hotel (Rs 300) and did a city tour.

Next day I left on my pre-arranged tour (4 days) to the Taj Mahal in Agra and onto Jaipur. The tour consisted of a private driver, all entries, tour guides and hotels. The Taj Mahal was magnificent and as stunning as I expected it to be. The remainder of the tour was also excellent, but also a bit of information over load!!!

That evening I caught a short flight to Dehra Dun. I was collected by a taxi arranged by Raphael. It was a nightmare journey as traffic in India is nothing short of chaotic and finally reaching Raphael was a relief. I was greeted there by the other volunteers, who had saved food for me. They settled me into my room. One of volunteers showed me around early the next morning. I was concerned that if no volunteers had been there, no one would have helped me. At the same time I did expect to be a bit independent. On the tour I met some residents, but it was still too early for school and the offices. Raphael seemed like an oasis. (Note from RCA – arrangements are made for Volunteers to be welcomed who arrive out of work hours.) Continue reading Derek

Bob: More From Volunteering:

A LIFETIME HIGHLIGHT

bobMy 5 ½ months spent as a volunteer in India will always be a highlight of my not-unadventurous 80 years.

In 2014 I felt it was time for a volunteering challenge and searched the internet for something suitable. The answer came when I brought up the Raphael website, which spelt out a series of challenges – foreign travel,
work with people with a variety of disabilities, a different language and diet – ideal I thought!

Ignoring the well-meant objections which some of my friends came up with (too many challenges, too late in life etc.) I applied for a placement from July to mid-December and was approved after the usual checks. I noted with pleasure that no fees were payable, as is sometimes the case when volunteer agencies are involved. Continue reading Bob: More From Volunteering:

Karen

CaptureMy trip to Raphael can be summed up by one word . . . inspirational!

The vision, drive, compassion and commitment of Sue Ryder and Leonard Cheshire leave me in awe.

Others have said it before me but I will say it too . . . Raphael is a haven for the lucky few that call it home, enter through the arch way to learn, receive health care and a place where love and safety are provided.

The lady who first sparked my interest and inspired me to visit Raphael was Joh.

Continue reading Karen