To all the boys...
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I wish you all the happiness and success in the world. Know that anything in life is possible, just believe in yourself. I believe in each of you and know all of you will grow up to be great men of
Those are the words I left for the boys on the new volunteer board we put in place at the boys home.
When I first arrived no one really knew what a volunteers role would be, how we could help out, what expectations foreigners would come with to a volunteer position, what foreigners would expect from accommodations. After 3 weeks with me being the "guinea pig", as the travel company called my placement, all those questions have been resolved and I hope everything is now in place for future volunteers.
The head of the boys house, Amit, and I talked a lot during my time there. One of the major changes we made at the house was setting up a volunteers room and volunteer washroom. Basically a place a foreigner volunteer would find nice, clean and accommodating.
For the first week and a half I was there, I just stayed on a bed in one of the rooms with the other boys.
All the work Amit and the boys did to put together the room and clean up one of the washrooms and make it for volunteers was a success! In my last week there., Michael from
Before I talk about the boys, I have to mention more about Amit.
To the boys. Wow, what to say about my experience with them. I hope I was able to make a little change in each of their lives, I hope they look back and remember their first pizza dinner, first pasta dinner, their first trip to the beach or old Goa. Most of all I hope I have inspired them to know they can do anything in life, to know they aren’t limited because of poverty and social status. Also to know they too can travel the world. When I first came, I would say you too can travel around the world, and they would laugh, saying they could never afford to do so, that they would never get the chance to.
For me, this volunteer experience was exactly what I was hoping for. Not only did I get to share some quality time with the boys, and for that matter at the girls home and daycare, and teach them a few things, be a mentor, a role model, I also got the opportunity to feel like a local a bit. Taking the local buses, going to the market to buy live chickens and cooking dinner, to just knowing where to go and get things done in Panjim. Overall, I will always look back fondly on this experience. :)
So what’s next!? Does the story with Seva Trust and the boys end there? Well I hope not. I'm hoping to help the Seva Trust well past these 3 weeks.
Next up, Rajasthan!