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Newsletters from India

Our staff in India regularly put together a newsletter which is sent to volunteers working in India at the time, those signed up to join a project in India and to previous volunteers. The newsletters contain information about the country and our projects, stories written by volunteers, advice on what to expect when volunteering abroad in India and much more. If you're considering overseas voluntary work the newsletters are a great way to gain a better idea of what to expect.


1,10MB India Newsletter - March 2014
Everywhere you look, the city pulsed with an exotic energy and here is where I saw my very first sari. I also saw for the first time a dhoti and auto rickshaw and all of these traditions are completely foreign to me. Despite this, within a few days, I realised that these differences are merely shallow.

2,33MB India Newsletter - February 2014
I researched volunteering options with other organizations but knew I had found a match after attending a Projects Abroad Information Event in Dublin early in 2013 and learned about the Eco Development-Conservation Project in a rural village in Southern India.

2,41MB India Newsletter - January 2014
First time in India, or better said, the first time that I set foot on Indian soil. I’ve been going north to Nepal and South to Sri Lanka, but is now faced with the journey of my life: the one to India.India and its culture have in fact always accompanied me day by day during my life, both due to family composition and to important bonds of friendships.

3,65MB India Newsletter - December 2013
Unsure of what to expect, Alice Markham-Cantor (United states) writes that her initial misgivings about not being able to adjust to Madurai’s small-town conservatism was offset by the kindness extended to her by the local people.

2,55MB India Newsletter - November 2013
The Festival of Lights has just ended in India. I can tell you that it was an experience of its kind. Basically, the Indians celebrate the triumph of the God of Light, Krishna, over the killing of the demon of darkness. The whole festival is meant to celebrate the triumph of good over evil. It’s done by lighting fireworks. A lot of fireworks!

939KB India Newsletter - October 2013
In November 2012 I took my first trip to India. I had high expectations as I had heard so much about this fascinating country but did not for one minute think that my two weeks’ trip would lead me to a 3 month conservation project in Tamil Nadu some 9 months later.

1,26MB India Newsletter - September 2013
Projects-Abroad | India conducts a veterinary camp every alternate week of the month for our veterinary volunteers. “We select a village, where you don’t have a veterinary dispensary.

1,43MB India Newsletter - August 2013
I can still remember the buzz of excitement and anticipation that I felt as I browsed the ‘Projects Abroad’ website for the first time. With such an incredible variety of projects offered across a versatile range of countries, before I knew it, my application had been sent and I was preparing for a one month care project in Tamil Nadu, India.

1,40MB India Newsletter - July 2013
We have had an amazing time in India, this July. This month we have seen the highest number of volunteers this year, reaching over 120 at some points! We have welcomed volunteers of all ages, from all corners of the globe; also the volunteers on our Summer Specials program joined us. This mix of people in the same place, at the same time, led to a really enjoyable month.

3,55MB India Newsletter - June 2013
Arriving in India entails a storm of conflicting emotions, of different and intense impressions, that it's difficult to put them in order and to speak about them. But if you ask me to summarize it, I would tell you: this is a barefoot country.

1,73MB India Newsletter - May 2013
The month of April, was again a busy month for the Journalism team here in Projects Abroad India. The Madurai messenger team got the opportunity to cover a story on Transgender Festival, which has been held in a small village named Koovagam.

4,89MB India Newsletter - April 2013
As the demands from the Medical interns increase, it’s our pleasure to find more and more placements to partner with. Through the April'13 edition, we would like to update our readers about our new placement, Shant Manas.

3,23MB India Newsletter - March 2013
I'm Krysten, I'm a Canadian Journalism volunteer staying in Madurai, India. I have been here for over two months and have one month left of my placement. By now I can definitely say that the experience has been extremely enriching and valuable. I have enjoyed every minute of this dynamic project, where every day is something new, and have gotten to experience so much!

3,60MB India Newsletter - February 2013
On January 23, 2013 at 8am, after 40hours of travelling across continents, I finally arrived in Madurai. My excitement did not disappoint- I quickly began working with the vets and settling in. On my first day at work I was shocked to see how many animals the vet sees in only a few hours!

2,39MB India Newsletter - January 2013
On a sunny Saturday morning, fitting for a celebration that takes time to pray to the sun god, volunteers joined staff and stu-dents at The Trinity School for a day of Pongal festivities. The school yard was a spectrum of colour as rich hued saris min-gled amongst embroidered dhotis under a canopy of vibrant stripes.

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