Alumni Spotlight: Jaclyn Kirsch


Jaclyn Kirsch if from Hamilton, OH, USA and is currently getting her Masters of Social Work at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. She enjoys running, cooking, volunteering and hanging out with her friends in her free time.

Why did you decide to volunteer abroad with Volunteering Solutions in India?

Jaclyn: Before my trip to India I had done several service trips throughout the United States. I really love immersing myself into new cultures and learning about different groups of people. I had taken a few classes on India and just loved the people and the rich history. I started looking around the internet for volunteering organizations and discovered VS. They got great reviews and were no question the best priced volunteering company that I looked at.

Describe your day to day activities as a volunteer.

Jaclyn: Each day we woke up and were provided breakfast at the home stay which was always pretty basic but always really good. I took the public bus about ten minutes away to Lajpat Nagar market were I worked at a children's center. Each day at the center I got the opportunity to hang out and play with the children and also worked hard at teaching them english and math. The work was sometimes challenging but always extremely rewarding. I took the bus back to the home stay after work and got dinner which was also always really good. After dinner, the other volunteers and I would usually go out exploring the sights or visit a market of some sorts. I had the weekends off and spent many weekends outside of Delhi visiting other parts of India.

What made this experience unique and special?

Jaclyn: My experience in India was so unique and special because of the children. Each and every day they put a smile on my face and were just so happy to be learning from me. I also really enjoyed all the friends that I made from all across the world.

How has this experience impacted your future?

Jaclyn: My trip to India made me want to continue to travel around the word and hopefully I will have the chance to take a year off after I finish school and do more volunteering for a longer period of time.