Alumni Spotlight: Sophie Marquet


Sophie is from France but currently living in England and works as a secondary teacher there. She enjoys cycling, camping, being in nature and surrounded by nice people.

Why did you decide to volunteer abroad with Rainbow Voluntours in India?

Sophie: I actually met the organiser of Rainbow Voluntours in Kochi itself once in India. I was looking for teaching volunteer opportunity and I met Ridhi who actually presented me the project and it was perfectly matching what I was looking for.

Describe your day to day activities as a volunteer.

Sophie: Ridhi used to come and drop me to school everyday, and I used to teach English or general subject to kids from UKG to class 4, and I also ran some art class. It was just before Diwali so we did some nice rangoli as well.

What made this volunteer abroad experience unique and special?

Sophie: It was unique as it was the first time I was teaching in an Indian school and it was special as I was the first volunteer in the school and the staff and kids were very very nice and sweet. I miss them all and wish to go back and visit them again.

Has your worldview changed as a result of your trip?

Sophie: This is not my first time in India so I knew somewhat what to expect. But for sure the kindness of Keralians made me melt even further and love Indians even more.

Tell me about one person you met.

Sophie: How can I tell you about one person I met when I actually met so many, it is too hard to choose from. But one of my colleagues named Usha was so sweet and considered me a very good friend. She invited me to her home, gave me some papadum (homemade of course), and even now we are still in touch through phone calls