Mandi: After reading a novel about Indian culture (The Namesake), I became fascinated with how different it was from the US and knew I wanted to see India and it’s unique customs for myself. Though I studied abroad and traveled around Europe, volunteering seemed like a great way to diversify my abroad experiences and immerse myself more into a community.
I had never spent significant time in a third world country and I wanted to challenge myself. As this was the first time I organized a volunteer trip for myself, I was a bit lost on where to start.
I decided to go through VFP because their fees were reasonable and their staff was very helpful and prompt with my questions. They had several different project options for India that I could choose. I felt that no matter which project I chose I would be comfortable and supported by the staff.