I started with Educare in 2014 as a Project Manager and loved it so much that I decided to stay on as a Fellow through 2015. Educare presents a platform for you to work closely with the community at a grassroots level and get hands on project management experience (but perhaps not in the traditional sense). Definitely come self-motivated with a focus on what you want to get out of the experience. Living and working in India is very different than in most developed countries, so if you are adaptable, open minded and ready for an adventure, than this could be the right fit for you!
One of my favorite experiences in India was living in Punjab and working with the migrant community there. The children's faces would light up from the moment we arrived, and we also always had so much fun teaching the kids and getting to know the adults while lounging in the shade. One time we created relays races and split the kids into teams. They loved it! We also worked closely with the young girls. Getting to empower them and help make them see how strong and beautiful they really are was a life changing experience, one I will not soon forget.
I also learned just as much from living and working with other interns as I did from the community. What a truly international and cross cultural experience to get to live and work closely with people from all over the world. Living in rural communities can be challenging, but with these folks we formed a family creating a home away from home. Some of the relationships I have built are still an active part of my life today.