Summer in Pondicherry

Impact: 4
Support: 4
Fun: 5
Value: 5
Safety: 5

I've spent 8 weeks here so far, and to think I'm leaving in 4 weeks greatly saddens me. Keeping in mind working and living in India is just that, working and living in India, being a person from the United States I've found after small adjustments that this is one of the most wonderful places I've ever lived and worked. The staff (specifically the director) is extremely open to any projects or ideas the interns have. It should be noted that Prime Trust will not require much of you, interns must be self-motivating with projects - but the staff is always there to assist you in whatever you're interested in pursuing in your time with them.

Specifically, I've been involved teaching English to the children in the evening schools, as well as much computer work - fundraising, grant writing, updating our blogs/facebook/website, and things of that nature. There is much work to be done here by international interns, so if one is motivated enough to take on projects and manage their time well, I think you'll leave feeling like you've really made a difference - either directly to the people Prime Trust serves, or indirectly by building the efficiency and capacity of Prime Trust as an organization.

Living here with other interns has been a big part of my growth as a person as well. People from all over the world are always moving in and out of Prime Trust's guest houses, and there is always some to go eat eat dinner with or to take out to the cinema.

Would you recommend this program?
Yes, I would