Hi ! My name is Max. I am 22 and I am from Belgium. I am doing a 3-months internship in India Volunteer Care for my studies.
I decided to volunteer with IVC for three main reasons.
First, IVC is working in collaboration with Prime Trust, another NGO in Pondicherry. This NGO is active in many different projects. Indeed, they offered to volunteers different projects such as a Microcredit program, a women empowerement program, children projects, etc. At the beginning, I was supposed to work on the microcredit program seeing my background in Economics and Management. But once arrived in Pondicherry, I also gave French lessons to spirited children aged 10 to 16. I had never taught any French lesson before but after a few days it became an easy job. I was supposed to give French lessons for only one week but their rapid progress incited me to continue teaching.
Second, IVC provides assistance and accommodation in a guest house during your stay. This is an undeniably advantage of this NGO. Living together with other worldwide volunteers in the same gest house is really nice.
Third, doing my internship with IVC was a unique opportunity for me to visit India, a country I have never been before. It is not a usual tourist experience because I have lots of contacts with local people especially children and women.
Anyway, this internship is a unique experience and I enjoy each minute of my stay.