My experience volunteering in India was one of the most amazing and breathtaking experiences of my life. Having been my first solo trip abroad, and to India, initially I was apprehensive of booking this trip however, I honestly was not disappointed!
The project I had booked to do was English Teaching within a Slum school and this was an invaluable and extremely enjoyable experience in which I was able to interact with children of different age groups, teaching them basic English and Maths. I was also able to help out within an Excel class which would run in the morning, within the orphanage we were staying, for older teenagers/students. This I also found to be a great experience - helping out other people who were my age and older - talking to them and listening to their different life experiences.
Further to this, I was also extremely fortunate that the projects were really flexible so within the first week of my stay I was also able to help out within the medical clinic in the slum. This I found to be really rewarding as I interacted with many patients of different age groups and medical needs, as well as doctors from different countries! This I found to be extremely engaging and everyday presented a new case - witnessing how appreciative the patients (and children within the slum school) were of the care and help they were receiving really opened my eyes, making me appreciate more of what its available to me at home.
As the projects mainly started in the morning and ended by the early afternoon, there was a lot of time in which we were able to spend traveling the local areas and experiencing the culture of India. Being an hour away from Delhi allowed us to enter the city many times seeing most/if not all of the major tourist attractions. Also as at the weekends we were free - trips could be arranged to Agra to see the Taj Mahal (YOU CAN'T GO TO INDIA AND NOT SEE THE TAJ MAHAL), Jaipur and many other destinations to see tourist attractions. So visiting Agra & Jaipur for me was also an added bonus!
Volunteering with PMGY I found to be a really great experience, not only were the projects an invaluable experience but meeting so many new people and also being able to travel and sightsee was really amazing making the experience, in my opinion, even better. I would definitely recommend this programme! :)