Volunteer Story: Caroline’s Trip to India

With El Shaddai

Have you ever had a feeling that you want to do something over and over again, but it never seems to be the right time…that’s how I always felt about volunteering abroad. Then in September 2017 everything slotted in to place for me.

I was catching up on the last few episodes of Love Island 2017 and watched as Camilla mentioned to Jamie that he would have to do some charitable work with her when they got home. I checked her Instagram to see if they did and that’s how I came across IndiGO Volunteers….whoever said you can’t learn anything from reality TV?

I had a look on their website which was super easy to navigate and whilst they have projects based all over the world, I have a personal connection to India, so I knew volunteering there would be a very special experience for me.

After looking more in detail, El Shaddai Charitable Trust really grabbed my attention. I felt they came across as a genuine, honest and well established organisation that I would love to be involved in…..and 8 weeks later I was on a plane to Goa.

My 6 week volunteering experience was so much more amazing than I ever imagined. I fell in love with all of the children and the staff that I spent time with and I think I actually came away learning more from them, than they could ever learn from me.

I went on my own, so it was scary at times and some of the things I saw and heard about, upset me deeply, but being able to help in some way made it a little easier to cope with. People say that these kind of experiences change you – well they absolutely do…..so much so that I’m going back in March for another 5 weeks.

If you are considering volunteering then head over to the IndiGO Volunteers website now to have a look at all of the charitable organisations that need your help. It’s honestly one of the most amazing things I’ve done in my life. I just wish I had done it sooner!

I would really like to help El Shaddai by raising money for one of their many valuable community centres based in the slum area of Chimbel. This centre is used by all of the children in the area that would not have access to any form of education if it weren’t for their presence. The kids love being there and are so enthusiastic to learn, but they are having to do everything on the floor due to lack of funds. If you can help in anyway, big or small then here’s the link to my crowdfunding page – https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/elshaddai-ushamshroff