Meet Geneva: Our Newest Kerala Volunteer!

Kerala Volunteer feels extremely lucky to have Geneva Heaps joining our team!  Here’s a note from Geneva…

Geneva (right)

“My name is Geneva Heaps. I am 21 years old from Spokane, WA. I am currently a junior at the University of Montana. Right now my major is Cultural and Ethnic Diversity (Anthropology) with a triple minor in International and Development Studies, South and Southeast Asian Studies, and Non-Profit Administration. I currently nanny twins girls who are 13 months old. Before that I worked at a Daycare for 2 years with kids between the ages of 1-10 years old. In high school I took two separate trips to Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos, where I worked and taught English at an orphanage in Cambodia.

My favorite travel memory was going to HaLong Bay, Vietnam. We stayed on a houseboat for 3 days and every night I would go on top of the boat and sit under the stars. It was the most incredible thing I have ever seen, I could have stayed under the stars for hours. I also enjoyed my time at the orphanage in Cambodia- the children were so sweet and eager to learn and be loved.

I want to go to Kerala, India because I have never been and it’s such an incredible opportunity.  I’m so excited to get started.  I am most excited about just being there and seeing what the culture and people are like. I am most nervous about being in a new place, but I think those are also known as “good nervous” feelings.

I like working with children because so many are so eager to learn and it makes teaching that much more fun- not only do the children learn something, I learn something, too. Children are also the future of the world and if I can help in anyway to prepare them for that future, then that’s what I want to do. I can’t wait to get to Kerala and begin this new adventure.”


Stay tuned for updates from Geneva’s adventure with the kids!