Tag: volunteer abroad

What has India Given to the World?

Often, when society looks at India, they see first the overwhelming poverty: the slums, the lack of sanitation, the starving children… But what many of us forget or never knew to begin with is just how much India has contributed to our world as a whole. In addition to never having invaded a country in her last 10,000 years of… Read more →

Meet Geneva: Our Newest Kerala Volunteer!

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

  “Perhaps the only thing more difficult than to be indifferent to India would be to describe or understand India completely.” -A Rogue Guide to India Photo: Prayer flags in McLeod Ganj, India Photo credit: Daytona Barker, Kerala Volunteer Read more →

Why be a Kerala Volunteer?

With all the talk about whether or not “voluntourism” is a good thing and the realization that there are a plethora of white westerners attempting to “save” those less privileged, (and often darker skinned) than them- sometimes doing more harm than good, you may be wondering if Kerala Volunteer is even worthwhile.  Take a look at 5, (of many,) reasons… Read more →

Meet Leo- our newest Kerala Volunteer!

  Fate can really be  fickle… In 1965 I joined the Peace Corps and was sent to UC Davis to learn the techniques of poultry husbandry. It was a four month program after which we were to take what we learned to the folks of Kerala, India.  After  successfully completing the training and about to leave with my group, I was advised on the… Read more →

Meet Meghan, Our Newest Kerala Volunteer!

How lucky we are to have another amazing Kerala Volunteer starting our program in November!  Meet Meghan: A Yogi, outdoor adventurer, and kid-at-heart!   Hey there! My name is Meghan Kramer and I am so excited for this wonderful volunteer opportunity in Kerala, India. I am a 21 year old student studying education, as well as a certified yoga instructor… Read more →

One Volunteer’s Story

  Wearing the sari that Headmistress Geetha gave me Growing up in a small, midwestern American town of only 900 people, India and its booming population of one billion came as quite a shock.  Although I can say I was more “eased into” India than some- having taught in northern Thailand for over a year as well as spending several… Read more →