India2012

India2012

India2012

During March Spring Break 2012 a team of 12 youth, young adults, and teachers ventured into the rural and urban provinces of Nagpur and Dhule, India. The mission: to build relationships, teach english, and experience the culture of the two international schools of Prem Sewa. A quick two weeks abroad but memories that will last a lifetime - Let Light Shine!



Asia » India » Maharashtra » Nagpur March 26th 2012

Shalom: peace (used as a word of greeting or farewell). This has got to be the hardest post to write. The team, tired, weary, recovering, and anticipating home has had to say goodbye to over 1300 students and teachers in the last 48 hours. I'm writing this post while we await our last flight home in the Seoul International Airport. There was no way that any of us were in any state of mind to write during the last few days. Let me take you back. On Sunday we returned from the girls school. It was a short stay and it was a heartwrenching goodbye. It's amazing that when you are willing to give it all to someone how close you can get in such a short time. After only 3-days the girls were calling all ... read more

Asia » India » Maharashtra March 24th 2012

Hey this is Tessa and Siena again … yup, they actually let us write another blog. So here we go, day 13. For most, it started with an hour-long hike at the crack of dawn. Actually it was just a few of the ‘youngling’s’ (as Pam would call us), who went on the hike to the top of a nearby mountain with some of Bapu’s relatives for guides. It was short but sweet or so we’re told, because both Tessa and I were too sick to make the trek. The adults (who, may I add, are completely insane) passed on this adventure and had a ‘calm’ rest that was supplemented by Indian Birthday cake and a song, from a young student who was celebrating her 15thBirthday. After arriving back from their hike, the kids and the ... read more

Asia » India » Maharashtra March 23rd 2012

Hello blog-followers! This is Kirsten and Soren (currently on a train) filling you in on what happened two days ago. P.S. Hi mom and dad. I’m alive. Well let’s jump right into it. We woke. And what a morning it was. We ate breakfast under the towering gaze of what the team members call the great “Thumbs Up” mountain. From our patio, overlooking the girls who were already finishing up their morning chores, we began to feel the heat of the sun. But no Indian sun was going to prevent this team from busting out the sports equipment that we had purchased beforehand. Needless to say, the pandemonium of excitement that followed was one of great joy. It was quickly evident to the team that these girls were no western girls. Even in their full ... read more

Asia » India » Maharashtra March 22nd 2012

Day 9: Pink, Parachutes, and Prayer We were up at 6 am on the train ride, to make sure that we were ready for our stop at around 7am. Most of us were able to get a semi good amount of sleep, enough to be able to function through the day. When we got to our stop we were whisked away into 2 vans and started the 1 and a half hour drive to the girls school. The driving was much different than Nagpur. There was hardly any traffic, but then the speeds we were travelling were a bit faster, so dodging around the occasional chickens, women, cows and rickshaws were a bit more difficult. I only really feared for my life maybe once though, our drivers are very competent. A very tired group of 12 ... read more

Asia » India » Maharashtra March 22nd 2012

Day 8: All Aboard! Our train didn’t depart Nagpur until the evening – 7:10pm to be exact, so we had a little time to pack, shower, do some laundry, and play with kids. After a much needed sleep-in we had an opportunity to get into the computer lab and check out some ESL websites and materials for the students and teachers. The heat was almost unbearable so a lot of our time was spent in front of a fan and inside. A few members of the team were feeling a little heat stroke so it was important to take a lot of down time before our train ride. Skip a head a few hours and we were packed, rested, ‘clean’, and ready to go. We always have to take two vehicles wherever we go but one ... read more

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Nagpur March 21st 2012

It was another early morning but all were awake because of the dog-fights outside. We had work duties starting at 6:30am. A mound of sand, much larger then the first, was to be spread in the playground. With the help of several little kids (you can see them in the pictures) we were able to get the job done - ok, half done. You have to love the Indian work schedule. We worked for about an hour and then they bring us a hot cup of Chai - this is a system that will definitely need to be implemented back home! 8:00am rolled around and we had our daily breaky and devotions. A few days ago we promised the teachers of the school that we would pop by their classrooms to observe. The school is one ... read more

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Nagpur March 20th 2012

It was another early morning but all were awake because of the dog-fights outside. We had work duties starting at 6:30am. A mound of sand, much larger then the first, was to be spread in the playground. With the help of several little kids (you can see them in the pictures) we were able to get the job done - ok, half done. You have to love the Indian work schedule. We worked for about an hour and then they bring us a hot cup of Chai - this is a system that will definitely need to be implemented back home! 8:00am rolled around and we had our daily breaky and devotions. A few days ago we promised the teachers of the school that we would pop by their classrooms to observe. The school is one ... read more
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Asia » India » Maharashtra » Nagpur March 19th 2012

Before I start, I just have to say, Mom, Dad, and Family..... I bet you're missing me like crazy! Well, you should know I miss you guys too. Anyways, I believe its safe to say that the team has lost all hope of returning sane. Monday was one of the craziest days yet, from breaking a sweat in the onion fields in the (very) early morning to the witty German humour of Frank at dinner. However, while we may not return with our sanity in tact, I think we will all return very happy and with a new outlook on life. God has asnwered both your prayers and ours as we keep on trecking through these two weeks, so here's a taste of some of the things that happened to us at the start of our ... read more

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Nagpur March 18th 2012

Day 6: A Day of Rest After a busy, fun-filled week mixed with travels, new experiences, and everything else we finally had some down time this Sunday. Our day started at 6:45am. The school hosts a Sunday School for the 650 boys in the dining hall and so after waking up we were wisked away to participate. You could hear the drums and singing from the guest house (which is on the polar other side of the dining hall) of all the kids worshipping in unison. We were welcomed in to the meeting again by their clapping and smiles. All of the kids sitting on the ground listening and watching Pastor Dilip (double Dilip) lead them in prayers and song. We were able to sing "My God is So Big" again. The kids are catching on ... read more
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Asia » India » Maharashtra » Nagpur March 17th 2012

Day 5: Brought to you by Siena and Tessa Fifth day and we're still going strong! We woke up early on Saturday, and got right to work; as the kids do chores every morning, today we had the previlige to help them. We distributed sand over the playground and when got there, the boys were already hard at work. Now that may seem simple enough, however, here in India they do not use your typical Canadian shovel. We used large pan like bowls (with very sharp edges) to move the fresh sand over the playground. We stood in long lines, practically throwing the pans to each other just to save time. Unfortunately, the sharp edges wreaked some havoc on our forearms and minor injures insued. Amy is a great first aid administrator. The band-aids, in bright ... read more
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