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Monday, November 12, 2012
I have been very lucky that i have choose to volunteer at the diwali time. I am doing women empowerment project in Jaipur. I really excited in doing volunteering here in India. I would share you about my time and diwali celebration. Diwali is a five day festival that represents the start of the Hindu New Year. It honors the victory of good over evil, and brightness over darkness. It also marks the start of winter. Diwali is actually celebrated in honor of Lord Ram and his wife Sita returning to their kingdom of Ayodhya, following Rama and monkey God Hanuman defeat the demon King Ravana and rescue of Sita from his evil clutches (celebrated on Dushera).
People also clean and decorate their homes with Rangoli (Hindu folk art), buy new clothes, gamble, and give each other gifts and sweets during the festival.The Goddess Laxshmi is believed to have been created from the churning of the ocean on the main Diwali day, and that she'll visit every home during the Diwali period, bringing with her prosperity and good fortune. It’s said that she visits the cleanest houses first, therefore people make sure their houses are spotless before lighting lamps to invite her in. Small statues of the Goddess are also worshiped in people’s homes.The candlelight makes Diwali a very warm and atmospheric festival, and it's observed with much joy and happiness. However, be prepared for lots of loud noise from the fireworks and firecrackers going off. The air also becomes filled with smoke from the firecrackers, which can add to breathing difficulties.
About my volunteering work- I work everyday in one of VWI women empowerment center. WHere we teach basic english and mathematics to women which lives in rural and slum area in Jaipur. We do also work for generate income source for them. In this we teach them heena painting, stiching work and craft designing. By this the women can have job and also work home. As this is one of the main income sources for the women which lives in vilage. I really hapy to spend my time in indian host family. The host family is very lovely. I learn so many things here by living with them about their culture and tradtions.
Wish to come back soon!
Thank you VWI for making my placement to volunteer in india.
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
This is just one of the many experiences that set apart volunteering from merely being a tourist. Sure, everyone wants to see the big attractions, whether it be the Taj Mahal ot the Golden Temple or a tropical beach in Goa and there’s no doubt they are wonderful sights, but there is no better way to feel the real essence of a country than to spend time with the locals. And on all the Volunteering With India project, this is a fundamental part of the programme.
During my time in Jaipur working with the enigmatic elephants of the Amber Fort, I stayed with an Indian family in their house in the suburbs of the city. The volunteers lived on the ground floor of the house where we were provided with our own kitchen and bathroom facilities and 2 people slept in each of the 2 bedrooms. However, in my whole 4 weeks at the house I don’t think I ever used that kitchen as I was welcomed into the family’s living space upstairs to eat my breakfast, lunch and dinner with my hosts. And what wonderful meals I was presented with! The family I lived with were Brahmin cast, which meant all food was strictly vegetarian (including no eggs) but I didn’t need to worry about lack of variety. My Indian “mother” cooked some fantastic food and there’s no doubt that this was about as authentic as Indian food can get – poles apart from the anaemic kormas and tikka masalas that are passed off as curries in the UK. I really got the true Indian experience in that every meal was eaten on the floor, with our hands, often in front of the families’ favourite historical Hindi soap on the TV. Would I have got all of this if I were merely in a hotel? Absolutely not.
My family also gave me a great insight into Indian culture, not only by experiencing everyday life with them but also by their willingness to involve me with some of the festivals that take place during my time in Jaipur – and believe me there are a lot of festivals in India! One particularly memorable moment was being taken to a local beauty salon by my “Mum” and her 10 year old daughter to have my hands decorated with henna. Not only did I leave with beautiful palms and fingers, I also had the experience of sitting with a group of gossiping, chattering women of all ages and picked up a few local beauty tips while I was there! My family also took me out to the famous Raj Mandir cinema to watch a Bollywood film – something I would highly recommend. From the cheering children to the wolf-whistling boys to the delicious interval samosas, going to the movies in the UK will never be the same again!
There’s so much more I could write about my “real-life” experience in India but the only way I could really make it come alive is to advise you to experience it yourself. I can safely say it’s been one of the highlights of my travelling career so far, so what are you waiting for? Get in touch with VWI now!
Monday, May 16, 2011
Are you looking for a new challenge? Do you want to travel with a purpose? Would you like to see one of the most fascinating countries in the world in a whole new light? Then look no further.....come and work with Volunteering With India!
Volunteering With India is an Indian based Organization that wants to unify people around the world to help those in need. VWI offers a unique combination of volunteering projects and action-packed adventure travel in a fun, safe, educational, and well-organized environment. Our main goal is to offer support for underprivileged women, orphanages, child care, people in rural areas, local communities including the Amber Elephant Village and health programs for sick, dying & disabled people.
As a volunteer with VWI, not only will you have the opportunity to work with communities in need, you’ll also have the experience of living with an Indian host family and really gaining insight into Indian culture. There are projects to suit all interests, from working with the majestic elephants of the Amber Fort, to assisting with children’s theatre projects, to promoting a women’s empowerment project. You also be based in the historical and vibrant city of Jaipur, Rajasthan’s state capital which houses some of the most iconic sights in India. Jaipur is also well placed for further travel into India and such marvels as the Taj Mahal in Agra, the Monsoon Palace in Udaipur and the Red Fort in Delhi can easily be reached via India’s fantastic rail networks.
Over the coming weeks, as a past volunteer I plan to introduce you to VWI’s work and give you a small insight into life as a volunteer in Jaipur. I really did have the most amazing time and I feel both excited and privileged that not only did I have the opportunity to work on one of the projects, I’ve also now got the chance to tell the blogging world all about it! So I look forward to making your acquaintance.....
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Jaipur was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II who ruled from 1699–1744; it took about 4 years to complete the major palaces and roads. The king changed the capital from it's original position because of the increase in population and growing scarcity of water. The King ordered the building of the city under the architectural guidance of Vidyadar Bhattacharya. The city was built following the classical basis of principles of Vastu Shastra and similar classical treatise. Jaipur is considered by many urbanologists to be one of the best planned cities.
Travelers have a wide variety of places that be chosen for visiting. Among those are City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Albert Hall, Statue Circle, Moti Doongri, Hawa Mahal, Water Palace, Jaigarh Fort, Naharagarh Fort, Jal Mahal, Govind Dev Ji Temple, Panchayati Hall, Ram Niwas Garden, Sisodia Rani Garden and Palace, Vidyadhar Garden, Rambagh Palace etc.