2 independent reviews for Yoga in India and volunteering holiday

Reviews for Yoga in India and volunteering holiday

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review 20 Feb 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

So many aspects of the trip were memorable, even life changing -- it is hard to choose just one. The members of the Volunteering Journeys team in Fort Kochi are so warm and welcoming, and work so hard to ensure that all the volunteers have a special time there that they really made the experience come to life. Working closely with the women and children in the projects was an incredible opportunity to connect with and learn about realities outside our own world. We also had some very special opportunities to explore the local area using local transport and our own initiative that brought us a much richer experience of the culture and living in the community.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Leave your expectations behind, along with any clothing made of synthetic fabrics (it is HOT in Kerala). Bring loose fitting shoes, as your feet will swell, and spend some time before you arrive thinking of how you would approach teaching English to the people on the projects. There are lesson materials available, but you hit the ground running and the first couple of days can be a bit of a struggle.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I hope so. I think particularly the children benefit from the attention and exposure they get to confident and supportive people from other countries and cultures, and the women gain their own confidence in their English and their awareness of the world. I have to say, though, that for everything we gave them I feel sure we took away far more in terms of understanding, self- confidence and the warmth of their affection.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Truly life-changing. It is very much the kind of experience where you get back in proportion to what you put in, but the wonderful staff at VJ magnified the returns on everything.

review 2 Oct 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

This was a volunteering holiday so that whole premise was fantastic. I'd never done that before and it felt fabulous to be really doing something even though on holidays.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

I think that everything on this holiday was very well organised but I think that you need to stay in contact with the people on the ground as much as possible so having a local sim is really handy. Oh, and find out if it's school holiday time when you go as that does make a difference to the volunteering program. I would have liked to know what happens when school term time is on.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I would hope so. I hope it wasn't just a flash in the pan for them. I hope it was real.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Fabulous.

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