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Lebara Foundation and Kingston University working together

This August students and staff from Kingston University spent three weeks volunteering in southern India

18 students and staff from Kingston University spent three weeks volunteering in southern India as part of the second annual ‘Kingston-Lebara Volunteer in India’ project. Before departing, the students spent several months preparing ‘summer camp’ activities for children and mothers in slums and Tamil refugee camps, which included English classes, sports days, and arts and crafts workshops. They also visited local hospitals, slums and schools – all with the help and support of the Lebara Foundation India. The undergraduate students came from various subject areas – including Business, Education, Biomedical Science and Human Rights – and were selected based on their positive attitude, eagerness to learn about a new culture and the ability to work in a group and think on their feet.”

Student quotes from summer 2016:

“The India volunteer project has been an amazing life changing experience. I really enjoyed my time with the children and I'm glad we could make them laugh and have fun.”  - Sutharsna Sivabalasubramaniam, BSc Biomedical Science student (Germany) 

"The volunteering programme completely surpassed all my expectations in more ways than I can describe. I experienced things I never would have, had I not applied. It was phenomenal". - George Adams, BSc Geology student (UK)

“It was one of the best opportunities I have ever experienced - and if their lives have been changed by our presence as much as our lives changed by theirs, then I could not be happier. The children, despite what they have seen, heard, or lived by, always had a smile on their faces; eager to learn, and eager to teach! They held themselves so proudly; and their families prouder.”  -  Nathan O’Nions, BA Accounting and Finance student (UK)

“The volunteering experience at the slums in Tamil Nadu has been eye-opening. It has been a pleasure interacting with less privileged children and mothers and being able to share our culture with them as well as learning from their own.” - Bryan Dar, BSc Biomedical Science student (Philippines)