REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK:
Jonathan Lines (British):
"I'm certainly enjoying my time here so far, and I feel I am gaining a lot of confidence from the coaching. I found it amazing how quickly you find yourself becoming like coaches and teachers that taught me when I was a kid.
It's gratifying seeing some of the kids making small improvements everyday, plus seeing others that have genuine ability. I'd say you have to have plenty of energy and enthusiasm because although typically we only coach for 3-4 hours a day, the heat can make it exhausting. Also, it can be easy to become frustrated so you need to have patience and try and stay calm, even when it can be difficult!
Can you describe a typical day?
Typically I am up at 5.30 for the first coaching session at the Racecourse. We usually start at 6.15 and finish at 8. I have some breakfast and then we have another session at 10.30 at TVS school. There we coach 2 different classes from 11-12.15 and 12.30-1.30.
When I get back to the house I have lunch, and maybe get some sleep before the final session at Fuscos school from 4-5. However, because at present there are 3 of us on the coaching placement we tend to have a rota whereby we each do 2 of the sessions per day.
Thomas Gauvin (Canadian):
"Without a doubt, the best thing about my placement has been the people arranging thus placement. Anitha and Lakshmanan have been extremely helpful going out of their way to help me (repair my camera). Furthermore, the gym teachers were always happy and inviting. They often arranged for us to have more coaching opportunities which is something I truly appreciated.
I would recommend this placement. The current host family is perfect. If would be impossible to have better! The school teaching is quite entertaining and you can always have a good laugh with the children. This placement would suit sporty people who practice a sport they can teach at home. An aspiring gym-teacher ... The placement was great! We are rushing to get though everything we planned for the trip."
Vincent Bonetto (Canadian):
"Madurai is a wonderful city. When I arrived, I immediately noticed all the colors present everywhere. Very different from Montreal where it is mostly grey. In Madurai, I fell like there is life everywhere. About the placement, everyone we meet is extremely nice and welcoming. A truly great experience.
I am becoming more capable to handle and teach relatively large groups of children. I felt more organised in the sense that I know more what I have to do and when I have to do it.
Everything has been great, but I really enjoy the fact that we are free to do what we want in our free time. If we are tired, we can rest and if we are feeling adventurous, we can go explore the city out of the tourist areas.
I would recommend this placement. This was an amazing experience for me and I would definitively, recommend this placement to anyone who wants to do a similar project. The type of person this placement would suit is someone who is open to new experiences and who is active and energetic. Since everyone is so accommodating, this placement can suit anyone as long as they enjoy sports or fitness activities ...
The host family is welcoming and understanding. When you start knowing them better, the trip becomes much more fun since they recommended more things and activities to do. It essentially become living with friends."
Tim Roberts (British):
"Everything about my placement coaching football was fantastic - the friendliness of the people in Madurai, the excellent living conditions in the Travellers house and the wonderful support from the in country supervisors. But most of all what really made it for me were the school kids I was coaching - all of them such great characters, extremely dedicated and so grateful for the opportunity to be taught more about football."
Tom Harris (British):
"We actually created a mini World Cup competition amongst the schools when we were there. We also awarded medals, such as Best Skilled Player, etc.
We also bought a whole kit for our groups because they were such good students. The kids were fantastic and were very sad to see us leave. We just hope that other Travellers volunteers can take up from where we left off."
VOLUNTEERING WITH CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
As well as protecting all our volunteers, Budget Volunteering is committed to all our projects and dedicated to practices which protect children and vulnerable adults from harm.
Many of our projects are based in the bustling city of Madurai in the southern state
of Tamil Nadu. Madurai is known by many names; ‘Jasmine city’ for the famous jasmine
flowers that are cultivated here, ‘the city of Nectar’, Legend tells of a river
of nectar that flowed after blessing from Lord Shiva, and the ‘Temple City’.
Madurai really does have a temple or shrine on practically every street but it is
most famed for the Sri Meenakshi Sundeswarar Temple. Pilgrims and tourists alike
flock to visit the temple and approximately 10,000 visit every day! The temple is
named after goddess Meenakshi. It was built in the 17th century and is an enormous
structure with 5 outer towers crammed full of idols and animals. The inner courtyard
contains another 7 towers, again all highly adorned. It will take your breath away.
Madurai is located on Vaigai River and was the capital of Pandyan rulers till the
14th century. It is full of cultural diversity and life revolves around the awe
inspiring Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple, awash with pilgrims, market stalls
and tourist shops.
Children will stop you on the streets to chat to you and shake your hand and even
ask for your autograph! You will be in demand everywhere you go and you’ll feel
like a celebrity, such is the warmth of the Indian people. If you’re after an overwhelming
experience, then Madurai is a certainty for this!
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