Preparing for the Stage: Third Week of Volunteering in Chengannur

During our third week of volunteering in Chengannur, we shifted into gear with readying the student performances of three folktales that we've been working on. These are all stories that we drew from our perennial repertoire as touring entertainers in the States. First we demonstrated them, then we began teaching them to the young thespians. … Continue reading Preparing for the Stage: Third Week of Volunteering in Chengannur

Encountering Elephants at Konni Reserve in Kerala

Even with the voracious encroachment of clothed two-legged predators upon their territory, there are reportedly some 25,000 elephants still in the wild in India. And if you know where to look, quite a few of them can be found in Kerala, the state where we spent a month volunteering. But alas, their stomping grounds are … Continue reading Encountering Elephants at Konni Reserve in Kerala

Volunteering in Kerala: An Eye-Opening Experience

Our time volunteering in the state of Kerala definitely had its highs and lows, though on balance it was a positive experience. The biggest drawback was our living quarters, which were not exactly uncomfortable, but did have all the modern inconveniences. We've already mentioned the frequent power outages; when they occurred, it tended to get … Continue reading Volunteering in Kerala: An Eye-Opening Experience

Getting Acquainted With Our Students and School in Kerala, India

Through our WorkAway gig as teachers, volunteering at the school in Chengannur (state of Kerala), India, we dealt with a wide range of students in terms of their ages, abilities, personalities, and quirks -- both annoying and endearing. The third grade consisted of only 4 students. The one boy in the class was quite capable, … Continue reading Getting Acquainted With Our Students and School in Kerala, India