After spending a week here at Sevalaya we are finally starting to get the hang of things. The heat and lack of air conditioning is still something my body is adjusting to, but things are getting better. I haven’t been feeling very well and have had some trouble eating, but I’m hoping that passes as well. Our weeks have started to become a little more structured other than the inevitable interruptions (like when we had to go to the police station two days in a row in order to register with our tourist visas). In the mornings we are teaching four social science classes and after lunch we have some free time while the kids finish their school day. In the afternoons we go and play with all of the hostile children or spend time talking to the seniors and trying to work on our research. This week we are also planning on painting a mural in the boys hostile with the help of the other international volunteers.
Everyone at Sevalaya is fantastic! There are five other international volunteers living here and it has been fun to get to know them and experience this journey with others. Two of the girls from The United Kingdom have been teaching English all year here. The other three volunteers are from Utah and are siblings who have come to run an eyeglass clinic. It is so fascinating to see all the different interests brought together on this one campus, and the willingness between the volunteers to help one another.
This past weekend all the volunteers took a day trip into Chennai and went to a couple of the really big malls. We ate Pizza Hut, Subway, and KFC and did some much needed shopping! Riding the trains all over was an adventure and we had of fun! We also got to enjoy some air-conditioning while we shopped.
I’m looking forward to starting some more projects this week and hopefully some cooler weather now that monsoon season has started.