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Volunteering in a Himalayan Village (India)

Teaching women and children in a remote village in India.

Isobel Daley (2007, Economics)

Having studied the development of India as part of my economics degree last year, I was made increasingly aware the obstacle that gender inequality poses to social and economic development.  However, being given the opportunity to spend a month teaching and living in northern India this summer showed me that I had grossly underestimated the extent of female oppression.

Since I had heard very little from the Indian organisation through which I had arranged my teaching placement, on arrival at Delhi airport I was slightly apprehensive.  However, a 12-hour bus-ride (and very little sleep) later I was thrust into a classroom full of friendly, curious and over-excited children.  This warm welcome was immediately reassuring and signaled the start of a very enjoyable month..... Read more


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