Hereare the profiles of some of our volunteers who have agreed to share their experience on our website.
Mary and Mike, and US donors, are committed to providing the girls with medical care.
Blog about PPES: marymikeindia.blogspot.com
Contact Mary and Mike: email@example.com
November 2011 – May 2012
“I graduated from University in May 2011 with two health degrees, and have worked extensively in various medical fields. I found out about PPES through one of my bosses, who worked with Sam, the school’s founder, while in India.
Mike Mays and Mary Cairns (USA)
Fall 2010 & fall 2012
Mary Cairns and Mike Mays visited PPES for the first time in October, 2010. While at the school, they started a hygiene program, to include tooth brushing and hand washing with soap. Since that time, all students have been brushing their teeth daily at school, as well as washing their hands during the school day. Mike worked in the computer room, taught students as well as teachers computer classes (keyboarding, Microsoft Office, as well as the internet). Mary and Mike taught English classes. Mary enjoyed reading and doing artwork with the Prep School, and worked with teachers displaying artwork in the classrooms.
Lindsay Johnson (USA)
January 2009 - December 2009
“I found the school online when I was looking for a place to volunteer. I wanted to come to India and this school looked like a wonderful place to work. I liked that it was in a rural area, and was dedicated to helping girls. While here, I have taught small English classes to girls in 8th and 9th class. I have also held English lessons with some teachers and faculty. For a couple months, I worked with a group of 7 girls in a drama class, and they created three short plays. Two were performed in a village and one was performed in Delhi. I have organized the books into categories and started the library running. I created a checkout system on the computer. An ongoing project has been the creation of profiles for each student; this is something I am still working on. In addition to this, I am transferring exam and attendance records to the computer. My favorite thing has been teaching girls in 9B - they are a small class of 5 girls and are all extremely smart and eager to learn. I also love visiting my girls at home in their villages - getting to see them with their families and in an environment outside of school.”
Website about PPES: http://eljay430.shutterfly.com
Contact Lindsay: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pranav Chandra (India)
“During my time at the school, I noticed that while PPES students’ writing and reading skills were good, most girls were not comfortable speaking the language. So I attempted to make them more accustomed to using the language through exercises, word games, skits, songs etc. I also got about 35 copies of this Rapidex English book for the classes, which were a big hit among the students. In terms of specific curriculum, I focused on using situations/vocabulary building. We had specific classes on other practical matters like how a bank works or how a post office works. We also had a bank visit for some of the girls in higher classes where they learnt about how they would deposit/withdraw money, or write checks, etc. With the my older students girls I helped them to learn more about Microsoft excel, word and power point, and increased their knowledge of the Internet. All the class girls opened email accounts and learned how to use email. (I responded to about 35 emails that week!
Paul Brakeman and Jen Brakeman (USA)
“I am a science teacher and my husband is a doctor. We became interested in volunteering at Pardada Pardadi after the head of my school Head-Royce School in Oakland, CA visited India and developed a relationship with Sam Singh. Since then, four of our high school students visited PPES and several Pardada Pardadi students have visited our school in California. I was interested in traveling to PPES and working with the PPES 10th graders on some focused science education in a setting that would be different from their formal classes. My husband and I traveled to India in the summer of 2009. We brought various supplies that we donated to the school such as books, paper, rulers, pencils, library stamps, markers, and the science kits. During our time there, my husband gave cursory medical exams and taught about health education. I watched several classes each day, and then met with three groups of about 10 girls. My original goal was to work with the 10 girls to design an experiment to test something that captured their curiosity. Because I brought several science kits, we used the materials from those kits to explore the world and learn about science. Although we ended up not fully completing our experiment to test the effect of exercise on heart rate, we did explore the physical world of light and magnets, read some kid science books in English, and had a lot of fun! Naturally, I supported PPES by buying a whole bunch of beautiful products that the girls made! As with most volunteer experiences, I feel that perhaps I got more out of my time with the girls than they did with me. I would love to hear about any memories that the girls have of my visit, - when my husband and I have time to come back and volunteer again!”
Mayank Agrawal (India)
“I was introduced to PPES by my father, who shared an article with me about Pardada Pardadi Girls Vocational School in Anupshahar in a national newspaper. Sam Singh's efforts and his approach to bring about women empowerment truly inspired me. I wrote to him looking for opportunities to volunteer. PPES immediately responded suggesting various projects that I could help with including the marketing and growth needs of the school. I spent six weeks with PPES, helping the organization by recommending strategies to improve marketing, and help with growth and expansion of PPES. I also had the wonderful opportunity to interact with the schoolchildren, offer a lecture in Geography and Unites States to Class X girls, and play Pictionary with Class XIII girls in the newly established library. Currently, I work as a management consultant in Boston. I am volunteering to start the first U.S. based chapter for PPES in Boston. This chapter will help increase awareness of PPES in the U.S., raise funds for PPES from U.S. based supporters and staff internships and volunteer opportunities at PPES with local residents and professionals.”
Contact Mayank: email@example.com
Jenny & Dave (USA)
Spring 2008 - present
Jenny and Dave were living in Delhi when invited by Pardada Pardadi to visit the school and learn about the charity. It was a life-changing experience for them, and they jumped at the opportunity to hold an online fundraiser to build toilets in the homes of PPES students. Because the fundraiser was so successful, they organized another fundraiser called Rags to Pads. Finally, Jenny became a fulltime employee in the Delhi office to help with their online communications. They have since left Delhi, but continue to help PPES with their ongoing dedication. Jenny helps to maintain the PPES website and assists and promotes Pardada Pardadi using social media (Facebook and Twitter). Likewise, she helps PPES Delhi staff with utilizing the Internet for online fundraising. Dave also contributes by maintining and updating the websites (Rags to Pads and PardadaPardadi.org). Additionally, they donate server space to host these sites.
Jacobi Wade (USA)
Jacobi served PPES for six weeks in which time she set up and organized a library. Now PPES students can check out books to take home! Basic Hindi books are very popular, as well as Dr. Seuss books because they use very simple words that are great for our young learners. The fun illustrations of the English children books help PPES students to understand the meaning of the words.
Special Project Volunteers
Rikki Asher (USA)
“During my sabbatical leave from college teaching, I wanted to visit a school in rural India. PPVS provided the set and setting to carry out a Bookmaking Project, in February of 2007, and a Peace Quilt Project, in February of 2008. Children on two sides of the world--the Bronx, New York, and Anupshahar, India--took on a challenge of creating a quilt that communicated aspects of their lives to each other.
Teaching / TEFL Volunteers
Isabel Bedford (UK)
Spring - Summer 2007
“After graduating in summer 2006 from Manchester University, UK, I did a CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) course with desire to spend some time working as a volunteer teacher abroad. I found out about PPES from the website idealist.org and was immediately interested in the school's philosophy and aims. I worked as a volunteer teacher, mainly teaching English to older girls in small groups and focused primarily on improving their speaking/communication skills. In addition, I assisted the other teachers at the school and helped put together a Computer Studies syllabus.
Agnes Rec (USA)
“I found Pardada Pardadi by chance. My university organized some volunteer opportunities in India; interested in women's education, I applied to PPES. I originally planned to work for PPES from Delhi to increase the organization's internet presence, among other projects. During my first week in India, I visited the school in Anupshahar and was quickly won over by the students. Rather than remain in Delhi, I moved to Anupshahar where I taught English and computer classes. With Izzy, another volunteer, I developed a syllabus for the computer classes that focused on hands-on learning rather than rote memorization. Back in Delhi at the end of my time in India, I created the PPES blog - http://pardadanew-pardadi.blogspot.com/ and maintained it for a while once I left India.
Wendi Boxx (USA)
Volunteer Program Coordinator 2006 - present
“When I arrived in 2006 at PPES as a volunteer, my work was practically impossible due to the lack of English at the school. After starting my own English class with teachers and older students, I proposed a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) program. Drawing on my experience as a US Peace Corps TEFL volunteer (Romania 2000 - 2003) I set about making PPES' volunteer program. I understood the potential grassroots networking that such a program could produce. It was my hope that through establishing a volunteer program PPES could grow, as could its role in stopping the exploitation of rural girl children.