On St Valentine’s Day this year a group of 37 students, departed on a 12 day trip to India. The first part of the trip took place in Mumbai where the students experienced working with disadvantaged children within schools and community projects. This work is in support of the ‘Prem Dam’ charity project and continues work that Aquinas College have done there for the past 15 years. The emotionally challenging, but tremendously rewarding work centres on workshop activities that the students have prepared for the children.
While in Mumbai the students also got to visit a Hindu Temple, the caves of Elephanta Island, do yoga at sunrise and take part in a Bollywood dance workshop.
After Mumbai the students took a unique and memorable trip on an overnight sleeper train to Goa. In Goa the students were able to take a well-earned break after the hard work in Mumbai. There were trips to see some of the unique indo-Portuguese culture of Goa, including the Church of the Bom Jesus and St. Catherine Cathedral, and a trip to see the sunset at Baga Beach.
All in all a fantastic and, in some cases, life changing experience for the students, who will never forget their time in India.