Kate with some of the younger pupils at the school
Kate with some of the younger pupils at the school

‘I first went to Acts of Hope during my gap year and spent four weeks at the school.  I had such a brilliant time that I returned the next year for two weeks. I didn’t have any teaching experience but teaching at Acts of Hope was very rewarding. I was struck by the passion that the children had for learning and their desire to do well in their school work. It was particularly rewarding, when returning to the school, to see the progress the children had made. We felt so welcome at the school and all the staff were so friendly.  I really hope that I’m able to return to Acts of Hope in the future.’  Kate Godfree

 

Hester Teaching IT
Hester Teaching IT

‘When the school first got some computers, I introduced the pupils to the basics of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Internet Explorer. The children were unbelievably excited and eager to learn. I received such a warm welcome from staff and students alike when I went to Acts of Hope School, and there was a real sense that what I was doing had a tangible impact.
Hester Vaizey

 

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‘I have visited the school twice, both times teaching  IT and English to the children. The staff and pupils at the school were incredibly welcoming and made it very easy to slip into teaching classes. Lunchtimes were always fun with fast and furious games in the playground. It was great to see the pupils getting to grips with using the school’s computers and feel that I was genuinely helping them to learn.’
David Tinnion

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA‘After another two weeks of Bangalore dust, outdoor assemblies, clapping games until my hands ached, grinning until my face ached and enough samber and rice to feed an army, the Acts of Hope Primary School remains my ‘Home away from home’. People ask why I keep going back to the same place each summer when I could have travelled half the globe by now. The reason is undoubtedly the children. If I’m honest, the poor end of Bangalore holds very little allure: comforts are scant; it’s impossible to turn a blind eye to the locals’ poverty; and, there’s no point in beating about the bush, it smells! Yet the children make it feel like Disney land. Their enthusiasm, honesty and keenness to learn is truly humbling. Over the years, I’ve made some fantastic friends and they’re what makes me desperate to come back to the school each year. Every child I’ve asked has dreams and aspirations on the tip of their tongue – their deprived backgrounds hardly seem to matter – and that’s inspirational!’
Charlie Maling