Kirsten Brown

29 December 2012

Hello! My name is Kirsten and I’m part of the 2013 Udayan trip. Currently I’m an upper-sixth former studying History, English and Archaeology. In October I’ll be going to study Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Oxford (if all goes to plan- fingers crossed!!!).

I first heard about the trip through the fundraising that the school does, and my interest in other cultures intrigued me to get involved. In order to pay for the trip I had to get a part-time job and now work at John Lewis.

The opportunity to go to India and visit a place like Udayan is absolutely a once in a lifetime opportunity. There are rare occasions where you can come face to face with a lifestyle so completely contrasted to your own, where you can only begin to fathom what ‘life’ is for that other person, and I think that’s amazing. A non- western lifestyle is what I’m most looking forward to, as well as the culture and community so famously linked to India. We (students from England) live such a removed and different lifestyle to the Udayan children that I’m not sure what I could give to them. However I shall try to spend my time with them as productively as I can. We are going to teach English through the medium of numbers and I hope the children will enjoy the activities we have planned for them.