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Celia Shiles
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Hello, I'm Celia and I'm 19. I'm staying in Kolkata for 2 months doing volunteer work with children and teenager girls. I'd been to India twice before on passing visits but this time I wanted to get
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Life In Calcutta

Posted By Celia Shiles on 03 Dec 2007
My project is still going well. The children in the informal school are really sweet and very lively. I've been reading with them, teaching them a little English and playing a lot of clapping games in English and Bengali. I've borrowed 2 children's books which they love. Just before Christmas I made Christmas cards with all 40 of the children which was great. Teaching computer skills without a common language has been a challenge but they've picked up quite a bit.

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Settling Into My Project

Posted By Celia Shiles on 02 Dec 2007
I'm having such a good time! I've tried lots of Bengali food and I've been eating it with my hands. The sweets r so delicious. I've done a bit of haggling in the market, seen a Bollywood film and been to an Indian wedding. My project is really interesting. None of the teachers speak much English, it's only the social worker and the organizers in the office. In the mornings I've been helping out in the informal school which is where the children go when they first arrive at the children's centre before they enter the formal school.

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