My name is Anastasia Ilina. I am from Russia, live in Czech Republic, and study Materials Engineering at Loughborough University in the UK. I came to India with the AIESEC organization in order to volunteer and travel.
My five weeks at Reaching Hand have helped me learn a lot about areas of study that I previously had little experience in – business development and marketing. My role included planning new fundraising events and finding sponsorship. I also prepared multiple posters for events and assisted the management with any other computer work needed, such as digitizing data for official purposes.
When I first arrived, I was able to fit in quickly thanks to the friendly staff and fellow volunteers. I thought it was very interesting to work with people from other cultures, as all of the volunteers were from different countries. For myself it was also a valuable experience to work with locals, as it taught me about the differences in how our two countries function and helped me build on my communication skills. I found it much easier to talk to people here than in the UK, but organization of an event was not as straightforward and quick as back home. You find cultural differences everywhere.
Some of the highlights of my stay were the Cupcake Fundraiser at the JP Morgan Chase offices in Bangalore and visiting the New Home orphanage on numerous occasions. Any volunteer who works with Reaching Hand in the future will definitely have a positive experience like mine.
I wish Reaching Hand the best of luck and hope to keep in touch in the future.