Trip To India

My name is Lara Batchelor, pictured above, I am a second year drama student at De Montfort University, and living at home in Syston whilst studying.
In September, I was selected by the University for an amazing opportunity to go to Ahmedabad in India to teach drama to the children in the slums. It was an incredible and humbling experience which really made me reflect on everything that we take for granted. It was amazing seeing the children’s faces filled with joy from playing various drama games with them, such as ‘Splat’ and ‘Freeze Frames’. I could really see how much confidence they gained from these sessions.
In India, I was able to work alongside the Manav Sadhna Charity which works to support the community in the Ramapir No Tekro Slum. Prior to my departure, I ran a raffle stall at the Syston Carnival in order to raise money for the cause, and I would like to thank everyone who came along and supported me. Seeing where the money is spent first hand means I can wholeheartedly say that it is for an amazing cause. 
This was my second ‘DMU Global’
experience, as in February, I went to Berlin in Germany with the University as a part of the United Nations’ ‘Join Together Campaign’  in order to promote respect for refugees and migrants. As a former Roundhill Academy and Wreake Valley Academy student, I have been volunteering and helping out in my local community from the age of 11 from being an active School Council member. Both of these schools taught me the importance of giving back to the community and have provided me with the skills and confidence to put myself out there in the world and make a difference. I cannot thank them enough! Volunteering is an incredibly rewarding experience, and I would recommend all young people to volunteer as this will boost both your confidence and your employability whilst helping others.
Alongside my studies into my drama degree at De Montfort University, I work for the University as a Student Ambassador, which means that I play a key role in the promotion of the University. I would one day either like to continue to work for the University and take students abroad to volunteer, or train as a drama teacher.
I am already geared up for my next global experience, which is to perform at a drama festival in Belgium in February! 
Lara, hopes her article will inspire other young people to consider volunteering!
Lara Batchelor