"I first volunteered with Prime Trust for a summer as a college student in 2011. I made such good bonds with the staff and became so attached to their work that I returned again in 2014 with my husband. I found volunteering with Prime Trust refreshing compared to other agencies I had looked at, the prices are reasonable and having been there I know a large portion of that goes to support the NGOs programs in the community. I also enjoy that Prime Trust is a stand-alone organization, it isn't tied to any larger NGO or headquarters far away. Prime Trust is in Pondicherry, India responding to the needs there in every way they can.
The staff at Prime Trust are very open and supportive. It's a very flexible program, and volunteers can determine what projects they what to get involved in depending on their length of stay and interests. Many volunteers even develop new programs or methods, which staff encourages.
Personally, my two times with Prime Trust I taught English at the evening school and helped with their website and some fundraising/grant writing efforts. I lived with volunteers who spent time with the children in the orphanage, organizing fun field trips like swimming lessons, and other volunteers were their for research purposes and wrote their graduate papers regarding Prime Trust's microfinance program.
The staff are excellent at taking care of you while you are away from home as well. I was taken care of when I got sick, and checked in on regularly to make sure I was settling in okay and had everything I needed. Pondicherry itself is a great city with good food. Prime Trust housing is within walking distance of some great street vendors and if you're really ready to walk you can make it to some excellent restaurants and the French Quarter.
Overall, Prime Trust truly became a home away from home for me and I learned so much in each of my volunteer experiences with them. The staff truly are working to help the needy in their community, and their openness to new ideas and help from international and domestic volunteers makes it a very exciting place to be."