See the Jewels of Southern India

We’re pleased to announce that our next Friends of Goodwill tour departs on 22nd February 2019. The journey to Southern India takes you to the lush landscapes of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Except for when visiting the Goodwill villages, you will have the fully guided services of Rithu Destination Management who will be helping you to explore this most beautiful part of India at one of the best times of the year to visit, when the weather is cooler, less humid and dryer.

The tour operator is based in Kerala and has been in the travel trade for decades. Most of them have lived and worked in Europe and are fully aware of what western travellers want.

This is what one of our supporters had to say about the tour he joined two years ago: “It is a truth universally acknowledged” – to coin a phrase- that a visit to a foreign country is greatly improved if you have some personal contacts there. And so, it is if you go on a Goodwill holiday to India. You will enjoy all sorts of pleasures of the tourist kind, but you will also, and perhaps more importantly, experience the unique joys of sharing in the lives of the children in the Goodwill Homes. Standing out in my memory: the dreamlike joy of a night on a Kerala rice boat, the exquisite dancing of the teenage girls in the Pattiveeranpatti home, the sight of one elderly gentleman in our party who met a 25 year old woman, with her own child, whom he had sponsored when she was herself an orphan in the home and had travelled hundreds of miles especially to see him. But speak to others who have visited the homes and they will have different and equally vivid memories. It is a personal and a group experience. And for those who have never been to India before, be assured, the accommodation is ideal, not lavish and extravagant, not marble hotels but comfortable and clean lodges. The plumbing- let’s be really fundamental- is ‘European’, to coin a euphemism. The food is excellent. The Indian travel agent who looks after the party is outstanding in his care and efficiency. And the Goodwill Homes? It is a privilege to be allowed to share in them.

My wife and I went on the Goodwill visit two years ago. It was a memorable experience: a dozen in the party and all sorts of tourist type pleasures. But best of all is the chance to visit the three Goodwill Homes, to meet the children and to spend four days getting a sense of the wonderful work being done by the staff to provide these youngsters with the start in life they otherwise would miss. For those of us who have been supporting Goodwill, albeit modestly, for many years it is a great reassurance that what we hoped was happening is indeed the reality. If you are not already a Goodwill supporter, it is a chance for you to decide if it is something that appeals. If you’ve never visited India and heard possibly discouraging stories, fear not: accommodation is ideal, the tour guide is truly excellent and the only creepy-crawly we saw was a snake charmer in a car park”.

For more information, contact the Administrator on 0117 3250 550 or email at admin@goodwillhomes.org.uk

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