The busy summer months of May, June and July are when we host the maximum number of volunteers, interns and fellows. Here's what some of them have to say about us:Agastya is truly a vibrant hub for creativity, where my engineering skills have been tremendously stretched to apply scientific knowledge using locally available resources sustainably. Although I was trained to fascinate younger students with science exhibits and activities, I had never considered the maintenance of my prototypes before my internship, which turned out to be just as important as their creation. Having learned from other innovative volunteers and interns in this organization, I can now simplify my designs using local techniques and recyclable materials, which involve advanced and complicated technologies as little as possible.As a Biomedical Engineering freshman at the National University of Singapore, I am really grateful for the opportunity offered by my supervisor, Ms. Pranavi, given my limited experience and knowledge. My time in Agastya has always been fulfilling since I have been surrounded by awesome friends and inspirational colleagues, who would kindly offer me their unreserved assistance in many ways. I cannot express enough of my gratitude towards Mr. Devasis, Mr. Bhaskar, Mr. Ted, who used much of their expertise to guide and assist my work here, as well as other co-workers who have always been helpful during my stay in India. Indeed, I believe the internship with Agastya will be an enriching experience for the young and the motivated.- Tu AN,National University of SingaporeHaving heard about Agastya from my father who had previously visited it, my expectations of it were already pretty high as he had only nice things to say about it. Little did I know that coming here would far exceed those expectations.
The starting point of this experience was the beautiful landscape surrounding it. The detailing of the architecture and the infrastructure were astounding (my favourite being the steps to the discovery lab representing the layers of the earth). The people were extremely warm and becoming friends with them, easily followed.
Then came the children who made this already stunning campus, come alive. Teaching dance to the children in the Early Learning Lab, the Residential schools we visited and the Operation Vasantha centres have been one of the highlights. The children are truly amazing and Agastya is making such a difference in their life and it feels so good to contribute however little I can to their efforts.
On a personal note I'd like to say that doing a collaboration such as one with Ballet and Bharatnatyam and involving the children in this is something I wouldn't have had outside of Agastya. My experience here has truly been amazing and I'm sure to spend more time here in the coming years.-Sarayu Krishnan,Ashoka UniversityI found out about Agastya through Olin College, an engineering school close to my current university, Babson College. Olin College in collaboration with USAID gave students the opportunity to contribute their skills to an NGO of their choice. Since I am passionate about education especially rural development through education, Agastya was a perfect match for me. I like to call it my soulmate NGO because I share many of its core values.My experience at Agastya has been challenging but very rewarding. I was put in a managerial role for setting up a water-themed event and I was also put in charge of marketing materials for Operation Vasantha, Agastya's night school, which operates in several villages across Andra Pradesh and Karnataka. When I see children learning how to use laptops courtesy of Agastya's Operation Vasantha iCommunity, I cannot help but realize the impact Agastya is making. Agastya feels like home because it introduced me to valuable life-long friends.-Salome Mosehle,Babson College, USA.