Author: Emma

Yelagiri Hills by Mary Palmer!

Vanakam! We have just arrived back at the YMCA Vepery after an awesome few days with the YMCA Kottivakam boys in the Yelagiri hills where we lead an activity holiday for them. Day 1 of Yelagiri began with a six hour bus journey (with stops for ice cream and biscuits!) with all of the 58…
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August 15, 2014 0

Day 4: English Lessons, afterschool clubs and Rain!

Hello all and vanakam! (From Mary A.K.A Pretty Green!) I’m chilling very comfortably in the air conditioned, wi-fi equipped reception of YMCA Vepery. I’ve opted out of shopping after a lovely team dinner at ‘the Ritz’ (obviously not ‘THE Ritz’) as to be honest, I’m all shopped out! Today has been most productive, beginning with…
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August 6, 2014 0

Mary reporting for duty…

I am currently making very good use of my time on the bus and getting started with my blog on the way home after my ambassador meeting numero uno with Emma. We discussed the history of the charity and ‘reflected’ on the trip 2012, as well as discussing future plans of Chennai Challenge (it’s all…
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October 29, 2013 0

My biggest challenge so far…

Wow, it is that time of year again where we have begun our recruitment for team members for next years project to Chennai, India. This is very exciting as we have had a year of planning, restructuring, celebrating and deciding upon the future of Chennai Challenge. So for next year we are looking for potential project…
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October 26, 2013 0

Vocation, Vocation, Vocation…

  On Tuesday, teachers all over the country are going on strike to protect their pensions, work/life balance and pay and conditions. This has, yet again, caused a lot of negative reaction from parents who feel we should not be striking as we have enough pay and far too many holidays. Unfortunately, recent surveys have shown that…
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September 28, 2013 1

Endings and New Beginnings…

24th August 2013….no trip to India….no daily blogs…no questions about our passage…no stepping out of our comfort zone…WAIT! Ignore that last one. It’s the end of August which means for many people new challenges ahead. What with A-level results, GCSE results and a new academic year a lot of us are having to once again…
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August 24, 2013 0

5 for 50!

Last month Chennai Challenge held their First50 Celebration, where we reflected on the Charity and how much we have achieved in 6 years. As mentioned previously in blogs, we have also begun think about the future, how we can expand, develop and continue to make a difference to not only those who serve but those…
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July 27, 2013 2

Change….WHAT?!

Change… we all go through it, whether it is the transition from one school to another, to a new home, to a new job or new responsibilities. As a year 6 teacher, at this time of year I see first hand the differing reactions to change. I have pupils who are eager for the change…
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June 22, 2013 1

Success

1986, was not only the best year to be born (not biased at all..) but was also the start of one of the most successful careers in football management. As you may have heard (or not if you are like my sister!) Alex Ferguson retired as manager of Manchester United Football Club. For me this…
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May 25, 2013 0

Come on….take on the challenge….

I love trying new, different things and challenging myself.  For me going through life without any challenges at all would be pretty boring, right? Going from day to day being able to do every single thing with ease and confidence is just too easy, yes? When we create challenges for ourselves we create excitement, we…
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April 27, 2013 0