As I walked across the gate of Valsalya Bhavan at around 7.45 in the morning, all the girls were very excited and animated. We left Valsalya Bhavan around 8.00, picked up the girls from Crescent who were also excited and reached the hotel way ahead of time.
The girls spent their time in the bus singing and dancing even though they weren’t happy about the songs that were played in the bus. Meanwhile Sumesh enlightened them about the whole purpose of the trip. As we were a little early, we had a round of antakshari which added to the excitement.
We were all greeted very warmly by the HR Manager and her staff . The kids were given a talk followed by a presentation on the hotel which undoubtedly enlightened the volunteers too. Once the presentation was over, the kids were divided into three groups by the hotel staff.
All of us were taken around the hotel by the staff explaining to us the various facilities and amenities of the hotel. We, especially the kids, were indeed delighted to have seen how exactly a hotel functions.
When we got back after covering all the departments of the
hotel all of us were treated with yummy sandwiches and other refreshments followed by a photo session with the staff of the hotel.
We left the hotel by 2.00 P.M. We first dropped the girls from Crescent to their center and took the Valsalya Bhavan girls to Subash park as promised. As we left Subash park around 4.00 P.M the girls were a little disappointed that the whole trip came to end so quickly. However,the children were all exhausted and most of them slept on our way back.
On the whole it was a fun trip and very enlightening for both volunteers and kids alike..