tom is travelling


The less rosy bits of rural India

There are many attractive aspects to life in rural India, the area itself is beautiful and colourful, the people here have a real sense of community and overall seem fairly happy with their lot, life here is a lot simpler. However, alongside these romantic notions there's some things here which also make life kind of tough.

Hanging out with the gems kids

From next week onwards I will be a teacher at GEMS. Therefore I have been making the most of hanging out with the children recently while they still don't hate me. A lot of my time outside of school is spent with the children, this post talks a bit about what I've been up to with them.

Why I chose to volunteer at GEMS

So I'd trawled through a lot of posts on, there were so many places that looked great to go and visit, but when I found GEMS on helpx I knew it was the one for me, here are some of the reasons I've chosen to volunteer with GEMS.

Researching volunteer opportunities

With the intent to get pretty far away from London and do something completely different I started looking for places I could go to work in exchange for food and board. I found some really interesting opportunities and some really helpful work exchange directory websites.