“During my stay with MM Trust I got the opportunity to see applied psychology and the social sector in a different light, and a lot of attention was given to my other interests: language, agriculture and religion as well. I really go to know the culture from within and I would advise everyone to do the same!”
DRIES, STUDENT APPLIED PSYCHOLOGIE, VIVES UNIVERSITY COLLEGE KORTRIJK (BELGIUM)
My internship with Maruthu Muthu Trust is almost over and I’m looking back to the most wonderful time so far. Not only I learned so much more about the occupational therapy methods in this colourful country, I also learned what real thankfulness is. During my stay in India I met many inspiring people, especially Raj, who’s always ready to serve for the wellbeing of other people. I admire his endlessly helpfulness for people that really need it. Together with the other members of team MM Trust 2016 we visited many organisations who are working with engagement for a better life for people. I’m really thankful for all the chances that I got during my international experience. I learned a lot about this beautiful and colourful country during my stay, but I have the feeling that there is so much more to discover about this amazing piece of the world! I had a really good time during my internship, and I’ve built up memories that will last forever.
OONA, STUDENT OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, HOWEST UNIVERSITY COLLEGE KORTRIJK (BELGIUM)
“MM Trust gave me the opportunity to get to know about different target groups in different institutions. I did an internship at a hospital, a school for children with a disability, children’s shelter, … In addition, a project was launched which led to a social change in the neighbourhood This gave me a positive feeling and a lot of satisfaction As a social worker I learned about the Indian culture, the field of work, but also about myself. India is a beautiful country where much can be seen and of course we made time for it. ”
PRISCA, STUDENT SOCIAL WORK, HOWEST UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, BRUGES (BELGIUM)
“I’m very thankfull to be a part of MM Trust. I’ve got the opportunity to learn more about my subject (Public Safety). I learnt a lot about the safety in India. I could also interact with the Police, Justice and start my own project. Apart from that, I’ve learnt about the culture in India/Tamil Nadu. During the weekends and holidays, we’ve travelled around in India. It was a super experience to me. I would suggest everyone to do the same!”
JEFF, STUDENT PUBLIC SAFETY, VIVES UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, KORTRIJK (BELGIUM)
“Working as a trainee in the team of MM Trust was a learnfull and unforgettable experience. I’ve got to see so many interesting projects and the team gave me the freedom to develop myself as a real occupational therapist! It’s not only an experience as an occupational therapist, it also creates you as a human. I’ll never forget the hospitality and kindness of the people. There was a good balance between holiday and free-time, zo I got the opportunity to discover the country!”
ELLEN, STUDENT OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, HOWEST UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, BRUGES (BELGIUM)
“During my studies Occupational Therapy, I was lucky to do my internship with MM Trust in India. In this period of 3 months, I’ve learnt a lot. Not only in a professional way, also as a person. With the good and professional support of MM Trust, I could see a lot of different aspects during my internship. I’ve worked with children with a disability, elderly people and adults with a disability. During the 3 months, I could enjoy the Indian culture with all of his positive and less positive aspects. This experience in India with all those people, I’ll never forget it.”
ELIZE, STUDENT OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, HOWEST UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, KORTRIJK (BELGIUM)
3 months internship in India was a big challenge for me … Yet I have not regretted that I have taken this choice! I have received so many learning opportunities in 3 months that I could develop as an occupational therapist. I discovered so many new cultures and meet so many nice people. In India, no day is the same and this is what makes it so exciting! This internship has grown me as a person and I’ve lost my heart here!
TALIA, STUDENT OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, HOWEST UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, bruges (BELGIUM)
I arrived in Trichy in January 2012 and was warmly welcomed by Raj and his colleagues from MM Trust. Together with local trainees, we organized several awareness sessions for Dalit women and children in Thalakuddi village. MM Trust aims to help the poorest, most forgotten and most volatile people in Tamil Nadu; the outcastes. Unfortunately, the caste system is still a reality in many parts of this Indian prefecture, especially in rural areas. Raj is not only a committed social worker, but also has a deep knowledge of the complex issues these people face. His guidance during my traineeship helped me to complete a research project on caste immobility in Tamil Nadu. I hope that Raj and his team of social workers can continue to make a difference in the lives of the Dalit community in Thalakkudi, and who knows, beyond.