I connected to Lucy and the Ashram through several friends when I started looking for a volunteer program in India, and, since the very beginning, I knew this was the right one. I was given the opportunity to be involved with all the projects, which is really a lot: the residential kids, the Kindergarten, the evening school, … almost 200 kids! and their families, of course, the family is the most sacred institution in India. It was a “back to the roots” process, an immersion in tradition and spiritualism, at some point hard to assimilate for the European mind, but it was always worth it. The energy of the place and the people (especially the kids) is incredible, and there it’s easy to see that you do not need so many things to have a happy life…you can keep it simple and keep it amazingly full. The work I did there (honestly, quite simple compared to my previous work), like teaching, organizing, helping with anything or just being there, has been the most appreciated and thanked of my life. Benares and the people I met there will be in my heart forever, I stay in touch with other volunteers and of course with the management team and teachers, and I will go back as soon as I can. Lucy, thank you so much for making this experience possible and successful, you have an amazing ability to make things happen and effectively impact the people around you, you just make everything better.