Canford has been involved with Goodwill Children’s Homes for over fifteen years. The Homes are in Tamil Nadu, Southern India. Goodwill provides residential care for orphans, children from impoverished one parent families and children from deprived tribal families. The main site at Thandigudi accommodates boys and girls up to the age of twelve, at which point they move on to single sex Goodwill Homes in nearby towns. When they finish full time education apprenticeships are offered areas such as motor cycle maintenance and sowing. Canford pupils raise money to support the Homes but also commit to a programme of teaching English and Maths, as well as playing with the children. As the conditions at Thandigudi have improved we are adapting the project to support and educate children in surrounding tribal villages. The philosophy of the trip is based on partnership and building a long term relationship with the host community. Pupils often find the experience life changing and return during their gap year.