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Tao in India

Homecoming

I AM HOME! It was a long 24 plus travel home but, I’ve made it. Everything seems like a dream, like India happened and now I am moving on. I still can’t believe I was in India for 4 months. It was hard to leave because I was already comfortable and knew how to get around, living in India had a never ended time it felt like but now it has ended. I traveled for the last 2.5 weeks, I felts so fortunate to have such amazing experience and I […]

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End of the Internship and Back in Bangalore

End of the Internship and saying GoodBye It was hard saying goodbye to the wonderful people I met at my internship site. The students touched my heart and they made my internship meaningful, I was never lonely, I was respected and they were so kind. I wish for the best for all of them I only want happiness and great success to come their way. I promised that I will visit them, and I hope I do, so I can see the young girls in college or at a university, […]

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Holidays

I actually thought that I wouldn’t miss the holidays, but seeing the thanksgiving photos online and seeing my family getting together, makes me miss my parents the most! I really can’t wait to get back! The program is actually also ending in 2 weeks, time flies! I remember thinking during the first week of the program that it’s going to be a long time until it ends but looking back, though things didn’t always go smoothly, I enjoyed and learned so much in the short time I was here. I […]

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Youth Empowerment, Social Development, Rural Development in ACTION

Children’s day in India is celebrated on Jawaharla l Nehru, the first prime minister of India because of his love and belief of what youth can do for change. All the students dressed up and felt empowered. There was a small ceremony for the students! The 8th-10th standard (grade) students went to the near by village, to protest for a cleaner environment and to advocate for sanitation. They did a peaceful protest and then cleaned the village for 2 hours! All of them worked hard and I felt that they […]

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New Home

I am starting to feel that I belong in the community. The best learning experience thus far is living in the hostel and interacting with the students during break times and after school; I am learning so much from them. I have developed good relationships with the students in the hostel, which helps me teach in class because they are there, and they understand me more than the rest of the students. Since my future work is with youth and women, I feel that this internship is effective, and I […]

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English Teacher

ENGLISH I am helping the teachers teach English. It is difficult due to the communication barriers but at least the children learn something. It is fun living in the the hostel with the children, interacting with mainly girls and learning about the school and the people who set it up. Sister Mary is inspiring, and she truly want goodness in the community. I am learning a lot about myself, interacting to new environment and it’s giving me a lot to think about. Surprisingly everyone thinks I’m over 20, many people […]

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First Day on the Job….

It is awesome that I am in Hospet, and I am excited for my internship, but today the first day it was so EXHAUSTING! For some odd reason, I taught English for 5 hours today. It was fun but frustrating because there was a language barrier, and there were students from grades 1-5, and their English was at different levels. Since I was a guest, the students were more enthusiastic and I couldn’t settle them down. I also didn’t know that I was going to teach English; it’s not in […]

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Music and FOOD

Well, I am really sorry for being a HORRIBALE BLOGGER! I am new at this and with limited internet access and unlimited amount of homework I don’t post as much as I should. Yesterday our group went to celebrate 2 of the girl’s birthday. It was a BLAST! India is a full of opposites and contradictions. As conservative as it is, it’s also modernity, we went out to FENNY’s a beautiful- California style restaurant, serving all kind of western foods with a LIVE DJ! It was an amazing place with […]

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Upcoming travels

Next week is a national holiday in India, 5 days to travel. 6 of us are traveling to Hampi and Goa! I can’t wait, and after that, I will be going to my internship in Hospet working in an aided school, started by a Nun. I will be in the internship for 6-7 weeks alone. This will be literally the first time I’m alone in a foreign place. It will be an interesting experience and I’m looking to learn so much by working in the school and working with rural […]

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School….

Imagine a semester of school squeeze into 7 weeks. This is what I am experiencing right now! My course work contains of 7 weeks in the classroom and 7 weeks in an internship site. At this point what I least like about my experience abroad is the amount of work I have because a semester is put into 7 weeks; I have 4 classes and I am at school from 9-4 every weekday, I also have a host-family I can’t escape (not that I want to) and I am living […]

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What India is Like

Just got back from a wedding in Mysore a couple of hours ago. It was my first time wearing a saree and it was beautiful! I can’t wait to come back into the states and give it out to everyone! I’m sorry for not updating, it’s difficult because I don’t have access to internet every day and when I do I’m at school and can’t really use my laptop/internet in class. Well school here is like school in the US, but harder to manage because to various things. I take […]

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City Girl?

I thought I was a city girl all my life, but going to the Nandi Hills and seeing the temple, I realized what I’ve been missing out. It was a beautiful place; I felt calm, peaceful, enlighten and many other wonderful feelings. I can’t explain in words how beautiful this place was, I could live here forever! It was in contrast with the rest of Bangalore. Bangalore is a city of about 4.1 million people, but once you get of there into the rural area and villages, the roads are […]

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The First Few Days

Nasmaskara! Just being in India for maybe almost 2 days has been great! Had really great experiences with food. The first morning, we went down for breakfast service. We had dosa for breakfast, which is equivalent to pancakes, but it’s made out of rice. Accompanying that we also had this spicy soup along with coffee or tea. The COFFEE and TEA is really good here!! For our Welcome Ceremony, we all lit a candle and introduced ourselves, afterwards we would put the lit candles into the bowl. Everyone is very […]

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