“I feel lucky that I got to participate as a volunteer in the daily activities in definitely the relationships I formed with the students. As it was my first time traveling to India, and I was traveling alone, I was admittedly nervous. After spending a day to get over jetlag, I was able to integrate nicely with the other teachers at the school. They were all very welcoming and curious about my background. During the first week, I enjoyed the freedom to float around different classes with different teachers to see where I might fit the best. I settled into teaching science and English. By the end of that first week, I truly felt like one of the staff and not an outsider. A highlight of my time in Nar was about my background, family, and life in America. During my free periods when I wasn’t teaching, I loved joining different classes like music, art, and in rural Gujarat. Ultimately, this experience was exactly what I was looking for. It was an immersive look into a world that is so different from the one I grew up in.
My six weeks in Nar went by so quickly. I am thankful for the students and teachers who made my stay in Nar so enjoyable, and I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants an authentic experience in rural Gujarat.”