Maarten & Lauren

January 2016


“When I first arrived at Gokuldham in late December I was unsure what to expect. I was eager to get experience in a classroom setting because I’ve long considered becoming a teacher. At the school I taught mainly Social Science with Nilesh and Bharat, plus a bit of English and Math. Through the Social Science classes I was able to learn a lot about Indian culture and history, and was impressed with the enthusiasm and energy of the students. On a couple occasions my Canadian accent caused funny miscommunications – during one lesson I asked the class what sheep are used for. They gave me answers like fishing and transportation. It took me a few moments to realize they thought I’d said ship instead of sheep. Staying on the Gokuldham campus was a very enjoyable experience, with friendly people, superb Gujarati vegetarian food, and lots of cultural events and outings – including the kite festival in Nar, a Republic Day ceremony at the school, and a mass marriage that was attended by
over 15,000 people. I can say my expectations were definitely exceeded. I feel much more certain now about following a career in teaching, and I’ve been humbled by the kindness and generosity of the Gokuldham staff. It’s been an unforgettable experience.”