It’s been three weeks since I have landed in Bangalore. In those three weeks, I have learned about water scarcity, air pollution, public education, waste management and much more. The past three weeks in Bangalore have taught me more about India than 3 months in a classroom ever did, or ever will. I came into this program expecting nothing, and yet, all my expectations were exceeded. By going to the flower market, visiting temples, watching birds, and listening to citizens speak about their daily lives, I realized how attached I have grown to India. My only fear now is what will I do after the three months are over? In class, we discuss these “Grand Challenges” and at times, I feel helpless, I know I can’t solve these problems in three months, but I want to help as much as I can.
When I call my parents, we talk about the comparisons between Mexico and India. They are so similar that it breaks my heart. All the stories about my parent’s childhood that I grew up hearing about, I am now witnessing them in India, and I don’t know how to help. We learn about all these issues, and all the people fighting to make a difference and I am in a constant state of wanting to give my all but feeling as though I’m not giving enough. I wonder what will happen once the program ends and I have to return to the States.
Children at Parikrma School