Lifetime Girl Scout
Hello Fellow Badgerland Girl Scouts!
I’ve recently made a big move from Our Chalet in Switzerland to the Sangam World Centre in India, where I’m working as a Long Term Monsoon Volunteer.
Volunteers, like me, work onsite with guest participants while Tare Program volunteers (Tare means Star in Hindi) are assigned a community partner and go offsite to work with that partner every day.
Both programs are excellent! Sangam works with various community partners such as local schools, environmental organizations, orphanages, homes for the mentally ill, and so more. Begin a part of the Sangam staff means you’re truly a part of the greater good!
My volunteer work focuses on women empowerment. I lead Stop the Violence programs, Free Being Me sessions and lots of different community service projects. I also get lead groups into the heart of downtown Pune and provide a full Indian cultural immersion; participants experience traditional life, dress, dancing, and food.
To say life is different on this side of the world is an understatement. People are always hustling and bustling, rickshaw drivers are weaving through the streets, traditional music is constantly playing, and rice is a part of every meal. I would love to see a Wisconsin troop come and open their mind up to this whole new world!
One of my favorite experiences so far was the Arts4Change festival, where participants from over 20 countries traveled to share their local art forms and explored how the arts can be a tool for change. I’ve also conquered hikes in the deserted Indian hill country, experienced the craziness of the Ganesh festival, and I will never forget the day India beat Pakistan in the cricket tournament. It was such a celebration!
Within the past four months, I have grown TREMENDOUSLY. Without this experience, I would not have the dreams and aspirations I do today. Working and living in an international setting with international coworkers has made me stronger, independent and overall FIERCE.
Go and take on the world Badgerland!