I made it to Vietnam! It's hard to believe I have completed half of my World Stamp gap year experience. It's been two months since I've been away from home and I am also missing India so certainly these past few days have been a bit strange. Nevertheless, upon my arrival, I really enjoyed seeing a new scenery. It's definitely different from the streets of Jaipur and will get some getting used to. However, a skill I have acquired on this journey is being able to adjust to change and how to expand my comfort zone. It can be overwhelming, however I realize that change is the only thing constant in life and it's important to be able to perceive it in a positive way. Therefore, although I feel a little hesitant to be in a new place, I'm learning to transition to new experiences quickly and fully: wholeheartedly without comparison, ready to create more memories.Read More »
Tonight's host family dinner in Vietnam was extra special. Ironically, it was on the same day as Thanksgiving back home! Sure, it wasn't exactly like the traditional Thanksgiving festivities but I felt so blessed to be surrounded by delicious authentic Vietnamese food and most importantly, by great company; and that for me is enough to manifest what the holiday is really about.Read More »
This week I had the amazing opportunity to celebrate Diwali - the Festival of Lights with a local host family here in India. It was a unique first-hand, authentic Indian experience; moreover, it was the perfect way to kick off my last week of my WorldStamp gap year experience.Read More »
According to Build Abroad, these are seven things that you will gain from volunteering abroad! Hopefully they will you take the leap!Read More »
This week has been the most emotional one yet. So far my WorldStamp gap year journey has been bitter sweet, as I previously described but I had a great awakening experience this week that brought out so many emotions. It was a strange feeling but a profound internal change.Read More »
According to GoAbroad.com, here are five reasons why you should consider volunteering abroad at some point:Read More »
Today marks one month abroad on my WorldStamp gap year and it has been an incredible ride: the things I've seen, the friendships I've made, the challenges I've faced, and most importantly, the growth I have acquired. The feeling of fear is slowly coming back because I know in just a few weeks I will be in a new country, Vietnam, with new people! But this time, it will be with confidence and is outweighed by excitement; I am ready to dive in dauntlessly.
India is a country I have fallen in love with, which makes it ten times harder to leave this place in a few weeks! This week has consisted of many emotions as I experienced new things with my volunteer work and a trip to Varanasi! The best way to describe is bitter-sweet.
According to the Huffington Post, here are ten reasons why you should take a gap year!Read More »
As I complete my third week of the WorldStamp gap year in India, I am realizing how much I have grown these past few weeks. It's amazing how a place can start to grow on you and suddenly not feel so foreign. About two weeks ago I distinctly remember being terribly sick and wanting to be nowhere else but back home. Now, after days of immersion and reflection, I cannot imagine myself leaving this beautiful country and the people who have made such a huge impact on my experience. Certainly, I am still miles away from home but the bonds I have formed with people along the way have reminded me to embrace each and every moment, whether it's at the Young Dreamer center or a day spent sightseeing. With this mind-set, I have learned to transform that feeling of nostalgia into empowerment and optimism. I cannot describe how thankful I am to have a place like India to call home while having the opportunity to immerse myself in a culture that is so different from mine. This alone is enriching my outlook on life. The fact that I get to make an impact and be a part of something so positive and beneficial on my gap year is truly rewarding.Read More »
Today I started my volunteer work with the Women's Empowerment Program in India and I was grateful to be welcomed with the feeling of initial camaraderie. I thought to myself: "How will I face this language barrier? I have so much to say but it is definitely a challenge because we don't understand each other." As I sat in the classroom with my first group of 30-40 year old women, I had so many questions. For the sake of this language barrier, we started with basic introductions: name, age, number of family members, and where we lived. The director suggested that for the first day we just play some games so to my surprise one woman suggested UNO.Read More »
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