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Growth and Transformation on My Gap Year in India

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.

Along the way, I am also discovering my strengths and weaknesses. Going into my volunteer work as a teacher, I had no idea how to approach it, but little by little I started to get the hang of it. Despite the aid of the little methods I have created for myself, it is the ambition that the women and Young Dreamers show everyday that make me want to be better a teacher. With their help, I am taking on a confident role to make a difference while forming connections with people all over the world.
It's hard to believe that a year ago I could not imagine myself being here on WorldStamp, because at this point in my experience, I cannot be more sure that this is what I was meant to do. I want to thank the family of Dreamers in Ambedkar Nagar for welcoming me into their network of development; it brings me so much joy to see the passion and drive to break social norms and empower individuals. It is truly inspiring!