INDIAAAA - Leah Robinson

We made it! I definitely wouldn’t have made it if it wasn’t for Brooke and Allison. They are by far the best second best moms that I could ask for. I cannot thank them enough for all they have done for me and our entire team.

As for India, I love it! It is not what I was expecting at all. I thought the mountains in Utah were big but seriously the mountains here are 100x bigger. From far away it looks like they are full of trees but as you meander through them, they are full of little towns with hard working people. They never end either. Our hotel is right on a river and it is so gorgeous! Our hotel is nicer than I was expecting but nothing like anything in the U.S. that’s for sure. We have a new spider in a different room every night which makes our nights super exciting! The spiders here are the size of tarantulas just not as hairy. Our shower was the only one that had a water heater that worked on the first couple of days and everyone was so mad because they had freezing showers. I was rubbing it in everyone’s face but then it came back to bite me when there was a fire in our hotel and we’ve been out of power for the majority of the last two days because of it. Seriously though, I love it here and I love my group more than anything! 

We teach at a school with about 37 students. They have 2 very small classrooms, an area outside that is about the size of a concrete basketball court, and a bathroom with squatter toilets. Even with their limited resources, the children are on cloud 9 especially because we are there. They have the sweetest personalities and always make me smile. They are very well-disciplined which makes teaching not as exhausting as it could be. The first teaching day flewwww by! The past two days, we’ve had longer lessons because of some miscalculations in time so they’ve been a little longer but once we make it to lunch, the last two lessons fly by. I feel so loved and connected with the kids at our school even with the language barrier. They love to joke around and always make me laugh with their mischievous personalities. Since they’ve gotten more comfortable, they are starting to know how to play with our minds and convince us to play games instead of do flashcards. They have also learned how to use our cameras and take selfies so I have so many pictures with them along with random pictures that they’ve taken. 

Mom and Dad, I’m alive and happy! I am really trying to live everyday to the fullest because I know in a week and a half I’ll be wanting to come back! The kids make me so happy, I am already so sad to say goodbye to them! I love you all!! Thank you for helping me get here. I am so grateful for this life-changing experience and can’t wait to tell you all about it when I get home!