After a very fast week I have learned more about myself and the world than I would ever have imagined I would on this trip.  Throughout this past week I have been rewarded with the love and appreciation of the beautiful kids I am teaching when it is I who has learned the most.  The first lesson I learned this week was gratitude.  I learned this from several kids named Gurav, Balver, Khemraj, and Shalini.  I was teaching a lesson on action words (Jump, run, spin, dance, etc.) and practicing these actions in the courtyard when the kids started to give the commands themselves.  One would shout “Run!” and we would all go racing across the courtyard yelling run.  At that moment it felt like all of the work I had been doing all lesson had payed off.  Their smiles showed me their gratitude while at the same time reminding me of all that I have to be grateful for.  The only difference between a young me and the kids I am teaching is the situation that we are born in.  I am fortunate while others are not.  I will never be able to give enough to level the playing field but I will do my best.  I will never deserve the love of my parents and those closest me but I can and will say thank you and I love you.  

Thank you to my Mom, Dad, and everyone that provided me with support, whether that be monetary or other.  This has been the most amazing experience of my young life and it is because of all of you.  Your acts of kindness, no matter how small or large, have made me who I am today and have given me this amazing experience.  

Thank you,
Evan Stolfa