A Million Emotions
Everyday here is another adventure with more stories to tell and memories to make. I never thought it would be so hard to leave our kids in the little Seri village in Jibhi, India. Even though it was sad it was amazing to see how the village is so compassionate and loving towards anyone who comes their way. We only knew them for a week and I felt like I was so loved by each and everyone of them. I have had more life changing moments than I could have ever imagined. the culture here is so different than home, but it’s great to see a different lifestyle to expand my thoughts on what others go through. Overall the whole YMAD group is filled with fantastic people who truly care about each other. I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to share this experience with.
Together we taught in Jibhi, climbed the Himalayan mountains, and learned more about the culture on our way home. First through Manali where we walked the streets and saw the action and life of the people in India. Then to Kullu where we went river rafting through the Himalayas. Lastly to Delhi to see the Lotus temple, India gate, Gandhi Smriti, and the Jan path market. Touring and learning the culture has been a great learning experience, but nothing can compare to the impact teaching the kids in Jibhi was.
That last day blew my mind. I couldn’t believe the love the village gave us. As we walked up to the schools for the last time the kids were in their best dress. We first prepared all of the backpacks, school supplies, hygiene kits, medications and more for the kids. After we walked outside and the whole village was there. The kids got dressed up in their traditional dress for us and then took us where the women dressed us up in traditional dress as well. Next the kids preformed a dance for us as and the adults played music. We joined in on the celebration as they taught us how to dance with them. We sang our songs for them and then got the items out to give each kid. We taught them how to brush their teeth and before we knew it was supposed to say good bye.
The water works started flowing from the kids, adults, and of course us teachers. They gave us tight hugs and the children said “love you” and the adults said “you are always welcome, please come back next year”. Even though I can’t come back next year I will have these memories to last a life time and I know I was able to make an impact. Through out this whole experience we have laughed as we played with kids, danced our hearts out as we learned Bollywood dancing, cried from leaving our villages and cried some more when Raj told us we had to watch a dog get sacrificed and we would have to watching, but then later laughing because don't worry it was just a prank. We screamed after going through Raj’s amusement park haunted house and the went through the rapids in the Himalayans. We were silent as we we waked through the Hindi temple in Jibhi and drove home on our last day at the school as we had tons of thoughts running through our head. Every step has made us stronger and changed us to become better leaders.
Currently in Singapore airport so excited to see everyone at home and eat some yummy American food. LOVE YOU ALL!!
❤️/ Madison Eyre