INDIA-My Happy Place (Madeline Hansen)

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I cannot even describe how amazing these past two days have been. I have fallen in love with the scenery, the culture, and the children. Everything is better than I could have ever imagined. Words and pictures do not explain a fraction of how beautiful and amazing this country is.

 Teaching in the school is by far my favorite part. The second I see the children everything changes. I am no longer worried about teaching and I want to do everything I can to make some sort of a difference in their life. They are simply amazing. They love learning and try so hard to take everything in—even though they have no idea what I am saying most of the time. They are an inspiration to me.

The boys at the ashram are so full of energy and exude light. They have had such a hard life and they still find joy in the simplest things. They are entertained with just about anything. Yesterday we hid four small bills around and they went on a scavenger hunt to find them. At the end we asked the three boys who found the money what they were going to buy. One said he was going to buy a pen and the other two said a notebook. It was incredible to hear what is most important to them. We have no idea what a blessing our education is. They are so anxious to learn and want to make something of their life.

To sum it up, I love it here. I never understood, until I got here, how incredible this opportunity is. I am learning what is truly important in life and that I am capable of making a difference. I am so excited for the rest of the trip, and I am already dreading the day I have to say goodbye to the children and this country. This really is my happy place.

-Madeline Hansen

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