Matt Sorenson

Matt's Blog Picture Word up peeps. India is awesome. Yesterday we met the girls from the mountains. It hit me in the face finally that I’m working with girls that have little to nothing. Some of them walked for hours to a bus stop for another six-hour bus ride to be taught English by us. Their drive to learn is something that I wish I had. When the bus pulled up to where they would be living for the next week, the ceiling fans weren’t done and their rooms were still being put together. One of the girls got off the bus and threw up a little, then climbed a couple stairs just to run back down and puke some more. She then wiped her mouth with her scarf and then climbed the stairs to where we were all waiting.

We sat them all down and they looked terrified. For many of the girls this was the first time they had ever gone into a town, ridden in a car or a bus, or even seen a white person in real life.  It didn’t help that we had them sit down and we were standing around them. I was kind of surprised that they weren’t rougher looking as they were from the rural parts of the Himalayas. One of the YMAD girls started playing a clapping game with one of the girls and that eased the tension and then they all wanted to start playing it so we started teaching all of them. It was so so cool to see the girls start having fun and getting to know us. They’re all such special girls. It was even more amazing to teach them today. They all just want to learn and they’re all so smart. After only a few times girls were spelling every word we were teaching them and being able to make the proper sounds for the letters.

This has been such a cool and amazing experience to be here. It’s changed my life. Yeah the bug bites, bucket showers, poop everywhere in the road, the constant smell of nasty curry-sweat in the air, etc. gets annoying but I love it here. It’s made me have a better drive for learning and taking every opportunity we have back in America. It’s gone by so fast, I can’t believe in the next week I’ll have taught orphans, private school kids, rural mountain girls, seen the golden temple in Amritsar, the Taj Mahal, flown through South Korea, Singapore, New Delhi, Tokyo, and I’ll be back home. It’s going to be amazing to share all of these experiences, especially with you Shelbs. I can’t wait to run into your arms when I get off the plane and tell you about all the amazing things I’ve been able to see. I love you babe. See you in a week.