It had been just over two weeks since my last blog post. Since then a lot has happened. Here is a list…
5 social entrepreneurship classes
Sold textiles at Union!
Rapaports Welcome back/Bon Voyage
Visit from my parents
Lectures in Contemporary India/Int’l Development
Visit from Jeremy/kicking event an Beuth House
Time with Grace<3
Getting to know Eric Spector (we are going to start on Hindi tomorrow)
And much much more…
As days literally fly by I am starting to feel more in my shoes, though there isn’t a minute that goes by when I don’t think about Bagru (perhaps when I am sleeping my mind takes a rest).
I look forward to the social entrepreneurship courses as I get to hear more about my fellow fellows experiences, which usually lends to a bout of empathy. The first of us to present was Ian, who spent his time in Siem Reap, Cambodia doing work for the Global Child and Joe to Go. Ian had a rough start with bacterial infections and dengue fever. This didn’t stop him from continuing his efforts to be apart of his community. Here are some major things I took away from Ian’s presentation…
There are successes, there are failures, but there are also a lot of in-betweens and we should be proud of those too or at the very least learn from them!
The Minerva Fellowship, despite its glamorous reputation, is no walk in the park (but there are no unicorns anywhere)!
A desire to help others is not always followed by an instant desired to be helped, or perhaps never is followed by a desire to be helped
The following class Amanda, who was also in Cambodia, had a heart warming presentation. Amanda also had the unfortunate pleasure of getting dengue fever early on in her fellowship, but she certainly did not let that get the best of her. Here are some of the lessons from Amanda’s presentation…
Teaching others is not easy, but when you work hard enough at it not only is it possible, but it is also super rewarding.
The truth is in the eye of the beholder. You may self-identify as a hip-hop/pop dancer, but others may see you as a ballot dancer. Oh and on a side note…if you know Amanda you know that dancing is encouraged and in fact preferable anytime and anywhere!
Then it was on to Estero, Ecuador! So far Aaron and Sarah have shared their experiences and thoughts, but Alagra will be next week. They have been giving themed based lectured, which I have found highly relatable. Lessons from Aaron…
Poverty is complex. In Estero, it does not necessarily just take the form of hunger. It is multifaceted!
Dependency. While working in a developing country it is important to remind ourselves not to create a dependency, but good to know when it’s alright to lend a helping hand.
Time is a culturally bond concept.
There is no better time then the present to note that I might be going to Ecuador this summer, and it would be amazing to stop by Estero. Sarah’s presentation was the most recent and therefore is the most fresh in my mind.
Language: There is a difference between translating and understanding. Absolutely!
You can’t mess with tradition, but tradition can and will mess with you.
Small goals are good goals and can lead to grand successes.
Sarah has a goddaughter in Estero! Wow:)
This is just a shallow dip into the insights my fellow fellows have been passing on in the social entrepreneurship course. Tomorrow I will be presenting!
ONE OTHER THING
Most people who I see first ask me “how was it (India, being abroad, the fellowship, etc?)” A general question will usually lead to a general answer. I encourage people to get down to the nitty-gritty. Ask me anything!!! And if your follow-up question is “what’s next?” just know that I have a staged response to that, but the reality is I have no idea!