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Internationalization 2014 - India

The trip to India for my international service learning was a very memorable one. It was filled with many experiences and memories.

One such experience would be teaching the Nischay girls. The Nischay school is located in the Neerja Modi School’s ground near the hostel which we stayed in. Although language barrier was a big problem initially, we managed to communicate with them eventually. At the end of the day, I reckon everyone made new friends and not just with the girls we taught but amongst ourselves as well. One of the things that I noticed was that some of the older Nischay girls remembered our seniors who had come during the previous years. This struck me because I thought of the impact that our seniors must have made on those girls for them to remember who they were. I hope to have made the same impact on their lives too. I have truly benefitted in my interaction with the Nischay girls and have gained valuable insights into the importance of education to all regardless of where we come from.

Our visit to India would not be complete without visiting the Taj Mahal. We were mesmerised by the grandeur of the Taj. We were blown away by the beauty of the building and what added more depth to it was the tragic love story behind it. It was amazing how the King built the Taj Mahal, a tomb solely for his wife. It was a breath taking experience, one that we will never forget.

I have gained valuable knowledge and experience during the trip. I also learnt to be appreciative of what I have and most importantly to appreciate Singapore!

Reported by Sharanya Krishnagopal  (2G1)