Awkward but Important (Leadership Institute | India: Community Development and Public Health)

When your local program leader tells you that he and his SIT coworkers/family own a school--you don't know what to expect. I imagined a classroom, but to my surprise we witnessed a nearly 20-classroom building serving hundreds of local school children. I am honored to learn from such amazing individuals who are more humble than …

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Rural Homestays (China: Cultural Traditions in the North)

Experimenters spent the last five days in the rural village of Buyangzhuang. Buyangzhuang is located in Shandong province just outside the city of Tai'an. Here in the village students conducted their rural homestay in traditional Chinese courtyard houses. Cultural barriers as well as physical and mental challenges were faced and overcome as students navigated through …

In the Fog (India: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Social Justice)

I woke from a short nap with less than 30 minutes left on our bumpy two-hour drive up the mountains. We left the Ayurvedic treatment center, Kayakalp, and headed straight to our homestay in a Tibetan refugee community near the Nepal border. Just before I fell asleep, I found myself in a small town outside …

Farewell Gathering (India: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Social Justice)

Our homestay in McLeodganj, Dharamsala was filled with meaning, reflection and connection. Experimenters stayed with Tibetan families who were first or second generation refugees living in India, who opened their homes and hearts to us. We learned more than words can describe--not only about their struggle for social justice, but also the incredible resilience and …

Empowerment Through Indian Clothing (The Experiment Leadership Institute | India: Community Development and Public Health)

Out of all the clothing I have put onto my body, I have never felt more empowered, supported, and comfortable than I do in a kurta. This is something I never expected myself to say before I left for India. A kurta, to our standards, is a long shirt which typically has longer sleeves and …