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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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 …

A letter from Charley (The Experiment Leadership Institute | India: Community Development and Public Health)

Dear Mom, Dad, Nora, and Franny,   I am writing this sitting in the back of a jeep (just like the ones we rode around Belize in) going down a winding mountain road. Ahead of me are the Himalayas, an aspect of nature I never expected myself to be lucky enough to see, but now, …

Dear Mom and Dad (The Experiment Leadership Institute | India: Community Development and Public Health)

Dear Mom and Dad, I haven't talked to either of you since leaving DC, so I thought this would be the prefect opportunity to let you know how I'm doing. We started our journey in India in New Delhi, the capital. There, we met our teacher and guide , Goutam ji, or as we call …