As I write my personal statements for medical school applications, I inevitably reflected on my teaching experience from the past year. I thought back to the reasons I first set out to teach science on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico through Teach for America. I ambitiously set goals to empower students to make better […]

My experience in rural India confirmed my affinity for serene, remote areas rather than bustling metropolises. A year later, I am again living over two hours from any city and feel completely at ease. My experience working for an NGO revealed that education is the foundation for community empowerment and ensuring physical, mental, and social […]

Throughout my stay at Chirag, I continuously pondered what my purpose was at the NGO. Given the huge language barrier, I could not fathom how I could possibly be more valuable as a volunteer intern than a student with similar academic qualificatio…

At times, it appears that globalization has been so forceful that everyone in this region has some knowledge about Western culture or other ways of life. On the television sets in many of these homes, both men and women alike enjoy watching wrestl…

Living in a community that is so vastly unfamiliar to me has challenged me to think about social cues and norms upon each action. Walking along the big road, I greet every woman without fail. Palms brought together in front of the heart. “Namashka…

Hospitality in this region absolutely amazes me. I have felt incredibly welcomed in each and every home I have entered. No matter how long the stay, I have always been offered juice or Chai. Just yesterday ago, I tried the well-known Himalayan Rho…