I’m a bundle of excitement and nerves right now. I am thrilled to be going back to Odisha to empower a group of incredible people and see some very dear friends again. This year has been crazy though. As International Projects director I have been in charge of the logistics of this journey. I am also serving as project leader, and will thus have an extra responsibility when we are on the ground. Despite the extra pressure, I think it’s going to be a great trip. Many meetings later and I think we are prepared for whatever India throws at us. Plus, we have the added bonus of a native Telugu speaker on our project team (shout out to Dhanya!). My main goal for this trip is to be as humble and flexible as possible. I have also learned the importance of carrying with me a healthy dose of cynicism for the project. I mean this in terms of being able to constantly question whether or not our project or our presence will indeed have a positive impact or possibly an unintended negative one. With this attitude, this amazing team of passionate students, and the partnership with some of the most dedicated people I know working in the Indian NGO VIEWS, I am confident that our project will have a major impact on the livelihood of the people of the Gopalpur area. Here’s hoping we get there in one piece!
Sincerely and with many more posts to come,