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Cristina in India: "The best thing is the bonds you create and getting to know different perspectives on life".

Cristina in India: "The best thing is the bonds you create and getting to know different perspectives on life".

Cristina is from Monterrey, Mexico. She is an architect and project manager. But, during the past month of April, left the office to live an unrepeatable experience: a solidarity trip to India. He taught English to Tibetan refugees fleeing Chinese persecution. The best thing about her experience was undoubtedly her relationship with them and the exchange of views. "It opens your mind," she says.

How was your day to day in the project?

My day included two 1-hour classes for Tibetan refugees to practice basic or advanced English. The morning class was at 11am and the afternoon class at 4pm. The format is very enjoyable as each volunteer has a group of 4 or 5 people and is given a topic and a set of questions to talk about.

During her solidarity trip Cristina was able to practice meditation.
During her solidarity trip Cristina was able to practice meditation.

 

Were you able to apply your knowledge of architecture during your volunteering?

As an architect, I also collaborated with the director of the NGO in reviewing the functionality of a building for educational activities.

Do you remember any particularly moving or amusing anecdotes?

I'm left with the bonds you create with the people who practise their English with you every day. It enriches you beyond the volunteering you do: seeing them again, seeing that what you do is useful and feeling appreciated gives you much more than what you offer them. Also, comparing points of view and perspectives on life opens your mind.

The people he met on his journey were important to his experience.
The people he met on his journey were important to his experience.

 

What did you like most about the experience?

The warmth of the people inside and outside the NGO. And the opportunity to do other activities such as yoga, meditation, mountaineering, paragliding, etc. But above all, getting to know a culture different from our own. You feel super safe all the time.

And the least?

I had no bad experiences! Every day had its learnings.

Cristina travelled to McLeod Ganj project in India from 4/04/19 to 27/04/19.

 

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