Year: Fall 2012
In Fall 2012 I went to Chandigarh, India as an intern on a scholarship funded through CIDA and AUCC, organized by the Global Development Studies program and the Centre for Indo Canadian Studies. I worked with a local NGO in a settlement just outside of the city and at a local school for underprivileged children. Our goal was to provide education to the families in the settlement and the children at the school about gardening, healthy food and nutrition. In the settlement we implemented a roof top gardening project which provided supplies and education to families in need in order to grow their own vegetables. Our project helped to develop community involvement and to create an awareness about how easy and cost effective it is to grow your own food. At the school we planted class gardens and were able to work hands on with the kids outside which was really a lot of fun.
Overall my time in India was the best practical and educational experience I could have hoped for, along with the added benefits of a wonderful cultural experience. Even after being home for a few months I find I'm still learning about myself from the experiences I had in India. The relationships I've built through the success of the project have left me with a feeling of longing to go back. I love the people, the food, the clothes and the kindness that exudes from within each and every person I met.