My Final Weeks in India

Author Stephanie Schneider with friends

My internship in India is slowly coming to an end. I will be presenting my final project the last two days in January. It has been an amazing adventure getting to this point and yet I wonder to myself, “Have I even scratched the surface of what needs to be done?”

I am creating a committee of volunteers in the organization I am in who will carry on performing essential functions for their growth. The volunteers are a committed group of professionals who have come together with different skills and experiences for the cause of fighting to keep children in school.

In my final weeks here, I wonder if I have done as much as I could have. I suppose that is the great question of everyone who goes abroad to serve. Living and working in India gives me a new appreciation for all the privileges I have had through my life, one being the education I was able to have. Growing up, the only place I had to work was in my studies, I never had to experience what it is like to have to do labor at the age of ten or what it is like to be hungry or want to study but not being informed of my options or that it is even a possibility. I am so blessed to have been able to have this experience and to have met so many wonderful people. The culture, the people, and every experience I have had here will forever impact my life for the better.

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About Stephanie Schneider

Bonai Shalom member Stephanie Schneider graduated with Honors from Colorado State University in May, 2011 and is a social justice volunteer for a nine-month program in India and Israel. The program is called Leadership and International Fellowship Experience (LIFE) and is run by B’Tzedek.

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