I write this as we are on the 3 hour bus ride between Timbaktu and Bangalore. This will be our final entry from India until we return home. Ross or Erin from WLS will most likely update it as we are traveling. We are on our way to a shopping area and outdoor market to look for souvieners and gifts. Some of us are excited because Maddy promised us meat at lunch and dinner. We will return to Vistar for a few hours of sleep before heading to the airport.
To the parents:
We are not bringing the same child home that you entrusted to us 2 weeks ago. They have experienced new things, formed new prospectives and gained new relationships. They learned new labor skills, gardening skills, tried new foods, and given and received love from elementary school children. They now have 21 new school friends. They also have 3 more adult mentors in Maddy, Susan, and Krishna, the World Leadership School team with us. Maddy, Susan and Krishna have taught us so much about leadership, India culture, getting along with others, and how to cope with issues. They have been excellent leaders and examples for all of us.
At the beginning of the trip we did an exercise where we imagined a target on the ground as we were standing in a circle. In the center was the place where we are most comfortable. On the outside was the place that was WAY out of our comfort zone. At some point on this trip all of us have been at both places. We have been stretched and pulled to lengths that we didn't think possible. Your children are stronger, wiser men and women today then they were two weeks ago. Thank you for your trust in allowing them to participate.
We will see you soon.