Volunteer Abroad - India, Volunteer Abroad Programs

First Impressions of a Culture

by Anna Ungerman, Greenheart Travel Abroad Participant in India

First impressions of a culture and place can become the most vivid memories that remain long after a trip has ended. Senses are heightened and the adrenaline has kicked in as each experience becomes a lesson in adaptation and patience. One Greenheart Travel participant shares her initial thoughts as she settles in to new surroundings.

women at Taj-Mahal“It’s hard to know where to be when everything you’ve known has been reversed and revised. When I first got here it was a constant roller coaster of emotions… part of appreciating the experience though is learning to “let go”  of situations that are out of your control, as well as stepping down from your pedestal of pride. Just because this country is suffering from mass poverty and numerous other problems doesn’t mean that the people here aren’t as rich as kings in other areas of life. I understand now that these people aren’t necessarily victims of their life style, but more as participants in cultural traditions. Traditions that I’ve never been exposed to in any other country. For example, the social hierarchy of men is so prominent that the ratio of men to women i see on average is about 10:4. The women here have a meekness and mystery about them that always leave me so curious about what it would be like in their “sari’s” if you will… Its been such a wonderful experience living here already for 2 weeks. I feel almost like I’m no longer an observer but a participant in the this living and thriving community.” -Anna Ungerman

About Greenheart Travel

CCI Greenheart Travel is personally invested in providing cultural immersion programs that change lives, advance careers and create leaders. We achieve this by partnering with organizations and governments overseas that empower their local communities through experiential learning and practical development. We provide others with the same positive travel experiences in which we ourselves engage. Through travel and cultural exchange, we help individuals reach their full potential, leading to a more tolerant, peaceful and environmentally sustainable world.

Discussion

2 thoughts on “First Impressions of a Culture

  1. Good to know that there are people interested in the rich culture of my country, and working hard to bring it on the world view. Cheers for your wonderful blog. Even I’m a published poet. You can catch glimpse of some of my works here- http://souravroy.com/poems/

    Posted by sourav894 | May 23, 2010, 1:43 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s