Marianne from Austria has completed a compulsory internship for her studies of adult education in an empowerment project for women and girls in India. Here she talks about her work in the internship and how her stay broadened her horizons.
Marianne, how did you come across your project?
Since I already had so many positive experiences with stays abroad, I decided to do my compulsory internship in adult education abroad. Without having any clear idea of what I wanted to do, I started to my search on the internet. I came across the website of World Unite! , filled out an inquiry form and got a reply very quickly. After a short reflection I decided for India. The idea of supporting disadvantaged women and girls in Rajasthan felt right and I was convinced that I had made a good decision.
What does your internship facility do?
Sambhali Trust as a partner of World Unite! is a wonderful nonprofit organization dedicated to women and children who face daily discrimination and gender-based violence. The main focus is on empowerment and providing primary education. Sambhali Trust helps women and children become more self-confident, financially more independent, and breaks the cycle of poverty and domestic conflict.
Can you describe your activities during the internship?
For four weeks I worked at the Jodhpur Empowerment Center and taught basic English and math. There were three groups each: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. My job was to prepare and deliver the lessons according to the different learning levels. Once a week there were workshops on various topics, for example to get to know other countries and cultures, but also to address issues such as health, children’s rights, hygiene, violence, etc.
What did you like best about your stay?
I found the nicest to see how the women and children like to visit these centers. I could really feel how much joy they had in exchanging ideas with each other and learning and sewing. For many, it was a way to escape from their daily problems at home and forget their hardships for a while.
I experienced my time in the center as very formative. Everyone was very friendly, polite and very interested. India is a country of contrasts with a very rich culture. It is therefore important to be aware of these differences in advance to avoid misunderstandings and cultural shocks. If you are well prepared, nothing can go wrong.
I would never want to miss the stay, because with every new experience you grow yourself as a person and expand your own horizon.
Marianne (from Austria)