Location: Dharamsala

Teaching brings a whole new meaning to the first day of school. It was incredibly different for each of us to have to teach such a large group, and we all had different experiences. As some were better than others the children weren’t the only ones learning. The games we learned as children now had different names and became more complicated. It was amazing to see how eager each child was to learn. We also met our mutual learning partner, since this meant an older age group we were a bit more nervous. Luckily the moment everyone was introduced all tension was lost. We could sense enthusiasm and effort to learn which encouraged us. Once we were able to sit down and learn about them, we couldn’t believe how hard the lives of Tibetans in exile were. Many had to escape from Tibet and left their families with their home. The lives they led up to settling in Dharamsala weren’t like anything we would have imagined. We also couldn’t have imagined how many different perspectives would have been expressed with today’s forum. The other day I remembered the group having a small conversation on the death penalty; since I didn’t know too much about it I thought it would be enlightening to hear everyone’s information on the subject.P.S. Mom and Padre, please don’t send my birthday presents in the mail… If you do, they will probably get here by the time I’m home. MISS YOU GUYS!