Today was our last day of having the wonderful opportunity to teach English to monks and Tibetan refugees here in Northern India. We taught advanced English Tuesday-Fridays since we’ve arrived and truly loved the experience. The students were all such eager, enthusiastic learners and so grateful for the time we spent with them. We built some beautiful relationships with some of the students that I hope and pray will be lasting.
As our final day, we prepared a little party, filled with music, games, snacks, and singing. The highlight for me was when the Tibetan students (all refugees) stood up to sing their national anthem. Some of them had tears in their eyes as they proudly and respectfully sang the words. It was touching and really made me reflect on the stories and experiences they have shared with us about their crossing the Himalayan Mountains to seek refuge in India. I have such respect for each and every one of our students for their bravery and sacrifice and desire for a better life. Their dedication to learning English is so much a part of that, and I am so blessed to have been able to serve them in that way.