While on a Friends Seminary Global Education trip to India, we participated in the “posh project” at the primary school in Kodi Bengre. The project consisted of beautifying the school so local parents would be encouraged to send their kids there instead of another school outside of the town. During our day helping out at the school, we painted the walls of the school, as well as supervised the kids while they helped out painting. Some participated more than others, a few kids were happy just to paint their own arms rather than the school. Interacting with the kids demonstrated to me just how much privilege we have to attend a private school in New York City.
This May I volunteered for Earth Matter, a non-profit that composts all of Governor’s Island’s organic waste. Our duties were to inform people where to throw their waste, either in recycling, compost, or trash, and to educate them such that in the future they know where to throw their waste. The event we volunteered at was Holi, the Hindu spring festival in which people throw colored powder on each other. At the festival, I was able to experience a rich culture that I had never been exposed to, while at the same time helping the environment by increasing the amount of composted materials, and decreasing waste produced. This service opportunity was a very enlightening experience.