Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Indicorps Orientation

I leave for orientation in about two hours. Conveniently, the month long orientation session is also in Ahmedabad and the hostel we're staying at is only a few kilometers from my masi. In past orientations, the group has left A'bad to do a three-four day village stay, as well as spend a week helping a cause unrelated to each of our yearlong projects.

The month is explained to be very challenging and there are definitely a few knots in my stomach. Pushing aside the initial apprehension though, I am excited to meet other like-minded individuals as well as begin the yearlong journey. Outcomes from the month will be a better understanding of  myself, India, Gujarati, and the process of change.

The motto of Indicorps is "Service for the Soul" and a related quote is as follows:
"If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together." -- Aboriginal Activist group, Queensland, 1970s

So, with that...cheers to a month of new experiences and the beginning of an unforgettable year. 


  1. Good luck at Orientation Ami. The knots in your stomach are signs that you are growing in a new direction :-)

  2. Wild! You have the right attitude. Good luck!!!