During our last weeks in Orissa, we were primarily focused on bringing our English classes to an end, coordinating the final workshops with the village women, and just enjoying the time we had left. Samuel, another intern, and I continued to gather interviews of the village women and translate the footage for the project documentary. On our last teaching day in Orissa, we had a party for the students. It was a great way to say bye and leave our students on a good note. On our very last day in Orissa, we took part in a day-long marathon of activities. In the morning, we led a meeting with the women thanking them for their support, in the afternoon we participated in a foot rally encouraging the villagers to send their kids to school, and at night, we concluded with a cultural program led by our students.
Overall, my internship in Orissa was an enlightening experience. Experiencing the adversity and poverty in the villages we worked in gave new meaning to the work I was doing. The people I met, the relationships I created, and the work I took part in all contributed to the transformative nature of this experience. On the surface level, I was able to teach my students six weeks of English, empower the village women through constructive workshops, and implement various interventions aimed at improving life in the village. On a deeper level, I hope my presence in Orissa positively impacted the villagers, the same way they have positively impacted me.
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