India: A New Perspective
Goa was ruled by the Portuguese until 1961, when the Indian Government began military operations resulting in the takeover of Goa. It is the richest state in India having a GDP per capita of two-and-a-half times that of the National Average in India, this could be because Goa has a stunning coastline filled with beautiful beaches or how the Portuguese has influenced India’s smallest state. I can safely say witnessing some of the original Portuguese architecture is breathtaking and despite visiting during off-season the beautiful beaches I read about;- Arambol in the north and Palolem in the south looked even more stunning than I had imagined.
Olivia’s Experience In India
My motivation in travelling to Goa however, was more than simply the beauty and history of Goa itself. I wanted to take the opportunity to teach local children which allowed me to expand my teaching experience. I love teaching children to swim and it has been a passion of mine for years now, so combining my previous teaching experience with the opportunity in Goa has helped immensely for the future.
Travelling to Goa with Changing Worlds and undertaking this opportunity of a lifetime has enabled me to develop my skill set and gain new strengths through a hands on experience; providing local kindergarten students and children from poorer, rural areas teaching in English opened my eyes to how rewarding teaching can be.
Whilst I am a confident, outgoing person I still struggle in certain areas, but since travelling to Goa and participating in a variety of projects that saw me engage in numerous activities allowed me to see what areas I am strongest in. It helped shape my mindset into looking for the positives and hopefully will continue to allow me to think more of what I am able to do well.
Travelling is a passion of mine and I love embarking on new adventures especially when they offer the chance to gain invaluable experience of working with children. Since living abroad, I want to try and experience as many different cultures as possible, expanding my knowledge of its history, religion and society. The Changing Worlds project in Goa allowed me to completely immerse myself in the rich and diverse culture India has to offer.
Since returning to university I have enrolled on a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages module and now I hope to use my degree to become a teacher, one day teaching children English abroad. India gave me a new perspective; having this experience has enabled me to understand more how children learn and interact in an educational environment and how they learn English as a second language. I hoped that the Changing Worlds teaching project would help me develop the ability to effectively lead and work in teams but I never expected it would also spark my journey to teaching.