October 13, 2009
I was involved with Indicorps in the context of their fellowship program, during which I lived in rural India and worked with a local non-profit. I did not know really what to expect from this experience, and to be honest, I did not fully appreciate how special this organization is until I returned from to the States and spoke with a friend who had recently done Peace Corps. My friend's experience was disjointed, disorganized, and there was little support during the time in the host community. In contrast, Indicorps was supportive and inspiring in a non-smothering way that really allowed me to move ahead and out of my comfort zone while feeling like I had a safety net if I ever really need to bail. You won't find another group of folks so passionate about Change and Empowerment and Good and Respect and Honesty as the Indicorps staff (and this includes all the fellows I met and worked with as well). This experience shaped the rest of my life and I am on a completely different career path than before because of my work in India with Indicorps.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the openness to sharing and the idea that if we aren't yet comfortable with ourselves and happy in our soul, we can't help other people. The emphasis on self-development was enormously formative for me and allowed me to connect more to India.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every six months
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & I served as a fellow and after my fellowship, assisted with application review for incoming classes and fellow mentoring.