Philosopher John Powys claimed that “The truth is that as education is only real education when it is a key to something beyond itself”. American University in Kuwait (AUK) students understood and enacted this when they recently volunteered in India by teaching English, Mathematics and giving a course on hygiene practices to children in underserved areas.
They also painted and renovated a school in Faridabad, spreading beauty and making class attendance a more enjoyable experience. Repairs to the chairs and tables were also made to make sure that the kids were comfortable, happy and ready to learn.
The sixteen students and two AUK members of staff spent 10 days in India. The long hours of hard work didn’t stop them from appreciating Indian culture, heritage and cuisine. The International Volunteer HQ organized yoga and cooking classes for them. Sight-seeing was also on the agenda and they were able to visit Red Fort, India Gate, Qutob Minar and Jama Mosque.
The initiative is not a new one, in fact AUKause club has organized five previous such trips. They also manage local initiatives in Kuwait. The club has already been to Jaipur, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Cambodia.
Volunteering is an opportunity for students to provide aid and support to communities while also experiencing and understanding more about the world around them. AUK has a proven track record of commitment to giving back to the community.
The world needs more people who are willing to get their hands dirty to make it better. And we are impressed with these young people who have decided to use their time to help others who live worlds away.
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