After stumbling upon the TribesforGood website during a google search about what to do during my gap year that would improve my CV and help me make a difference in the world, or at least teach me about how to, I didn't know what exactly to expect. Sure, the website is very descriptive and breaks down the journey piece by piece, by as an Australian, India belongs to the large group of countries that seem worlds away. The team was very patient with me and guided me throughout it all, from the first day after my registration, until after I had arrived back home in Sydney. Was it intimidating? yes! Where there moments I felt overwhelmed by the new foreign environment packed with different traditions, cultures, and beliefs? Initially, yes!
It is only on my second day here, where with the guidance of the TribesforGood team that I was able to begin relaxing and truly feel comfortable. The team was well organized and ensured that I never felt stranded, lost or out of place. They answered all of my questions to the best of their ability and occasionally, through their workshops and answers, pushed me, too, to consider various new aspects and solutions to the problems I was introduced to in the Indian Social Space. I recommend this journey to anyone who wants to learn more about India, but in a new sustainable way! I know for sure that I won't begin working in the Indian Social Space as I would miss home too much, but I've been introduced to new ways of giving back including remote volunteering… something I've taken up in my free time and find, not only enjoyable but very rewarding. All in all, I couldn't be happy that my, what once began as, a relatively aimless google search resulted in a life-changing and enlightening week in India's amazing city Mumbai, where I learned, was challenged and grew.