Jessica is going places! Originally from Utah, she’s enrolled at Brigham Young University studying Law and will complete her qualification this year. She loves playing tennis, is a fabulous pianist, and aspires to work with the United Nations one day.
Jessica says she’s always wanted to visit India – she even studied Hindi in her undergraduate studies! Searching for an experience that was as culturally different to the US as possible, she chose India knowing it would be a unique experience. According to her, if i could… was the perfect match to help her. She was well matched to her host organisation, supported with logistics, given excellent in-country support, and was encouraged to explore an entirely novel and unique new culture.
She recently spent two months at one of our partner organisations in New Delhi where she had an opportunity to work with at-risk youth and expand her skills and understanding of advocacy.
We asked her about the things that really excited her about the internship.
“I loved working with the head of the nonprofit. He was very busy, but whenever I did get time with him he made me feel valued and like a real contributor. He was very respectful of my ideas and suggestions. The conferences he involved me in were especially interesting.’
Like so many other like-minded purposeful travellers, Jessica says that working with the beneficiaries was by far the most rewarding!
“My favorite part was working with the children. I really bonded with them so quickly. I spent most of the week with them and helped them through a difficult process. I appreciated seeing them improve and become motivated to change their lives and this experience was so rewarding.”
Jessica used her internship opportunity to the fullest. Her reflection of how she’s grown during her time in India is so honest and true: “I have learned how to connect with people on a deeper level, even when it seems like at first you might have very little in common. I have learned details about running a nonprofit that can’t be learned sitting in a classroom.”
Thank you, Jessica! Your contributions are so valued. We’ve loved getting to know you and wish you all the best for the completion of your degree and your future.