“Education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
Back on October 11, 2013 , I was reading a message about a Rotary Vocational Training Team that was being planned to southern India. It said:
Are you interested in an extraordinary 3-4 week Rotary Humanitarian service experience funded by your Rotary Foundation to Southern India Jan 20-Feb 14. 2014? If so, this announcement is for you. We are looking for 5 candidates (Rotarians and/or non-Rotarians) for a Vocational Training Team (VTT) exchange to Southern India’s District 2980. The primary Rotary Area of focus of this exchange will be India’s number one priority – Basic Education and Literacy. This VTT will establish a Vocational Training Center in India that will be supported by 5 Rotary Clubs. We are looking for a variety of professionals who focus on PreSchool, High School and University education. It is not necessary to speak their language, they will have interpreters as necessary and we will train you on their customs so that you will you be good ambassadors of Rotary.
It continued to say in the message:
Service to Humanity is what we do in Rotary. By participating in this service you are contributing to this year’s theme of “Engage Rotary, Change Lives” and you may be surprised that the life you change can be your own.
I thought about this for several days and decided to apply to be a member of the Team.
On November 16, 2013, I started my day reading my email. This was after the interviews had been held and I had really given this experience serious thought. I received the following message:
Congratulations on your selection to our 2013-2014 Vocational Training Team to India.
We will be providing vocational training to schools, colleges and the Vocational Training Centers managed by five Rotary Clubs in India. I have been reading about southern India, reading more about Rotary Vocational Training Teams, and being excited about this experience since I was notified of my selection. I am honored to be part of team that allow me to experience first hand Rotary at work … on an Education and Literacy Vocational Training Team to INDIA.