I stayed in Saboo, Ladakh as a volunteer for almost four months. And it was the most memorable time: almost fifty loving children exploding with energy and happiness, calm and collected monks, surrounded by the buddhist philosophy and what is probably the most beautiful landscape in the world, the Himalaya Mountains.
It is definitely a big contrast to what we know and how we live here in the West. Water is a scarce resource, you have to adapt to changing circumstances, give way, of course, to the freely roaming cows, and most of all observing how these beautiful children make toys out what we would throw away like plastic caps of bottles and strings they found and excitingly showing these to me. I am so grateful to have been able to experience this.
Teaching English was fun but honestly most of all I enjoyed spending time with the kids playing volleyball and teaching them some vocals. To see them express themselves in their creativity was extremely rewarding.
NIBD, the monk and staff and all the beautiful children are very dear to me and I can’t wait to go back and visit. As a sponsor, volunteer or just a guest you are considered family and that’s how I felt during these four months.