At 6 a.m. on a Sunday morning, while most students were lying in their cozy beds, dreaming or even having nightmares, Faadumo Adam, Aliciah Serbastian, and I (all from Class of 2021), the only students on the trip, along with Mr. Mark, Mrs. Mark, and Gracy, our three chaperones, were shivering in the cold waiting for the taxis to come and pick us up.
We drove the entire day and finally reached Mukteshwar, a small town in Uttarakhand. Here, Mr. and Mrs. Singh hosted us in their beautiful cottage.
During the days we spent in the town, we visited two NGOs, toured local schools, went sightseeing and boating, drove to nearby towns, and explored the area.
Not only did we accomplish the aim of learning from renowned NGOs and bringing back these ideas to incorporate within our own community engagement projects, but we also learned to spend quality time with people we knew nothing about. From talking about all of our experiences at Woodstock to playing carrom every night, we came back with memories of sitting around the bonfire and bonding with each other, not as students and staff members, but as friends.
It would be an exaggeration to say that this trip has taught me so much that I feel like a new person but it definitely helped me grow and look at life through other people’s perspectives. And undoubtedly, I have built relationships that are going to last me a lifetime.
Photos by Aliciah Serbastian, Faadumo Adam, and Archita Aggarwal
Archita Aggarwal is the News Editor for The Woodstocker