On this trip I have learned more than I could ever have expected. I have participated in various cultural activities including henna, Bollywood dancing, dragon boat race, Kathikili and martial arts. I have learned some Malyalam, explored Kochi, made friends wit locals and learned cultural norms. During my 2 months here with the support of my leaders, presentations about culture and international development, and experience I learned about the importance of sustainable development and proper volunteering. Beyond all of this I have also learned an immense amount about myself. I have been challenged, mentally, physically and emotionally but I wouldn’t change that for the world. I have learned more about who I am as a person. I would absolutely recommend GVI to anyone and everyone!