I have learned more about myself through my time in Kerala than I ever imagined. When I arrived, I knew I would be teaching and so I was excited to work with children and learn about the community in Kochi. In the past 8 weeks however, I have pushed myself physically and emotionally. I’m grateful that GVI provided so many cultural enrichment opportunities to us, through which I have been able to understand our community better. Development is not just about helping out in an area, it’s about learning to value the positive aspects of the community and using that knowledge to improve the negative aspects. It’s a team effort, in which there are many crucial roles. I would recommend GVI because they’ve worked so hard to help my team come together, have valuable community resources, learn through service and experience meaningful personal growth.