Annika Gage

Age: 22
Home Town: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Education: BA- Bachelor of Arts, Urban Studies/Community Health, Rhodes College
Specific Field Interests: Public Health, Women's Rights
Placement: Gramin Shiksha Kendra - Sawai Madhupur, Rajasthan
Area of Focus: Public Health

Highlights: Annika feels that India is a country of deep intensity and rich potential which has a great deal to contribute to a globalized world. She is excited to spend an extended period of time living and working with an impactful grassroots organization in India. She values the mentorship of others and the experience of becoming invested in a community. She hopes to contribute something that the community she will be working alongside finds worthwhile and valuable. She hopes to be able to communicate with the community fully on their own terms with fluency in Hindi. Her research with refugees in both Jordan and the United States has given her valuable experience in building meaningful relationships with people from different cultures, an experience she feels would help her in this fellowship.

A Poem

Being in a group is hard. Not always sure what I can offer. What my place is.
I flourish in intimate conversations with strangers,
yet struggle to show up within

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About Shame

Does shame make us healthier?
I felt a deep sense of discomfort as I watched a government school teacher ask a young girl stand up in morning assembly and

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My Life in Rural Rajasthan

When I speak with my friends about my work here in Sawai Madhopur, I joke that I don’t mind working 6 days a week because I don’t know what I

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Rethinking Education

When I began my observations at my placement, I felt concerned. Yes, I admit it.  At all of the schools that were run by the NGO, the children seemed to

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Unlikely Assistants

As I squeezed into the still-moving jeep one morning in April, feeling eyes roam over my face and whispers buzz around me as usual, I thought about the day ahead.

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The Backbone of Rural Health

As I move past the “nothing-makes-sense” phase of culture shock, my discomfort has begun to subside and awe and gratitude have set in. I am in love with my life

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