Looking Forward

Every time I visited India in the past, I felt amazed by the changes I saw within the country. However, to me, all of these changes seemed big and sudden, from one visit to the next. Never did they appear as a progression.

This time, when I go to India, I am looking forward to living and working there for an extended period of time. I hope to assist my NGO with their projects, to observe their work and participate in all that India offers. I wish to collect good stories, whether from other Fellows, co-workers or people I meet along the way. I want to create a narrative, for myself, of ten months in India and what this truly entails. From such stories, I think I might learn about India in a way that I never have before, and this thought is especially exciting for me.

I believe that my trip to India will be entirely new because of the work I will encounter and the relationships I hope to form. I look forward to hearing about experiences from other Fellows, and sharing my own. I am eager to learn more about public health and development in India with this new hands-on opportunity.

And so, my adventure hat is on. See you there!

Ramaa's interest in international health and development comes from a combination of living abroad in India, Japan and Zimbabwe, and her professional experiences. Ramaa spent a summer teaching English at a middle school in Jaipur, where she learned about the Indian education system, and issues facing teachers in the classroom. In 2008, Ramaa received a public interest fellowship to work with a microfinance organization in Egypt. There, she designed and implemented grant writing workshops and English classes. It was in Egypt that Ramaa identified her passion for public health work in rural areas, seeing the impact that grassroots initiatives have on local communities. After earning her degree from Bowdoin College, Ramaa worked as a Project Analyst for an IT contractor with the U.S. Government. Ramaa speaks Marathi and Japanese, and is a beginner at Spanish and Arabic.

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One thought on “Looking Forward

  1. Interesting characterization…. the changes have been sudden and big…. and maybe you will see it happen while you are here. Good luck!

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