I have always loved kids. However, the children here at Shanti Bhavan are unlike any that I have ever met. They have an unmatchable drive and determination and a genuine appreciation for the wonderful opportunity they have been given. While at Shanti Bhavan, I taught 3 rd grade creative writing, language, & literature, 8 th, 9 th & 10 th grades public speaking, 9 th & 10 th grade basketball, and various piano & choral lessons. I found teaching the children to be the most rewarding experience of my life. They are incredibly fast learners and really have a zest for knowledge. It was easy to connect with such polite, well-mannered, and hardworking students. They dream big, and I only hope that I can continue to be a part of helping them achieve their goals.

As far as my day to day living went, I was perfectly comfortable here and came to consider it as a second home. My room was clean and comfortable and the staff could not have been nicer.

However, I really appreciated the support of all the teachers. They were so welcoming and kind that it truly eased my fears and culture shock. They constantly gave me advice and befriended me and I owe as much to them for their warmth.

I honestly feel that Shanti Bhavan is the most beautiful place on earth, both physically and spiritually. It exudes love and learning, and I am very sad to be leaving. I am looking forward to my return to this newfound family as soon as possible. Thank you so much Miss Beena, Mrs Law and Shanti for all of your love and support. This has been the greatest experience of my life.

Lauren Moon
ASTEP Volunteer

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