It is so weird being back - it's really exciting to be in this position, where I'll be able to facilitate the learning and change that I underwent as a student here for other students, but all these memories and stories are continuously flooding back, as if I never left. Eating at my favorite restaurants, driving down familiar streets, and walking past my old room, is so bizarre, since so much is going to be different. Becky, Anne, Cait, and I are working on distancing ourselves from our student experiences to grow better as interns while also using those past experiences to inform parts of our relationships with incoming students.
I'm so glad I gave myself this opportunity to come back. I'm in a really different place with the program, in terms of its education model, emphasis on group process, and community organizing, than I was when I left, in a good way. I've let go of a lot of the frustrations that I held with the program last May, and now realize how much I had come to appreciate them over this past year back in the US. Not only am I excited to begin working on the projects that were the motivation for my return like the Rasi Salai Learning Center and Green Study Abroad (Climate Action Plan), but I am ready to challenge myself in facilitation, contemplative education, and reflection.
Cait, Anne, and Becky in our office (the best arrangement CIEE has seen thus far)
Ban Farang 2.2