The Best Lesson Ever

In June, ten Celanese employees departed for Dharamsala, India to participate in the first of two Celanese International Impact Program (CIIP) service events in 2016. The first group served for two weeks at an Anganwadi – an early childhood education center. Hear from our CIIP participants as they reflect on their volunteer service.

Dear Celanese,

For weeks, I’ve been trying to figure out how to express my feelings about the two weeks I spent in Dharamsala, India as part of the Celanese International Impact Program (CIIP). It was so impressive that it’s hard for me to describe. It was already amazing to get the email that I was selected and I was excited by the thought of volunteering. Knowing that I would have the opportunity to try to make a difference in India seemed so unbelievable…but it was true.

After numerous vaccinations and a 24-hour-long journey, I arrived in Delhi where I met my CIIP fellows to start our life changing experience in Dharamsala. I can honestly say that our “American-Singaporean-Chinese-German-Indian-Hungarian cooperation” worked really well. We were all so different but somehow – maybe because of our differences – everything went smoothly and we worked together without any difficulties.

I remember all of the “firsts”…

I will never forget my favorite and lovely Ridan who never missed showing me how to wear my scarf and his cute little brother, Obi; the forever mischievous Shiva; the little bit sad but excessively smart Shagun; the beautiful and chatty Trisha; and the extremely shy Shueta. It was a pleasure to spend two weeks with them, and although I was there to teach them, they gave me the best lesson ever – about the world and more importantly, about myself.

So I would like to thank Celanese and the Celanese Foundation for the opportunity and the support and Cross Cultural Solutions for making our volunteering experience more than memorable. Last but not least, I’d like to thank all of my CIIP friends from all over the world – Sara, Silke, Jillian, Kathy, Geoff, Sugam, Christy, Kathy, Cole and Laura. I hope to see them again soon!

Kind regards,

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Orsi Mészáros is the Executive Assistant for the Vice President of Shared Services Europe at Celanese. She is committed to helping those in need, has a dog and a cat and loves discovering new cultures and different parts of the world.

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