The Best English Lesson

Really, I am allowed to go to India? India. I hear and read a lot about it, so you think you know what to expect. But, you have no idea.

My questions: What is expected of me? How are the Celanese workmates? How does the food taste? What is our lodging like?

First meeting: From five different countries, one after another, my workmates arrived in India. All we knew was we’d be in a foreign country, all with the same mission. Two days later we felt like we’ve known them for years.

My partner: Sylvia Zhou from Nanjing, China, couldn’t get any better. Thank you, Sylvia, for the fantastic time and great collaboration. I already miss our teamwork.

My mission: When we arrived, we were told that we should teach 13- to 19-year-old young men in Microsoft Excel. That was a completely new task for us, but of course we handled this challenge. We had a lot of fun with these incredible, smart men. They were so unbelievably eager to learn. They were polite, kind, courteous, respectful, hopeful and always smiling. I didn’t expect to have so much fun. I already miss the boys. What makes me happy is that some of them have already contacted me. And for sure, I ‘m going to stay in contact with them.

If only one of these gentlemen achieves something because of the work they do in Excel and remember the two ladies from Germany and China, then we would consider our efforts successful.

My group: It’s unbelievable how people you’ve never seen or talked to could become your friends in such a short amount of time. It was such an intense time that I will never forget. Thank you all for the fantastic time and the best English lesson.

My conclusion: With the distance of a few days, I can look back and say it was the most exciting trip of my life. Before this whole thing started, I really had some worries and anxieties, but they were all completely groundless.

Thank you very, very much Celanese for this experience and for the new friends I’ve met. Hopefully I could teach those boys new ideas and concepts and leave an impression on their lives.

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of 11 blogs by Celanese International Impact Program (CIIP) team members who served for two weeks in New Delhi, India.

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				Maren Lehwald is the Management Assistant at Celanese Kaiserslautern. She enjoys spending time with her son/family/friends, sports and good food.				

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  1. Susan Day says:

    Such a great depiction, Maren, of an amazing experience!! Thank you for sharing – you are a gift!!!

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