I want to thank you for the wonderful opportunity I had to participate in the Celanese International Impact Program trip to Dharamsala, India in June.  I’m grateful for this once-in-a-lifetime experience in which I participated.

From the moment I met my nine teammates in India, I knew that the experience would be life changing. Although we were 10 people with vastly different skills and talents, it was amazing how we bonded immediately and had just what was needed in our daily work assignments – working with young children in five different Anganwadi’s (early childhood education centers.)

India is much different than any place I’ve ever been – lots of people, lots of free-roaming cows,  as well as new customs in this unfamiliar culture.  But the most important thing I learned is that smiles are a universal language, understood by all!

I would never have traveled around the globe to meet the delightful group of our Indian hosts, as well as my Celanese colleagues and to work with 15–20 little kids without the confidence you had in me to make some small impact in the lives of others.  I’m so proud to work for a company that values the impact that our service can have on our global community.

Editor’s Note: This is the eighth in a series of 9 blog posts by Celanese International Impact Program (CIIP) team members who served for two weeks in Dharamsala, India.