You know a trip is impactful when people break out into impromptu mini-debrief sessions right when they see each other again. It seemed like everyone knew they had had an important experience, and all wanted (or perhaps needed) to process it. Here were a few thoughts that came out:
- Boston is amazingly silent. Yes, there is still honking on the streets, but absent is the melodic and ever-present Indian background music of choice.
- Everyone needs to feel powerless once in a while. Helps with humility. And the more worldly you feel, the harder it is to be thrown into a situation where you feel disempowered (i.e. given a reality check), especially by something as simple as language.
- Why can't they just speak English?! This seems like a dumb question since we're in someone else's country, but many of us ironically caught ourselves wondering this at some point during our trips. It's amazing how we unconsciously expect others to adjust to us, rather than the other way around.
We thought that we would learn about new cultures by joining an Action Learning Lab, but who knew we would also learn so much about ourselves?