17 Nov Volunteer Den – Sahil Ratra
Sahil has been a Bhumian, as well as a Teach for India (TFI) fellow. Read further to learn more about his experiences at both Bhumi, as well as TFI.
Tell us a little about yourself!
I was born and brought up in Chandigarh where I also pursued Engineering in Computer Science. I came to Bangalore to work as a Software Engineer and later joined TFI as a fellow. Post TFI, I am currently doing my MBA from IRMA college in Gujarat.
How did volunteering with Bhumi happen?
I was introduced to Bhumi virtually by a friend of mine who was a resident of Chennai; I registered online and started volunteering after a couple of months when I finally attended the orientation and training sessions.
How did the TFI fellowship happen? Was there a trigger?
A fellow volunteer at Bhumi had joined TFI. I happened to visit her class and see her work. I got inspired and thought about giving it a shot. After quite a bit of thought, I finally joined TFI.
How did the volunteering experience at Bhumi help you stand out as a TFI fellow?
I was able to use some of my learnings as a volunteer at Bhumi during my fellowship at TFI, especially in conducting the parent teacher meetings where I used the same plans that we had used while I was volunteering at Bhumi.
Share an interesting experience each at Bhumi & the TFI fellowship.
Bhumi: I thoroughly enjoyed the Nakshatra event at Bhumi- I was given the duty to take care of cleanliness of the place. I was the last one to leave the college that hosted the event.
TFI: There are so many memories but I really enjoyed the day when my students ran a Gol-Gappa stall in school during a festival.
What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi / TFI altered you, personally?
I have greater respect for the things that I have got now; the experience has made me more humble. I also aim to do something in the field of social entrepreneurship in the distant future, something I never thought of before.
Any specific, special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us?
At Bhumi: Along with other volunteers, I had gone on a trip to Munchinbelle. I really enjoyed the paintball and boating there.
At TFI: On my last day as a teacher, I had a small treat with all the kids where we enjoyed pizzas. I really cherish the same.
A message to every Bhumi volunteer:
I just want to say that sky is the limit, keep on doing the good work. Wherever you go, you will find opportunities to do good, try to make the most of them.
Applications are now open for The Teach for India Fellowship 2019 Cohort!