I was part of a group from the University of Hartford that traveled to Abheypur, India in January, 2010. For the last five years, the University’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) has helped villagers in Abheypur maintain the solar-powered water filtration and rainwater collection systems that U of H students installed to provide a clean water supply.
This year, EWB expanded the project to include a non-engineering student like me. As a photography minor at the Hartford Art School, I thought my best contribution would be to document the trip with photos.
I ended up taking 4,000 photos in two weeks. One of my dream jobs would be to take photographs for National Geographic and I got to live that dream while I was in India.
Every day was just an incredible learning experience. Growing up near New York City, I thought I had been exposed to most of the world’s cultures, but I was wrong. I was able to learn about India in an active way rather than by chance encounters or reading about it in a book.
I always planned to join AmeriCorps after graduation and then go to medical school. Now my trip to India has inspired me to consider becoming a doctor in the Peace Corps or joining Doctors Without Borders.