Thank you for the opportunity to volunteer with the Celanese International Impact Program (CIIP). I was not really sure what to expect, but as we gathered at our home base, I realized that these 10 people from across the company are members of my Celanese family. We all share common goals, values, struggles and culture. I believe we all made lasting friendships during our time together.
The volunteer program worked with children and women in New Delhi, India. I had the pleasure to work with two classes. The first class was a third grade classroom, and the second class was fifth grade students. The boys were excited to meet me and wanted to hear about my family. They wanted to learn English the most, so that is what I focused on.
The second week they had exams, so Andrew Penton and I spent the week organizing outdoor activities. We played football (soccer), kickball, volleyball, basketball and dodgeball. By the end of the week, the kids were catching on to the idea of taking turns and waiting to be next.
Even though the kids don’t have much, what they have they willingly shared. The older kids would watch over the younger children and would even ask for them to have a turn. I found it hard to leave on the last day, and I wish I could have done more.
Editor’s Note: This is the sixth in a series of 11 blogs by Celanese International Impact Program (CIIP) team members who served for two weeks in New Delhi, India.