Earlier today, I had the wonderful opportunity to speak to a group of high school students at Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado. The Fairview High School Student Council and the Social Studies Department organized an all-day event called- We Are Fairview. Over 100 presenters from the local community were extended an invitation to speak on a wide range of topics. Kiki Garthwaite asked me to speak about my expat experience in India.
This well organized program involved the cooperation of the community as well as an enormous group of high school volunteers. I was greeted in the parking lot, escorted to the hospitality room, and later directed to a classroom by students. Several people in the audience had traveled or lived abroad. Surprisingly a handful had also visited India. One student had attended the American School in New Delhi. The social studies teacher had also taught abroad.
My slide show focused on living as an expat in India. I talked about cultural differences, adjusting to life in a foreign country, some of the places that I visited (Bangalore, Cochin, Munnar, Kabini, and the Golden Triangle), and my international teaching experience at a private K-12 boarding school. I answered several questions. The attendees were required to take notes.
I thank the Fairview Student Council and the Social Studies Department for organizing a wonderful program.
I look forward to sharing my Indian adventure with other groups.