For the next three months I'm in Bangalore as a volunteer! How did I end up here? Three ways to answer this:
1. I want more international experience (I know, haha) outside the Western world.
2. The Church of the Nazarene in India is looking to set up a communications system, and I studied communication. So my job is to build (at least) two websites, train people to tell stories, find ways to distribute a newsletter, and help set up an India communications team.
3. I'm a rich, white kid who has the incredibly luxury of not having to find a job right after graduation.
I look forward to exploring this incredible country and not just learning about, but from the culture and go beyond the stereotypes.
But first, let's cover some stereotypes:
Spicy food: The food is amazing, but I've been treated with the European version. What I considered a 5 on a 10 point spicy scale was more of a 1 or 2 for them. Long way to go, but I'll get there.
Traffic: My parents kind of forbid me to drive here. I think I'll stick to that.
Language: I'm embarrassed to say that I haven't learned a single word in the native language. But the thing is: What language should I learn? The state of Bangalore speaks Kannada, but Bangalore is so multicultural that people also speak at least three other languages. So then English is the language you really need.
Skin colour: Walking into a café, there were three young white people having food, and immediately we glanced at each other and let out an awkward "hiiiii". Funny how suddenly you 'know' each other just because you look the same. We quickly found out we arrived on the same flight and with a suspicious giggle they asked me what I thought of the service; unsure I said that it was 'okay'. It turns out they were the flight attendants...
Hospitality: I've said it before and I'll say it again, anywhere outside of Europe I always feel like I can learn a thing or two about hospitality. I have a room in the apartment of the wonderful Dandge family. They coordinate the field of India and so I will work with them a lot (Church of the Nazarene is divided into regions > fields > districts > local churches).
Weather: Bangalore is known for it's great climate. Win 🎉
So in conclusion everything so far is new, exciting and great. Oh and I should mention that I have a mobile phone plan for about 4€/month with 1 GB a day. You read that right. 1 Gigabyte a day 😎 That means you can be expecting some Instagram stories (hopefully): www.instagram.com/fraenkly/