- God: I love all my children equally.
- [Earlier in the Bible]
- God: I don't care for Job.
Basically because my school is all kinds of wonderful and for some reason sees promise in my outlandish ideas, I’ve been granted $4000 to work on developing educational curricula and resources for a school in Burma. I’ll be working with a small, non-profit school that puts all of its revenue towards giving scholarships to students from low-income backgrounds. Mostly, given my experiences in Thailand and India last year, I’ll be working to create their English language curriculum and teacher resources, establish an after-school adult education program, and develop a small library of English and Burmese children’s books. The last goal looks the least feasible from where I’m standing right now, simply because I’m uneasy about bringing a suitcase full of donated books into a country whose government is highly suspicious of foreigners carrying and distributing literature, but with any luck it’ll somehow work out.
While there, I’ll be staying at a Buddhist monastery which will both satisfy the overly enthusiastic religion major within and serve as familiar Theravadin turf in a politically unfamiliar country, which will be a relief. In an ideal world I’ll find a translator I can trust so that I can use my weekends to travel around rural areas collecting stories from Burmese folklore and mythology. I also hope to use my in-country position to do some investigation concerning the current situation with the Rohingya genocide, but as this is extremely politically sensitive and could very well land me in jail, I will have to tread carefully.
Also! I forgot to mention that my wonderful boyfriend will be serving as my partner in crime throughout this whole bewildering experience. I love travelling alone, but I think traversing Burma with someone trustworthy and reliable in tow will both help me be a more effective contributor at the school and will make my entire in-country experience infinitely more enjoyable.
What it comes down to is that I’m really just a little petrified, immensely grateful, and incredibly excited to have been given the financial resources to make this happen. That’s probably waaay more information than you wanted, but that’s what I’m doing this summer.