A little about yourself (origin, education, past work experiences)
I was born and brought up in Delhi. I am commerce and a law graduate and a qualified Company Secretary and have 4 years work experience in the legal field.
How did volunteering with Bhumi happen (including beginning, which project you volunteered for)?
I was looking for a volunteering opportunity in 2012 to utilize my Saturdays as it was a holiday and came to know about Bhumi through internet. I attended the orientation and was immediately convinced to start volunteering. I wanted to teach Maths as I thought it was my favorite subject and therefore joined Little Einsteins Maths Project at the Jhandewalan Center, New Delhi.
What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you, personally?
I have become more content and patient in life. I understand that things take time and you cannot become an expert in a day. I have become more caring and feel joyful. I have learnt much more than I have taught. I am learning every time I teach.
One most memorable incident in your life as a Bhumian.
The first day I taught at the Center is the most memorable day as I fulfilled my long cherished dream. As I was teaching for the first time, I was a litte nervous but gained confidence as the class went on.
Tell us about one Bhumian, who you think is a very good inspiration for you
It has to be Shubhankar. He introduced me to the center. He was very energetic and hard working. He helped volunteers in whatever way possible. He also had very good communication skills and could convince anybody.
Any specific, special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us?
Yes. Once during their exam time, the children requested me to come on a weekday to help them out. I reached the center late evening after my office. After clearing their doubts, they brought food cooked at the center for me and sat in front of me and persuaded me to eat even thought they themselves had not taken it. I still remember that gesture.
A message to every volunteer at Bhumi
Do something that you could be proud of throughout your life. Try and make a change in somebody’s life. I think volunteering for the cause of education is the best possible way to do it…The more you teach, the more you learn. Give it your best shot. You have got a great organization and team in Bhumi to help you out with everything.