TT: Only have a week or two, but want to make a big difference in the life of girls? Interested in travel to the beautiful Caribbean? Read this interview with U.S. teacher Emine about her time volunteering in the Dominican Republic!
Emine, tell us a bit about your background.
Emine: First and foremost, I realize social media has become a platform for over exaggerated personal experiences. Yes, I have edited this so my grammar is decent (or so I think), but I’m speaking from my heart. My intentions are to do my best to share the real version of an experience I have lived, nothing perfectly tailored, nothing fabricated. We should share our joys and losses, but never fake them.
I’m a 27-year old Detroit native who has recently moved to New Delhi, India. My career in education has taken me through a variety of paths. I have worked for the Waldorf School, taught fifth grade and most recently was a special education teacher/coordinator for an elementary school in Detroit.
Outside of the schools I frequently work with non-profits and many of those experiences have been formative and brought me to where I am now but the one that acted as a cohesive entity for all my work thus far was traveling to the Dominican Republic with Nobis World.
TT: So interesting! Tell us more about your experience in the Dominican Republic.
E: Prior to moving to New Delhi I embarked on a trip with a group of educators from the States to the Dominican Republic. We were going on behalf of Nobis World to build a reciprocal relationship with The Mariposa DR Foundation, and to also begin designing service-learning projects on a global scale for our own classrooms.
The Mariposa DR Foundation aims to bring to light The Girl Effect; the notion being that when girls are educated, entire families and even communities are transformed. The girls pass their knowledge to the next generation, get married later (if at all), have fewer (or none) and are able to provide for themselves. It is a sustainable model from the roots up.