I was talking to a young boy today wearing a shirt that said, “Life is not a spectator sport” and I realized that I wanted to participate in life and not be an observer – to make a difference, to help another person. I always wanted to work in the medical field but I was scared and didn’t know if I could take on the responsibility of another person’s life. I just want people to know they are not alone and to connect with them on a personal level. I want a part in making their village or town a happier and healthier and safer place to live. This trip made me realize I really want to be a nurse; I will do anything it takes to become a nurse. I could see it in my patient’s eyes that we were here and that it was important to them; there is no need for a translator for that.
Alyssa, IMR Team India Volunteer