By Reena Dhupia, Volunteer, Baroda Chapter

“First of all, I would like to thank AFS for giving me such a wonderful opportunity of visiting Hungary.

Before leaving I was not aware of the wonderful experience of Intercultural learning which I gained. It is a platform for exploring your own self too.

When I arrived at the airport Anita and her friend had come to pick me up. Her friend did not let me pick up my bag and asked for the privilege to be our chauffeur as we were guests from India. Then I came to know her gesture of love when she told me that she is a member parliament of friendship relationship between India and Hungary.

I felt mesmerized on the second day when we visited Krishna Valley where the culture of India is being taught to 130 families staying all together. The children are being taught Hymns of Lord Krishna and prayers also with all Indian instruments. They are not given homework to serve humanity and look after farming and animals. We also attended a presentation by an AFS volunteer from Germany in Hungarian School.

I was in another world altogether as was not worried about my business and family. It was a lifetime unforgettable memorable experience. The impact of the visit on me is very positive and I do feel that everybody should be a global citizen because when you see their culture and stay with them, you feel like adopting it and being a part of their extended family, forever.”