So having that mindset all the time, knowing that you’re held accountable for something, and at the same time that you might not tomorrow be able to do this is something that we should, that should drive us to continue to excel and continue to give those next leaders, uh, the goals and the tools that they need to succeed, because if they don’t succeed and if we don’t succeed, the society doesn’t succeed.
Now that I advice that I can give somebody who’s doing, um, who wants to do, or is doing one, or is planning on doing one, is be prepared for a life changing experience.
I don’t think people really know how much of an impact it has on you until you leave the group and your back into your regular, current, your daily, your daily grind on what you’re doing and how you’re doing it
() Programs like this change lives. Programs like this change attitudes, and it changed my attitude, it changed my way of thinking and my life. And, uh, I still talk about it like, you know, uh, 10 years after, like I still think of the day that I went and stepped into DC and I saw, I saw the White House for the first time. Um, the first time I went and saw the Lincoln Monument, and I got to there and I had seen this on TV. (
And you take those lessons that you learn, um, from the visits that we’ve done to the individuals that are from different countries, uh, from having that cup of coffee and just, you know, on a, on a day that, uh, if you, as you know, being part of the IVLP Programs, they’re very excruciating.
You’re doing something every hour of the day. And, uh payday loans in Montana, having some down time really meant a lot to us and, uh, this is where we get to engage each other. ()
And I was applying for jobs, but I was not getting any kind of response, no interviews or whatsoever
So all I can say to the future of individuals that want to be joining IVLP or have, uh, willing to join, uh, be prepared for life changing experiences.
Description: A chance meeting led EdTech founder, entrepreneur, podcast host, and ExchangeAlumni Nidhi Nidhi to her first experience with the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP). But it wasn’t the first time curiosity led Nidhi to new experiences.
In this episode of Voices of Exchange, travel with Nidhi from India to Singapore, Switzerland, and the U.S. to discover the ties that bind us, how Nidhi challenged societal norms, and how she is empowering young girls to take risks.
I had taken a five-year break before, after having my kids. So when I wanted to restart work, I found myself with an outdated resume. And my, my degree was already five years old by that point.
So I was feeling a little bit disappointed that this whole idea of taking a break has backfired on me. And I went back to my Alma mater, which was a national university of Singapore. And I asked my professor and he was kind enough to offer me a research position at that point.
And during that time, I came across Coda, which was a coding training camp for people to train young students, primary and secondary school students in coding. I had no experience in coding, but I thought it was a great opportunity to give back to the community. And I just joined that program. And at the end of the wrap-up event of that program, I happened to be at the wrap-up event. I realized that the program was funded by the U.S. Embassy in Singapore. And there was, there was a lady there and she was taking pictures of the ambassador and I thought, “She’s from the media.”