Teaching Engineering Abroad
Last December, I traveled to India with my family to participate in a health camp in a rural village sponsored by IMRC (Indian Muslim Relief and Charities). The first time I participated in a health camp, a few years back, I mainly recorded patient vitals and watched the doctors work. This time, I wanted to participate in a greater role. There are other ways to help a community besides examining patients. My grandfather suggested that I give a small presentation about my interests to kids at an orphanage and at the school where the camp was.
Personally, my skills and interests lie in engineering and math. I decided to teach basic electricity and circuitry concepts through self-created modules. With only a slight hiccup with airport security, I brought supplies from home (wires, batteries, wire strippers, light bulbs, and paper) to complement my lesson. At the orphanage, after my demonstration, the kids showed me their textbook, which had an electricity unit. They were delighted to see live demonstrations of what they had learned; every time they were successful in completing the circuit, they excitedly cheered and laughed.
Many people think that when going to a health camp, specific medical knowledge and experience is needed. However, any skill can be used to help people, not just in a health camp.