I’m heading to India!
Well, let me back up a bit first.
Last year I embarked on a year-long trip around the world. While the trip wasn’t about crochet teaching, I did quite a bit of it during my travels (teaching various impromptu workshops to people in places like Thailand, Vietnam, Iceland, etc.) I wasn’t in any of these countries long enough to do this on a larger scale, but there has been lots of interest in my idea and I’ve always envisioned turning my concept into a self sustaining project – one that shows people they can have a direct impact on reducing waste in their community AND use their new skill to raise funds for improving their living conditions.
I recently spent two months in India (Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Mumbai to be exact) and knew I’d go back someday. Luckily the opportunity to return has happened sooner than I thought and I’ll be back in India this summer (in Mumbai, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Delhi). I’m eager to see if I can work on a project that combines my interest in teaching crochet, my passion for recycling, and my love for India.
Obviously there are a lot of details to work out before anything huge can happen, but this is a start.
This particular trip will be about traveling around, teaching plastic bag crochet to whoever wants to learn, and meeting with organizations that are already promoting plastic recycling projects. Once I’ve found an area where I’m comfortable pursuing a larger project and have selected a community that can directly benefit from it, I’ll return for a longer time period to try and make it happen.
More details about my upcoming trip here.