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Why Pakistan?

Upon discovering my voyage to Pakistan, most people I have encountered reacted with shock, horror or simple confusion–“why on earth would you go there?” was the common response. There were also the unasked for “well you certainly want a death sentence” from the FedEx worker and the “sheesh, you young people” from the random street eavesdropper. But I feel that now, more than ever, it is important that there is direct, positive and prolonged cross-cultural exchange between Pakistanis and Americans. I have over the past several years felt very daunted and powerless inside the United States, unable to change the opinions of those around me or positively impact the global trends that shape the world I wish to explore. Working, teaching and learning in Pakistan will give me the opportunity to live my deepest moral beliefs–that we should be curious about one another, be kind to one another, and be respectful guests.

Teaching for KMT will undoubtedly be a profound experience for me, an experience which I will share with my friends and family in the United States in a time when America desperately needs to see varied experiences of life in Pakistan…media images simply aren’t going to cut it, if this decade is to be better than the last.

My studies and experiences thus far have fostered in me a deep appreciation for the evolution of human culture which I hope will help me fill this position “successfully”. I deeply love South Asia, and simply cannot abide the thought of this part of the world ravaged “for blood and treasure”, as my father puts it.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Allison Rhodes permalink
    February 19, 2010 10:19 am

    Well put, Sarah! Really, if more people start to take this attitude, I think things can get a lot better in the world. Listen and learn and meet different people! all the power to you, and I hope I can come visit 🙂

  2. February 19, 2010 7:21 pm

    Sarah, I applaude your desire to make the world a better place by your own personal initiative and example. That is what I have tried to do at Earth Sanctuary – to take personal responsiblity and to try and do what is right. All change happens by one person taking the first step. Good going! Chuck

  3. Nadav Luzia permalink
    February 23, 2010 12:46 am

    You Are Amazing

    Nadav

  4. Dr. Arshad Khan permalink
    March 5, 2010 9:14 am

    Sarah: I admire your courage and determination for coming to Pakistan despite people warning you not to undertake this assignment. Its encouraging to know that you want to see Pakistanis and meet them. This will definitely help remove a lot of misconceptions that people in your country have about Pakistan. You will be able to better understand the way of thinking and various cultural aspects of Pakistanis which will further help remove the steriotype image that people have of Pakistanis. We are not all bad but have a bad image due to the misdeeds of a few radical people who have twisted the religion to suit their radical agenda.

    I wish you a pleasent stay and hope that you return safe and sound to the US with some fond memories of the country.

  5. Kamran permalink
    December 29, 2013 8:53 pm

    Really enjoyed reading your posts – just came across them now.

    Wherever you are in the world, I hope you are keeping well. And I hope you get a chance to read this 🙂

    Take care

    Kamran

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