Indira's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    TEACH Roadtrip

INDIRA PHUKAN

Field Science Educator
NatureBridge

“When you don't know what you want to do with your life, you don't know what makes you happy, you have all these pressures, and you're broke, it's a really beautiful mess. Those times are hard, but they're the times when you're going to grow the most.”

INTERESTS:

Education Environment & Nature

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Choices Family Pressure Education Experience Exploration Money & Financial Security Struggle Acceptance Courage Doubt Support & Encouragement Passion Societal Pressures Values Community Planning Fulfillment Regrets Dedication Opportunity Fear Pride Self-Reflection Success Inspiration

FOUNDATION:

Teaching / Mentoring

BIOGRAPHY:

  • After college, she joined a nonprofit and taught for two years.
  • Loved teaching, but was really unhappy with the pressure to teach to certain curricula and meet certain standards.
  • Didn't know what her next step would be, so she went on a road trip to Yosemite and fell in love.
  • Tried to figure out how she could stay there and live there; someone told her about NatureBridge.
  • NatureBridge teaches children environmental literacy; often their students are from underrepresented communities.
  • Gets to see her students experience huge interpersonal and personal growth as a result of the various hikes and team-building activities.
  • One of her favorite quotes is, "We haven't inherited the earth from our ancestors; we've borrowed it from our children."
  • Says that in order to live in harmony with their surroundings, kids need environmental education and time spent in nature.

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