Twin sisters Mia and Brianna, former residents of Mercy Home, recently embarked upon a trip of a lifetime to India with a non-profit program that aims to tackle global challenges by engaging young leaders of tomorrow via cultural immersion, educational apprenticeships, and real-world experience.
After a week-long training in California, the sisters will head to Pune, India, a sprawling city 90 miles southeast of Mumbai, where they will spend nine months teaching English for Teach for India. While abroad, they will live with local host families as they learn the Hindi language, as well as the local dialect.
Teaching will be Mia and Brianna’s main apprenticeship, but there will be ample opportunities to help in areas of environmental sustainability, women’s empowerment, and conservation.
Both sisters are passionate about global justice as it pertains to the above issues, along with mental health awareness, spirituality, and art.
“I always wanted to help people. That was always instilled in us by our parents,” said Brianna.
Mia, who was involved in an activist group in high school, is ready to take her convictions to the next level.