Logan King rejoined The Winchendon School after a year teaching in India. He has jumped right back in – teaching humanities, coaching volleyball – and cheering on Crimson Tide Football.
LL: This wasn’t your first trip to India, was it? It feels as if you are getting to be an old hand in journeying to this region.
LK: This was actually my fourth trip. I first spent several months exploring in the north of the country when I was 19, and I have been over there twice prior to this last year as both a tourist and teacher. This was my first time spending extended time in Mumbai, one of the world’s largest and fastest growing cities. I lived and worked in Mumbai for a full year and have visited the city multiple times before that, but I still feel as though I have only just scratched the surface of what that town has to offer.
LL: What were you doing this past year?
LK: I was teaching and living at the Ascend International School in the financial district of Mumbai. I was teaching 6th and 7th graders in the International Baccalaureate program. When I wasn’t teaching, I was exploring the city, playing volleyball, and checking out the amazing restaurant scene. I also did a bit of traveling. Mumbai is a great hub for international travel.
LL: Where did you go?
LK: I went to the Czech Republic twice, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand, and finally Portugal – quite a mix!
LL: Will you miss anything about Mumbai?
LK: When I was in Mumbai, I missed the quiet, beauty and peace at The Winchendon School. There are very few corners of Mumbai where you can go to escape from the traffic and the car horns. It seemed like rush hour was all twenty four hours of every day. Now that I am back in Winchendon, I have to admit that I miss the extraordinary selection of restaurants, markets and food stalls. But I will be back in India before too long.
LL – Yes, you are already heading back later this year. Say something about that.
LK: Yes, I am planning to take a group of students to the Mumbai and Nashik for the upcoming ColLAB to look at the differences between urban and rural development in one of the world’s fastest growing economies – and the largest democracy. It should be an amazing opportunity for all of us. Stay tuned!