India was my first international assignment with the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) and in my capacity as international officer of the Alberta Teachers’ Association.
The experience was quite overwhelming, for several reasons. The first was that this was my initiation to travel to exotic locations. I had traveled to Europe with Carol in 1967 but had done nothing more until this trip. The second was that I had a mission and responsibilities to deliver upon. The third was the nature of India and her people, a nature that I only glimpsed during my short time there and that thoroughly captivated me.
I took along my mini tape recorder, intending to talk into it each evening to record my impressions of each day and its events and people. I did this for a few evenings only and then put the recorder aside. I did not keep a written journal. Checking with CTF just recently to see if there were any records of my visit to India, I was told that everything in archives from 1986 back had been disposed of when CTF moved to their new building.
There are some records of the event in a conference kit that I keep in storage. There are also my pictures, but not negatives, of a lot of the things I saw and did. From these, I will some day reconstruct what I can of my visit to India and place a record of that wonderful journey on this website.
For now, please read on about other places I have been privileged to visit while traveling for teachers.