Within the first week, Lakshmi asked me to stay back after one of the morning meetings. I sat their wondering whether I had done something wrong, but that thought quietly went when Lakshmi went straight to the point.
She spoke about my smooth integration with the work we were doing along with the community and my involvement with the trekkers. She seemed very positive, when she further went on to add I should start working on my speech to give the trekkers. With that being said my heart skipped a beat, I gulped in a huge breath.
It took me a whole good three weeks to get my bearings right of the place and the good work my fellows and I were doing. I learnt mostly by observation and asking a million annoying questions.( special thanks to everyone that did).
I decided to take on this challenge hands on.
Within the few days I learnt we have two types of speeches, the evening the trekkers arrived we briefed them about the trek. This usualluy happened after dinner. Debriefs that occurred when the trekkers came back down from Roopkund.
One of the million things I loved about my work was meeting the trekkers. They were always a vibrant bunch of passionate individuals that looked forward to trekking in the Himalayas. At the briefings trekkers hailed from different parts of the country. We had doctors from Nashik, lawyers from Mumbai, software engineers from Bangalore. They are typically briefed after dinner when their trek leaders introduces himself, the trek and the possible weather and medical conditions people will face on the slope. He also mentions the safety protocol that are set in place if there is an emergency.
After that is done, Green Trails fellows are given a platform to talk about the work we do with the community and how the waste is managed. Leo had come a week before I had, and was pretty well versed with the giving his speeches. By now he was well into his second week that he gave fabulously confident briefings and debriefings to the trekkers that arrived at the base camp. He spoke with such conviction the audience and I were left in awe of the work we were doing.