Leonie Tollefson

Leonie Tollefson is passionate about sustainable travel and language learning. She is involved in animal rights activism, gender equality, and multiple youth groups supporting education and volunteerism. Her goals are to learn and become fluent in German, Spanish, and Hindi, so she can communicate with all kinds of people, and to volunteer wherever she goes. One of her favorite quotes is by Frida Kahlo, "At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can."


Post Card Diaries

Aside from teaching and traveling, I’ve kept myself very busy by exploring my new home of Pune! During Diwali break a few weeks ago, I went on a little walk up Parvati Hill with my host family, where I came across some beautiful watercolor postcards…

04 December, 2018

Lighting Up Diwali!

Diwali is the festival of light, and easily one of the biggest celebrations of the year in India. It celebrates the triumph of good versus evil, and it is essentially the Indian Christmas, or in some parts of India, the new year. It’s 5 days,…

18 November, 2018

A Learning Curve

I’ve spent the past several days trying to think of adjectives to describe my apprenticeship experience so far, and I can only think of one simple one: crazy. For the last month and a half, I have been waking up at 6 AM to hail…

24 October, 2018

The Dangers of The First Impression

Namaste, I’m in India! I’ve been in Pune for about a month now, and it has truly been an incredible experience so far, and I still have 7 months to go! As many of you know, I am taking part in a gap year immersion…

27 September, 2018

Why I Am Taking A Gap Year!

  As I stressfully prepare to leave my home next week for 8 months in India, I’ve begun to reflect on what exactly prompted me to take a gap year. It’s an idea I’ve been tossing around for years, but never fully committed to until…

20 August, 2018

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