My name is Sharika. I was born and brought up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and am of Indian ethnicity. Before starting with TGS, I was a school-based psychologist in Melbourne, Australia. I worked primarily with adolescents whose families sought refuge in Melbourne from countries like Iraq and South Sudan. It was a truly humbling and eye-opening experience having had the chance to work with students of such a demographic. It made me realize the potential for resilience the human spirit has.
What I love most about the work I do is being trusted to be “let in” to a person’s vulnerable side. It is especially rewarding when a student can better understand themselves, navigate a situation, and make informed choices in any facet of life, whether it be friendships, relationships, future goals, etc.
The entirety of it is genuinely appealing to me! The project-based learning and the experience of traveling to different countries genuinely develops a worldly-wise, holistic individual with the potential to navigate the ever-changing nature of societies.
My most memorable travel experiences were to Kenya and Bhutan. I went on a safari through the Maasai Mara in Kenya, and it was mesmerizing to experience the serenity of the wild. In Bhutan, my trip’s highlight was hiking up to the Tiger’s Nest monastery – an architectural wonder, with a rinpoche (a high-ranking Buddhist teacher) who led the group I was with through a meditation session inside the second oldest altar of the monastery. What was also memorable in my visit to Bhutan was the warmth, kindness, and hospitality of the Bhutanese people.
I would love to visit Cuba and Iran.
My favorite books are ‘Braving the Wilderness’ and ‘Daring Greatly’ by Brene Brown. She champions the notion that vulnerability is strength, and by embracing it and learning how to be accommodating without sacrificing who we are helping in connecting with one another.
A passion for travel. A strong academic record. And the desire to improve the world as you experience it. If this sounds like you, you just might be our ideal candidate! Start your application with a five-minute inquiry form - you never know where you might end up.
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