Right after graduation, one of the first six graduates from Bhaktivedanta College, Yugala Kisora Dasa, and I (who just finished the second year of studies) went to Poland to teach a seminar.
Because we were offering the Teacher Training course for the first time in Poland, and for the first time as a team, I was in a lot of anxiety. The Warsaw (Wroclaw) Temple is my home-temple, so I wanted everything to go well. I had started preparing the course months in advance.
Among the eighteen devotees who came to the course, eight were teachers. I considered this a great success, because my goal was to educate experienced teachers in the VTE methodology (Vaishnava Training and Education). With a team of trained teachers, we will be able to start educational programs in Poland and maybe establish a branch of Bhaktivedanta College.
In the beginning we were tested by devotees asking questions, but Yugala Kisora won their appreciation and respect by his knowledge and humility.
We facilitators and the students worked hard for six days to pass on and receive this knowledge and training. Every day the appreciation of the students for the VTE methodology grew. They quickly grasped the method because almost half of them are professional teachers. They prepared amazing lesson plans, and it became clear what a great potential lies dormant in each devotee.
Bhaktin Emilka, the youngest participant, is fifteen years old. A few of the older devotees are teachers with over twenty years of experience in education. By participating in the course, they showed by their example the importance of education in spiritual life.
The course ended with a ceremony of giving out certificates. The students surprised us by giving us small gifts (kurtas) and two plates of cake, which we distributed in a joyful atmosphere of gratitude and friendship.