On December 23, 2022, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama commenced his public teaching in Bodh Gaya, a significant Buddhist pilgrimage site in the northeast Indian state of Bihar. As usual, the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) organized a voluntary social service campaign to support the event.
Prior to the teaching, the volunteers arrived in Bodh Gaya to prepare for their responsibilities. The TYC established an announcement centre to disseminate information about the teaching proceedings and necessary announcements in over six languages. The volunteers took on various roles, including providing reception assistance at different railway stations, healthcare services, ensuring public security, and offering assistance to anyone who needed help or had misplaced belongings.
In addition to their assigned tasks, the TYC volunteers also assisted the security guards responsible for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s safety. Their dedication and support received significant public appreciation for the services rendered by the Tibetan Youth Congress Volunteers. The volunteer group primarily consisted of college students, and more than 70 volunteers provided aid to the pilgrims attending the teachings in Bodh Gaya.
The volunteer services were led by TYC President Gonpo Dhundup, Vice President Tashi Targyal, Joint Secretary Tsering Chomphel, and Accountant Tsamcho. The 15-day volunteer service campaign proved to be a tremendous success, showcasing the TYC volunteers’ commitment to prioritizing the welfare of others before themselves.
The efforts of the TYC volunteers during this period exemplify their dedication to community service and supporting important events within the Tibetan community. Their selfless commitment and hard work contributed to the overall success of the teaching event in Bodh Gaya.