This is India | Yearbook 2019-20

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FROM 2019-20 BATCH

Photo: Elsa Launtenbacher from Finland


This is India is the glimpse of the wonderful moments of our hosted par cipants in their respec ve host communi es. It's a journey that begins with the arrival of the par cipant to the end of their exchange, with glimpses of their cherished memories of learning during their interac on with host families and host schools. In this 10 month of learning journey, students explore, discover and experience a new culture by having an immersive AFS Experience. AFS India would like to thank all the hosted par cipants for choosing India as the preference of des na on for the exchange. With this year book, we express our gra tude to our hosted par cipants, host families and schools for being the agents of change, bridging the gap between the cultures and for being a part of the big AFS Family. A special shout out and apprecia on goes to all the wonderful host families and schools for being the excellent host, and to all the dedicated and mo vated volunteers for providing support and love throughout the journey. From everyone at AFS Intercultural Programs India, we wish you all the best for your future endeavours.

Gabriele Quaranta from Italy, Hosted in Indore

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Group Photo: During Arrival Orientaiion

Arrival Orienta on

AFS Orienta on form the basis of expecta on se ng for exchange students. We provide tools that help students adapt into new culture and give guidelines that would help the students have an enriching exchange year.

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Mariasole Cavagnino from Italy, Hosted in Karaikudi Isabel Huesa from USA, Hosted in Delhi Michael Adamson from USA, Hosted in Delhi Arianna Baldassini from Italy, Hosted in Karaikudi

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5. Hannah Quint from Germany, Hosted in Bhopal 6. Carlos Mai Rivera from Mexico, Hosted in Pune 7. Roberto Andreozzi from Italy, Hosted in Kolkata Anna Keyzer from USA, Hosted in Kolkata 8. Margherita Leo a from Italy, Hosted in Vadodara 9. Thomas Smith from USA, Hosted in Delhi 10. Debora Altamirano from Argen na, Hosted in Vadodara 11. Carson Bennink from USA, Hosted in Delhi Page 04 | This Is India, Memories of Host Students | Batch 2019-20 I AFS India

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Gioele Medas from Italy, Hosted in Rajkot Stella Bergen from Italy, Hosted in Anand Hannah Quint from Germany, Hosted in Bhopal Gabriele Quaranta from Italy, Hosted in Indore Marica Dipalma from Italy, Hosted in Gandhinagar Marie Requedat from France, Hosted in Jodhpur Page 05 | This Is India, Memories of Host Students | Batch 2019-20 I AFS India


Group Photo: During Tradi onal Wear

Tradi onal Wear

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1. Debora Altamirano from Argen na, Hosted in Vadodara Margherita Leo a from Italy, Hosted in Vadodara Silvan Su er from Switzerland, Hosted in Gandhinagar 2. Mariasole Cavagnino from Italy, Hosted in Karaikudi Page 06 | This Is India, Memories of Host Students | Batch 2019-20 I AFS India


Navratri Celebra on

Group Photo: During Navratri Celebra on

Navratri--or the nine sacred days--mark the most auspicious days of the lunar calendar according to Hinduism. Celebrated with fervor and fes vity all over north India, and every Hindu community the world over, these nine days are dedicated solely to Maa Durga (Goddess Durga) and her nine avatars. Host Students enjoyed performing Garba in the Tradi onal Dresses. Garba is a dance form originated in Gujarat, performed during Navratri.

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1. Isabel Huesa from USA, Hosted in Delhi 2. Alice Basso from Italy, Hosted in Jodhpur 3. Stella Bergen from Italy, Hosted in Anand Page 07 | This Is India, Memories of Host Students | Batch 2019-20 I AFS India


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Greta Callegari from Italy, Hosted in Pune Paul Benion from France, Hosted in Ahmedabad Michael Adamson from USA, Hosted in Delhi Arianna Baldassini from Italy, Hosted in Karaikudi

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Marica Dipalma from Italy, Hosted In Gandhinagar

Moments with

Host Families Host families in India believe in welcoming their exchange daughter or son with open arms. They follow the ethos of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” (meaning “World is One Family”). Sharing culture and tradi ons help families as well as the students develop lifelong bonds, friendships and memories to cherish.

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I felt very connected and close to my family, si ng with them so late in the night, learning about their culture. Celebra ng Janmashtami with my family and school community has been a highlight of my stay here in India so far. I learnt so much about my family, their beliefs, and local culture here in Kolkata. It is an experience; I will never forget. – By Anna Keyzer from USA (Hosted in Kolkata)

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1. Soratcha Chauiluea from Thailand, Hosted in NABHA 2. Stella Bergen from Italy, Hosted in Anand 3. Sydney Janssen from USA, Hosted in Mumbai

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4. Anine Oezmen from Germany, Hosted in Karaikudi 5. Hannah Quint from Germany, Hosted in Bhopal Page 10 | This Is India, Memories of Host Students | Batch 2019-20 I AFS India


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Truly, it was like an eight month long fes val we had while Hunter was here with us. We never knew that learning can be so much fun. The emo onal connect and rela onship that we developed with her is something that we are going to treasure for rest of our lives. - Host Family of Hunter Mc Cormick from USA

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Giancarlo Angi from Italy, Hosted in Ooty Margherita Leo a from Italy, Hosted in Vadodara Elsa Lautenbacher from Finland, Hosted in Ahmedabad Rin Yamabe from Japan, Hosted in Nashik Page 11 | This Is India, Memories of Host Students | Batch 2019-20 I AFS India


Group Photo: Margherita Leo a from Italy, Hosted in Vadodara

Community Service AFS India empowers students to focus on learning through community service. Serving the host community sensi zes the students towards the pressing issues. Exchange students are provided pla orms to engage and serve the community, and prac se at least 30 hours of service in their hos ng community.

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This year host student had done community service with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm.

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I have been constantly par cipa ng in community service ac vi es since the last three months. We teach underserved kids English words, coun ng and how to read and write Gujara . As I don't know Gujara well, I was demo vated thinking what my role is in this community service. That's where one volunteer mo vated me by saying - 'A foreigner like you can be a very good s mulus for children just to come'. This mo vated me to con nue visi ng these kids. I even teach them coun ng in Japanese and various other things. - By Kansai Inuzuka from Japan (Hosted in Vadodara)

1. Anine Oezmen from Germany, Hosted in Karaikudi 2. Stella Bergen from Italy, Hosted in Anand Page 12 | This Is India, Memories of Host Students | Batch 2019-20 I AFS India


Group Photo: During Mid Stay Orienta on

Mid Stay Orienta on

Mid-Stay Orienta on is intended to be both a look back at the students' exchange so far and to think about how to grab the maximum beneďŹ ts from the remainder of the exchange. It is also an opportunity to assess any support issues, reiterate any points that need emphasis from previous orienta ons and most importantly, have fun.

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1. NSLI-Y, Mid Stay Orienta on, conducted in NABHA 2. Pune Students Mid Stay Orienta on, conducted in Ahmedabad Page 13 | This Is India, Memories of Host Students | Batch 2019-20 I AFS India


Photo: Francesca Loria from Italy, Hosted in Gwalior

Fes vi es Diwali Celebra on One of the most significant fes vals in Indian culture, Diwali, the fes val of lights, sees millions a end firework displays, prayers and celebratory events across the world every autumn. The fes val is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains for a variety of reasons, although the main theme which runs throughout is the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil.

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To celebrate, houses are decorated with candles and colourful and huge firework displays are held while families feast and share gi s. Holi Celebra on India is famous for its colorful customs and one of the most colorful fes vals of all is the 'Fes val of Colors' itself. Holi, the vibrant fes val celebrated to welcome spring season is enjoyed by throwing color water and spray paint on each other.

Celebra ng Rakshabandhan was a great experience for me! I woke up to my host siblings tying rakhi bracelets on my wrist and we exchanged gi s and touch their feet. – Dontae Ryan II from USA (Hosted in Kolkata)

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1. Roxanne Riebel from USA, Hosted in Nashik Rin Yamabe from Japan, Hosted in Nashik


In India family has much more importance. Everyone is si ng together and sharing rather than spending me alone in a room. All the fes vals, and there are a lot in India, are celebrated together. Diwali, the fest of lights is celebrated in October. For ďŹ ve days everywhere in India, small lights called Dias are lit to celebrate the return of Lord Ram. It is the only fes val celebrated in every state of India.

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In March we celebrated Holi together. I was lucky to have experienced it before going back. For the celebra on, we went out of town and together with other people we celebrated the star ng of summer. We played Holi with turmeric powder and coloured water. A erwards, we were all over yellow and orange. It was fun, but it again felt like the me is running much too fast – Host Student

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2. Marco Brau from Italy, Hosted in Vadodara 3. Arianna Baldassini from Italy, Hosted in Karaikudi Mariasole Cavagnino from Italy, Hosted in Karaikudi 4. Elsa Lautenbacher from Finland, Hosted in Ahmedabad 5. Giulia Favale from Italy, Hosted in Delhi 6. Anine Oezmen from Germany, Hosted in Karaikudi 7. Stella Bergen from Italy, Hosted in Anand Page 15 | This Is India, Memories of Host Students | Batch 2019-20 I AFS India


8 Celebra ng Thanksgiving in India was one of the most memorable experiences I've had so far. A er being in India for about 5 months and learning about some of its colourful, vibrant, and extravagant fes vals, I was very excited to share a tradi onal American holiday with my family and friends. – Host Student

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Greta Callegari from Italy, Hosted in Pune Silvan Su er from Switzerland, Hosted in Gandhinagar Giancarlo Angi from Italy, Hosted in Ooty Marie Requedat from France, Hosted in Jodhpur Soratcha Chauiluea from Thailand, Hosted in NABHA Sydney Janssen from USA, Hosted in Mumbai Margherita Leo a from Italy, Hosted in Vadodara Hannah Quint from Germany, Hosted in Bhopal

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Photo: Marica Dipalma from Italy, Hosted in Gandhinagar

Cultural Immersion Living in India, students get exposure to an array of dierent cultures, tradi ons, prac ces and the way of life. It helps students become culturally aware and empowered with competencies to become the Global Ci zens. The ac vi es are so designed, that they help students become socially conscious leaders and ambassadors of change, ac ng as a bridge between cultures.

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1. Francesca Loria from Italy, Hosted in Gwalior 2. Marie Requedat from France, Hosted in Jodhpur Page 17 | This Is India, Memories of Host Students | Batch 2019-20 I AFS India


India changed my life. It gave me the strength to believe in myself, it took the fear to believe in my dreams and it taught me how to be a be er version of myself. I met many people; I made many friends and I'm always happy thinking that it's not only them who le something in me but it's also me who le something in them. – Francesca Loria from Italy (Hosted in Gwalior)

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I learned to be less superficial and think thoroughly about the causes of people's behaviour. – Thomas Spinelli from Italy (Hosted in NABHA)

5 I am so happy to be an exchange student in India. If you open your mind to everything in India, it is very nice (Ex. Food Friend & Family) and we have to do many things in the host town. And you will have a lot of friends who will come and talk with you. And ask some ques ons to you. But if they have an exam you will feel fun with that. I hope you enjoy it in India :) Thank you. – Disanuwat Si hisom from Thailand (Hosted in Anand)

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3. Rin Yamabe from Japan, Hosted in Nashik 4. Giancarlo Angi from Italy, Hosted in Ooty 5. Soratcha Chauiluea from Thailand, Hosted in NABHA


Group Photo: During Mid Stay

Achievements And Par cipa ons

Student of the Quarter During the exchange program, host students are en tled with “Student of the Quarter” and are selected based on their par cipa on and performance in different contests. 1) Student of the First Quarter (July to Sep 2019) - Poster Making Contest Debora Altamirano from Argen na (Hosted in Vadodara) 2) Student of the Second Quarter (Oct to Dec 2019) - Sheet of Reflec on Contest Greta Callegari from Italy (Hosted in Pune) I feel honoured to have had this opportunity of working with 5 students together and ge ng to live their journey with them. The NSLI cohort and I had built a very good rapport and bond with each other. I was more of a friend to them, which surely helped me to understand them and guide them be er. This experience really helped me to improve my interpersonal and professional skills and also made me more accep ng in nature. With all the ups and downs, the cohort and I did overcome all the situa ons and got through it proud and happy. – Gul Mehra (Local Coordinator for NSLI-Y cohort)

Top 5 Local Language Learners Under the Local Language Learning Project, the host students learnt different local languages followed by the language tests. The project was divided into 2 quarters. Based on the performance in the tests in both the quarters, top 5 students were iden fied on their scoring basis. 1. Supakorn Srichart from Thailand (hosted in Bangalore) 2. Anna Keyzer from USA YES Abroad (hosted in Kolkata) 3. Roxanne Riebel from USA (hosted in Nashik) 4. Marica Dipalma from Italy (hosted in Gandhinagar) 5. Marie Requedat from France (hosted in Jodhpur) Page 19 | This Is India, Memories of Host Students | Batch 2019-20 I AFS India


This experience was a roller coaster of a ride because there are tons of things we learn about others and ourselves too, when we are a counsellor of an individual who is from another na on, there are many cultural differences which we make a person understand but with that we too understand it. The ques ons we are asked about our culture makes us think too that why and how it works the way it works, with it I learnt how to deal with different people, differently, not a same method of expressing ideas works with all. As each individual is different. In brief if I say - 'It was a different experience in all, with all new and unexpected challenges wai ng, with a lot of new learning as an individual about self and about different cultures. – Dhruvi Vohra (Counsellor to Gioele Medas)

Na onal Language Camp for YES Abroad The YES Abroad students had the opportunity to a end the Na onal Language Camp for YES Abroad. The camp was conducted for 3-4 days where the students focussed on language learning including both wri ng and reading skills (as per their local language selec on). The local tutors were hired to conduct the camp. 1. Na onal Language Camp 1 held in Delhi in the month of September 2019 2. Na onal Language Camp 2 held in Vadodara in the month of March 2020

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Photo: Marie Requedat from France, Hosted in Jodhpur

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This was the first me I was a counsellor of a student from Italy. This is for sure one of the best and different experiences. Star ng from the first month we had a bond which we s ll have and will con nue in future. Two different cultures colliding and me helping her in adjus ng was not just a learning experience for the student but also to me wherein I discovered how we can deal with situa ons and be adaptable. The student emerged in our culture so much that I found it interes ng. Overall, more than a counsellor we became best friends.

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It is said that, unless "you don't get into the shoes of each other You can't understand the need" We both rightly stepped into each other's shoes and we became a family. – Abdul Salam (Counsellor of Mariasole Cavagnino)

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It was a long journey that passed too quickly, a roller coaster of emo ons that made me grow and made me understand myself be er than I ever did. India changed me, made me meet friends for life, taught me that there isn't anything good or bad, it's just different. – Giulia Favale from Italy (Hosted in Delhi)

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3. Marco Brau from Italy, Hosted in Vadodara Kansai Inuzuka from Japan, Hosted in Vadodara Hayato Kawata from Japan, Hosted in Ahmedabad 4. Sydney Janssen from USA, Hosted in Mumbai 5. Margherita Leo a from Italy, Hosted in Vadodara


Health experts and government oďŹƒcials, including the declara on by the World Health Organiza on of the COVID-19 pandemic. In these circumstances many countries had started to suspend schools, closed borders, and enforced strict quaran ne measures. The COVID-19 crisis is unprecedented in the history of AFS, and the challenge has provided us with a unique learning opportunity to learn about how the AFS India responds during a global crisis. We believe this decision it was in the best interest of our par cipants and volunteers, as well as our host and natural families. But this is not a decision we reached lightly. As leaders in global intercultural educa on, we know ďŹ rst-hand the transforma ve nature of the full exchange experience for par cipants, families and volunteers. It saddens us to bring these experiences to an early end.

Program Termina on + COVID 19 Situa on remain deeply grateful to our par cipants and their families for their trust in AFS and for their interest in par cipa ng in such a powerful experience. We look forward to welcoming you to our global family of 500,000 AFS alumni. Thank you for your understanding as we work through these rapidly changing mes. Once again, we would like to sincerely thank everyone who supported the students, the host families and the organiza on as a whole during the most challenging and complicated me of evacua on . We would especially like to appreciate the students for their courageousness and spiritedness to deal with these tes ng mes.

We are commi ed to sound preven on prac ces, before and a er our par cipants return. We con nue to prepare for the future programs. With more than 70 years of experience, AFS is dedicated to our mission of intercultural learning and exchange, and we are moving ahead with planning for the future programs. While it was our sincere wish to see these programs through to their previously scheduled comple on, we Page 23 | This Is India, Memories of Host Students | Batch 2019-20 I AFS India


We saw overall par cipants from (men on countries) in 2019-20 cycle. They were hosted by our wonderful Host families and Schools in Pan-India. Thank you to our wonderful volunteers of AFS India who opened their hearts and homes to host the students and provided them with safe and secure hos ng experience. The hosted students also learned and enjoyed the host family experience provided by the volunteers. They learned about Indian cuisine, the heritage, the local language, and much more. The con nuous support provided by (numbers, please) host families showed their mo va on and commitment to AFS's mission. The impact stories from our host families where they welcomed a kid as 'foreigner' and by the end of the hos ng experience created a bond which is familial in nature. The enthusiasm of our host students and their passion to learn more was noteworthy. They learned Indian culture and shared theirs with us, and in that process, they became the Cultural Ambassadors. Namaste, everyone! On behalf of AFS India, I want to congratulate you all on yet another successful hos ng journey of our wonderful batch of 2019-20. Thank you, everyone, for being part of the #AFSEffect. Children are our future and we need to provide them with the correct resources and give them the right kind of exposure so that when they grow up, they can become the ideal leaders who will propagate peace and act as responsible ci zens. Learning to live together is the philosophy AFS follows and the same has been embodied by AFSers everywhere. We deliver mission-driven impact by crea ng ac ve global ci zens to take ac ons, and study abroad program allows students to pursue the journey of becoming ac ve global ci zens. When students come to India on a hos ng program, they open up their world to new possibili es. They learn new things and take advantage of what India has to offer. The younger genera ons deserve a be er world, and it's our responsibility to create a world full of hope and posi vity. The best part is that the young genera ons are also taking the responsibility of making a posi ve difference in the world. They are ac ng as agents of change, changemakers, and much more! AFS Study Abroad Programs prepares young people to gain prac cal skills and knowledge that's needed to create a be er tomorrow. Page 24 | This Is India, Memories of Host Students | Batch 2019-20 I AFS India

It is amazing to see the transforma ve experience of our host students. They grew with the experiences; they learned from experien al learning. They overcame challenges and learned about themselves by going out of their comfort zone, and that's called the #AFSEffect. The journey of being a host family and a host student is unique. The journey entails that blood doesn't make you family, but love does. When we eat together, live together, face challenges together, stand together, we become family. AFS provides that opportunity to all -an opportunity to build lifelong rela onships. With this yearbook, I'd like to share the journey of our AFS host students who celebrated their life in India and le with loads of memories, a loving family, beau ful rela onships and experiences that can never be compared to anything else in the world. - By Divya Arora Na onal Director, AFS India


An Introducton to India India, oďŹƒcially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world. India is pluralist, mul lingual and a mul ethnic society. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the south-west, and the Bay of Bengal on the south east, it shares lad borders with Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal and Bhutan to the north east; and Myanmar (Burma) and Bangladesh to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives; in addi on, India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a mari me border with Thailand and Indonesia. India is blessed with diverse topography from mountains to plains, to plateaus, desserts, coasts and islands. India has great varie es and dierences in both its land and its people. The people of India belong to many dierent ethnic groups and religions. They speak 14 major languages and more than 1,000 minor languages and dialects. India has a collec ve culture where each member of the family is important and is encourages to do what is best for the family also keeping in mind of rela ves and family as one extended big family with the objec ve of promo ng brotherhood, unity and support each other in the family and community is the base of every rela onship in community. INDIAN FAMILY - Concept of Extended Family: Tradi onally, Indians live in extended families. Most o en, children will not move away from home un l marriage. Generally, a er marriage, a daughter will move immediately in with her new husband. Sons, typically, will raise their families in the same household as their parents. If the parents have one or more sons, the extended family can become quite large in comparison. Indian children are generally not accustomed to being alone at home. Typically, they are used to being supervised and having an adult at home with them. - Values of Indian Family: Family system in India is very strong and highly valued by each of the family members. Indians live, eat, celebrate, play and do all things together. Family means everything in Indian cultures, including personal reputa on. Unlike typical families in other socie es where individualism is encouraged and each family member establishes his/her own reputa on, there is li le room for individualism in Indian society. It is the family's reputa on that is always considered in India. Page 25 | This Is India, Memories of Host Students | Batch 2019-20 I AFS India


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Sharing is Caring: We are taught to share things with everyone, adjust and adapt according to the situa on. As we have the diverse cultural se ng at every 100 km where the food, dialect and climate will change and each of us is, fortunately, ready to immerse ourselves.

TYPICAL INDIAN HOME - Demographics: Only 30% of Indians live in the metropolitan areas and the remaining 70% live in rural communi es. These homes may be flats, apartments or individual houses. - Prayer: 80% of Indians are Hindu; in these households, there will most o en be a room or a cabinet set up with an image of a God and lamps to light while offering prayers of thanks each morning. These areas are called pujas. Muslim households may have a room, that is kept clean and free of pets, used specifically for prayer. - Family Time: Needless to say, as important as family is to the Indians, family me is vital and cherished. Just like many American families, and Indian family will enjoy me together in front of their TV either watching a DVD movie or the favourite past me cricket. The family will also enjoy me together outside the home at the beach or park, shopping together, ea ng out, going to temple, and a ending family func ons such as weddings. - Vegetarian vs Non-Vegetarian: While many Indians choose a vegetarian diet, others will eat different meats. However, even those who consider themselves as non-vegetarian will only eat meat perhaps once or twice a week. Vegetables and rice remain the main staples for most Indians. RELIGIONS IN INDIA In India, religion is not simply a belief system but a journey of self-explora on. All the major religions of the world like Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, Islam and Chris anity including their sects are found and prac ced in India with complete freedom. Religions have coexisted and evolved together for many centuries in the country and are very central to the lived of the people who have a remarkable open to even foreign religions. EDUCATION SYSTEM IN INDIA Our educa on system is one of the best in the world. We have a different pedagogy which demands students to work hard as most students focus on STEM subjects which has a great scope in India. We are doing well in the Art, Literature and Commerce as well, they are also emerging as booming streams where Students have the opportunity to think Globally and are making a posi ve impact in the society. India also has one of the largest educa on systems in the world. There are a large number of Indian as well as foreign students who apply every year to Indian schools and universi es. To get a glimpse on Indian Schools and Educa on System, please go through the details below for your understanding. - Day School (7:30 am – 2:00 pm): Day school starts early in the morning ll a ernoon. It commences with a morning assembly followed by lectures/classes of different subjects taken by respec ve subject teachers. Meals and lodging are not provided in day schools. Students carry their lunch from home or purchase food from the school canteen. - Day Boarding (8:00 am – 4:00 pm): A day boarding school with long hours provides opportunity to the children to complete their academic worry during the school hours. This facilitates a child going home to only spend me on ac vi es which are enriching. A child is not burdened with carrying a heavy school bag daily to school as his books are kept in an independent locker within the classroom. - Boarding: Most middle-class families send their children to private schools, which might be in their own city or at distant boarding schools. There are numerous boarding/day-cum-boarding schools that have cropped up in different ci es in the last few decades. They have made significant contribu ons to India life and civiliza on.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE IN INDIA India has always been a cap va ng des na on for travellers from all over the world. The en cing unity of Indian reflects a diversity of religions, cultures, customs and languages. This diversity itself is the pride of the na on. The living styles of people, their clothing, thoughts, food and cultures, everything has imprints of this diversity. So much so that they all seem to be a part of an inseparable unit. A traveller can feel this inherent character of Indian cultures by simply passing across these streets for its diverse heritage. English plays an important role in unifying regions with different people under one flag and cons tu on in our country. India being the diverse country every region has its own regional language but English is the language which connects Indian in different regions. All the pres gious schools and colleges use English as their medium of instruc on. Today, careers in the field of science and technology, business and commerce require a good knowledge of English. It has taken deep roots in India and it is very interes ng to know that India is the second largest na on of English speakers, Sensing the importance of English language and its undeniable role in na on building Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, first Prime Minister of India had said “…we know it a good deal and we have people who can teach it.” We have Infrastructure where we have been successfully implemen ng the English Learning Program with Japan and Italians. The vision of the program we run helps in preparing par cipants for a future diplomat with a high level of English language skills, so they can intake TOEFL or IELTS examina ons a er comple on of the program four to six-week programs. English is one of the two official languages of the Union Government of India. The language is used for all diploma c and administra ve conveniences, and thereby is widely used in both spoken and literary contexts. English plays an important role in unifying regions with different people under one flag and cons tu on.

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