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A world-class intercultural educational organization; a global movement to develop and activate global citizens AFS Intercultural Programs India is an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world.

Newsletter AFS Intercultural Programs India


2017 Issue - III

Your source to stay up to date with AFS Intercultural Programs India’s activities, events & opportunities |

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Hosting an international student in your home is a great way to learn about a new culture and share your own culture and values. Experience your world through the eyes of a young person from another country.

Discover new things about yourself and find your place in the world. Learn how to turn challenging situations into valuable opportunities to grow and become more mature.

Join a Global community of changemakers and people like you. Serve as a change agent in your community. Change the world by changing minds.

A world-class intercultural education organization. AFS helps the world learn to live together.

Inside this Issue





Hosting Stories & Experiences YES Abroad & NSLI-Y

Hosting Stories & Experiences Holi Celebrations, Trips & more


From Director’s Desk If you can dream it, you can do it!


AFS Perspectives Understanding is key to learning to live together.


Intercultural Learning Interaction with our Partners


Training ICL Level W Training in Chennai

Awards & Recognitions

Global Citizenship Education: Essential for Employability and the 21st Century Workforce 3rd Annual AFS AsiaPacific International Global Citizenship Education Forum

events April Global Youth Service Day Education Forum AAI Volunteer Meet 2017

May End of Stay Orientation AFS Meet | A World of Opportunities


Volunteer Engagement AFS India Cricket League



Arrival Orientation YES & AFS Pre-Departure Orientation YES Re-entry Orientation

YES Stories & Experiences

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IF YOU CAN DREAM IT, YOU CAN DO IT Divya Arora | National Director

“If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It”, Walt Disney (1901-66)


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billion, 20th largest brand in the world. Apple is $57 billion and Toyota is $24 billion (Forbes, September 10, 2010).

It is reported that when he was surveying the huge piece of land from a hill top he started talking to himself: there I will do this; there I will do this and so on! His VP finance remarked, “… Walt where the money will come from…” Walt angrily cut him down to size: “…look, when I am “dreaming”, let me do so because I firmly believe that what the mind of man conceives, it can achieve!”

Now, how about you? What are your dreams? Remember a journey even to the moon also starts with a single step. Take that step-even if you are in a job. You can start dreaming about your dreams in the years to come. Good Luck.

Nearer home, our Sunil Mittal with a mobile has done wonders and there are so many others who are chasing their dreams.

Excerpts from the book by Mr. Promod Batra

In my R&D of entrepreneurs from around the world, including 1000+ from India, I am very clear that when an entrepreneur starts to do something on his or her own, he has no idea where he or she will end up! But secretly he or she has dreams. He or she has to listen to her own mental drum beats.

One among the biggest entrepreneurs of the world, Walt Disney, was a struggling cartoonist in California, USA, and lived in a small rented room, which was frequented by a quiet and shy mouse! Over time, he developed a liking for it and started cartooning “comics” around it for a church for which he was paid 10 cents per cartoon! With his imagination, vision and passion, he kept at it over the decades. He became an iconic figure of the world through his Disneyland, (1955) in Anaheim, California; Disney Movies and allied products


around the Mickey Mouse (1928). Today the brand name “Mickey Mouse” gives his company $7 billion a year in royalties alone. He created Disney World (1977) in Orlando, Florida and his greatest contribution to the entertainment world was EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) in 1982.

During the entrepreneurial journey, there is no destination! The entrepreneurial journey is like an endless road and at some point; good management takes it over like in the case of Disney World. It is still going strong around the Mickey Mouse and its brand value is $18.5


The city that never sleeps, New York is famous as one of the world’s best known melting pots of culture. Between May and October last year there was an art exhibition installed at New York’s Brooklyn Bridge Park, which is neither right in the city center nor a famous art gallery site. It took me awhile to get to this open public space, but this journey was also metaphorically perfectly suited for this exhibition.

We all have heard terrible news from all around the world, and politics became a part of daily live for some of us, even if they were not directly related to where we live and the people we know. In all of this craziness and mess we were actually missing this word, understanding, and some time to digest all the news we receive with the right background information. We interact with people from different settings, and even though sometimes we do not notice it, reaching

The artist Martin Creed’s work was simple, direct, and open for interpretations. It reminded me of giant commercial neon signs, but there was a difference. The goal of the exhibition wasn’t to sell a product, but rather to inspire people to think and take action. The word “Understanding”, was the focus point of the exhibition. “Spelled out in ten–foot–tall letters mounted on a 50–foot–long steel I–beam, Understanding rotates 360 degrees, constantly shifting perspective on the work. The beam spins at varying speeds, the rhythm determined by a computerized program designed by the artist.” The space around the main installation allowed visitors to sit and hang out. I was very curious about this exhibition, so during the summer I grabbed a book and went to see it. When I arrived to my destination on a Sunday afternoon, a huge word, Understanding, was rotating under the very bright sun and there were two young people, probably from different cultures and backgrounds, sitting and talking to each other. It was a very good moment and scene for a photographer to capture it. I looked at these two young people for a short time, captured the moment in my memory, and then joined the scene as a new character with my book.

The good news is that there are tools out there to help us get a better understanding before making our judgements. Just like Martin Creed’s work was open for interpretations, all of our daily interactions are also open for them. What we need are the right tools and a little “thinking” time before making our judgement. Two of these tools, the D.I.V.E. Model and O.D.I.S exercise, are described in one of Intercultural Learning for AFSers and Friends documents called “Tools to Suspend Judgment”. Both of these practical tools are very helpful for effective and appropriate communication, and help you in make a good decision and not jump to conclusions in unclear or strange circumstances. Using tools like these two, making them a part of our lives, and sharing them with other people can increase the level of understanding between different individuals around the world.

an understanding is not very easy, especially in unclear circumstances. It takes some time and effort. Without understanding each other we can not learn from each other, we can not have effective communication, and most importantly we can not manage to live together. Learning to live together is one of the most important things that we need to achieve and without understanding each other we won’t be able to reach our goal.

AFS was founded with the understanding that there is a pressing need for cultures to overcome conflicts and to build a more just and peaceful world. Today, the need to achieve peaceful solutions to conflicts between cultures is still an urgent matter and AFS is part of the solution.

Take a role in #AFSeffect, develop, use and share your knowledge with others and help them to improve themselves too! Let’s try to understand each other and become a part of the solution rather than the conflict.

This article was written by Sercan Selvi. Sercan is the Network Events and Education Fellow at AFS International, an International Qualified Trainer for the AFS Intercultural Link Learning Program, and a member of the European Pool of Trainers of the European Federation for Intercultural Learning (EFIL). This article is copied from AFS Perspectives:

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has also introduced regional exchange programs amongst their partner schools.


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Conversations with Ebbe Skovdal, Corporate Secretary of AFS International Interviewed by Ridhima Chabbra, Manager, Educational Relationships & Program Innovation

Brief Bio: AFS student from Denmark to the US; served as volunteer, host family, and in various positions with AFS in Denmark, AFS USA and AFS International; involved in the startup of AFS programs in India since 2004. President for iDIMENSIONS, a business coaching company. M.A. in History & B.A. in Religion and History. Married to Gwen; two sons (Finn and Jonas); lives in Pennsylvania near Philadelphia.

How do you feel that AFS as an organization can contribute to fostering intercultural competence around the world especially during these times of uncertainty? The same way we have always done it, through providing intercultural exchange opportunities for longer or shorter periods of time for as many people as possible and by strengthening orientation programs for everybody involved. Our focus is to not only to make an exchange student interculturally competent but all stakeholders associated with AFS including host families, volunteers, host schools and other institutions, etc. Education has always been the key to expanding the vision of people. How do you feel intercultural learning incorporated within the educational framework to help in broadening the overall learning process for individuals? Experiencing something that’s different like another culture is always an eye opening experience that helps you broaden your potential. Being able not only to deal with diversity in our daily lives but to take advantage of it for better outcomes and solutions is going to be a critical competency for everybody in the future. Becoming interculturally competent is a key requirement in our globalized world. Across all professions, whether the sciences, the arts, public policy or otherwise global competencies are as essential as STEM skills. That’s why AFS supports key education goals for the 21st century beyond intercultural competence, including critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, innovation, collaboration, communication, empathy, flexibility, and teamwork. AFS has a critical role here going forward. What initiatives has AFS undertaken to shape the international education worldwide? How do you think these initiatives have been helpful to Indian Schools, Educators & Students? AFS was the first organization exchanging high school age students 70 years ago when the Ambulance Drivers started the exchange programs in 1947 right after the end of of World War II. We have shown the power of intercultural exchange again and again. We have shown the way for many other organizations. Today, governments of various countries and leading international organizations support us and recognize the value of Intercultural Learning, e.g. AFS has been granted consultative partner status by UNESCO. I would also like to mention that AFS celebrated its 100th anniversary by holding two international symposiums at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris in November 2014. The AFS Global Intercultural Education Symposium: Learning to Live Together—from Ideas to Action and the 100 Years Young! Youth Symposium addressed the critical challenges, concerns, opportunities and debates surrounding global citizenship education. Starting with these milestone events, in our second century of service,

We have some good tools to help us with our outreach to school, e.g., the Educator & School Relations handbook which provides a framework and best practices for AFS organizations on how to partner with schools. We have also created the position of Educator & School Relations Responsible which is a volunteer or staff member in every AFS organization dedicated to maintaining and establishing partnerships with schools and other and educational organizations (like ministries of Education and UNESCO offices). This increases our visibility as an educational organization promoting intercultural learning. Volunteers are the pillars when it comes to the functioning of AFS. What can more initiatives be brought forth to garner motivation amongst the volunteers? Our volunteers are most certainly critical to the success and functioning of AFS. In my experience,

AFS Intercultural Programs’ aim is not only to transform tens of thousands of lives each year through our international exchange and host family programs that span 99 countries, but also to truly make intercultural learning opportunities and global citizenship education more accessible, relevant and actionable for all people worldwide, both in and outside of the classroom. Any suggestions as to how the intercultural learning can be given due importance/ awareness in lesser explored areas so as to reach out for more openness and awareness in obtaining intercultural learning. Intercultural learning is a vital part of the global education agenda and the UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 which calls for ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning. It is essential that while we work towards our mission, we aim to make all our efforts broadly available in our local realities and around the world. It is equally important that we clearly make the connections between our efforts to provide people with intercultural learning opportunities and the 21st century skills that all educational systems around the world are aiming to deliver. Intercultural learning is not a nice-to-have privilege but a core competency that all learners need in our world today. The current world climate actually calls for an even more urgent need for the global skills that we help develop through intercultural learning.

(Photo Above: Interaction with Volunteer) the most important thing we can do to further the motivation amongst the volunteers is to match our volunteers to responsibilities and tasks they are interested in taking on and then provide orientation and training in how to do it. This means we need to take the time to do talk to the volunteers about this and also follow up with them on a regular basis to discuss how they are doing. How has the AFS experienced/helped you? I can’t imagine my life without it! Not the easiest thing that happened to me, but definitely the best! On an AFS experience you get to know yourself better and you learn about other people. Over time you also learn a lot about how other people perceive and experience you, which initially you

This is a key thing being explored by AFS. We need a global strategy but as the realities vary by country the global efforts needs to be combined with national, regional and local strategies, e.g. AFS India has to identify how best to do this in India. One important key to success will be to get the education systems involved in a major way. All of us have to be advocates for this on a daily basis. Schools are important partners in growth of AFS programs. How has AFS involved schools in country to make them strong partners? What are some kinds of activities that AFS has been doing to improve school relationships, and can be an example for others in the field of Global Education? Over the years AFS has had a good relationship with schools around the world and received a lot of support from them, otherwise we couldn’t have placed our students in the schools for a semester or year. However, there is so much more we can do, starting with making them equal partners in the exchange, rather than just helping us with a placement for our students. This will involve actively engaging the schools and listening to their needs and finding additional to make exchange opportunities available for their teachers and administrators.Many initiatives have been taken to make schools more involved with AFS not only through programs but ICL (intercultural learning) Trainings, Expert Meets and seminars. 4 To bring the school fraternity together AFS India

(Photo Above: With IND staffers) may not pay a lot of attention to as an exchange student. This is a very important ability for any future professional and personal relationships (I am still working on it). I learned about it firsthand through an article my host father, who was a journalist, wrote a couple of years after the family had hosted me. I had a great year, but it appeared that it took my family some time to get used to me and to understand me and the way I reacted to what was happening around me. Several examples were given in the article, things that had never occurred to me, but I was heartened to read “At the close of Ebbe’s visit with us, we were sure that we had gained a son when we said our good-byes.” Now many years later I can certainly confirm that as my host family had gained a new son, I gained a new family for life! AFS added a totally new dimension to my life. I feel very privileged. AFS Intercultural Programs India | March 2017 | Page No - 3 |



When we reached Coonoor, it was absolutely breathtaking. We stayed in a tea estate looking down on Coimbatore from quite high up, and we were surrounded by tea fields and wildlife. That first day in Coonoor we went into the city to eat and headed to the lambs rock to get an incredible view of the rolling hills and the city of Coimbatore below. We also went to the city park and saw all kinds of flora and fauna. We even saw some pine trees which I never expected to find in India! That night we had a bonfire under the stars and I got to talk with the family very much. I became much closer with Moorthy family over the course of this trip and the night in Coonoor was a big reason for that. The next morning we drove to the nearby city of Ooty to see the botanical gardens and go boating. In the botanical gardens we got to see more plants and lots of monkeys and turtles among other animals. Ooty was such an incredible place that I’d love to visit again. Coonoor and Ooty were both absolutely beautiful hill stations.

South India Trip By Joseph Neil Gullo, YES Abroad, Hosted in Delhi I had an incredible trip to Tamil Nadu from the 8th-16th of February. The highlight of the trip was meeting some great people and experiencing a lot of new culture. This trip I traveled with some close friends of my host family and I would strongly recommend traveling with friends in addition to host families because you get exposed to different cultures, new people, and generally a new family environment.

The train was quaint but comfortable and I had no trouble falling asleep or traveling. I slept and when I woke up we were in Chennai. We drove straight to Chennai to meet more family and to drop off auntie to stay with her sister in- law. These people were just as welcoming as the rest have been and fed me a lot. They also gave me copies of the Mahabharata, Ramayana, and some beautiful pictures. The next two days in Chennai were kind of a blur. We visited different shops, hung out with family, and ate more Idlis and Dosas then I would like to remember. Some of the best parts were visiting the beach and that very colorful Lakshmi mandir on the shore. On the 15th, we headed to Mahabalipuram for the day and that was one of the highlights of the trip. We saw all the temples and the sea and I met another uncle who took us around and who had lived in the US for a few years. This was a great day to spend the last full day in the South. The next day was filled with goodbyes, talks and traveling. I had an amazing time but I was happy to be back with my host family.

I reached Coimbatore on the morning of February 8th. That evening when we arrived in Coimbatore I was met with good old Indian humidity and some beautiful scenery. It was interesting to be back in a rural environment on the outskirts of Coimbatore since I haven’t really seen one since I left. Our stay in Coimbatore was short as we had to drive to the nearby village of Satyamangalam for a wedding reception. We got to the reception around 9:00 and I had my first Dosas and Idlis of the trip (they weren’t my last.) Being at the reception was great because I got to meet a lot of the family and I got to see the first stages of a real South Indian Wedding. The next morning was where the fun really started because at 8:30 that morning the marriage begun. Sadly I wasn’t able to get any good pictures but seeing things like the 9-yard Saree, and the garland exchange among other things was great. My favorite part of the marriage was when I sat down with 8 members of the Moorthy family and ate breakfast on the banana leaves. If we had more banana leafs in the US I would never use a plate again. One theme throughout my trip in South India which just begun here was that I was welcomed as just another member of the family and not like a foreigner. It was kind of refreshing to just feel like a person attending a wedding instead of a foreigner attending a wedding. At about 11:00 we wrapped things up and began the 3.5 hour drive to Coonoor.

(Photo Above: Outings) Our night in Coimbatore was pretty simple, we just ate dinner and rested at the hotel. Although I did get to meet the 3-time winner of Mr. Tamil Nadu. At this stage of the trip one Uncle traveling with us had to leave us and go back to Delhi for some work. The next afternoon we drove to the small village of Namakkal to visit the family greataunt’s home. First one of her children came and took us to two incredible mandirs. One was a Hanuman mandir which had that great statue I sent pictures of and the other was a Narasimha mandir which I’ve never gotten to see up North. It was interesting to see the Gods in black marble instead of white as they usually are here. When

prepared and by the end of the week I felt confident approaching people.

Community Service at Eye Camp By Courtney Fulcher, NSLI-Y, Hosted in Indore To spread awareness about the free eye camp, The Daly College students and exchange students went around Indore after lunch and distributed flyers in different neighborhoods. On the first day of the campaign, I was bombarded with unfamiliar Hindi words. I stayed with students from The Daly College as they explained the eye camp to people while I wordlessly handed flyers. The next day during Hindi class, we created a speech that we could give with help from our Hindi teacher, Dr. Rajopadyay. I felt much more AFS Intercultural Programs India | March 2017 | Page No - 4 |

we got to the family home in Namakkal I for the first time of the trip was in a place where I had no way of verbally communicating except with the Moorthy’s of course. The family only spoke Tamil and Kannada. But this was one of those cultural moments that you dream about as an exchange student. I got by with limited language and the family was so sweet. They gave me clothes and brought me in. When I left, auntie hugged me and I was so thankful for this welcoming environment. With the world in its current state when so many people turn upon their fellow countrymen as well as any outsiders, meeting people like this gives me hope. We left Namakkal because we had to stay in Salem with this aunties two brothers. In this home I got more of the same great treatment and food. Here I was able to speak English and there was a boy in 9th class interested in foreign exchange. I gave him and his mother my YES Abroad pitch and gave them my email for the future. The next morning Moorthy Uncle had to come back to Delhi so it was just me and the three others for the rest of the trip. We spent the day in Salem with the family, and I played football and ran around with the children. That evening we had another round of goobyes as we took the overnight train to Chennai.

We went to the Choitram Netralaya to receive basic training on conducting eye exams and identifying cataracts. The doctor took the time to explain how different eye problems occurred in the eye. I was surprised to learn that the eye exams I took every time I visited my pediatrician were different from the ones we would be administering at the eye camp because India uses the British system of eye exams. Before the training, I had no idea eye exams varied from country to country. Alexis, another AFS student, was able to have her glasses fixed at the hospital. The Eye Camp is a Round Square partnership between the Daly College, Ermitage International School of France, and Choitram Netralaya. Ermitage also brought along three Danish

Well this concludes my story, and I am so thankful to the family for treating me really kindly and treating me to a wonderful time. Also, to anybody interested in traveling on exchange I would strongly recommend it because of what it can teach you culturally and because it’s important to explore your host country. Interacting with these people was the best possible way to spend my trip and it goes to show that the one thing we all share is our humanity. Even with language barriers or cultural differences compassion can always bridge those gaps. I think I will remember this trip and these people forever. As always, thank you YES Abroad for yet another extraordinary experience.

students they had invited from another school. The Ermitage students arrived to help us set-up the camp at a dharamshala in Indore. Half of us helped with camp set-up and the other half went campaigning. The Eye Camp was hectic but invigorating. Everyone was dedicated to having the eye camp run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. I was nervous at first about administering eye exams entirely in Hindi, but the Daly students were always willing to pitch in if I had any trouble and more often I found myself helping the French students with their Hindi (I even taught them to sing “Hum Honge Kamyab”). The Eye Camp was an amazing chance to provide a necessary service to the community while practicing Hindi and making new friends from the Daly and Ermitage.

Holi Celebrations in Pune AFS Pune chapter planned a Holi celebration with host students on 13th of March at chapter president’s place.

(Photo Above: Playing Holi) The volunteers and host students gathered at the decided venue in the morning and started playing with colors. Host students found it very interesting and they enjoyed applying colors on others and they loved getting colored in different colors as well. Overall, it was a wonderful and fun loving experience for host students and volunteers.

I’ve got two families… for real, for life. By Lucia Cannas, From Italy, Hosted in Mumbai (2008) It was July 2008 when I met my Indian family. I didn’t know them, I didn’t know their culture, probably I didn’t even know myself. I was 16 when I went to Mumbai for my exchange program.

exchange program had just been a channel to link our paths. Nowadays It seems that they know me since my birth and that I have spent my childhood with my sister, she knows me so well!!! We understand each other so deeply. This Christmas I have met my brother for the second time. He lives in USA with his lovely family. We never lived in the same house, but I could feel that we belong to the same Indian family. We know rules and thoughts which connect and put together Agrawal’s family members. Italy and India are very different, Cagliari and Mumbai have only the sea in common, and even that has a different color. I am the same Italian girl. Of course, I have grown up both as an Indian and as an Italian. I have experienced what it means being 25 years old in Mumbai. Sometimes it feels like a second life, and I guess it is, not because I change, but the world around me does changes and so my habits. My Indian dad came to Italy and met my Italian family. It was fantastic and it felt great to show him my hometown and tell everyone “he is my Indian dad”. When my Italian mom and my aunt came to India, it felt strange and amazing at the same time. I tried to be a cultural mediator both the times. I was happy. I can’t really explain how does it feel to say “dad, this is my dad” and “mom, this is my mom”. I have two names now: in Italy I am Lucia Cannas, in India everyone knows me as Lucy Agrawal.

They went to this farm in the morning as a group of 13 people. They all enjoyed the local food of village, the farm, swimming pool and music and dance. Host students really had a great fun there and they enjoyed the food and had a lot of fun with the villagers. They also celebrated Holi with the villagers in the evening. On the way, back home, everyone stopped for dinner and had traditional food at a very famous restaurant in the suburbs of Pune. The Local Hosting Activity helped to increase the bond between the host students and volunteers. It also served as encouragement to the new volunteers to continue their volunteering journey with AFS. Everyone along with host students enjoyed the dinner and we all came back to Pune with the memories to cherish forever.

Holi Celebrations By Tullio Benini, From Italy, Hosted in Bhopal Holi celebration has been one of the best Indian Festival that I’ve experienced. Since I came to know that I’ve been selected for an annual program in India I dreamt about playing it and finally I can say that I have. I fell in love with Holi, not only because of the colors, but especially because of the feeling of brotherhood in the whole playing community. Firstly, I played with my family and friends, and

I will always be thankful to my Italian family for letting me go so far away and I will always say that I have been blessed because I’ve got another family in the world which loves me as much as my biological family does. That’s what I feel every time I come back to my second hometown.

Local Hosting Activity in Pune AFS Pune chapter planned a local hosting activity with host students on 12th of March at Sukh Agro farms in Kikvi.

(Photo Above: Enjoying Holi with family)

(Photo Above: Having fun playing Holi)

One year of my life which actually changed my way of thinking. They welcomed me as their daughter since the very beginning. They became my dad, mom and sister. In November 2016 I came back home for a internship. Although I could choose any other country, the desire to come back to my Indian family was stronger and more intense than any other feeling or wish.

then I played with strangers and danced on the tunes of folk songs eating traditional food like “Chaat papri, Dahi Bhalla, Mathi Aaloo Halwa and lte evening Chicken and Roomali Roti” and going crazy with gulal and pani.

I really became part of the family nine years ago. I had forgotten how your relationship got so far and how we met … it didn’t matter anymore. The

I’m so glad to have lived this particular event of the Indian culture and this colorful day will always be one of my best and funnier memory of my Incredible India. (Photo Above: Enjoying at the Farm)

TRAINING INTERCULTURAL LEARNING LEVEL W TRAINING (Photo Above: Group of volunteers) ICL Level W training was conducted for 14 volunteers in Chennai on 12 March 2017. The alumna, Manshi Gala (YES’12) was one of the facilitator along with a senior trainer (Ajay Mehta, NQT). It was an great experience for the trainers as well as learning experience for all the particiapants. Everyone enjoyed the sessions as it was all synced with each other and the methodologoy adopted by trainers helped in conducting the sessions swiftly. Thanks to all for attending the workshop, and special thanks to both the trainers for facilitation.

(Photo Above: During sessions)

Level W Intercultural Learning Training was held in MCC School. It was a great experience for me. I learn a lot about intercultural and how to understand people from a different culture. The training wasn’t boring at all it has a lot of fun activities, a lot of fun games and ice breaker which can be connected to the session. The training starts at 9 in the morning until 6 in the evening. Although it’s sound very long, but it doesn’t feel like it. Because all of us had a great time. The session talks about a lot of things such as Intercultural Learning, making culture tangibles, cultural dimension, communication style, etc. we also talk about our real experience about cultural difference. Overall it was a great experience, it gave me a new perspective and a new view to the world.

By Raihan Pratama Mauladi, From Indonesia, Hosted in Chennai AFS Intercultural Programs India | March 2017 | Page No - 5 |


AFS INDIA CRICKET LEAGUE AFS Cricket League was kick started, its 1st National Level Cricket Tournament with the playoff matchers on 11th-12th Feb, in all four Host





We’d like to appreciate the five member Cricket Core Committee members were comprised of selected volunteers namely,

Ports, namely Gandhinagar, Varanasi, Chennai & Mumbai. Across pan India, there were 13 teams’ representations from 14 chapters, which lead to six winners from all the 4 Host Ports. The SemiFinal & Final match was hosted by Vadodara on 26th March, 2017, and the winner of AFS India Cricket League is Rajkot team with added players from Kadi and Mumbai, while Anand was the runner-up. The AFS Cricket League playoffs were successful because of the ownership of the responsibilities chosen voluntarily to promote the basic idea of togetherness through this AFS Cricket League at National Level. Special thanks to all the chapters for hosting the National Level matches.

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Ms. Sonal Mehta, Ms. Preeti Gohel & Mr. Parth Patel from Vadodara; Mr. Yashodhan Shinde from Pune & Mr. Shalin Dave from Anand,

They all ensured the stimulation of constant follow ups and relaying of the information, from its initial stage to become a well connected AFS Cricket League. AFS India is very thankful to each one of them for giving their time, energy and commitment.





Cricket Match was so much fun. We got to meet so many old friends, made new friends & enjoyed the experienced. Thank you, AFS!



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1. Winning Team 2. Group in Vadodara 3. Man of the Match, Vadodara, March 2017 4. IND Staffers & Volunteers. 5. Man of the Series, Vadodara, March 2017 6. Mexican Volunteer Playing Cricket 7. Core Committee Members (From Left: Shalin, Parth, Sonal, Aadil, Preeti, Divya & Yashodhan) 8. Groups in Gandhi Nagar 9. Welcoming of Volunteers at Varanasi 10. Groups in Chennai 11. Groups in Mumbai 12. Players in Action 13. With guest Rajkuvardevi Gaekwad

enough for me to understand and get a rough area of the whole mock trial process, how it works, how it is scored and how a team is said to be winner. Finally, came the weeks, the 2 weeks of competition, for which I have been awaiting for.


STORIES & EXPERIENCES Funded by the U.S. Department of State

On the day of my first competition, from the time I woke up, the only thing I could think of was how would the court house look like in U.S., how would the judge be, would he/she be able to understand my accent, would the scoring attorneys be able to understand my accent, my case from my point of view, would I be able to rebuttal well and what

making me even more nervous and more scared. Since I was the pre-trial defense attorney, I had to go first. My legs were shaking, my hands were trembling, I felt completely blank for a moment but the only thing I knew was ‘I can’t let down the trust everybody has shown in me’. However, with butterflies all over in my body, I stood up and made opening argument, followed by rebuttal with the attorney of opposite team. Everything - my accent, my point of view, etc turned out to be pretty good. And the best part, I won the pretrial motion. And these way with learning of new chapter each competition, and with little more confidence every other competition, two weeks of competition got over. Even though we didn’t qualify for state finals, I achieved a great success on personal level. Mock trial has built in me the ability to work meticulously, challenged me to think more analytically, use more formal language and articulate responses within seconds. This has modeled me into a better public speaker and

Exploring New Opportunity By Margi Shah, YES Student in USA In anticipation of my year abroad with YES, World Link, AFS - India, I made a promise to myself to try new things, to not let an opportunity to go unexplored. Upon arrival, on my first few days of my school, I got around to look different activities and clubs available to American high school students. One activity that caught my eye was Mock trial. Mock trial can be said a fake trial, in which two teams fight a fake case but in front of the real judge and in the real court. My journey with mock trial started as I auditioned for it on September 6, 2016. And the results astounded not only me but all the people who had done audition as people, who were trying since last 4 years didn’t get the position which I got. I was selected as the pre-trial defense attorney for the Dinuba Mock trial team. Nothing can express how much happy was I at that moment. But as said every new opportunity comes with lots of responsibility, our practice started the very next day. Our practice continued for 4 months, followed by at least seven- eight scrimmages, some in our school, some in other schools and some in other cities, sometimes I win and sometimes I loose, but the scrimmages were

(Photo Above: At the Court) not. It was a mixture of lots of emotions. However, we reached the court house at 4 pm. For the first time in my entire life and that too in a foreign country, I saw a court house. It was pretty much as I had imagined from outside but from inside it was totally different. After going through the whole security process, we were allowed to enter in and then were led to our respective courtroom. I was really excited but scared too. I stepped into the courtroom with butterflies in my bones, with a nervous feeling so beautiful, I knew I was going to try something completely new, something so different, something worth a part of my chapter yso called ‘life in a year’ in my life’s book. After a passage of few minutes, our judge for that day and the members of scoring penalty entered,

Choithram School, Manik Bagh received the People Award of School Enterprise Challenge


(Photo Above: With host family) debater and allowed me to leave no stone unturned in my search for knowledge. Even though, I won’t be able to participate in mock trial next year, I know I will be able to transfer the abilities I have acquired through mock trial. At the end, what I have to say is, “Stepping out of comfort zone and trying new things is the best way to grow.”

recognition of the exceptional school business ‘Good Earth’ established in the school. As a part of this enterprise, students from Montessori to grade 10 prepared handicrafts from recycled material, compost from dry leaves and saplings from flower cuttings while the business team of grade 11 and 12 was involved in selling these items during the Fundraising Events. The profits generated were used for a charitable cause viz., establishing a library in an orphanage as well as gifting musical instruments to the visually handicapped and school bags to slum children.

AFS Partner School, Choithram’s Teacher Wins Inspirational Teacher Award at the International Level UK-based charity Teach A Man To Fish has announced Ms. Raminder Mac, Dean International Affairs of Choithram School, Manik Bagh as winner of Inspirational Teacher Award of School Enterprise Challenge2016, the first prize in the teacher category. The award carries with it a prize of $2000. Being the Lead Teacher of the business enterprise of the school, Raminder went the extra mile to hone the entrepreneurial and business skills of the students. Under her mentorship the school received various awards of the School Enterprise Challenge viz., the People Award this year and Special Recognition Award last year as well as awards for Video Pitch, Blogging and T-shirt Designing mini competitions. More than 5000 schools from over 100 countries participated in the contest this year.

The award has been possible only because of the support of our Principal Mr. Rajesh Awasthi who has always given us a learning environment to explore and try out new ideas. My gratitude to organizations like the British Council, AFS Intercultural Programs India and Teach a Man to Fish (UK based charity which runs the School Enterprise Challenge) for their wonderful programs which have helped me to reach my acme.

2016, the second highest award of the implementation phase. The award carries with it a prize2 of $2000 and one funded place to a regional conference. The school received the award in

By Raminder Mac, Volunteer, AFS India 3

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Apply today! Global Citizenship Education: Essential for Employability and the 21st Century Workforce 3rd Annual AFS Asia-Pacific International Global Citizenship Education Forum 20th -23rd April, 2017 | India

How does Global Citizenship Education drive Employability? How does Employability shape Global Citizenship Education? AFS Intercultural Programs and the AFS AsiaPacific Initiative (AAI) with the support of UNESCO New Delhi Office are convening the 3rd Annual AFS Asia-Pacific International Global Citizenship Education Forum, entitled “Global Citizenship Education: Essential for Employability & the 21st Century Workforce” to tackle the interconnections between global citizenship education and employability. The Forum’s goal is to make intercultural learning opportunities and global citizenship education more accessible, relevant and actionable for all people worldwide, both in and outside of the classroom. It builds on two previous editions in Bali, Indonesia (2015) and Perth, Australia (2016), as well as The AFS Global Intercultural Education Symposium: Learning to Live Together—from Ideas to Action and the 100 Years Young! Youth Symposium which addressed the critical challenges, concerns, opportunities and debates surrounding global citizenship education in 2014.

Target Groups The 3rd forum will connect educators, intercultural learning practitioners and researchers with employers and corporations plus governments, institutions, policy-makers and others in AsiaPacific who have a stake in the future of the region and its most precious commodity: its people.

Forum Sub-Themes

development in their curricula? How can learners better express and demonstrate their intercultural learning and global competencies to meet employers’ needs? How can employers and educators work together to align opportunities?

Forum Benefits

Speakers at the Forum Anantha Duraiappah, Director of UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development; Roberto Ruffino, Secretary of the Intercultura Foundation; Vivek Paranjpe, Advisor to the Chairman of Reliance Industries Limited; Matangi Gowrishankar, Director of British Petroleum’s Global Leadership Academy and Head of Capability Development; Daniel Obst, President & CEO of AFS Intercultural Programs; Sumer Singh, Leading Educationist of India, and many more.

In our second century of service, AFS Intercultural Programs’ aim is not only to transform tens of thousands of lives each year through our international exchange and host family programs that span 99 countries, but also to truly make intercultural learning opportunities and global citizenship education more accessible, relevant and actionable for all people worldwide, both in and outside of the classroom.

HAVE QUESTIONS? For more information please visit the forum website at For questions and inquiries please contact the organizing committee at

Together participants will explore these questions: • • • •

What are key intercultural learning and global competencies required for the economies and jobs of tomorrow? How are these competencies defined, delivered and measured by employers? by educators? How do employers prioritize intercultural and global competencies when looking for candidates? How can educators include intercultural learning and global competency

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AFS Intercultural Programs India Newsletter | March 2017  

Your source to stay up to date with AFS Intercultural Programs India's activities, events & opportunities. AFS provides intercultural learni...

AFS Intercultural Programs India Newsletter | March 2017  

Your source to stay up to date with AFS Intercultural Programs India's activities, events & opportunities. AFS provides intercultural learni...