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The 2017-18 Year Book | Timeless India is the glimpse of the wonderful moments of our hosted participants in their respective host communities. It’s a journey that begins with the arrival of the participant to the end of their exchange, with glimpses of their cherished memories of learning during their interaction with host families & host schools. In this 10 months 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 Participants for choosing India as the preference of destination for the exchange. With this year book, we express our gratitude to our hosted participants, host families & 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 appreciation goes to all the wonderful host families & schools for being the excellent host, and to all the dedicated and motivated volunteers for providing support & love throughout the journey. From everyone at AFS lntercultural Programs India, we wish you all the best for your future endeavours.

Sara Canali from Italy, Hosted in Ahmedabad Showing her Henna Art-work

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ARRIVAL

ORIENTATION

Yutaka Enomoto, School Program participant from Japan; Hosted in Delhi Namaste India, Here’s the Beginning of the Journey.

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1. Lucas Coudert from France, Hosted in Jamshedpur 2. Jonte Weixler from Germany, Hosted in Gandhinagar 3. Hannah Ochterbeck from USA, Hosted in Indore 4. Martina Troia from Italy, Hosted in Mumbai 5. (From Left to Right) Lisa Pujjati & Chiara Bianchessi, both from Italy, Hosted in Nashik

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AFS Orientations form the basis of expectation setting for exchange students. We provide tools that help students adapt into new culture and give guidelines that would help the students have a enriching exchange year.

1. Marta Imeneo from Italy, Hosted in Indore 2. Sara Canali from Italy, Hosted in Ahmedabad 3. Philippe Robin from Canada, Hosted in Rajkot

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Group photo during Arrival Orientation 4


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3 1. Ruchi Kushwaha from USA, Hosted in Ahmedabad 2. Leon Gralla from Germany, Hosted in Chennai 3. Kiri Kurosawa from Japan, Hosted in Vadodara 4. Martina Brigliadori from Italy, Hosted in Vadodara 5. Suteera Nilmanee from Thailand, Hosted in Karaikudi

TRADITIONAL WEAR

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3 Martina Sanna from Italy; Hosted in Kadi

1. Sidney Carr from USA, Hosted in Mumbai 2. Jonte Weixler from Germany, Hosted in Gandhinagar 3. Marta Imeneo from Italy, Hosted in Indore 4. Adele Chizzola from Italy; Hosted in Ooty

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Sara Canali from Italy, Hosted in Ahmedabad

NAVRATRI

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1. Martina Brigliadori from Italy, Hosted in Vadodara 2. Elena de Novellis from Italy, Hosted in Jodhpur 3. (From Left to Right) Martina Troia from Italy & Sidney Carr from USA, Hosted in Mumbai

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Graziana Antonacci from Italy, Hosted in Anand

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1 1. Kiri Kurosawa from Japan, Hosted in Vadodara

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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 traditions help families as well as the students develop lifelong bond, friendships and memories to cherish.

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MOMENTS WITH

HOST FAMILIES Stephanie Mejia from USA, Hosted in Indore

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1. Fumiko Takahashi from Japan, Hosted in Pune 2. Banu Newell from USA, Hosted in Bangalore 3. McKenna Van Abel from USA, Hosted in Delhi 9


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4 1. Lorenzo Muriana from Italy, Hosted in Ahmedabad 2. Maddalena Bienati from Italy, Hosted in Patiala 3. Noe Robert from France, Hosted in Pune 4. Suteera Nilmanee from Thailand, Hosted in Karaikudi

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1 1. Kiri Kurosawa from Japan, Hosted in Vadodara 2. Ruchi Kushwaha from USA, Hosted in Ahmedabad 3. Lucas Coudert from France, Hosted in Jamshedpur AFS India empowers students to focus on learning through community service. Serving the host community sensitizes the students towards the pressing issues. Exchange students are provided platforms to engage and serve the community, and practice at least 30 hours of service in their hosting community. 12


Lisa Pujatti from Italy, Hosted in Nashik

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McKenna Van Abel from USA, Hosted in Delhi

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(From Left to Right) Chiara Bianchessi & Lisa Pujjati from Italy, Hosted in Nashik

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Mid Stay Orientation for School Program at Gandhinagar Port

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Mid-Stay Orientation for 1. KL-YES Abroad Program at Jodhpur Port 2. Boarding Program at Delhi Port 3. NSLI-Y Program at Mumbai Port 4. School Program at Varanasi Port 5. School Program at Pune Port 6. School Program at Anand Port

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Mid-Stay Orientation is intended to be both a look back at the students’ exchange so far and to think about how to grab the maximum benefit from the remainder of the exchange. It is also an opportunity to assess any support issues, reiterate any points that need emphasis from previous orientations, and, most importantly, have fun. 16


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Mid-Stay Orientation for Boarding Program at Bangalore Port

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Olivia Vita, from USA, Hosted in Delhi

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4 1. McKenna Van Abel from USA, Hosted in Delhi 2. Anna McKane from USA, Hosted in Delhi 3. Colin Crawley from USA, Hosted in Delhi 4. YES Abroader celebrating Diwali

YES Abroad Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State

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NSLI-Y participants from USA, Hosted in Indore; performaing Indian Cultural Dance

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5 NSLI-Y participants from USA met former President of India, Ms. Pratibha Patil

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1. In Indian Traditional Attire (From Left to Right: Alice McGuinness, Peyton Newfont, Lucia Hruby, Stephanie Mejia and Megan Levan) 2. Participating in Community Service 3. In Varanasi, for Cultural Excursion Trip 4. Teaching Underprivileged children as Community Service Activity 5. Outings with Local Volunteer 21


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1. Elena De Novellis from Italy, Hosted in Jodhpur 2. Ilona Bini Cijevschi from Italy, Hosted in Varanasi 3. Yonladee Kittiyopas from Thailand, Hosted in Varanasi 4. Filippo Pretotto from Italy, Hosted in Jamshedpur 5. Martina Sanna from Italy, Hosted in Kadi 6. McKenna Van Abel from USA, Hosted in Delhi 7. Peyton Newfont from USA, Hosted in Indore 8. Alice McGuinness from USA, Hosted in Indore 9. Manuela Lenosti from Italy, Hosted in Anand

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5 1. Chayanee Keereewong from Thailand, Hosted in Kadi 2. Maddalena Bienati from Italy, Hosted in Patiala 3. Olivia Vita from USA, Hosted in Delhi 4. Martina Brigliadori from Italy, Hosted in Vadodara 5. Martina Sanna from Italy, Hosted in Kadi

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Chiara Bianchessi from Italy; Hosted in Nashik

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1. Lucas Coudert from France, Hosted in Jamshedpur 2. Lorenzo Muriana from Italy, Hosted in Ahmedabad 3. Paolo Maresca from Italy, Hosted in Patiala 4. (From Left to Right) Martina Troia from Italy & Sidney Carr from USA, Hosted in Mumbai 5. Kiri Kurosawa from Japan, Hosted in Vadodara 6. Filippo Pretotto from Italy, Hosted in Jamshedpur 7. (From Left to Right) Elena De Novellis from Italy & Achiraya Chongcharoenpornchai from Thailand, Hosted in Jodhpur 8. Chiara Bianchessi from Italy, Hosted in Nashik

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Fumiko Takahashi from Japan, Hosted in Pune & Yodsapon Sakulrojjanayothin from Thailand, Hosted in Ooty

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1. (From Left to Right) Olivia Vita from USA, Hosted in Delhi; Paolo Maresca from Italy, Hosted in Patiala; Anna McKane from USA, Hosted in Delhi; Colin Crawley from USA, Hosted in Delhi 2. (From Left to Right) Elena De Novellis from Italy; Hosted in Jodhpur & Martina Sanna from Italy, Hosted in Kadi 3. Alexander Aurin from USA, Hosted in Delhi 4. Group at Lotus Temple during Hosting Trip 2018 5. Group at Chittorgarh Fort during Hosting Trip 2018 29


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1. Yutaka Enomoto from Japan, Hosted in Delhi 2. Martina Sanna from Italy, Hosted in Kadi 3. AFS India Prom King & Queen: Colin Crawley from USA, Hosted in Delhi & Lucia Hruby from USA, Hosted in Indore 4. Ilona Bini Cijevschi from Italy, Hosted in Varanasi 5. Hannah Ochterbeck from USA, Hosted in Indore 6. Bianca Fochesato from Italy, Hosted in Bangalore 7. Yodsapon Sakulrojjanayothin from Thailand, Hosted in Ooty 8. Soufian Moussalli from Italy, Hosted in Kariakudi 9. (From Left to Right) Achiraya Chongcharoenpornchai from Thailand & Elena De Novellis from Italy, Hosted in Jodhpur 10. Adrien Hantraye from France, Hosted in Ahmedabad

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1. At AIMUN Regional AFS Activity for North & East Zone in Delhi 2. At GCIS, Regional AFS Activity for South & West Zone in Bangalore 3. Ryo Ikarashi from Japan, Hosted in Chennai 4. Filippo Pretotto from Italy, Hosted in Jamshedpur 5. Megan Levan from USA, Hosted in Indore 6. McKenna Van Abel from USA, Hosted in Delhi 7. Adrien Hantraye from France, Hosted in Ahmedabad 8. Banu Newell from USA, Hosted in Bangalore


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Country specific role play on reverse-cultural shock

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“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open” —Jawaharlal Nehru AN INTRODUCTION TO INDIA India, officially 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 a pluralistic, multilingual, and a multi-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 land 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 addition, India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia. India is blessed with diverse topography-from mountains to plains, to plateaus, deserts, coasts and islands. India has great varieties and differences in both its land and its people. The people of India belong to many different ethnic groups and religions. They speak 14 major languages and more than 1,000 minor languages and dialects. India has a collective culture where each member of the family is important and is encouraged to do what is best for the family also keeping in mind of relatives and family as one extended big family with the objective of promoting brotherhood, unity and support each other in the family and community is the base of every relationship in community. 36


DISCOVER INCREDIBLE INDIA INDIAN FAMILY • Concept of Extended Family: Traditionally, Indians live in extended families. Most often, children will not move away from home until marriage. Generally, after 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 culture, including personal reputation. Unlike typical families in other society where individualism is encouraged and each family member establishes his/her own reputation, there is little room for individualism in Indian society. It is the family’s reputation that is always considered in India. • Decision Making: The decision of the family is taken by the head of the family keeping in mind the welfare of all. Parents make a decision based on their earned experience of life for their children which is happily accepted by the children’s. The children the family are the groom and socialized in such a manner where they learn by listening to the parents, elders, and teachers and understand by reflecting. We give respect to all elders in our culture which is a must. • Sharing is Caring: We are taught to share things with everyone, adjust and adapt according to the situation. As we have the diverse cultural setting at every 100 km where the food, dialect & climate will change and each of us is, fortunately, ready to immerse our self. TYPICAL INDIAN HOME • Demographics: Only 30% of Indians live in the metropolitan areas and the remaining 70% live in rural communities. These homes may be flats, apartments, or individual houses. • Prayer: 80% of Indians are Hindu; in these households, there will most often 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 Indian, family time is vital and cherished. Just like many American families, an Indian family will enjoy time together in front of their TV either watching a DVD movie or the favorite past-time, cricket. The family will also enjoy time together outside the home at the beach, or park, shopping together, eating out, going to temple, and attending family functions 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. RELGIONS IN INDIA In India, religion is not simply a belief system but a journey of self-exploration. All the major religions of the world like Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, Islam and Christianity including their sects, are found and practiced in India with complete freedom. Religions have co-existed and evolved together for many centuries in the country and are very central to the lives of the people, who have a remarkable openness to even foreign religions.

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EDUCATION SYSTEM IN INDIA Our education 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 positive impact in the society. India also has one of the largest education systems in the world. There are large number of Indian as well as foreign students who apply every year to Indian schools and universities. To get a glimpse on Indian Schools and Education System, please go through the details below for your understanding. Types of schools: • Day School (7:30 am- 2:00 pm) - Day school starts early in the morning till afternoon. It commences with a morning assembly followed by lectures/classes of different subjects taken by respective 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 work during the school hours. This facilitates a child going home to only spend time on activities 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 cities in the last few decades. They have made significant contributions to Indian life and civilization. ENGLISH LANGUAGE IN INDIA India has always been a captivating destination for travelers from all over the world. The enticing unity of Indians reflects a diversity of religions, cultures, customs and languages. This diversity itself is the pride of the nation. The living styles of people, their clothing, thoughts, food and culture, everything has imprints of this diversity. So much so that all together they seem to be a part of an inseparable unit. A traveler can feel this inherent character of Indian culture 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 constitution 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 Region. All the prestigious schools and colleges use English as their medium of instruction. Today, careers in the field of science and technology, business and commerce require a good knowledge of English. Most of the works in the field of space, nuclear technology, medicine etc. are available only in English. It has taken deep roots in India and it is very interesting to know that India is the second largest nation of English speakers. Sensing the importance of English language and its undeniable role in nation-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 have been successfully implementing the English Learning Program with Japan and Italians. The vision of the program we run helps in preparing participants for a future diplomat with a high level of English language skills, so they can intake TOEFL or IELTS examinations after completion 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 diplomatic and administrative 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 constitution. 38


Throughout my eight months of fascination, exploration and mind blowing festivals I have gained an inside eye on India’s lifestyle, particularly the joy that comes with it. Of course every country has joy and happiness, but India finds that same love we have for money and goods for small and non materialistic items. In our western countries, we always have to be better than the next and compare who has the newest iPhone or who got the highest score on a test, Indians compare how much food they give to their guests and who can dance the longest. This lifestyle has impacted me in a very positive manner, it has reminded me to not always think of what I can have, but of what I do have. My hope is to carry this state of mind with me to the states and everywhere I go to teach to others. I want everyone to love being in the moment just as Indians do. From sitting at home all day to weddings and even small social gatherings there is always a glow to the room, whether it be singing and dancing or just sitting around the table chit chatting. I love all this country has to offer but the biggest aspect I want to gain is finding joy in the little things. - Hosted Participant on School Program

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It was so heart touching to see my host sister taking so much interest in all the rituals. It surely gave her an exposure to insight of Indian culture. While celebrating this festival with her we realised that today this promising festival has evolved from the status of a family ritual and has gained wider scope as being a tool to promote fraternity and secularism. - Host Family hosting a student on Boarding Program

One of the main changes, I have seen in my personality is the way I interact with others. Coming from a country where the density of population is very low, I was very curious to learn how 1.3 billion people can live in a single country. I used to imagine India streets constantly covered by a very dense crowd. I quickly found out that though this huge population is source of many problems, the people here still live comfortably in a lifestyle drastically different from the one in of my native country. Indians are extremely generous and that is something I really want to bring back with me. No matter if you are a perfect stranger, you will quickly be generously helped by Indians. To learn to face cultural difference is a huge part of AFS and that is something that no one can learn in a book. That is why, every young student should experience AFS. - Hosted Participant on School Program

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As I prayed next to my host mom, I reflected on our time spent together, and I felt right at home. “सच में, उन्होंने मुझे परिवार का हिस्सा बनाया।” They have truly made me a part of the family. - Hosted Participant on a Language Learning Program

We have been to Marathons (which too he won the very first time he took part in one) , family outings, movies, also taken-in a Kannada movie, have excitedly watched Netflix thrilling serials, laughed watching crazy comedy serials, have been amazed at the beauty of nature, caught our breath watching astounding game shows. The days , months have just flown and I can’t believe it will soon be time for my son to leave. - Host Family hosting a student on School Program

India in 10 months has taught me more than 15 years of education. I have rediscovered values buried under the dust of cynicity accumulated during the years of my life. - Hosted Participant on School Program

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AFS Mission AFS Intercultural Programs 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. AFS Values AFS enables people to act as responsible global citizens working for peace and understanding in a diverse world. It acknowledges that peace is a dynamic concept threatened by injustice, inequity, and intolerance. AFS seeks to affirm faith in the dignity and worth of every human being and of all nations and cultures. It encourages respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms without distinction as to race, sex, language, religion or social status. AFS activities are based on our core values of dignity, respect for differences, harmony, sensitivity and tolerance.

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Timeless India | Yearbook 2017-18  

Look inside to find the journey of hosted students from all the world to India!

Timeless India | Yearbook 2017-18  

Look inside to find the journey of hosted students from all the world to India!