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The 2018-19 Year Book Timeless 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 & 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 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 & 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 & schools for being the excellent host, and to all the dedicated and mo vated 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.


ARRIVAL

ORIENTATION

Group Photo During Arrival Orienta on

1 AFS Orienta ons 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 a enriching exchange year.

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1. Blanca Lopez from Spain, Hosted in Rajkot 2. Maxwell Bolles from USA, Hosted in Ahmedabad 3. Sergio Grosso from Italy, Hosted in Mumbai 4. Ippo Sogawa from Japan, Hosted in Gandhinagar 5. During a Session 6. Muhammad Ramadan from Indonesia, Hosted in Ahmedabad 7. Thanaroj Supapitakpong from Tahiland, Hosted in Kadi 8. Aya Komatsu from Japan, Hosted in Bhopal


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2 1. Tommaso from Italy, Hosted in Kadi 2. Aluica Maria Berto from Italy, Hosted in Bangalore 3. Vorakarn from Thailand, Hosted in Kolhapur

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TRADITIONAL WEAR


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2 1. Lukas Raymann from Germany, Hosted in Ahmedabad 2. Leone Mohle from Germany, Hosted in Delhi 3. Delphine Brisson from Canada, Hosted in Anand

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TRADITIONAL WEAR


During Navaratri

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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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NAVRATRI CELEBRATION


NAVRATRI CELEBRATION

Host Students Graba Dance

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1. Nabhawan Sanrum from Thailand, Hosted in Varanasi 2. Host students while dancing 3. Thanaroj Supapitakpong from Thailand, Hosted in Kadi 4. Delphine Brisson from Canada, Hosted in Anand; Ester Romeo from Italy, Hosted in Jodhpur 5. Na hawut Pongnarisorn from Thailand, Hosted in Nabha


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4 1. Maxwell Bollesfrom from USA & Saamel Lohrer from Switzerland, Hosted in Ahmedanad 2. (From Le to Right) Luisa Funk from USA & Elisa Zucconi from Italy, Hosted in Nashik; (From Le to Right) Luka Wohl from USA , Harry Cnops from Italy Hosted in Delhi 3. (In Middle) Anna Lovain from USA, Hosted in Indore 4. (From Le to Right) Dane Liebermann from USA, Hosted in Kolkata; Kaan Cicigun from Turkey, Hosted in Gandhinagar; Muhammad Ramadan from Indonesia, Hosted in Ahmedabad

NAVRATRI CELEBRATION


MOMENTS WITH

Aya Komatsu from Japan Hosted in Bhopal

HOST FAMLIES 1

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 bond, friendships and memories to cherish.

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1. Dane Liebermann from USA, Hosted in Kolkata 2. Itsaraporn Intrapraseet from Thailand, Hosted in Kolhapur 3. Alice Lucarelli from Italy, Hosted in Jodhpur 4. David Priczesi from Hungary, Hosted in Vadodara

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Ester Romeo from Italy Hosted in Jodhpur


COMMUNITY SERVICE

Community Service by NSLI-Y Students

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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 ce at least 30 hours of service in their hos ng community. This year host student had done Community Service with a lot of Zeal and Enthusiasm. Some of the par cipants reached 90 hours. of Community Service. We have acknowledged the host students' eorts by oering scholarships for devo ng good amount of the me in Community Service and making the impact.

COMMUNITY SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP CHART S. No.

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Giulia Grazia Gonnella

Vadodara

7000

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Ester Romeo

Jodhapur

4000

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Alice Lucarelli

Jodhapur

4000

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Chiara Bordignon

Anand

3000

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Kaan Cicigun

Gandhinagar

3000

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Ippo Sogawa

Gandhinagar

3000

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Louisa Funk

Nashik

2000

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Elisa Zucconi

Nashik

2000

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Muhammad Ramadhan

Ahmedabad

1000


COMMUNITY SERVICE

Kaan Cicigun from Turkey Hosted in Gadhinagar

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1. Ippo Sogawa from Japan, Hosted in Gadhinagar 2. Luka Wohl from USA, Hosted in Delhi 3. Nabhawan Sanrum from Thailand, Hosted in Varanasi 4. Delphine Brisson from Canada, Hosted in Anand


MID-STAY Yes Program at Jodhpur Port

ORIENTATION

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 t 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. NSLI-Y Program at Mumbai

School Program at Vadodara Port


MID-STAY ORIENTATION

Boarding Program at Bangalore Port

Boarding Program at Delhi Port

School Program at Chennai Port

School Program at Kolkata Port

School Program at Vadodara Port


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2 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. To celebrate, houses are decorated with candles and colourful lights and huge firework displays are held while families feast and share gi s.

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CELEBRATION 1. Elisa Zucconi from Italy Hosted in Nashik 2. Alice Lucarelli from Italy Hosted in Jodhpur 3. Ree a Tenhunen from Finnland Hosted in Delhi


AIMUN 2018

The Amity International Model United Nations

Host Students During AIMUN 2018 Conference

The conference was conducted from 15th to 17th November 2018 at Amity University NOIDA, INDIA Campus. In this conference, we had a great par cipa on of our 24 host students from dierent chapters. AIMUN 2018 was the ninth edi on of AIMUN and hosted over 500 high school students from around the world, who will congregate at Amity University to discuss, deliberate, nego ate and resolve some of the most challenging and arduous issues facing the interna onal community today. This forum served as a pla orm to young ambassadors of tomorrow a golden opportunity to exhibit and hone their own unique talents and skills. Our host students got a splendid chance to meet people from dierent backgrounds, share cultures, interests and ideas and make new and longlas ng bonds with like-minded individuals. The students also had a good me visi ng Atulasha and Amitasha, unique projects of Amity Humanity Founda on and mee ng their students. They enjoyed doing ac vi es with them which was quite a fun. They equally par cipated as other groups and performed during the cultural evening. They le with a mo va on and inspira on to commit their energies to work for the beneďŹ t of humanity and establish a stronger global fraternity. It was indeed a great and knowledgeable experience for them to be a part of this event


CULTURE

Lorenzo Barbolla from Italy Hosted in Nabha

Excursion/Immersion 1 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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Krid tee Kumpumee from Thailand Hosted in Mumbai

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1. Katarina Dorovic from Serbia, Hosted in Pune 2. Dane Liebermann from USA Hosted in Kolkata 3. Adel Scherrer, from USA, Cecilia Secli & Aluica Berto from Italy, Hosted in Bangalore 4. Host Par cipants from USA in Indian A re


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TOP 5 LOCAL LANGUAGE LEARNERS S. No.

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Nabhawan Sanrum

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Delphine Oceane Brisson

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David Gyula Pinezesi

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Lorenzo Barbolla

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Andera Siddharta Maria

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Scholarship Amount

Varanasi

5000

Anand

3000

Vadodara

3000

Nabha

2000

Vadodara

2000

1. Alice Lucarelli from Italy, Hosted in Jodhpur 2. Blanca Bondia from Spain, Hosted in Rajkot 3. David Priczesi from Hungary, Hosted in Vadodara


HOSTING ANNUAL TOUR

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At Tipu ? Sultan Palace

Luka’s Birthday Celebrate During Hos ng ? Tour


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HOSTING ANNUAL TOUR

1. Beatrice Accame from Italy, Hosted in Kadi Delphine Brisson from Canada, Hosted in Anand 2. Aya Komatsu from Japan, Hosted in Bhopal Itsaraporn Intraprasert from Thailand, Hosted in Kohlapur 3. Nabhawan Sanrum from Thailand Hosted in Varanasi

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HOSTING ANNUAL TOUR

Italian Goup at Marina Beach, Chennai

Cassandra Nicole Friehauf from USA, Hosted in Rajkot


END OF STAY ORIENTATION

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Sharing the Exchange Experience

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7 1. Coun ng Success Stories During Exchange 2. Ac vity Based Sesssion 3. During Session “Tree of Life” 4. During Session 5. Italian Group while presen ng similari es and differences in Indian and Italian Culture 6. During the Cross Over Ac vity 7. Interac ve Session


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 pluralis c, 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 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 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, deserts, coasts and islands. India has great varie es 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 collec ve 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 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 l 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.

DISCOVER INCREDIBLE INDIA

l 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 reputa on. Unlike typical families in other society 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. l 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 reflec ng. We give respect to all elders in our culture which is a must. l 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 & climate will change and each of us is, fortunately, ready to immerse our self. TYPICAL INDIAN HOME l 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. l 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. l Family Time: Needless to say, as important as family is to the Indian, family me is vital and cherished.

Just like many American families, an Indian family will enjoy me together in front of their TV either watching a DVD movie or the favorite 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. l 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-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 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.


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 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. Types of schools: l 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.

l 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 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. l 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 Indian life and civiliza on. ENGLISH LANGUAGE IN INDIA India has always been a cap va ng des na on for travelers from all over the world. The en cing unity of Indians 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 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 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 Region. 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. 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 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 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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Timeless India | Yearbook 2018-19  

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

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