Our 2017-18 school year includes a return to India, a country best known for its innumerable deities, mouth-searing dishes, elaborate weddings, and multicolored sarees. Once you venture past these cliches, however, you realize that few places offer as many truly unique experiences to young and eager travelers as India does. Instead of Hyderabad, this time around our term will be based out of Mumbai, India’s most populous and multicultural city.
India promises ample opportunities for service learning and personal projects. Students could look into the tradition of nonviolent protest sparked by Gandhi, India’s postcolonial resistance of Bollywood, or the Digital India campaign that encouraged the emerging tech industry. For students intrigued by compasses and telescopes, opportunities abound to dive into the world of cartography and examine how maps can tell the stories of humans and the natural environment. And for our young foodies, projects might explore India’s evolving food culture and its impact on the nation’s consumers and workforce.