Highlights from the 2019 NSLI-Y Summer Hindi program in India.
Arrival in Pune!
On June 21, the NSLI-Y Hindi students arrived in Pune, India and attended a welcome ceremony to initiate their summer abroad. The Chairman of the Sanskriti Group of Schools, which is the school the NSLI-Y students are attending, gave a welcome speech.
That evening, the NSLI-Y students finally their host families! The students and their families bonded over ice breaker games.
First Week at the Sanskriti School
Students walked into Sanskriti School for their very first week of Hindi classes with much gusto. A bit jetlagged, they still tried their level best to take in everything that was thrown at them. During their first art class, the NSLI-Y students were introduced to the lovely world of Warli Painting (A tribal art from the Maharashtra).
Celebrating American Independence Day
On the Fourth of July, the NSLI-Y students performed the national anthem at their school and quizzed their peers about U.S. history and culture.
NSLI-Y Students Plant a Garden
On July 6, NSLI-Y students engaged in their first community service project and visited the Navakshiti home for adults with mental health issues. The students had the chance to plant a garden together with the patients at the home.
A Visit to the Bhaie Caves
On July 18, the NSLI-Y students hiked up to see the Bhaie Caves outside of Pune. During the excursion, the students learned about Indian Buddhist Archaelogy and explored every bit of the two thousand year old monastery.
NSLI-Y Students Visit a Local Middle School
On July 20, NSLI-Y students visited a local middle school and discussed current issues in Indian society with eighth grade students. Together, they made posters about water conservation, cleanliness and use of technology.