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India Trip 2016

Our twenty five students had an amazing trip to India. They embraced the cultural changes with maturity and really bonded as a group becoming our ‘India link family’. There were many highlights in the trip, from experiencing the festival of Holi first hand, visiting the Taj Mahal and Golden Temple, and visiting schools and orphanages.

Here are some accounts from our year 11 students:

"Located in Dharamsala are the headquarters of an amazing organisation - the Tibetan Children’s Village. Founded in 1960 by the Dalai Lama the Tibetan Children’s Village is a place of safety for thousands of Tibetan refugees across India. We had the opportunity to visit the main school in Dharamasala on a full working day. It was very moving to hear about the Principle’s journey into India and the struggle many Tibetans still face while being controlled by China. However, the visit also made us appreciate the power of education and how kindness, love and joy are still present in people who have lost everything." James McGlone-Fry, Year 11 

 

A selection of the amazing photos from the trip, please see the Photo Gallery for more.

"To visit an Indian school first hand was truly amazing. To see how much the students at Salwan Public School value their education really makes you appreciate what you have. Their determination to succeed is inspiring! It was so clear to see how proud the students were to talk about their heritage and campus. They really were brilliant hosts. Our group witnessed a science experiment taking place. It is now recorded in the 'Guinness Book of World Records'. It was very impressive and something I had never seen before." Hannah Saunders, Year 11

"As hard as it was to visit the Mother Teresa orphanage it really was an amazing place to see. We were greeted by one of the sisters who was absolutely lovely and she took us to see the children in her care. There was a mixture of children with and without special needs ranging from around 1 to 5 years old. At first it was a lot to take in as you can imagine but after about ten minutes we started to interact with one little boy who wouldn't stop laughing and tickling us, it was enough to make anyone's heart melt. We then made a school donation to the orphanage and everyone contributed in to the point that the envelope was bursting! The sister informed us that there were 20 of these orphanages across India. This really affected us all as a group, and made us determined to want to do some more fund raising to give them all the help they need." Emilia Hutchinson, Year 11