Lindsay: Program and plans overviewDecember 16, 2011
I just thought I would give you all an general overview of the program I am in and what my plans are when I arrive in India:
The program I am in is called MSID or Minnesota Studies in International Development. I will leave on January 15 and I’ll get back on May 20. I am going with a group of about 15 other college students, most from the U of M but a couple who are not.
I will first be arriving in New Delhi, which is in the north west part of India. From there we will drive north about an hour as a group up to Jaipur (located in the state of Rajasthan), where we will stay for the remainder of the program.
I will be taking classes (taught in English by Indian professors) for the first 6 weeks of the program. At this time, I will also be staying with a host family from India. Throughout this time, my group will travel to places on the weekends such as the Taj Mahal, the slums, and bazaars (or malls for shopping, but they are more like the style of flee or farmers markets).
For the last 6 weeks of the program, I will be interning in Jaipur. At this point in time, I am not sure where or what my internship will be because it is developed alongside people from the city when I arrive. However, I will have a different host family during this six weeks.
The program itself ends on the 22nd of April. From then until about May 20th, a small group of girls from my program as well as myself will be traveling around India. We hope to make it to the the Himalayas for some hiking, the island of Goa, and hopefully to Mumbai. At this point, we do not have anything set in stone as far as destinations and approximate times for anything. It is so cheap to get around in India, we are going to take our time and explore everything and anything we want to.