There is both anticipation and apprehension associated with taking part in an exchange programme. My trip to India was motivated by my interest in both making a positive contribution to the SDGs and seeing a new culture. In this blog, I will discuss the ways in which my expectations were challenged, the experiences that surprised me, and the difficulties and long-term effects of this formative journey.
Hopes vs. Accomplishments
In the beginning, I knew I wanted to do well in my project, make a positive impact on the Sustainable Development Goals, and learn about India’s fascinating history and culture. India was even better than I had imagined it would be. I was exposed to fascinating people and fascinating traditions, and our initiative held great promise for improving the economic and cultural climate of Jaipur.
There were countless *surprises* along the way that made the trip unforgettable. The warm welcome we received was the highlight. The AIESEC members in Jaipur planned a wonderful surprise for one of their events, creating a lasting impression.
Confronting Adversity and Thriving Through It
The journey was not without its share of difficulties. During our project’s study, we encountered difficulties in communicating due to the language barrier. Our ingenuity helped us overcome obstacles. To get by, we used translation tools, enlisted the aid of English-speaking locals and students, and studied the Hindi language.
Recognizing the Value of International Cooperation and Diversity
This conversation introduced me to people from all over the world, each with their own set of experiences, values, and opinions. Working with people from so many different backgrounds was inspiring.
Suggestions for Future Exhibitors
Future exchange students should take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime chance. The lessons learned and the connections made are priceless. Don’t think twice about jumping at the chance to volunteer with AIESEC.
Future Perceptions Influenced
Future Effects: This opportunity helps build strong international connections. These friendships become more like families as time goes on, providing a safe space to talk about the ups and downs of life and learn from one another.
Inspiring Interactions Across Cultures
The influence of India’s rich cultural history was significant. While in Rishikesh, we participated in religious ceremonies, did yoga, and relaxed in ashrams.
Revisiting India from a New Angle
My first trip to India was to the northern part, so if I ever go again I’d like to see a city in the south to experience its distinct culture. India’s rich variety calls out to be discovered.
There are three things I will miss about India.
I will miss India and its wonderful people, as well as the delicious food and exciting culture, very much.
Differences in Culture: India and Sri Lanka
There are parallels between India and Sri Lanka’s cultures, yet there are also notable distinctions. India is unique due to its Hindu culture, vegetarianism, and regional diversity. India also has more noticeable wealth and poverty gaps.
The Most Remarkable Occasion
The highlight of my exchange experience was getting to play sports like cricket and football with locals and my host family and host community. It encapsulated the friendliness and welcome of my trip. In sum, my time spent on exchange in India was an eye-opening, life-altering adventure. It educated me on the value of accepting others, working together, and forming strong bonds. India will always be a part of me and I will always be grateful for the experiences, relationships, and knowledge I gained there.
Lead Journalist – SST 23.24
AIESEC in SLIIT