DO YOUR BEST & WORK HARD TO LEARN THE LOCAL LANGUAGE.
Without learning the local language your program experiences will be poor & frustrating. As mentioned we will send you the cassette and text in advance.
Approach your exchange year with open mindedness, flexibility and without too much expectations.
MOST IMPORTANT ATTITUDE REQUIRED
DON’T BE JUDGEMENTAL! Transcend yourself ! YOUR CULTURES AND OUR CULTURES ARE DIFFERENT, LET US ACCEPT & RESPECT EACH OTHER’S CULTURES.
In India it is always difficult to getting used to / adapt in the first four months. You have to be patient, understanding and tolerant, because everything is so different.
You will slowly learn / adapt to India , its Environment, People, Food, Attitudes, Traditions, Customs, Unwritten Laws, Do’s & Don’ts and Philosophy.
You must have lots of patience and a great sense of humor to accept and adjust
It takes time, perhaps 3 to 4 months, for you to even understand, accept and respect Indian way of living and thinking.
EVERYTHING IN INDIA IS A LEARNING EXPERIENCE TILL YOUR LAST DAY IN INDIA
You are required to interact / learn / experience with your host culture, and learn & enrich yourself from it.
IN THIS PROCESS YOU WILL ALSO GIVE, SHARE AND ENRICH OTHERS
JUST TO RE-EMPHASIZE: Indian children / youth are generally not given the amount of “freedom” you may be used to. Your hosts may make an exception in your case… DON’T make a habit of it. For example:
- Smoking in front of elders is not appreciated.
- Girls are normally expected home before late in the evening ( 7.00PM )
- Too much or unnecessary association with the opposite Gender can lead to misunderstandings.