What it’s like to travel through India?

India is like a delicious, spicy food. After the first taste it might be unbearable, but later on tasting anything else seems to be tasteless.

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Journey in India..Rubbish, noise, air pollution, overcrowded streets, people setting up the fire on the footpath, cows & bulls having a walk on the street market, smells, spicy food, spitting on the ground, traffic jams, colors, temples & huts, men holding hands in public, negotiating about the price, head movement for agreement, consideration or disagreement, spirituality, eating with hands, having a bath next to the road, using newspapers as napkins or plates, 3 men on the motorcycle, tuk-tuks, street dogs, rats in the households, monkeys, crowded local buses, lack of personal space, unwanted attention and much more.

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Coming from a place much different than India makes it difficult to process and make an immediate conclusion about the new situations.

Spending 7 weeks in India was a real adventurous journey

What I can say now from a distance and period of time is that India, the culture itself and certain situations go deeply under your skin. There were many things I have never seen in my life before. It has been slowly absorbing into myself which I did not notice. The appreciation itself appears after leaving India behind. 

At the moment you are there you do not realize it because you face many different challenges such as unwanted attention, air pollution, overcrowded streets, noise, touchy people and a lot more. In that time of observing and learning, I tried to figure out a moderate way of getting into the culture and connect with locals. I consider culture as a huge part of our lives. Therefore, I was fully aware of the consequences that might appear by ignoring it.  

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I was focusing on my behaviour in order to get along with another culture in an appropriate way. 

Locals are friendly and they are always interested in you. They show their interest in a very obvious way. For example, giving an intense eye contact without any emotions or simply by running after you. 

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Seeing a tall white woman in an Indian world is a huge thing which I could feel straight away. Another evident thing was behaviour towards women. Usually, women stand on not very independent positions in their household. Men have more power and opportunities in their daily lives. 

Connecting with women was way easier than connecting with men

Surrounded by women I could get rid of my mask for a while but being in men’s company made me put it back again. I felt impossible to freely show myself, my femininity, my way of thinking and simply to do what I am used to doing. Misunderstanding is a natural part when two different cultures meet. It is important to find a balance within yourself and your protective attitude which you gain because of the potential danger of unknown culture.

The protective, negotiating, sharp attitude which I gained naturally in order to feel safe and confident, was not always a proper way of dealing with daily situations on Indian streets. Without balance it may cost you harm to yourself or to the people around you. 

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The importance of feeling confident and comfortable with yourself, your actions while dealing with different cultures is huge. Be wise and think twice, observe, don’t judge, find a balance and be open to see under the surface

India is simply unique

When it comes to Indian culture, you do not need much time to have an idea about it because it is just there. It is so visible that it will slap you on your face. No doubts about it. India is simply unique. For sure you will never get bored. You will have a chance to taste delicious, spicy food, to have a company even you don’t want to, feeling of being a famous pop star walking on the street, seeing a bull in a narrow street market and many other special experiences.

The unrespectable, strange and surprising situations will at the end of the day make you just smile. Judging, criticizing and wondering may disappear very quickly because of the huge amount of strange images your eyes might see. No worries processing part will come later, naturally as it came to me recently. 

Traveling in India

Travelling in India I consider as a great, memorable lesson. It is a big jump into an intense colourful world which allows you to see the beauty in simple things. Important is to have eyes which are able to look. 

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BTP period – 3 months

Returning to school with heads and hands full of new knowledge and energy for Bringing it to the Public. Meeting with the team, showing, telling, exchanging experiences and making it common knowledge.

Producing articles, pamphlets, videos, presentations, exhibitions, speeches for debate forums, books and more. Studying further the curriculum in Fighting with The Poor, bringing the truth to the public. 

Going to different schools around Europe to spread the new knowledge in various creative ways – speeches, newspaper articles, lectures at universities and colleges, debates and other public events, exhibitions – leading to a better understanding and inspiring to take an action.

Passing the final exams in Fighting with The Poor. Using the last months together to conclude our future perspectives and possible ways of improving The Poor’s quality in life with humble ways of sharing knowledge.

Volunteer period – 6 months

The Project Work in Africa or India in cooperation with Humana People to People. In this period, you can work at:

  • Teacher training colleges
  • Educating teachers for rural areas
  • Vocational schools for young people
  • Schools for street children.Preschools
  • Sanitation and hygiene in rural areas
  • Tree planting campaigns
  • Raising funds for social projects by forming partnerships and selling second hand clothes and shoes
  • Stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS (following the program TCE/Total Control of the Epidemic)

Arriving at the project in Africa or India, having left behind a courageous journey where fundamental human capabilities have been turned around, refreshed and energised by knowing that things such as travelling can be done in a totally different way than the mainstream tourist travelling.

Ready for doing the work needed at the project, bringing plans and materials from the previous periods. Getting to know the people at the project, the vision and idea of the project and the many concrete tasks to be carried out.

Carrying out the tasks as defined within the necessities of the project and by the Project Leadership. Fighting shoulder to shoulder with The Poor: building preschools, starting Garden Farming, doing literacy campaigns, eradicating malaria, teaching about big issues of our time while working as a teacher at DNS, starting income-generating activities, working as a TCE Special Force in the fight against HIV/AIDS – as a few examples.

Studying and working with your Specialisation in Fighting with The Poor, finalising with a People’s Exam and a written thesis at the end of the period. Acquiring skills in information work: making interviews, taking notes and pictures, writing summaries and reports, recording videos.

Living together with the people at the project, being a good example of living a humble life while improving things with small means to make daily life better.

Travel period – 3 months

Living on the road, being on the move, finding means of transport and places to sleep, talking to people on the road, being curious to understand and know about the countries you are traveling through.

Making investigations, meeting people, visiting their workplaces, staying in their homes, understanding their problems, meeting their culture and values and sharing thoughts with them about the world and the future.

Telling people about your venture to a third world country, trying out bringing it to the public what you have so far experienced and learned. Putting up investigations on a higher level, asking tough questions to self and to the group, getting hold of more answers and putting up new questions.

Taking notes and pictures, writing reports and discussing the seen and the experienced.
Finding good ways of sticking together in the Trios and in the group as such during the travel period.

Study Period – 6 months

At this school, you will find that learning is not first and foremost about listening to the teacher.

The school’s Program consists of a range of intense and spirited activities, theoretical studies and experiences that constitute the sum of learning and life processes carried through by a group of people who for a considerable period of time share a Program with each other that demands cooperation and efforts, and which at the same time is sprinkled with elements that are inspiring and also quite out of the ordinary.

Thus, learning will also take place through communication, deliberations, through working out your plan for learning and sticking to it, and putting to use what you learned, the methods you used, the ideas you got from it and the results you harvested from the training.

You will train yourself in being adventurers and survivors, living and traveling under very humble conditions, not using much money and always finding a way out by ingenuity, being smart and sticking together with your teammates.