Cultural meeting - India

India is the world's largest democracy. With a population of 1,292,749,000 people, 29 states, 7 territories and over 200 different languages, there are great opportunities for cultural meetings. In South India - wherever we are going - they speak either Malayalam or Tamil, but you can get far with English.

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The main religion in India is Hinduism, but in South India, there are larger groups of Christians and Muslims than in the rest of India. Hinduism, however, remains the most dominant religion in the area. South India is a former colony of England and France; however, Denmark occupied the colony, Trankebar for 225 years.

January is perfect for traveling to South India as it has temperatures around 30-35 degrees - even at night! Rain can occur, but it is not the rain season.

India is MUCH different to Denmark, therefore we suggest that we visit two states, Kovalam is a great place to start. Here they are more influenced by western culture, e.g. you can wear shorts while getting used to the 35 degrees, and there will still be a lot to see and experience. After some days here, we go to Tamil Nadu, where we will visit different projects and see different parts of the Indian culture.

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The goal of the trip

The purpose of the trip is to meet a distinctly different culture than the Danish. We will strive to see different parts of the Indian culture by meeting the locals in their everyday life.

This is a completely new culture subject, therefore it is our hope that the learners will help plan the trip so that their input and ideas come as far as possible. There are many opportunities to explore our suggestions are:

  • Visit local organizations eg:
    • A home for AIDS-affected young girls,
    • Teaching of ”tribal” children,
    • Action child care” (Aktion børnhjælp).
    • Visit the slums / poor areas for the casteless.
  • Visit the former Danish colony, Trankebar.
  • Visit temples
  • Go to a large indian shopping center, which only sell fabric – to bring home or to get sewn at a local tailor.
  • Yoga classes
  • Learn how to make Indian food.
  • See elefants
  • Visit coffee/tea plantage
  • Visit the eco-community, Auroville, where people from all over the world live together.
  • Get instruction in Indian culture at the Nordic Cultural Center in Pondycherry.
  • If possible, have a beach day, but it is not appropriate to where bikinis and bathing suits everywhere in India, so this will only be possible if we find a location, where we consider it appropriate.

Accomandation will be in hotels and hopefully 2-3 days at a host family

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Academics

First of all, we will work on learning about India to clarify the content of the trip.Which role did Denmark have in Trankebar? How did the caste system arise? How do we get prepare to meet with an Indian family?

Since India is very different from Denmark, some of the lessons will be preparing to meet; everyday life,difference between rich and poor, clothing, traffic, weather, food, language, etc.The learners will be making presentations for the class in order for them to learn from each others reseach. Additionally we will apply for sponsorship gifts and money for the projects we are going to visit in South India. In 2017/18 we created a video and collected 4000kr for charity.

It takes quite alot of work to make the Visa Application, therefore we will use some of the classes to make these together. 

This subject is for the learners who are exited to learn about another culture and who are ready for 14 days in a completely different environment, than the one they know from home. A walk on the street can be a huge experience, so we will have a lot to talk about and present when we arrive home. Transparency, navigation in a fantastic and sometimes chaotic environment, as well as the willingness to try something new are keywords. It is important that you can handle changes in plans and adapted to the local conditions. If you only feel comfortable when things are as usual, then this is not a subject for you.

Nigel and Niels have visited India several times.

Teachers

  Ranum EC Nigel Hopwood web Niels Kjær
  Nigel Hopwood
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Niels Kjær
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Safety

In case of illness the learner will be taken to the doctor. The most common problemes in India are bad stomachakes. We will bring medicin for this from home.

Vaccinations: tetanus, hepatitis A and B, (Cholera, typhus, rabies - recommended in some places but not others. Talk to your doctor !!)

The Danish embassy in India (New Dehli)

11, Golf Links, New Delhi,

Delhi 110003,

India

Phone no.: +91 11 4209 0700

Should we be in the need of assistance while we are in India, we do have contacts to Danes who have lived in the country for 10 years, who have a large local network and are used to working with the Indian system, Additionally the Danish embassy will be informed about our plans before we go.

Economy

Self-payment  is approx. 8.000 DKK. 1. rate 5.000 2. rate 3.000

Max. 15 participants 

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