India Trip October 2013 — Recruitment & Planning Period Has Begun

Posted on: May 7th, 2013 by Admin


We are beginning our recruitment period for students who are interested in traveling to India in October of 2013. We are planning our travel to be from 08 October 2013 to 21 October 2013 and will visit the following cities: New Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, and Bodhgaya.

The purpose of the trip this year is the same as it was last year: to visit the Srijan School in New Delhi in order for Walls students to experience and understand what it means to be a student and teenager in India. Students will have the opportunity to attend classes at the school and tour New Delhi, seeing the city through the eyes of their Indian peers. From 8 October through 12 October, we will spend our days in New Delhi visiting the school and touring local sites. On 13 October, students will see and learn about the Taj Mahal in Agra. On the morning of the 14th, we will travel by train across the country to Varanasi to visit the Ganges River, the holiest river in India and be in Varanasi on 15 and 16 October. Finally, from 17 October through 19 October, we will be in Bodhgaya, the site of the Mahabodhi Temple and the location where the Buddha was enlightened, to stay in a semi-monastic setting and learn about Buddhism and reflect on the trip.

Among the touring, students will have the opportunity to learn and practice Hindi, sample the cuisine of northern India, and learn about a side of India that many people miss when going through traditional tour groups and service projects.

The current estimated cost of the trip is $2561.33. The price includes airfare, hotel stays, train tickets, van rentals, entrance fees to various sites such as the Taj Mahal, Red Fort, and Qutb Minar, and breakfast in Delhi, and all meals in Bodhgaya. The bulk of the cost is the airfare, totaling at an estimated $1995.89.

There are only 18 slots available for the trip, so it is important to reserve a slot by 17 May 2013.