Planning Continues for India Trip

Posted on: May 22nd, 2013 by Admin

Parents, chaperones, and students met last Monday to discuss the upcoming trip to India (October 8-21), which will be led by Walls humanities teacher Shakir Ghazi and four other teacher chaperones. This is Walls’ second trip to India.

Important facts about this trip:

  • The itinerary includes cultural and historical destinations in New Delhi, Varanasi, Bodhgaya, and surrounding regions. A layover will allow students to tour central London.
  • Even though the trip lasts two weeks, students will miss only five days of school (because of Columbus Day, professional days for teachers, and weekends).
  • Between the beginning of the fall semester and the trip, participating students learn some basic conversational Hindi and get an orientation to Indian culture that includes training in how to behave and interact appropriately in India.
  • Students will get a special opportunity to spend two days with young Indian students their age at the Srijan School outside of Delhi: http://thesrijanschool.com/ They will attend classes, visit local temples and cultural sites, and go shopping with their new friends
  • Fundraising efforts are under way for students who need financial help to participate.

Among the topics discussed at the meeting were safety, health, transportation within the country, visa applications, and required vaccinations. For families that didn’t attend the meeting, all of this information will be soon be available in a brochure you can get by email from Mr. Ghazi (shakir.ghazi@dc.gov) or on the Walls website.

Please email Mr. Ghazi with any questions at shakir.ghazi@dc.gov. To learn more, come to the next planning meeting on Monday, June 3 at 5:30, Room 327.

Walls students who want to participate should submit a $250 deposit by Monday, May 27; checks should be made out to School Without Walls.

 

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