India Summer 2016: Day 1 – Making a Home in India

In 2016 we are leading 4 high school summer trips. You can read all about our Global Innovators trips or get in touch to ask us any questions about the programs. Our 2016 India trip focuses on global healthcare, technology, and innovation. During the trip, students take turns writing a daily blog post to describe their project process and exploration, follow along here. Jackie, one of the trip leaders, here. I’m happy to say we all arrived in India safe and sound. For the seven students taking the organized flight from New York, the trip was relatively uneventful, barring some delayed domestic flights and a speedy walk across the Doha airport to make our connecting flight. Adam and Charlie met us at the airport at 2:30am IST on Wednesday, or 5pm EST on Tuesday, and we arrived around 4am to our guest house in Bangalore. After a quick tour, we went to bed for some much needed rest.

Waking up late on Thursday, we met up with the last two members of our group and sat down to some dosa, Indian crepes made from lentil and rice, a popular south Indian breakfast and our first Indian food of the trip! The early afternoon consisted of an orientation to India and the projects the students will be completing throughout the trip focusing on health and innovation in the country. We then went and toured the neighborhood, stopping at a local grocery store to pick up traditional and some non-traditional snacks as well as an Indian clothing store called Fabindia” (think Indian “The Gap” meets Anthropology) where the students purchased kurtas (long shirts worn by Indian men and women) and other Indian garb.

The day ended with a dinner of… more dosa (!) and an early bedtime to rest up for our early wake-up to do a walking tour of the city center of Bangalore!