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More news from India!

Hello friends, family, and faithful SJPD blog followers! Katie Everett speaking (well, typing). We have started our LAST course, Religion, Society and Culture. India is a country of many religions, and there?s only enough time to tickle the surface, but we?re doing what we can. Our main focus areas are creed, cult, and culture. We […]

Hello from way up der in good ole delhi1

Hi!! Alyssa Deutschmann here writing…i dont go to gustavus but us concordians gotta put up with all these gusties… :)This week we arrived in delhi a city of 19 million late sun nite at the Church of North India United, where the food has been absolutely amazing!! Theres even a wonderful bell that sounds when […]

Vanakkam, minna-san!

This means “Hello, everyone!”  Actually, that’s a combination of Tamil, a language spoken here in India, as well as Japanese, both of which I (sort of) speak.  My name is Brendan Nadeau, a junior political science major at Gustavus Adolphus college.  This week, the SPJD group was in Andhra Pradesh, near Zaheerabad, Medak district.  Earlier, we […]

A Week in Orissa

Namaste! This past week we began our third course, “Environment Ecology and Livelihood,” with a morning flight and a 4-hour jeep ride to our destination in Orissa, a state on India’s east coast. We stayed with an NGO called WIDA whose mission is to aid in the development of the surrounding villages. They welcomed us […]

Um, what happened this week?

Wow, So I am straining my brain trying to remember what happened the week that I am supposed to write about.  We are now all back from our mid-semester breaks, I think everyone had a wonderful time (I know that I did).  But anyway I am supposed to write about the week before we left […]

Happy Diwali!

Hey folks! For most of us, last weekend was a relaxed one filled mostly with leisurly reading and exchanging stories from our field visits. We have been making our own dinner on the Sundays that we are here in Bangalore in order to give Clara, the fabulous Visthar head cook, a break. It had been […]

Hello! Hello!

Brendan Wilkes here! Sorry about this post being a bit late, the internet wasn’t being nice before departing for our week long stay, but now it’s ready to go! It’s hard to believe we’ve been in beautiful India for an entire month now. This week we put the cap stone on our first course titled […]

Tamil Nadu

Here what the other half of the group was up to last week Monday, October 5, 2009 Today I, along with seven other students and two Visthar staff members traveled to the state of Tamil Nadu, the most southern state in India. We left at 5:30 am and had a beautiful two and a half […]

Nine Months of Rain

This week our group was split into two halves for field visits to different parts of southern India to learn more about ‘Globalization and the Ethics of Development’, which is the theme of our second unit. I’m representing the half of our group that went to the coastal state of Kerala. We were in it’s […]