If you’ve chosen a project in Goa to spend time during a gap year, this introduction week will be perfect for you! You’ll enjoy your week learning about the culture, etiquette and customs of Indian society. As part of the project, you will also be shown around the rich and colourful landscape.
If your work projects take place in Udaipur, then your action-packed introduction week will also be located there. Taking place at this Royal city in the state of Rajasthan, it will be filled with workshops, language lessons, project discussions, visits to local homes, markets and general sightseeing. During this week, you will also have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the country. Becoming acquainted with the culture and surroundings is an important factor in adding to the enrichment of your experience.
Much of the delivery of the information during this week will be through group games and discussions. You’ll be presented with a lot of new information so it is hoped that the delivery will make the theoretical sessions as dynamic as possible. As well as the information detailed below, you will also be introduced to some sessions on yoga, self-defense techniques, cooking, team building, team work, project work, customs & habits, dos & don’t’s, technical information, emergency situations and habits & behaviours.
Between these five days you will take part in action-packed activities such as group discussions, visits, debates, lectures and outings, aimed at developing your knowledge and understanding of every aspect of India, from culture to religion, habits, customs, history, geography.
Altogether there are 18 official languages in India, and beyond that, more than 1500 dialects and sub-dialects. Your first language lesson will focus on teaching you a few phrases to get by using just one of them – Hindi. Remember, English is widely spoken all throughout the country.
Although you will not be starting on your project until the following week, you will be given an overview of the various projects in the area and an explanation and presentation on your particular assignment. There will also be visits to the sites of the projects.
Sightseeing in the local area and meeting members of the community will help you to settle into the location. There will be opportunities to visit market places, Indian homes, and natural sites either as part of a group or individually during your free time.