On the 28th of September, Liv, Fletcher, Finn, Rachel and Jasper, together with Humanities and Business teacher, Ms Natalie Buzaglo, arrived in Delhi, ready for a busy two weeks of sightseeing around India. Unsure of what was to come, the excited students headed off to meet their host families. Before long we all met again for a welcome ceremony at K.R Mangalam World School, then headed back to our homestay homes again for a big sleep.
We all made new friends, saw incredible places including the Taj Mahal, Indian parliament and other famous temples around Delhi. Whilst learning about the traditions and customs of this ever-changing culture, we discovered the difference between the wealthy and the poor and learnt to appreciate all that we have. We also got the opportunity to try traditional Indian food, and were shocked at seeing cows, sacred in India, casually walking through the traffic across busy streets.
At school, we participated in a Hindi class, dance classes, and a basketball match. We also learnt how to write Australia, Gold Coast, our names and other words in Hindi. Another highlight over this fortnight, was learning a dance that blended Indian and Western style dance moves. Trinity and K.R. Mangalam World School students learnt so many dance steps and performed together with confidence at our official farewell ceremony.
Fletcher, a student who participated in the exchange said, “I had lots of fun hanging out and laughing with my new friends. We have made valued friendships, learnt about the cultures of different people, and been able to see some amazing places. I am so thankful that I could be a part of this amazing experience and would go again in an instant.”
Natalie Buzaglo said, ‘what an absolute pleasure to travel to India with these amazing students as part of the Indo-Australian cultural exchange program between K.R. Mangalam World School and Trinity Lutheran College. We were welcomed into such supportive families and shown Wonders of the World whilst being immersed in Indian culture. I loved visiting Akshardham and taking the time to appreciate and understand this amazing temple and all it represents. The memories we share will last a lifetime and the friendships formed are treasured.’