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Impact India Study Abroad Program

puranik foundation

 FAST FACTS

  • Accommodation: Students will stay on the foundation with Vision International Students
  • Location of course: Samarthgad, Gujar-Nimalkarwadi, Katraj Pune 411046 Maharastra, India
  • Local in-country coordinators: All coordination teams are English/Hindi speaking.

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Roundtrip flight to and from Bush Intercontinental Airport Houston TX to Mumbai International Airport
  • Roundtrip transportation to and from Mumbai Airport to Foundation in Pune
  • Accommodations at the Vision International Learning Center dormitories
  • On-site Meals three times per day + snacks. (Students will have few opportunities for lunch and dinner at restaurants around the city of Pune)
  • All excursions transportation
  • All orientation before and during your program and all planned activities
  • All the required materials when take part in the culture lessons
  • Commemorative portfolio, T-shirt and Money/passport pouch
  • Your service project supplies
  • 24hours/7days support from our U.S and Indian Teachers, Coordinators and Staff

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • Spending Money: Due to the favorable exchange rate $200-$300 should be sufficient during your trip
  • Visa and Passport: You will need to pay for your visa expense and passport fee.
  • Medical Insurance: Participants must provide their own medical coverage while in India. Proof of this coverage must be sent to puranikfoundation.org
  • Vaccinations: See health information for travelers to India section.
  • Optional Laundry Service: $30

EXCURSIONS

  • Tour the 25 acre property, highlighting the alternative energy sources
  • Experience an Indian meal at a typical Indian restaurants (Vegetarian Thali)
  • Explore Laxmi Road, famous for its garment shops and handmade decorative items.
  • Trek through Mahatama Gandhi roads (MG Road), known for big stores, malls and temporary roadside shops offering a multitude of food stalls and ice-cream palors.
  • Hiking on the Samarthgad Mountains
  • Buddha Caves in Talegoen
  • Various temples in Mumbai and Pune
  • India Gate (Mumbai)
  • And much much more!!!!

THEORY AND HANDS ON ACTIVITIES

  • Orientation on Maharastra language and culture and break into groups with Vision International Center (VILC) students
  • Attend Yoga class early morning
  • Attend Reflection session every morning after breakfast
  • Learn one of the eight forms of Indian classical dance-Kathak from professional teachers and express your emotions or tell a story through dancing.
  • Learn about the Guru Purnima
  • Learn about the Sankranti Festival, celebrate by making and flying kites with VILC students
  • Learn about Biomass and gain firsthand experience using biomass for cooking with our foundation’s kitchen staff.
  • Learn about Gudi Pawda; celebrate by making and participating in the aarti and procession of mud Ganesha.
  • Learn about alternative and renewable energy from WOM engineers and help our foundation’s maintenance committee with bio gas preparation and operations, or with solar panel installation and maintenance
  • Learn the history of Dushhera, celebrate by learning and performing the dandiya ras and garba, a traditional folk dance with VILC students and staff

SERVICE LEARNING

  • Teach Vision International Learning Center students:

                  o Sports
                  o Conversational English
                  o Basic Computer Skills

  • Impact India students are responsible for creating lesson plan for their service project. Please choose your service project, send in the lesson plan and supply list to @ puranikfoundation.org. All the teaching materials and supplies will be provided by the foundation. The Puranik Foundation’s representative will contact you regarding your learning project choice and materials list.