GAH I wish I was back in India Past Review

By (Peace And Justice Studies, Wellesley College) for

SIT Study Abroad: India - Sustainable Development and Social Change

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I love India. I dont romanticize it. I see its diversity, the positives, the negatives. I want to live there and work in the non-profit sector. But first, I plan on going back this summer to continue working with the Guild for Service in Delhi.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I did not like the teaching methods. We had readings, which were not very in depth, and the lectures would just give a recap of the readings. A lot of learning took place outside of the classroom though. We constantly visited organizations, innovative villages, and local non-profit organizations.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The teachers, host families, and students were all amazing. The academics were just not as challenging as I would have liked. But I learned so much.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I could walk to school everyday. It was about a 10 minute walk, but I had to cross over the train tracks. There isnt really any night life in Jaipur. My family was nice, and we talked a lot.

* Food:

It was easy to keep a vegetarian diet.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

We took field trips every other week, traveled all over northern india, had parties for holidays..

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I went to the hospital a lot. Many of us did, we got sick for different reasons. I ended up spending a lot of money on hospital fees and medicine bills, but the insurance I had to use for study abroad had all these hidden rules and conditions. I couldnt get the money back. But, my teachers always took me to the doctor and we even bonded a lot because of those trips!

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Food was not an extra expense, and SIT gave us travel stipend to get to school. But the program itself was expensive, as I was paying Wellesley tuition.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? no


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? none
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

I learned more Hindi than I thought I would. I am still using it, and want to continue studying Hindi at Wellesley. I practiced everyday using transportation and with my host family. Many people in Jaipur spoke English, but Hindi was necessary to get around.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The teachers
  • My host families
  • The students
* What could be improved?
  • The academics
  • The program site. Jaipur is not my favorite city
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? GOOOO!!!!