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Princeton Bridge Year India 2017-18

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The Start of Our Service Sites: Jeevan School

Stav Bejerano, Participant

I was lucky enough to end up working at the Jeevan School! The Jeevan School has preschool, K-10 school, and hostel components, while also funding the tuition fees for their Class 10 graduates to attend a nearby “college” for grades 11 and 12......Read More

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Service Site: Guria

Joshua Eastman, Participant

Guria is my service placement here in Varanasi, India. In so many ways, it’s the most intense and rewarding group I’ve ever been a part of. Guria is a 29 year-old organization, founded and run by a man named Ajeet Singh. About Guria’s......Read More

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A Lesson in Service

Christine Cho, Participant

These past few weeks I have been working at the Ganga Learning Centre (GLC), a school that aims to provide holistic education for under-resourced children and skills training to women. GLC gives young children free preschool education as well as......Read More

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The Start of Our Service Sites: KIRAN Society

Jacquelyn Davila, Participant

“KIRAN began in a small building in a big city and it became a big city in a small village.” On my first day of work at KIRAN, I was given a bright orange booklet containing this quote and a collection of other equally inspiring phrases. Where......Read More

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Brunch With YS Chi

Christine Cho, Participant

On October 8, we had brunch at the Rattison Hotel with Youngsuk Chi, a large supporter of the Bridge Year Program and a Princeton alum. He talked to us about his life story, explained why he champions the Bridge Year Program, and challenged us with......Read More

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Jeevan in Banaras

Ziv Batscha, Participant

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Since arriving in India nearly two months ago, we have entered our own form of samsara, whereby India – its history, people, culture, language, and land ­­­- has begun to challenge and transform our body, mind, and spirit. This change, a ninth......Read More

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Gandhi at the Spinning Wheel

Stav Bejerano, Participant

During our time in the lovely village of Sarmoli, we lived in local homestays and during the day learned and worked just up the hill at an amazing nonprofit, Himal Prakriti. On one wall of the organization’s sunlit, wood-and-stone gathering space......Read More

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Greetings

Jane Mentzinger, Participant

Hands together, head bowed – that’s the standard greeting in India. It’s a sign of politeness. Likewise, to show respect to someone higher than you, a hand to the right foot, then to your head and heart will do. These greetings, along with......Read More

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Exchange

Joshua Eastman, Participant

Whenever one steps into a new place, exchange is inevitable. Usually the first thing exchanged is greeting, and then introduction. Introductions often include one’s name, one’s home, and, as a student, one’s academic and vocational interests.......Read More

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Contentment and Cow Poo: Lessons from Laxmi

Joshua Eastman, Participant

22 Sept. Kausani – Uttarakhand Today has been an incredible day. In one peculiar way, I’ve come into a new and profound freedom. I will attempt to explain this new sense of freedom as I walk through the day, and doubtless you will find......Read More

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Digging In

Peter Scharer, Participant

“Are any of you familiar with eutrophication?” Zanskar asked, glancing at each of us for an answer. Just beyond our teacher lay Mesar Kund, a small pond whose placid surface was pierced at several points with boulders and logs.......Read More

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Knitting

Christine Cho, Participant

The first step of knitting is casting on. My hands fumble over the the needles and the thread tangles over the twists and turns that magically form the first loops. Every few seconds, my eyebrows furrow in confusion as I forget the next step in......Read More

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Food

Jacquelyn Davila, Participant

Yak of the Week

When I was preparing to live in India for nine months, my first fear was not getting run over by a rickshaw or contracting Japanese encephalitis, but missing the food back home too much. Considering that just riding my bicycle through Varanasi’s......Read More

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Group Haikus from the Hike

Bridge Year India, Participant

The group’s four day trek through the hills near Ranikhet was full of exciting moments. Long stretches of strolling up and down forested mountainsides were punctuated by visits to a school, two temples, and a seed bank. To reflect on this......Read More