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Princeton Bridge Year India 2017-18

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Tips from the Group

Peter Scharer, Participant

The group has learned a lot in the past three weeks. Below we have listed some of the more practical things we’ve learned through experience. Consider them tips for our past selves, future Bridge Year participants, or anyone who may find......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

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Ghee Naheen: Lost in Translation

Ziv Batscha, Participant

Today marked the start of our fourth week in India. As we continue our journey through the northern state of Uttarakhand, along the way meeting people from all walks of life, we travel equipped with simple Hindi phrases: haan (yes), naheen (no), aap......Read More

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Birthdays and Laxmi Ashram

Sarah Messner, Participant

Main Photo: Stav, Ziv and Jane help the girls at Laxmi Ashram peel potatoes for lunch Photo 2: Sorting tulsi (or holy basil) to be chopped and dried for tea Photo 3: Joshua’s birthday. Hemant ji introduces him to the ancient Indian ritual of......Read More

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Munsiyari

Sarah Messner, Participant

Hello Friends and Family, Please enjoy some photos from the group’s time in the community of Munsiyari. Photo 1-Stav and Ziv led a beautiful Rosh Hashanah ceremony for the BYIndia group and their homestay siblings. Photo 2- Over the past 2......Read More

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weaving relationships

Gregory Pettys, Participant

Students often come into a bridge year thinking they will learn about our world in the ways they have been conditioned to understand; What is this countries GDP? What are their politics like? How is poverty alleviated? What does the food taste like?......Read More

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Updated September Itinerary

Sarah Messner, Participant

Dear Friends and Family, Below you will find our updated September itinerary: September 11 – September 20: Group arrives in Munsiyari to work with the NGO Himalayan Ark and learn about rural livelihood, gender issues, community forest......Read More

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Knitting and Weaving

Sarah Messner, Participant

Hello friends and family, Please enjoy some photos of the BYIndia group being taught how to knit and weave by their homestay families in Munsiyari. The NGO helping to support the group’s stay in the community is called Maati and Himalayan Ark......Read More

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Introductory Yak

Jacquelyn Davila, Participant

Hello everyone! I am Jacquelyn Davila, big sister to three rambunctious siblings, amateur (but eager) photographer, and self-proclaimed bookworm. I was born in Salinas, California and lived in Cocula, Jalisco, Mexico (“The Cradle of Mariachi”)......Read More

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Introductory Yak

Stav Bejerano, Participant

I was born in Haifa, Israel but have lived in Massachusetts for the past 17 years, where my Israeli parents have ensured I’ve maintained fluent Hebrew. Since 4th grade, I have had a pluralistic Jewish education, first at Jewish Community Day......Read More

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From Delhi to Sonapani

Jacquelyn Davila, Participant

New Delhi YWCA, really early in the morning – I dragged my bags down to the hotel lobby. Through heavy eyelids, I stared out the taxi’s window into the contained chaos of Indian traffic. My sandals left the comfort of the car’s......Read More

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Conversations

Stav Bejerano, Participant

Since arriving in Princeton, NJ two weeks ago, I’ve been challenged, frustrated, entranced, and fascinated by so much of what I’ve seen and learned about, but the most impactful moments of my experience thus far have been in the......Read More

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Hiking through the Himalayas

Christine Cho, Participant

“Well this hike shouldn’t be too hard,” I thought to myself as we began the four mile trek to the Shiva temple. I had assured myself that my daily walks the previous summer had adequately prepared me for the hike we were about to......Read More

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Farm Talks

Peter Scharer, Participant

We descend onto the terraced hillside below Gene Campaign’s concrete balcony. The two-story seed bank overlooks a forested valley, where roads and homes only occasionally interrupt the green blanket of trees. Rolling up our kurta sleeves, we......Read More

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Clothes Odyssey

Jane Mentzinger, Participant

One of the first things I learned about New Delhi traffic is that lanes are optional and honking is mandatory. What was chaos to me seemed perfectly predictable to those around me; they crossed the street with confidence while I darted between cars,......Read More