MONT ALTO, Pa. ― Penn State students from all majors and all campuses are invited to dive into the vibrant culture of India during a two-credit course in fall 2018 and a 10-day trip over winter break. Participants will discover India’s grand cities, mystical shrines, enjoy authentic Indian cuisine, and have the opportunity to volunteer at Mother Teresa’s Charity Mission.
This is the second trip to India led by Penn State Mont Alto Associate Professor in Marketing Somjit Barat ― an Indian native.
“The skills and experience students gain from traveling abroad will not only give them life-long personal benefits but also a leg up in the professional world,” said Barat, who will host information sessions during spring 2018 to inform interested students.
“Many students found the first trip to be a life-changing experience and lamented that they were not there long enough ― especially those who visited Mother Teresa’s Missionary of Charity, where they volunteered for a day to help care for India’s dying, homeless and orphans,” said Barat. “That is why this trip will give students the same opportunity to volunteer at Mother Teresa’s Charity Mission in Agra.”
The journey begins with a course to familiarize students with India’s history, society, and cultural diversity. Asia 197 in fall 2018 will prepare students to explore India and interact with its people while traveling throughout the country from December 19 to 29, 2018.
The trip includes two days each in Delhi, Jaipur, Ranthambore and Agra. Throughout their travels, students will see such marvels as Delhi’s Raj Ghat ― the site of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation ― and Jaipur’s Amber Fort. They will take a yoga lesson, experience an evening safari in the Ranthambore National Park, and visit a local school. They will also get to experience the grandeur of the Taj Mahal amidst the light of the rising sun ― considered one of the wonders of the world.
The cost for the program, which includes international and in-country airfare, lodging in four five-star hotels, most meals, an English-speaking professional guide and more, is $3,627. However, students who sign up by Dec. 15, 2017, will receive a $200 discount. In addition, the first person to enroll will receive an extra $150 off the cost of the tour.