The End

We went to bed early last night because we had a 5am wake up call this morning. A PhD student at Newcastle gave us a contact and through the friend of a friend, we had a trip planned to an organization called iRisee; 70km from Delhi in a rural farming community called Merwat. We woke…

Striking Out

Maybe yesterday had made us a little overly confident in our ability to talk our way into schools, because today we were a bit less successful on that front. We plotted out our scheme over breakfast, flagging a bunch of schools within walking distance to us that we were going to try and visit. Stop…

Pounding the Pavement

Today we woke up on a mission: visit schools…whatever it takes. We fuelled up on caffeine and hit the road. First stop: the government school around the corner from our hotel. I had wandered by it last week when I went for a walk and since it was so close we though it may be…

City Spotlight: Varanasi, India

Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together.

-Mark Twain

Make it Work

Finally made it to a budget private school in Old Delhi to interview the owner and manager of the school.

Making Plans & Changing Them

Today marks halfway through the second week. The rest of my classmates had a bit of a chill day since a meeting we all had planned for this afternoon got cancelled last minute. We were bummed, as we were supposed to be going to see the hole in the wall where Sugata Mitra’s experiments first started…

One School Down

Today was a huge success and relief for all of us I think. After the usual breakfast routine, we trekked out to Gurgaon. It takes about an hour on the metro and then it’s a short walk to the school. Throughout our trip, the administration, teachers, and students at Kunskopskolen have been very welcoming and…

Just Another Manic Monday

Dear sweet India, You have more people than I ever thought possible and your overuse of honking, while potentially necessary for avoiding accidents, is overwhelming me. Sincerely, Claustrophobic American Introvert — That is how my love letter to India would read right now. Seriously, there are people everywhere. All the time. 7am? People! 1pm? People!…

City Spotlight: Jaipur, India (Part 2)

Sorry I have so much to say. Huge shout out to the people who actually read these, you’re great! Since this is Part 2 about Jaipur, I’ll keep it short and sweet. If you missed it, you can check out Part 1 here. Nahargarh Fort The view from this fort is breathtaking. We went just…

In the Groove

This morning was much the same as the others. We all got ready and went down to the hotel cafe for breakfast. The longer we are here, the more I am appreciating the hotel we are staying at. It only provides the basics, but that seems to suit us perfectly fine. I would definitely recommend this…

Acquired Taste

I will be honest. It was not love at first sight for me and India. Or rather, not love at first sight for me and Delhi. I have yet to see more than this city, so I will reserve judgement on the whole massive country until I have more information to work with. However, today…