2019 JEM India Trip Blog
Welcome to the 2019 JEM India Trip Blog
Nine students and three chaperones will be traveling to the KLE International School, our JEM partner school in Belgaum, India, for 12 days starting this Friday. During their trip, students will be visiting the beaches of Goa, staying with host families, sharing our own cultural performance, visiting local cultural sites, and learning about renewable energy in India with the KLE students.
Thursday, December 5th
Today we are back in Goa enjoying the beautiful beaches and savoring our last meal in India before heading home. We will miss you India. Until we meet again!
Wednesday, December 4th
On our last full day we experienced “Dhol and Tasha,” a traditional Maharashtra celebration with the KLE students and teachers. We are wearing orange turbans, which are typically worn during Dhol and Tasha. Below are videos from our farewell assembly and some highlights from our trip. Tomorrow we head to the airport and start our 24 hour trip home. Our collective experience has been absolutely amazing and we’ve made amazing memories that will last a lifetime! We can’t wait to share more with the entire school upon our return!
Dhol and Tasha Celebration:
Tuesday, December 3rd
Our students enjoyed a delicious day today of cooking lessons and dancing! We learned to cook Indian food in KLE’s kitchen and then enjoyed a savory lunch that the students cooked themselves! Afterwards, we joined the KLE First Graders as they showed their amazing moves in dance class!
Enjoying a delicious Indian meal cooked by the students themselves!
Monday, December 2nd
Our JEM student ambassadors have been enjoying a multitude of new experiences in India! Students started the day with traditional Southern Indian breakfast of idli (steamed rice cakes), sambal, and coconut chutney. We trekked with our host families up to Yellur Fort, an ancient fort outside of Belgaum. In the past few days we visited a wind farm and explored inside a wind turbine, visited an organic farm where we fed sugar cane to cows, and toured an Ayurvedic Hospital, which practices a traditional system of holistic medicine and wellness. Back at KLE the students performed experiments with alternative fuels on the engine rig at KLE College of Engineering and our students had a reunion with the KLE graduates who visited BFS in 2017!
Saturday, November 30th
On a visit to a Venudhwani community radio station, Jakob is recorded expertly conducting an interview with the radio jockey!
One of the biggest highlights for us has been spending time with our host families and KLE students! Here are some pictures of our time with them:
Friday, November 29th
Visiting a botanical garden and the Badami Cave Temples.
Thursday, November 28th
While the BFS community at home celebrates Thanksgiving, our JEM travelers gathered with their host families for a celebratory dinner in India.
Monday, November 25th
Some photos of the group in Goa, including their beautiful accommodations.
Sunday, November 24th
Quick update from our ambassadors. They spent the day visiting Old Goa, an UNESCO World Heritage site and touring the Latin Quarter in Panjim. They also were able to view an art installation created for the International Film Festival happening in Panjim, Goa right now!
Saturday, November 23rd
After 15 hours of traveling, the group arrived at their hotel around 9:30pm and had their first delicious meal together in India!
Friday, November 22nd
And they’re off! Our 9 students and 3 chaperones headed out early this morning to India!
Preparations for India
Students across all the grades have been learning about India in the months leading up to the JEM trip! From making crafts and writing about life in America to preparing videos and questions to be shared with the KLE students - BFS students from every grade are excited about this trip!