Learning Hindi abroad in Jaipur, India is one of many language immersion programs offered by AmeriSpan. The jewel of South Asia, India enjoys a rich cultural past and present. As one guidebook succinctly puts it "Nothing can fully prepare you for India." This subcontinent is home to more than a billion people and is full of extremes: Snow-capped Himalayas and miles of tropical coastlines; Early morning sun glinting off of the Golden Temple in Amritsar and sunsets seen from a houseboat in the backwaters of Kerala. One of the world's largest foreign purchasing powers, India provides the second largest workforce in the world. Home to four of the world's main religions- Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism- India is known for its lavish and unique style, detectable in everything from music and dance to food and dress.
Learn Hindi Language in India:
Centrally located, Jaipur (aka ‘Pink City’) is the capital of the state of Rajasthan and it acts as kind of a gateway into the rest of Rajasthan. The city is a ‘planned city’ closely following Hindu architectural principles which call for strict geometric planning. Construction began in 1727 and city’s population has grown to more than 3 million. Jaipur is regarded by experts as one of the best-planned cities in the Indian subcontinent and a popular tourist destination because of its history, palaces, forts and bazaars.
WORDS of CAUTION: While most people adjust to India’s vast differences within one to two weeks of arrival, India is one of AmeriSpan’s most challenging locations for students in terms of culture shock. You will encounter extreme heat and crowds of people, animals, sights, sounds, smells and chaos. In a country where half a billion people live below the poverty line, our programs in India are for the more flexible traveler. You should be expecting a high level of culture shock and be ready to embrace it. Specifically, the lodging here is extremely basic. Some students have access to western-style toilets, while others offer Indian-style facilities. There are fans but no air conditioning, and students are expected to clean up after themselves. Part of the experience of visiting and volunteering in India is really getting to understand the people you're helping. Students and volunteers should be prepared for the extremely basic conditions offered.
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