Swiss Exchange Program
12th - 21st Oct, 2017
India

Our school hosted Swiss students of École des Arches school, Lausanne - Switzerland as a part of the Cultural Exchange Programme. Swiss delegation of 3 students and 3 teachers visited India from 12th – 21st Oct, 2017. They were hosted by our students’ families. On the first day our Swiss guests were welcomed at School. They were taken around to see the campus and were impressed by the colours and the buzz at school, being Diwali celebration at school. Next they attended a class in English and later took part in the Senior school Diwali celebration. The day ended with a dinner at ‘Barbeque Nation’.

Day 2 included visit to Dhobi ghat, Mahalaxmi temple and Mani Bhavan. ‘Thali’ meal served at Samrat restaurant, made them savor Gujarati delicacies. Students tried their hands at traditional block printing art and applique work at the Museum. Day ended with visit to The Vatsalya Foundation. Heritage walk on following day, from Gateway of India to Jehangir Art gallery, Bombay High Court to CST station made them appreciate the architecture at these sites! To beat the heat, they were treated with some freshly squeezed sugarcane ‘ganna’ juice, which they relished. Truly it gave them a boost of energy for a game of ‘cricket’ against a local team at Oval Maidan. Lunch was a traditional South Indian meal, served on banana leaf. Post afternoon time was spent with Indian hosts, either shopping or relaxing.On day 4, a train trip to Bharuch was planned, via Shatabdi. From Bharuch, we were taken to Birla Century plant at GIDC area of Jhagadia. Students were awed by the scale of operation and the massive state of art machinery at the plant. Next day, was more relaxed with visit to Nehru Centre – Discovery of India center.

They got a peek into different Indian cultures and their history, state wise. The sky theatre at the Planetarium, showcased ‘Biography of Universe’. Day 6 they visited Elephanta Caves. It was an hour trip in ferry from Gateway of India. The place gave them insight into art and history of the caves, apart from being a great ‘site for photos’. They enjoyed some local Indian gooseberry and raw mangoes, as they took the Mini train ride. Diwali day was with the host families to celebrate the festival and understand the culture. They had great time partaking in ‘pujas’ and relishing ‘Indian sweets’.

On last day, a culinary class was planned at school. Evening had Mughal –e-Azam show at NCPA. Our Swiss guests and Indian students, were mesmerized by the performances at the show. Post the show, they went to airport to take their flight back home.They had wonderful memories of their visit to India. The glimpses that they got into the Indian culture, with its art, history, celebrations and hospitality of their hosts touched them. Truly an enriching exchange experience!

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