A Colourful Insight into India’s Culture
A Salem Delegation took Part in the Round Square International Conference in India. Here are some Students’ Impressions of The Pre-Tour.

We were embraced by exotic charm and cultural shocks the moment we got off the plane and “overwhelmed“ is the only word that can describe how we felt in the past few days. The Pretour-trip of the Round Square International Conference (RSIC) was intensive but unbelievably well planned. On the first day we visited local slum schools and helped build school facilities in poor neighborhoods of Dehradun. Those school projects aim to help children from streets and slums with education and vocational training combined with health care, nutrition and clothing.

Mountain, River and Market

In the next three days we headed to the north and toured around the places. We drove all the way up to the Queen of Hills in Mussoorie, spent the night on top of the mountain, got a bird’s-eye view of the whole area and had a great afternoon at the local market. In Garhwal we tried rafting in the beautiful Ganges river and joined a local daily ceremony that worships the mother god of rivers. In Agra we visited several ancient palaces and tombs and were deeply moved by the magnificent Taj Mahal with its ivory marble floorsand walls. After the five day Pre-conference we were overwhelmed by the strong contrast between the different regions, the gap between social classes, simplicity and hospitality ofIndian people. We’re grateful to be able to represent our school in such a great event as Salemers, to integrate with students from all over the world and to experience cultural clashes which broaden our horizon. Thank you Mrs. Peters, Mr. Schlüter and Mrs. Meyer-Wiefhausen for taking care of us all along the way.

Yixiang Huang, Victoria Ryba, Myrte Falk, Arabella Blue Walker and Liv Siemens