This Study Abroad/Field School has shown students the influence that social work can create, as well as has changed the perspectives of the students to be more reflective and more culturally conscious.
Dr. Joshi and Dr. Carrion did an excellent job orchestrating all the events and meetings, and the students are very grateful for their efforts. All the professors, professionals, shop owners, craft owners, organizational leaders and many more were inspirational and influential. The fact that the students visited not just the capital city (Delhi) but also the more rural areas (Arunachal Pradesh), made the difference in terms of their understanding the variety of circumstances that individuals in India face.
Sadly, the study abroad has come to an end. The students left on their prospective flights back to the United States.
Included in this post will be photos of the students and a few words they had to share about the trip.
Dr. Carrion and Dr. Joshi
Enjoying God’s beauty outside the IGU museum of the Idu Mishmis in Roing, Arunachal Pradesh. Educating future International Social Workers.
Working together in leading students in the 2018 wonderful Education Abroad program.
Standing in front of the Taj Mahal on our final day of this trip.
Thinking about leaving makes me sad, but this whole experience was rewarding, and it will definitely be unforgettable! I am prepared to tell other people about my amazing experiences throughout this trip so they too can have the courage to travel and learn about a culture different from their own. This trip has inspired me to continue to travel and helped me become more passionate about learning about different cultures, but also passionate to learn more about myself.
At the river admiring the mountains. So majestic!
This trip was such an amazing experience for me and I learned so much. I really enjoyed each and every organization we visited. Above all I really enjoyed the people, they were so kind, humble and welcoming. Their participation made this a truly unique experience. I also really loved our outing at the river and being able to enjoy the majestic view of the Himalayas.
The whole experience at the monastery was peaceful and made me feel connected to nature and all my travel companions. “I have arrived; I am home.”
I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to interact with amazing student and faculty from USF and RGU. I’m also extremely happy to have checked off the Taj Mahal from my bucket list.
I was overwhelmed by its beauty and story. I feel so grateful to have had this opportunity, and for all the experiences we’ve shared!
I’m lost for words! I’m grateful that I had this opportunity to visit India through this study abroad program. I have learned so much which made me a better version of myself. In this trip, I met some wonderful individuals, RGU students and faculty, Vijay Swami, Dr. Pulu, Uncle Mosa and many more for that I am forever thankful. Visiting the Taj Mahal Top it off! Absolutely stunning.
Rahima Cantave & Kiersten Johnson
The Taj Mahal was a great ending to this wonderful experience
This trip was a wonderful learning experience that taught me to look at situations from various perspectives. I’ve learned that I need to consider other viewpoints when examining a situation. I loved that this trip allowed me hands-on experience with various communities and allowed me to learn more about International Social Work. This trip took me out of my comfort zone and taught me to be open to more opportunities in life. I will never forget the amazing people and lessons I’ve learned.
This trip was unlike anything else I have experienced. The places we went, the people we met, and the humility that we gained couldn’t be replaced and I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity.
I am so grateful for the entire study abroad experience! I’ve enjoyed seeing so many different parts of India and meeting new people! I loved being in Arunachal Pradesh, visiting the Golden Pagoda, and the Taj Mahal!
Here I am at the river, it’s been lovely
I really loved this trip, it exceeded my expectations. Being in a place so different from home could be challenging at times, but I wouldn’t want to travel that far and end up in a place that isn’t different. I loved being around the beautiful mountains, organized chaos of the traffic, and some exceptionally kind people.
In Herbal Garden path at RIWATCH in Arunachal Pradesh! What an amazing experience this trip was!
The river right below the Himalayas was refreshing & my favorite part of the trip. This trip has taught me so much about myself, and the humanity that still exists in this world 🇮🇳💕
Enjoying the landscape and biodiversity of Arunachal Pradesh!
One of the main reasons I chose USF to pursue my Master’s in Social Work was because of the opportunity to study abroad in India. This trip lived up to all my hopes of what it would be and more. I loved getting to see the natural beauty of Roing in Arunachal Pradesh and working with the students and faculty from RGU. This trip opened my heart to the beauty of connecting with people from all over the globe. I’m inspired to travel more in the future and to pursue a future career in international social work.
My favorite part of the trip was when we ate dinner with our hands in the traditional house because it made me feel really connected to the local people and our friends from RGU.
Tea field at the Green Tea Company tea plantation
What a wonderful trip! So many great experiences to recount and remember with unforgettable memories of friends met along the way – too many to mention, but all cherished. A favorite is the early mornings at RIWATCH spent sitting outside on the porch reading the Hindustan Times and sharing a cup of Chai tea with “Uncle Mosa.”
This is from the step well from our first week here. This trip has been an unforgettable experience being surrounded by so many peers that have been so inspirational and so open! I miss how green Arunachal Pradesh is and all the people we had become so close within our time there. I look forward to traveling more in my future and hopefully even returning to India! This trip for me has been a dream come true!
Thank you for following us on our trip to India !
– Ariana Ayala-Soto
Reflection from Research Scholars at Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies (AITS), Rajiv Gandhi University
Overall the entire trip was a very fruitful journey. It made us realize how outsiders and those not from our community look upon one’s culture and traditions. It made us take a closer look at our own culture, our strengths and aspects we tend to neglect. The interactions between the RGU and the USF students answered many questions pertaining to research methods and made us realize that although each one of us belongs to different cultures and backgrounds the aspirations and the dreams that we shared were made up of similar experiences.