Greetings from India! The first group of ILR and Global Health students arrived at the Bangalore International Airport after midnight on May 27. After completing the immigration process and customs, they found the SVYM driver waiting to transport them to the main campus in Mysore--a 3 hour+ drive.
After months of preparation and visa stresses it was a relief to finally arrive in country! The following morning, SVYM Deputy Director Sindhu Suresh met with group to provide an informal orientation (the lovely formal orientation was held over the weekend), arranged for cell phones and sim cards (a great deal at $27 for a basic cell phone and card), and brought in a money changer who gave the students an excellent exchange rate of 44 rupees to the dollar. SVYM has made the group feel welcomed and comfortable--thank you to all!