Sunday, June 1, 2014

Welcome to the 2014 ILR GSL India Blog!

 By Amanda H.

The ILR SVYM Global Service Learning Program is officially underway.  Once everyone arrived in Mysore on Friday, May 30, 2014 it was clear that our exhaustion from traveling would be difficult to shake.  But by Saturday everyone was rested and excited for our orientation at SVYM.  We arrived at the institute at around 10am and it was already sweltering outside.  Luckily we were distracted from the heat when the SVYM team came out to greet us and welcomed the group with beautiful jasmine flower necklaces (they smell heavenly) and a special prayer.  The staff was so friendly and excited to see us.  It was very apparent that Cornell University and the ILR School hold a special place at SVYM.

We received a tour of SVYM including the Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies as well as the Vivekananda Institute for Leadership Development.  I think we were all in awe by the inspirational quotes that decorate every wall of the building.  It became clear that SVYM is a place for higher learning as well as personal growth.  We were then invited to watch a documentary about SVYM that highlighted its accomplishments over the last 25 years as well as current projects that the organization is working on.  Madam Sindhu Suresh presented to the group following the documentary.  Her message was clear: our work with SVYM would not be without its challenges but there would be always be support from her team to make this experience as meaningful as possible.

The ILR Team
GSL Team Jess and Britt
The Global Health Team

To culminate our orientation, we had a candle lighting ceremony that honored Swami Vivekananda’s values as portrayed through SVYM.  The candles represented the knowledge that we would gain throughout our time in India.  This small ceremony was a great way to wrap up the afternoon.  

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