Libby | Mumbai Global Internship Program, India

Photo of Libby and two other students in desert-like environment

Libby is studying a Bachelor of Youth Work and Youth Studies and participated in the Mumbai Global Internship Program. She answered some questions for us:

What did your internship involve?
The first week included lectures and movies at TISS (the social science university in Mumbai) to help us understand the history and culture.

Why did you go?
A chance to travel AND tick off a subject! 

What did a typical day involve?
Work would differ day to day, sometimes we did filing, sometimes helped to set up the organisations Instagram, sometimes we engaged with kinder aged kids learning their English alphabet and a mix of English and Marathi nursery rhymes, or older kids and women doing arts and crafts.

Favourite dish or meal on your experience?
Pani Puri! Little balls I guess most similar to a crackers or poppadom that are filled with crunchy ingredients like rice crispies or chickpeas and then a sweet and spicy liquid. Such a cool texture and taste!

What was your favourite event/ weekend trip or activity you participated in?
I organised a group of us to go see a theatre show, someone else organised us all to visit a tourist island, another a dinner at a restaurant with deaf waiters that taught us simple sign language. We divided into smaller groups on a few weekend trips too, a few groups went to Taj Mahal, Goa (beaches), Palitana (a sacred Jain town). Oh and one group organised a fundraiser for their organisation where we made jewellery which was also great fun!

How would you describe your experience?
It's a great way to meet people, see places and experience a country and learning in a new way. I met so many lovely people, the clothes were beautiful, the food delicious. Each city/state was so different too, that I feel like there is so much left to see and explore. 

Any advice for future students?
Have an idea about your strengths, what you could bring to the internship, but also what you might want to learn whilst there.

Describe your experience in three words:

Adventure, Kindness, Beauty.

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.