Veronika Macku - 2014 Program Participant

Monkeys in a tree

In nature.

Why did you choose to study abroad?

To study abroad means for me to get to know foreign culture from the inside, sharing a piece of my life with the local people, finding new experiences, and becoming more independent.

Why did you choose to study in India?

I have been fascinated with Indian culture, philosophy, and history for a long time, so I had no doubts about my study abroad location.

What let you to choose IES Abroad specifically?

I was selected by my University to receive the IES Abroad scholarship.

What were your housing arrangements like in India?

I loved my stay with my homestay family. All members of the family were lovely people and they took great care of us.

What was a normal day like as a student in India?

Normally I went to the IES Abroad Center for a lecture, twice a week I volunteered at a local NGO school, and during evenings I went to see some art performances, wandered the streets with a friends, practiced yoga, spent time with my family, or did some work and readings for the lectures. 

Man at a market in Old Delhi.

In Old Delhi.

What was the most memorable experience you had while studying abroad?

It is hard to say what was the most memorable experience I had because there were so many awesome experiences! A great experience was just the ordinary life in India because every day was so unique and special.

What was the biggest challenge you faced studying in India?

Just two weeks before I was leaving a fire spread over the impoverished community. It was hard to overcome this experience and seeing the ashes that remained from the school and nearby houses. 

What are the top three reasons you'd go back to India if you had the chance?

To see my local friends, to travel to the mountains, and to practice yoga.

If you could go on another IES Abroad program, which one would you choose?

I think I would go back to the same place, I would go back to New Delhi, because sometimes I miss it. My life there was so diverse that I do not have doubts about going back.