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from a professor. Except
for tuition, there was no
cost to students because all
travel expenses were paid
by NU
scholarships. “We
really appreciated the oppor-
tunity to be able to go out
and do this,” Wilson said.
While in India, the group
toured slums, farms and
schools while learning about
education, the environment,
sanitation, health care, sustain-
ability and, even, Bollywood.
Wilson andWiese vividly
recall the depths of poverty that
they witnessed while touring
Dharavi, a slum with up to 1 mil-
lion people living on 535 acres.
“They have huge problems:
Water, food, not making
enough money to feed them-
selves,” Wilson said.
Wiese said touring Dharavi
made him reflect upon life at
home in the United States.
“Poverty in the United States
is a good life in India,” Wiese
said. “We are so fortunate.”
Wiese — a father of two
children — was left with such a
deep impression that he said he
hopes to take his kids there in
10 years.
“If I had been exposed to
something like that when I was
a teenager, it would have made
me start thinking about the
world a little differently,” Wiese
said. Though shocked by the
poverty they witnessed, both
men equally were inspired by
how people forged on despite
their circumstances.
“People in the slums are
so proud of whatever they do
have,” Wiese said, noting that
many were employed, albeit
in meager jobs earning little
money.
“They’re finding ways to
manage with what they’ve got,”
Wiese said.
Away from the slums, stu-
dents were also able to visit the
world famous Taj Mahal and to
take in the busy open air mar-
kets of Mumbai and Delhi.
The students were also
impressed with the gracious-
ness of their Indian hosts.
“Everybody was really friend-
ly,” Wilson said. “If they knew
a little bit of English, they were
willing to talk to you.”
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INDIA:
Contrasts with life in United States give students appreciation for their lives here
Courtesy
JOSH WIESE,
left, and Scout
Wilson spent three weeks
studying in India as part of a
class that brought together
students from the University of
Nebraska system. In all, 16 stu-
dents — four from each campus
— participated.
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UNIVERSITY OF
Nebraska students stayed on a farm to exam-
ine how India approaches agriculture. Students in a critical issues
class spent time in various parts of India as part of the in-country
travel portion of their trip.
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