Tour New Delhi
In New Delhi, a city scavenger hunt lead by the CCS staff gives you a chance to get to know your new neighborhood. Team up with a group of fellow volunteers and, with the help of local people, find your way around town to complete a challenge. You may be tasked with finding a cell phone or hunting down a travel agency to book a ticket to see the Golden Temple in Amritsar. No matter what the challenge, it's a fun way to quickly get comfortable in this welcoming city.
Hindi Language Lessons
For many volunteers, Hindi language lessons with CCS are a first. In addition to practicing the elegant calligraphy, you’ll practice spoken Hindi as well. No worries on rocketing to the head of the class, a little goes a long way and just the basics can really help you connect with the community. And if you're a little shaky at first, the local people appreciate your attempts, and are very friendly with their corrections.
Indian History Lesson
With CCS in New Delhi, there is no shortage of incredible guest lecturers. You'll have a chance to talk with a local professor and talented storyteller on the politics, history, and culture of India. You'll also have have the unique opportunity to learn about the history of CCS in India from one of our founding members – Bela Singh, the CCS India Director. With CCS lectures and conversations, it's all fair game.
Prepare Delicious Tandoori
Whether you're a newbie to Indian cuisine or your favorite dishes all contain the words "tikka" or "tandoori," your taste buds are in for a treat at weekly cooking classes at your CCS Home-Base. Each week, your group will have a chance to prepare an authentic Indian dish alongside the CCS cooks. Wow friends and family when you take the recipe back home to share and casually mention "Oh yeah, that's my famous aloo jeera. No big deal."
Dance the Odissi
You'll learn all about Odissi, an Indian classical dance, from a renowned Indian dance instructor. She'll share the significance of each part of the dance, from the clothing and instruments, to the music and the moves. Enjoy a private performance by students from her award-winning dance school, followed by an exclusive lesson so you and your fellow volunteers can learn the basics of the oldest surviving dance in all of India.