Community College of Allegheny County honors students got to
travel the world last month on a trip to India.
A group of 15 honors students spent 11 days in January visiting
various organizations and landmarks across India.
The students, accompanied by five honors faculty members,
performed community service, attended lectures at universities, met
with government officials, visited cultural and historical
Students visited the Taj Mahal and the Himalayas to see
Dharamsala, home of the Dalai Lama.
Students spent an entire day at Swami Sivananda Memorial
Institute, an organization devoted to empowering poor women and
children to break the cycle of poverty. The students shared a
fundraising brochure, an annual report on the community eye program
and a check for $1,038.
They also visited the Tibetan Children's Village and the Tibetan
Women's Association. At the Tibetan Children's Village, they also
presented a check for $1,038. Students read stories to the younger
children and helped the older students clean up debris around a
lake. They also learned about the issues faced by Tibetan
To prepare for the experience, the students took a political
science course comparing the politics and cultures of the U.S. and
India, a service learning course focused on service projects for
two non-governmental organizations in India and an art appreciation
course during the trip.
This is the second time the honors department has offered the
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