India is the world’s largest democracy, with a growing global influence. Dozens of religions, languages, and ethnic groups have shaped this incredibly diverse culture. India is an ancient land, yet its modern food, music, and movies are popular all over the world. Although India has a reputation for crowded cities, most inhabitants live in rural areas. No matter the location, Indians are warm, engaging, and family-oriented.
AFSers in India explore Indian culture while living with a host family and attending the 11th grade. Education is highly valued, so you may find that high school is quite demanding. Classes are usually taught in English although the local language is also used. Depending on which state you are placed in within India, your school year may start in March (Delhi) or in June (South India).
The AFSer coming to India should be prepared to live under different conditions to what they are possibly used to in Australia. Some host families will not have the modern facilities and comforts to which you might be accustomed, such as electric dishwashers, cloth-washing machines, microwave ovens, etc. And although many houses do not have central heating or air conditioning, there will always be an abundant supply of love, hospitality and warmth.