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A country of cultural dynamism and incredible extremes, India is full of surprises. Home to one-sixth of the world’s population, India contains a multitude of ethnic groups, languages, and religions.



Pune is a thriving city of 3 million in the west-central state of Maharashtra. Centuries old, Pune is a vibrant example of old and new India intertwining. You’ll find ancient temples and traditions coexisting alongside the robust IT industries and many universities. Pune’s international student presence gives a young energy to the city, with hip cafes and cultural spaces. Pune is also an incredible city to be in during festival season, which brings the streets to life with the thunderous sounds of the dhols (traditional drums) echoing throughout the entire city.




No matter the religion or language, for almost all Indians the family remains the most important social unit. It’s common for extended families to stay close and share a common household or kitchen. Most Fellows will be living in apartment blocks and will have running water, electricity, and sometimes even wifi in the house. Within clusters of apartment blocks you’ll commonly find vibrant communities. Your Indian host family will warmly welcome you into their home and help you explore all that India has to offer.


Work alongside members of your community on projects that make a responsible impact. For all India Fellows, the primary apprenticeship is working as an assistant teacher with Teach For India to address an essential need in India - educational inequity. India additionally offers optional secondary apprenticeships. These part time secondary apprenticeships (up to 6 hours per week) provide an opportunity to engage with a different sector and see your community through a different lens.


Serve as a teaching assistant alongside our partners at Teach For India. Help eliminate educational inequality by teaching children from low-income communities in India’s most under-resourced schools.

Environment Conservation

For a secondary apprenticeship, work with an urban farm oasis providing environmental education.

Social Work

For a secondary apprenticeship, get involved with organizations doing inspiring work like sports for people with disabilities or music for underprivileged kids.

Women & Girls Empowerment

For a second apprenticeship, work with organizations empowering girls through camps and trainings that teach life skills.



Indian cuisine varies by region, with staples like rice, chapati or bajra paired with vegetables, yogurt, and lots of chili and spices. Pune is famous for it’s mouth-watering street food like paani puri (crispy puffs filled with potatoes, chickpeas, and spices).


As a country this diverse and dynamic, India will never leave you short of things to do. Use your free time to take yoga classes, learn traditional Indian dance, dive into discussions on religious history, or take in a Bollywood film.



India is a land of festivals. During holidays the whole community celebrates with fireworks, colorful idols, and plenty of vibrant flowers. Dance to the beat of drums as you parade down the street for Ganesh Chaturthi, light candles and perform puja during Diwali, and get ready to be covered in colorful powder during the excitement of Holi.