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The shanty house being coated in mud

The Indian Exchange was part of a cultural exchange programme between the Vidya Devi Jindal School and The Lancaster Girls' Grammar school, which aimed to give students from both schools a chance to see places they normally wouldn't get a chance to see.

The main focus of the exchange was focused around housing and water projects, both of which are a problem especially in the North of India. We designed and built, with our Indian exchange parterns, a prototype 'shanty house' in their grounds. It had to be something that those living in the Shanty Towns could build themselves, so it was made from renewable materials and used no tools or equipment that they might not be able to afford.

The housing project was such a fun thing to get involved in.

The house being painted
We spent the first week of the trip building, but we could only work early in the morning or late evening because during the day it was just way too hot. I was so proud of the finished product and it was definitely worth the hard work.

The second focus of the trip was to learn about water supply in Northern India, which is very dry. We travelled to Rajasthan to look at the work of "the water man of India" Mr Rajindah Singh, who we had the honour of meeting. It was really interesting in Rajasthan as we saw a lot more of 'traditional' India and it was nice to see areas of the country that just normal tourists wouldn't get to see.

For the last few days though, it was all about the tourist route. We saw the Red Fort and the Taj Mahal in Agra, then travelled to a place called Fatipur Sikri (sp?) before flying home.

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The shanty house being coated in m…
The shanty house being coated in …
The house being painted
The house being painted
The finished product
The finished product
Us and our exchange partners with …
Us and our exchange partners with…
My teacher, Mr Williams jumping in…
My teacher, Mr Williams jumping i…
One of the water projects in Rajas…
One of the water projects in Raja…
We had to sleep on tables in Rajas…
We had to sleep on tables in Raja…
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