Video gallery: Urban students and teachers reflect on India trip


Urban students and faculty sit in a circle at the Aga Khan’s palace where Gandhi was imprisoned after his 1942 arrest. The group recounted important moments in Gandhi’s lifetime and his impact today in India.

Hannah Sears, Staff Writer

In these videos, Urban students and teachers share challenging, surprising and inspirational moments from their December 2011 trip to India in an effort to share experiences with the larger Urban, national and global communities.

Senior Cole Larsen discusses the uncomfortable attention he incurred based on the color of his skin.

Cody Siler (‘13) recounts a close and frightening encounter with a rickshaw driver in Pune, India.

The group’s final reflection — which took place in a clearing surrounded by palm trees on the Irani family farm in Dahanu, India — was inspiring for senior Gracelyn Newhouse.

Sophomore Aideen Murphy shares her conflicted feelings about walking past emaciated beggars.

HIV-positive children brought Leah Schummer (’14) closer to the memory of her younger brother at home. She speaks to the lack of HIV education in India and the effect it has on children who test positive.

Kell Fahrner-Scott (’13) remembers a disabled man begging at the Pune train station and explains why being asked to recount specific memories of the trip is difficult for her.

Sarah Fontaine, Urban School outdoor education coordinator, recounts a formative conversation with a globally minded man over dinner on a farm in Dahanu, India.