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My Erasmus+ Journey in India

In September 2023, I embarked on an exciting journey as an Erasmus+ intern in India. As a graduate student from the University of Nova Gorica, I was thrilled to work alongside Tanzania mission in India in a Tanzania Scholars in India Network. My role was to promote Tanzanian higher education, facilitate academic exchanges, and strengthen cross-cultural ties. This unique opportunity promised not only professional growth but also personal enrichment.

It was not my first visit in India, however, upon arrival in India, the vibrant culture and the warm hospitality of the people immediately struck me as if I have never been there. The bustling streets, colourful markets, and diverse culinary delights were overwhelming at first (was a bit spicy for me, yet enjoyable), but I quickly adapted and began to appreciate the rich cultural tapestry of this incredible country.

The Traineeship Experience

One of my primary responsibilities was to showcase Tanzania’s education system to Indian students and institutions. I organized and participated in various education fairs and conferences. These events were instrumental in highlighting the strengths of Tanzanian higher education, including its innovative programs and research opportunities. It was fulfilling to see the interest and curiosity of Indian students and educators about Tanzania.

A significant part of my role involved cultivating collaborative partnerships with Indian educational institutions. I explored various avenues for academic cooperation, from student exchange programs to joint research initiatives. This task required extensive research and a deep understanding of both Tanzanian and Indian educational systems. The goal was to foster cross-cultural learning and knowledge sharing, creating a bridge between the two nations.

To strengthen cross-cultural ties, I identified areas of mutual interest and coordinated the logistical aspects of academic exchanges. Providing support to students and scholars participating in these initiatives was crucial. This included offering comprehensive assistance to Tanzanian students studying in India, such as information on visa regulations, academic offerings, and cultural adaptation. Serving as an advisor to the Tanzanian ambassador, I contributed insights on vital education policy matters, including curriculum enhancement, teacher training, and the integration of education technology.

Building strong relationships with Indian educational institutions was essential. I nurtured networks that promoted educational collaboration and cultural understanding. This involved constant communication, regular meetings, and participation in various academic forums. The goal was to create a lasting impact and pave the way for future collaborations.

The journey was not without its challenges. Adapting to a new environment, understanding a different educational system, and navigating cross-cultural dynamics required patience and resilience. However, these challenges were also opportunities for growth. I developed new skills, including cross-cultural communication, project management, and policy analysis. The experience broadened my perspective and enhanced my ability to work in diverse, international settings.

As my internship in India ended in June 2024, I reflected on the incredible journey. The experiences and lessons learned were invaluable. I was proud of the contributions I made to Students Networks and the positive impact on Tanzanian Indian educational relations.

The Erasmus+ internship not only enriched my professional life but also my personal growth. It reinforced the importance of cultural exchange and international collaboration in education. I returned to Tanzania with a wealth of knowledge, new skills, and a deeper appreciation for the power of education in bridging cultures and fostering mutual understanding.

My Erasmus+ journey in India was a transformative experience. It provided me with the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the field of education while immersing myself in a new culture. The memories and connections made during this time will stay with me forever, and I look forward to leveraging this experience in my future endeavours.

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