Green Wall Project
The idea of this project was to reuse old plastic bottles, that would otherwise be thrown away and turn them into a symbol of ‘environmental consciousness’. The process involved cutting the bottles on one side and attaching them to each other with strings that were also made from plastic bottles. The strings were also used as supporting framework on which the bottles were hung in rows on a wall. With soil and plants put into the bottles, useless trash was turned into planters. The plants will grow and turn a whole wall into a green vertical garden. The message the project wanted to convey was that ‘instead of burying the plastic trash in the ground, where the plastic lasts forever and poison the earth, we can convert the plastic waste into meaningful utility items and re-use to decorate the space for life to grow. Our goal was to engage young students and people in creative thinking and present them alternatives as to what can be made out of plastic trash.
The overall message to be carried out: ‘Everyone can initiatives and undertake small and creative steps towards a cleaner and more sustainable environment. It all starts with you!
Cultural Bridge wants to provide every student the possibility to explore their and take up an individual project.
The German art student Alexander Neumaier wanted to raise awareness on the problem of plastic waste management, so he created a beautiful lotus flower made completely out of old plastic bottles, to emphasize the need to recycle plastic in an appropriate manner.
Logistical support in form of a working space, collection of plastic bottles and the art related needed material was provided by Cultural Bridge.
The people of Pali, where he was staying, were very much interested in the project. The mayor of the city was generous enough to provided Alexander a wall in the city center of Pali where he could place his art work. The mayor even came to inaugurate the art work.
Alex said, about his project: “My idea behind this was to show, that instead of throwing plastic trash away you can also use it to create something beautiful out of it. The lotus flower on one hand is a national symbol of India on the the other hand it‘s a symbol for purity through it‘s ability to repel dirt. I think it‘s an interesting contrast to build a flower out of trash, because not only is it a statement towards India’s environmental problems but also towards India’s trash problems. I‘m calling it Some kind of nature. It‘s a plea for reusing and recycling plastic and a for a better way to live with nature. I was very happy about the support and reactions on my project in Pali and about the fact that even the major of the city came to inaugurate my art piece.”
Teaching German language
We have multiple schools in India working along with Cultural Bridge!
Starting from the A1.1 level, young students were taught the German language.
Almost every day Cultural Bridge students were giving German classes in several schools in the city of Pali.
The interest in learning German was strong and the numbers of students attending the German classes increased quickly.
It was impressive to see, how fast and disciplined the Indian students are and were eager to learn and engage with the language.
The German language teaching experience was interesting and beneficial, as the Cultural Bridge students had the possibility to learn more of Hindi from students, and the lively different school system with students who had never seen or met any Germans / Europeans before.
English classes were also made available compliment to the German Language course.
A wonderful experience for anyone who‘s on the way to become a teacher!
Cultural Interaction Class
Our partner institution the Ramdeo College of Management and Science the Cultural Bridge students exchanged ideas and started an inter-cultural interaction class with 10 students of the College.
The classes were held everyday and the students were open and enthusiastic in exchanging their insights about each others backgrounds, in order to reach to a much deeper understanding about the Indian and the German culture.
The interactions helped in removing the false stereotypes or prejudices that one would have had, provided answers to the questions about perception of German culture in India and the Indian culture in Germany.
In addition, other topics like the Pakistan-India-conflict, the mentality Germans have towards the Second World War or how to live a happy life as a young student in both worlds were also discussed, thus widening the spectrum of interactions.
The initiative was a beautiful and spontanoues project, that formed long lasting friendships between the Indian and the German students.
To reach a deeper understanding of both the Indian and the German culture in a playful way, a Music Class was made as part of one of the Cultural Bridge students activity set.
Traditional old German and Bavarian songs were translated into Hindi and the Indian students learnt them by heart and also presented their learnings by means of a performance in front of a big audience in both languages. This was quite a spectacular experience, and showcased the possibilities that can be achieved under an interexchange students learning initiative.
Environmental Awareness Program
Cultural Bridge strongly believes that it is time for a change in the global politics concerning the climate change!
There are many problems, in both on a small as well as big scale and the change always starts with an individual.
A trained Cultural Bridge student made his own program in schools to raise awareness on environmental issues.
What should be done with plastic trash?
Why is it important to do keep your surrounding clean and how we can re-use our trash in a sustainable manner, thus, minimising the pollution of our environment.?
We were positively happy to see and experience first hand, that several students started to take deeper interest in these initiatives on their own.