The Spandan Youth Summit 2009
"A Tri Continental" initiative
9th – 25th October 2009
 
Participants of St. Peter's School - India
 

    I am 18 years old from K.S.A (KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA) who for a wider education has come to St. Peter’s school, India. Last summer, I spent two weeks in Finland & was very excited about the possibilities of youth movement. I believe that if youth representatives from across the Planet get together we can make a difference.

    After the great hospitality shown to us in Finland I am determined that my classmates & I will leave no stone unturned to make this YS a memorable one. We want our visitors to experience as much of India as possible & together we can share ideas to take small concrete steps to ensure future sustainability.

    I love hanging out with my friends & enjoy swimming, inline skating, playing football & connecting with my friends on social forums like face book & orkut. I have always enjoyed making new friends & discovering new cultures. So I am really looking forward for this Youth Summit.

 
    I am a very friendly 16 year old boy and I look forward to making new friends during the program. I love to play football and am an athlete. From my part you can expect just anything even if it concerns taking any drastic measures in keeping everyone comfortable. I would like to learn and have lots of fun this time. The balance of learning and play makes it all the more better. I was a part of last year’s YS and it was awesome and this time with all involved in the planning there is even more reason for it to be better.
 

    Hi, I am Siddhart Singla a 16 year old boy from St. Peter’s School Panchgani and now I am in the 10th grade. I am basically from Surat city, which is in the state of Gujrat. My mother tongue is Hindi which is also our national language. My hobbies are to play basketball, football, table tennis and also love reading, a lot of different novels as well as comics. Well this is all about me. I hope to have a great time.

    Malcolm Raju

    Hi! My name is Malcolm Raju, my birth date is 7th of August, 1993. I like playing a lot of games and am more into sports than academics. I love to play football and my enthusiasm for every game is enormous. I also love eating junk food. My hobbies are listening to rock music and reading lots of novels. I expect to make good friends from this youth summit and lots of enjoyment along with learning. I would do anything possible by my will and capabilities and do my part for a better environment.

 

    Hey! I am Shikhar Mittal, I am 15 years and am a student of the 9th grade. My Hobbies are playing football, table tennis and I do serf the net a lot. I love being in the company of my friends and like making a lot of new friends, understanding them and make them feel comfortable. I love eating pizza and sometimes really lovely south Indian Food. I live at Delhi, which is the capital of India, and it’s really a great place to visit.

    This Youth Summit would really be a great chance for me to make a lot of new friends.

    I also look forward to learn a lot and enjoy and have lot of fun with all.

 

    Hi, I am Leander Pinto, am 14 years old and in the 9th grade. I have a lot of interest in music, sports, and also love reading some novels. My favorite dish is Sorpothelitis a Goan dish.It is a red curry with tiny cubes of Pork.

    I have interest in the youth summit because as a small kid I loved meeting new and interesting people and making friends with them. My father was into commercial shipping so I used to visit different countries and love meeting different citizens. I have never been to Peru and Finland so I decided to come and experience a few days with you people.

 

    Hi! My name is Rishikant Jena, I am 14 years old, I have a lot of interest in interacting with people around the world. I have interest in knowing the culture, tradition and religion of other countries and the perfect platform for that is the Youth Summit. I am really very anxious and exited about this event. My hobbies are listening to music and painting. As Finland and South America belong to European and American continents, where all the modern style and technologies are flourishing, it will be a very memorable experience to stay with these people and know about their lifestyle.

 

    Hi, my name is Pranav, am 14 years of age and in the 9th grade. My hobbies are playing football, listening to music and swimming. I have a lot of interest in sharing my thoughts with everyone. Youth Summit is the perfect way to share thoughts and to learn a lot. I am also very anxious to see you and to learn a lot from you.

    I think this youth summit will be a memorable experience for me.

 

    My name is Siddhant Jain I study in the 9th standard and am 15 years old. My favorite hobbies are drawing and reading books. My favorite books are Breaking Dawn and Ptolemy’s Gate. I love listening to music and prefer hip-hop and pop music .My favorite cuisine is South Indian and favorite games are table tennis, chess, badminton and cricket.

    I live in Mumbai with my parents along with 2 siblings and prefer chemistry and English as subjects. That’s me.

 

    I am a class 9 student and am 14 years old. My hobbies are reading and listening to music and playing sports such as basketball and football. I like pizza. The reason for coming to this youth summit is to experience as to how to learn to interact with international students and to share a lot of thoughts about Indian culture and tradition and vice versa. I’m looking forward to this youth summit with a lot of expectations in mind.

 

    I am 15 years old and live in Mumbai. My mother tongue is Hindi and I have 2 siblings. I Study in the 9th standard and like playing football, table tennis, badminton and volley ball. I also like singing and I love Linkin Park my favorite is Akon. I like watching movies and War of the Worlds and Fast and Furious are some of my favorites. My favorite football club is Chelsea and I admire Lampard as he is my favorite footballer .I like English, Geography and my favorite food is chicken and pasta.

    I am interested in the youth summit because it helps us to interact with foreign students. It helps us to share our thoughts and tradition with foreign students and learn about theirs. This will be my first year in the youth summit and I wish we have a lot of fun and learn a lot.

 

    I am 14 years old and I like listening to music. I prefer Hindi songs. I am a football fanatic and play defense. My favorite club is Real Madrid and my favorite football player is Van Persie.

    I feel that the youth summit is a very good programme organized where we get to interact with students of different countries. I am quite good at academics. My favorite subjects are maths and science. I hope that we enjoy as well as learn at the youth summit. I hope we perform our activities well.

 

    I am in class 9 and am 14 years hold. My hobbies are swimming, watching movies, playing football and listening to music. I like junk food. My hometown is Patna in the state of Bihar. I also like surfing the net.

    I like making friends and it will be good having friends from different places and knowing about their hobbies and culture.I hope you all have a nice time out here.

 

    I am 16 years old and my hobbies are listening to music, cycling and playing games. I live in Mumbai with my parents and 2 siblings. I study in the 9th standard and my favorite subject is Environmental Education. My father has been outside the countries a lot of times and it has fascinated me to listen to all his stories. I intently look forward to youth summit because I like making friends and sharing my thoughts with them. I expect to learn a lot from this experience.

 

    I am 16 years old and I study in 9th standard. I am proud of my school for keeping a great program like the youth summit. It is wonderful to interact with others to gain good knowledge. My hobbies are to listen to music. I like to play football, cricket and table tennis.

    I believe in protecting the environment and always want to enjoy life. I feel like becoming an actor when I grow big but I first want to finish my education. I love to go partying. My favorite singer is Akon and favorite song is “Beautiful”. I also like to eat a lot of pasta.

 

    I am 16 years old and I am studying in St Peters school Panchgani. My hobbies are to listen to music and swimming and playing video games. I like playing football and cricket. My favorite singer is Eminem. My favorite subject is English. I prefer Chinese cuisine. I like making friends and my aim to join youth summit is to make new friends and exchange ideas and experiences and hope so I can do it.

 

    My age is 14 years and I study in class 9. My hobbies are to play indoor games and I am pretty good in academics. I enjoy playing football and I am great fan of Cristiano Ronaldo. I like to chat around with my friends. I like surfing the internet. I like to watch movies and listen to music. I am addicted to spicy food and like eating pizza and burgers. I like reading books and checking encyclopedias.

 

    Hi! My name is Burhanuddin Kapasi, I am 14 years old and from Saudi Arabia. I like playing football and my favorite subject is computer applications. My ambition in life is to be working at some place where I have a really great future. I am interested in music and want to learn how to play the guitar. The most interesting thing for me is to meet new people and to learn a lot from them.

 

    Hi! My name is Samson Soares, I am from Mumbai and I’m 15 years old. I study at St. Peter’s School Panchgani. I take interest in music my favorite singers are Affroman and Akon. My favorite subjects are English and Environmental Education. My favorite food is intercontinental cuisine. This will be the first Youth Summit that I will be attending. I have lots of expectations from it. I will be glad to host during this Youth Summit and will be very happy to show everyone around Mumbai….!

 

    Hi everybody, I am Aman Patel from the middle of India, Indore in the state of Madhya Pradesh. In November I will begin my 17th year on planet earth?. I was very fortunate to experience five weeks in four locales in Europe –Finland (Porvoo), Holland, Beligum and Germany.

    I am very excited about the possibilities of youth connecting globally. For me YS’09 is an opportunity to strengthen this movement. After the fabulous hospitality I experienced in Europe my classmates & I are very eager to create the space for European & South American youth to experience the multi-diversity of India. My classmate Jai Singh Gautam & I will be arranging a week’s stay with us in the heart of both urban (Indore) & rural India(Mandu)…

    Our generation will face the problems of tomorrow. There are global problems & therefore they have to be solved globally. That is why the connection that we make at this YS’09 is very important. I think we can learn a lot and this learning will make a tremendous difference.

 

    Hi! my name is Nikhil Paul and I’m 14 years old. I study in class 9. My hobbies are listening to music and watching movies. I like to play indoor games like chess, caroms and table tennis. I play football as is my favorite game. I also play cricket and like chatting with friends. My favorite dish is vada pav (a Maharashtran vegetarian burger). I even like eating junk food like pizza, burger and noodles. I am very interested in reading horror books. I am really waiting to meet all of you while we are at the youth submit.

 

    Hey, my name is Rehan Joshi and I study in grade 9. My hometown is Mumbai and I live with my parents and elder brother.

    My hobbies are mainly comprises of reading, cycling, playing, basket-ball, table tennis, chess, lawn tennis etc. I have a great interest in punk music and my favorite band’s name is Green Day.

    My favorite basket-ball team is Houston Rockets although the person I admire is Kobe Bryant.

    About two years ago my brother had taken part in the youth submit and ever since then my interest grew. So, this year I am taking part in this project not only to interact with you’ll, but also to exchange knowledge about our home town.

 

    Hi! This is Rajdeep. I am 14 years old. Our school along with several other foreign school’s have been conducting this Youth Submit for the last two years and I am extremely eager to be a part of it. I am very excited to live, eat, stay and be with you’ll and understand their thoughts and views towards our world today and share some of my own. It would be my pleasure to learn about their culture and traditions, while I would speak highly of mine. This student interaction is for a worthwhile cause and I would make sure that it would make my thoughts clear. I am looking forward to enjoy with the other students and I am sure that they too would enjoy every bit of the Youth Summit. I am looking forward to my experience at the Youth Summit 2009.

 

    Hi! I am Abdullah a 17 year old student from Mumbai, studying at St. Peter’s school in grade 10. Last summer I visited Holland and discovered that it was fun getting to know a new culture.

    I enjoy playing football, volleyball, athletics, - Sprints and Jumps. I also enjoy listening to music, singing and parting. My favourite subject is English.

    I am looking forward to the YS, because it opens up a fantastic possibility to get to know Finnish students whom I have heard so much about from my friends who visited Finland last two summers, also have an opportunity to participate in ecological projects which I think are important in view of the wild swings in climate chaos. See you all at the YS!

 

    Hi everyone, I am Sikander Yafai, I am a 18 year old and from Hyderabad in the state of Andhra Pradesh. I study at St. Peter’s school where I enjoy playing games rather than study. My favorite sports are football and cricket. Last summer I visited Europe and I learnt how to Ski in an hour and enjoyed learning a new game (for me) called throw ball. I also enjoy partying and making new friends to whom I’m very loyal to and protective. I’m looking forward to the YS because I feel that the best way to learn about new cultures is by interacting to people of those cultures. I am also concerned about the environment and look forward to learning something new through the projects that are being planned.

 

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    My name is Tanishq Hinduja .I am 13 years old and in the 8th grade and soon I’ll be fourteen and from Mumbai. Playing soccer and plying the guitar are my hobbies. This is my first youth summit and I am excited about it. I look forward to make new friends and also to learn a lot of things.

    I am so very excited about the YS. And I hope this will be something I don’t forget. 
    See you all in October.

 

    Hi, I am Sohail and I am sixteen years old. I love being outdoors and practical experiences. I am not into theory and books. I love sports especially soccer and cricket and I enjoy treks into the forests and the eco camps that our school organizes.

    I come from Hyderabad in the state of Andhra Pradesh (South India). Today I am a bit sad, - our very capable chief minister died in a helicopter crash, the boys from three generations of my family has studied in St. Peters. I hope to learn and make friends at the YS .If any of you have any problems about the youth summit please come and ask me. See you soon at the YS.

 

    Hi this is Shubham , I am thirteen running fourteen. I love the outdoors and prefer theory over practical experiences, sports and music are some of my many passions. I have been enjoying all the eco camps organized by the school.

    I come from Usmanabad a city in the state of Maharashtra. I look forward to having a good learning experience and making new friends at the youth summit. I promise to do my level best to fulfill all your needs at the YS. See you guys at the youth summit.

 

    Hi everyone I am Shivang and I am presently 13 running 14 and I study in the 8th grade. This will be my first year in the youth summit, it is a great opportunity for me to join this group. I’ve been to many eco camps, but this is a special one for me as it is the YS.

    I come from Surat a harbor city in Gujurat. My hobby is to play cricket and I love hanging around with friends, see you at the YS.

 

    Hey everybody I am Reagan. I am 12 years old and in the 8th grade. I am a bit younger to the rest of my friends but equally enthusiastic about this year’s YS. I live in Pune, which is in the state of Maharashtra. I like athletics and playing football. This is my firsts youth summit and I look forward to making this a successful one and also making new friends.

 

    Hi everyone I am Vishwa, a 13 year old and soon will be 14. My friends call me Vishu. I come from a place called Vadodara which is in Gujarat. I love reading books and I can’t resist outdoors. Soccer and cricket are games I like playing.

    I am so very thrilled about this year’s youth summit. I hope to make new friends and also learn a lot of things, so looks like I’ll be seeing you in October.

 
Craig Reeves - Teacher
St. Peter's School, Panchgani

Its not everyday when a teacher from a small rural town in the mountains of Western India gets an opportunity to participate in different roles at an International Youth Summit. In March 2009 this opportunity came my way at St. Peter's, where I teach English and Economics. I jumped at it. It meant a commitment to eight months of preperation going through a cycle of a student and teacher exchange while understanding the ethos of different school systems when I visited Europe in May 2009. This helped me crystalze my roles and responsibilities in the documentation, logistics and budgeting of the YS.

What was exciting was being Peter's wheels and keying in his messages while Jouko and he brainstormed over the Internet.

Every step of this unfolding, watching students join in, drop-out, return along with new entries, reading their intros, creating their space on our eJournal and the many many small details and tasks were quite exhausting. I learnt that the states of being exhausted and happy could co-exist.

As a young unmarried teacher to have this fantastic exposure of a process that will peak out in a few weeks is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me.

I take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge the trustees of Spandan Eco Foundation and St. Peter's school for creating these exciting roles for me.

As a member of the host country's team, I welcome each and every participant to YS'09.

See you soon...

Craig Reeves
St. Peter's School, Panchgani
India

Sangita James
St. Peter's School, Panchgani

I am Sangita James the supervisor of St Peter’s School. I also head two departments namely English and Social Studies. I am the House Mistress of Ashlin House (Green House). I love traveling, reading, cooking and watching movies.

I am an M.A and B.Ed. I have been in the teaching profession from past 17 years. I love teaching and I feel it is my calling.