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SCHOOL OF INDIA FOR LANGUAGES AND CULTURE
October 16, 2009

We are adopting our daughter from India and came to SILC because we wanted to learn Hindi. What we found far exceeded our expectations. SILC is a vibrant and generous community where one can learn languages, how to cook or how to drum, and about the social and historical aspects of Indian life. There is a wide variety of courses offered for adults, as well as for children. Cooking teachers go far beyond simply demonstrating a recipe. They share tips on everything from choosing and cleaning food, to storing spices, to how to modify seasoning to one's taste. They give students the confidence to go and try these things at home, and the knowledge of where and how to shop for items not found in many grocery stores. One of the most valuable aspects of this school is that they don't just have set courses that you have to fit into. They go a step beyond to see who the students are, and then tailor the classes to their needs. For those of us hoping to find and maintain a connection with the Indian community, SILC has been a magnificent gift.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the sense of community and in the generosity of sharing cultural knowledge both formally and informally.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure more people knew about it and could participate.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how wonderfully flexible and accommodating it is. Everyone is willing to step in and help teach.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful, friendly, welcoming, and knowledgeable.

Ways to make it better...

it would have been easier to register for classes.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

keeping its flexible and human style while working with more students and families.

One thing I'd also say is that...

we don't know what we'd do without SILC. It has given us a place to learn about our daughter's beautiful culture, and where we hope she can maintain her language and cultural ties in the future.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Client Served & My whole family attends language, social studies, and arts classes.