Adeline Lobo, 19, from St. Andrew’s College, Bandra, is busy making handicraft items such as painted candle-holders and bags with Warli designs. Lobo will take these items as souvenirs when she leaves for Germany on June 15 along with 10 other city students as part of the first international cultural exchange programme of the Diocesan Youth Centre, the youth wing of the Archdiocese of Bombay.
“I am excited about going to Germany and staying with a local family there,” said Lobo, who will stay in Frankfurt for 15 days and return home on June 27. “I will learn so much about their life and culture,” she added.
This is the first time that the Archdiocese of Bombay and the Diocesan Youth Centre is taking their annual socio-cultural exchange programme to an international scale.
“We decided that city youths should be given opportunities to gain international exposure, and this programme will help expand their world views,” said Father Anthony Fernandes, director of the Diocesan Youth Centre, who will be accompanying the students on the trip.
The trip to Germany is the second part of the exchange programme. In January, 12 German students representing the Diocese of Limburg visited Mumbai and toured cultural centres and temples.