The students left their homes to connect to the international flihgt in Chicago early on Saturday before Irene hit the east coast. They arrived early enough at O'Hare to get to know each other and their program assistant Emily before they began they began their long flights. Their flight rides were restful enough that they managed to remain fresh when they finally arrived in Negambo, the only international airport in Sri Lanka. In the words of 2011 fall program director, Professor David Campbell, the students are cheerful, laughing and terribly excited to be in Sri Lanka.
Here are a few photos from their journey and their first day in Sri Lanka.
Before their international flights, the group met at the departure gate in Chicago with ISLE Executive Director Sree Padma Holt. Left to right: Kelsi, Alex, Emma, Meg, Chelesea, Sarah, Erica, Malik, and Mimi (front).
The group arrives in the airport in Colombo. Pictured left to right are: Meg, Emma, Mimi, Erica, Kelsi (front row), and Chelesea, Malik, Sarah, Alex, and Lily (back row).
Mimi, Alex, Erica Meg and Sarah have tea with Faculty Director Professor David Campbell.
Two days after arriving in Kandy, the students met their Sri Lankan host family at a tea at the ISLE Center before they moved in with them. Following are some photos of the students and their host families.
Chelesea with her host parents, the Rajagurus.
Mimi with her host parents, also named the Rajagurus.
Emma and her host family, the Attanayakes.
Erica and the Ekanayake family.
Program Assistant Emily stayed with the Jayamanne family when she studied with ISLE in 2009; here she poses with Kelsi and the family.
Lily poses with her host family, the Wirasinghes.
Malik and his host parents, the Wansekeras.
Meg with her host family, the Navaratnes.
Sarah and her host parents, the Weerasooriyas.
Alex and her host family.