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Welcome To MUWCI

Mahindra United World College, India (MUWCI) is a residential school for 16-19 year olds who have chosen to live and study in an intentional community where Faculty deliver a holistic and experiential education programme in line with the mission of the UWC movement to make education “a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future” .

The IB DP curriculum is taught to each of our 240 students who represent over 80 different nationalities. Our diverse Faculty and student population enrich the learning of our community with the diversity they bring in terms of language, culture, and traditions, and all of us who live on campus engage with the local community in the villages which surround our beautiful campus, in the Mulshi Valley.

The College is committed to Service Learning and, as such, facilitates student engagement and participation in the work of NGOs in the Pune region and other parts of India through Travel Weeks and Project-Based Learning.

At a time when, increasingly, there is a drive for young people to excel academically, Mahindra United World College also focuses on developing the whole person through our carefully designed programmes in outdoor education and sustainability, social and emotional development, and active citizenship. We are the conscious and conscientious caretakers of the young people who have chosen a different educational experience in a unique setting.

I invite you to discover our world at MUWCI and hope that if your travels bring you anywhere close to us, that you will take the time to come and visit our very special community and hear our students speak for themselves.

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Our Team

Our Team
Faculty & Staff Profiles Board
Head of College
Ainhoa Orensanz
Head of Academics, Spanish ab-initio, Spanish Literature
Alexandra Mackenzie Johns
Theatre
Amita Luthra
Mathematics
Aparna Ramachandran
Head of Student Life, Psychology
Chaya Seewoonarain
English
David Lee
Philosophy and Theory of Knowledge
Katherine Lee
English Lang & Lit and Lit
Manish Thapar
Economics
Matthew Spall
English Literature, English Language and Literature
Monika Agarwal
Global Politics
Paola González Leal
Spanish Ab Initio, Spanish B, Spanish Literature
Reid Pierce
History and Theory of Knowledge
Sarita Wadhawan
Librarian / MUWCI ki Hindi (Conversational Hindi)
Ujwala Samarth
School-supported Self-Taught Literature and Learning/Language Support
Zeenat Ansari
Hindi Ab/B/Lit
Alejandro Rubio
Physics
Andrew Teron
Chemistry (HL and SL)
Beatrice Bwali
English B
Charlotte Blessing
Deputy Head of College
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Keshub Mahindra
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Anand Mahindra
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Bharat Doshi
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Uday Kotak
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Ulhas Yargop
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Dara Khambata
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Rakesh Mohan
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Vineet Nayyar
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Anuradha Mahindra
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Maria Ines Kawamura
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Soraya Sayed Hassen
Working at MUWCI since:

2015

Education:

Buckingham University

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

Cultural Hybridity in British Asian novels/Literature/University Lecturer

Countries I’ve called home:

UK, Mauritius, Australia

The best part about working at MUWCI:

The amazing campus/setting

My favourite spot on campus:

The ghat road 3rd turn going down

My favourite MUWCI tradition:

Graduation – It’s very emotional to wish students goodbye after 2 years

MUWCI Passion Project:

The Core

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Cooking

The most memorable/miserable job I’ve had:

Waiting tables in an ice-cream parlour/cafe in London

A perfect day for me would involve:

Not having to set an alarm to wake up

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

17th Century

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Ainhoa Orensanz
Ainhoa Orensanz
Working at MUWCI since:

2011

Have you been a part of the UWC movement in another capacity?

I’m an alumna from Pearson College 2003

Education:

IB from UWC Pearson, BA in Spanish Language and Literature, BA in Comparative Studies, Master Degree in Education and DEA in Spanish Literature.

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

17th century Theatre in Spain, I have published several papers and given three conferences about this topic before joining MUWCI.

Countries I’ve called home:

Canada, Spain, and India 

The best part about working at MUWCI:

The students. Even on the worst day you could find someone who is able to put a smile on your face. They are the most challenging and demanding people I ever met.

My favourite spot on campus:

Swimming pool during the sunset time.

Triveni Activities:

Right now, because of my other commitments, I am only involved in MUWCI frogs. Swimming has been an essential part of my life and teaching others how to swim is quite rewarding. Everyone should have the opportunity to feel free in the water.

MUWCI Passion Project:

To make the Academic curriculum more appealing and interesting to our students.

The most memorable job I’ve had:

I was a waiter for one night in a folkloric event back home. I was hire and fire in the same night!

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

If I tell you then is not a secret anymore… but I am quite good at making Spanish omelettes!

A perfect day for me would involve:

Lots of coffee, some reading, swimming and conversations with old friends…. and also full attendance to class!

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

The 17th century, I would love to be an actor or a monk.

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Alexandra Mackenzie Johns
Alexandra Mackenzie Johns
Working at MUWCI since:

2018

Have you been a part of the UWC movement in another capacity?

I was a student at United World College of the Atlantic (UK) from 1995 to 1997

Education:

The University of Warwick (UK) — Theatre & Literature BA; Brigham Young University (USA) — Theatre MA; The University of Exeter (UK) — Theatre PhD

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

I am very interested in the transformative potential of religious theatre, wherein communities embody and enter their own sacred narratives. Born out of this, I hold dear the transformative power of joy, found and expressed in and through the creative arts — reciprocally shared through creators and audience members. We do not necessarily give joy its true place as an agent of transformation in our individual and community life. Yet is has that potential, and performative creativity allows for such transformative joy to be experienced by us individually and at a societal level. In other words, through creative joy we can flourish, and flourish together.

Countries I’ve called home:

Jersey Channel Islands, England, Wales, USA (Utah), Uganda

The best part about working at MUWCI:

The students, faculty and staff — the rich diversity, warmth, learning, and viewpoints they bring. It is a joy to be with such people. And the stunning location and campus! So — beautiful people in a beautiful place…

My favourite spot on campus:

Overlooking the valley as I walk to and from my home on campus each day.

My favourite MUWCI tradition:

Theatre Season (naturally!!!)

Triveni Activities:

Nose Up (clowning) and Community Theatre

MUWCI Passion Project:

Creating a full archival record of all Theatre Seasons that have occurred here, and creating a culture wherein students share their creative work online in a manner that showcases their learning and talents with those outside of our community.

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

I wouldn’t claim very good, but I can get quite(!) competitive on the football field…

The most memorable job I’ve had:

A pedicab driver in Edinburgh, Scotland during the Theatre Festival there.

A perfect day for me would involve:

Playing, hiking, kayaking etc. with my family — just delighting in the two little people who bless our lives.

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

Elizabethan England to see Shakespeare’s plays live at the Globe…

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Amita Luthra
Amita Luthra
Working at MUWCI since:

August 2019

Education:

Msc. B.Ed

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

Teaching of mathematics and science

Countries I’ve called home:

India

The best part about working at MUWCI:

Its diversity

My favourite spot on campus and in Pune/Paud:

On campus the cafeteria, and in Pune I like Dorabjee

Triveni Activities:

Table tennis and Enrich curriculum

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

I like Dramatics

A perfect day for me would involve:

Me and binge watching…Netflix

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

My school days

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Aparna Ramachandran
Aparna Ramachandran
Working at MUWCI since:

August 2014

Have you been a part of the UWC movement in another capacity?

I visited MUWCI in 2012 as a consultant psychologist to assess a few students for Specific Learning Difficulties.

Education:

B.A and M.A in Clinical Psychology, both from Fergusson College, Pune

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

Masters thesis in the field of Health Psychology, particularly stress. I started my career as a consultant Clinical Psychologist involved in Assessments, Diagnosis and Therapy before entering the teaching field. 

Countries I’ve called home:

Just India — there’s so much to do here!

The best part about working at MUWCI:

The students and the newness they bring every year. No two years are the same… and in fact, no two days are the same, and that’s thanks to students. They keep me young and energised and push me to be a better version of myself everyday! 

My favourite spot on campus:

There’s a sweet little spot on a trail that runs between the ghat road and the bio-reserve. 

My favourite MUWCI tradition:

Wada Concert. The energy is lovely. Imagine spending an evening in the beautiful Wada 2 courtyard with music, poetry, and candles…and students coming together and just being present, appreciative of each other and encouraging each other. It’s amazing!

MUWCI Passion Project:

Officially to strengthen Social-Emotional Learning through the Advisor curriculum and Residential Life on campus. Unofficially to start a studio where students can come and paint at any time of the day.

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Singing and dancing. I trained for a few years (long ago!) in Bharatanatyam and Hindustani Classical music. I consider myself a bit of an artist as well and often use oil/acrylic paints on canvas as my preferred medium, and I’m a photographer by hobby.

A perfect day for me would involve:

Starting my day with a quick hike to Internet Hill and then coming back to freshly brewed coffee.

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

Being a 6 year old who loved spending all her time creating art!

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Chaya Seewoonarain
Chaya Seewoonarain
Working at MUWCI since:

2017

Education:

University of Mauritius, RMIT University

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

Media and Communication

Countries I’ve called home:

Mauritius, Australia

The best part about working at MUWCI:

Diverse student body (..and no commute!)

My favourite spot on campus:

The Edge of the World and Preeti’s couch

My favourite MUWCI tradition:

Sunday Brunch, Regional Weeks and listening to the tales after Saint Lucia night!

Triveni Activities:

Kruti

MUWCI Passion Project:

It’s a secret (no, it does not involve cramming my wardrobe with unsustainable fashion items)

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Finding Bargains, peacefully reading in the crowded cafeteria

The most miserable/memorable job I’ve had:

I worked as a reporter after high school. One Saturday, I took my bag, didn’t say goodbye to anyone, left the building, and never came back. My most memorable job was working as a Nanny during my student days in Melbourne.

A perfect day for me would involve:

Rain, chai, and books.

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David Lee
David Lee
Working at MUWCI since:

August 2016

Education:

University College London – French and Philosophy

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

Field of expertise: Political Philosophy

Countries I’ve called home:

UK, Australia, France, Israel

The best part about working at MUWCI:

The permanent possibility that something wonderful could arise out of the coming together of so many cultures, individuals, and perspectives.

My favourite spot on campus:

The area to the side of Space where you can look across the whole valley floor

My favourite MUWCI tradition:

College Meeting — so much potential for creating a genuine community, rather than a collection of individuals

Triveni Activities:

Do College Meeting and College Assembly count as Trivenis? If so, then what interests me is that the capacity to engage honesty and openly with collective decision-making is the most important and difficult skill to learn. Cynicism is so easy and boring.

MUWCI Passion Project:

Democracy

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Making hummus

The most memorable job I’ve had:

Working in a betting shop in a very poor and violent part of South London. Scary.

A perfect day for me would involve:

Coffee

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

Time travel isn’t possible. Or desirable.

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Katherine Lee
Katherine Lee
Working at MUWCI since:

2018

Have you been a part of the UWC movement in another capacity?

I nearly applied to Atlantic College when I was 17 — then I didn’t!

Education:

I did my Undergrad degree at Middlesex University. London in the 1980s and remember doing lots of socialising and not quite enough reading. My teaching qualification I did at the School of Education at Nottingham University, UK. I took this very seriously and read lots. After teaching for 6 years I took a year out to do a Masters degree in Linguistics at Exeter University in a lovely part of England and had an amazing time learning about language and walking in the countryside.

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

I have done most research in the field of Discourse Analysis – happy to talk about it if you come and ask me! I have worked in teaching jobs in: East London, UK Nairobi, Kenya Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, Darlington, UK and then I stopped teaching and worked for a schools’poetry competition in Bristol, UK before finding myself ‘on the hill’.

Countries I’ve called home:

England (as long as it’s part of Europe!)

The best part about working at MUWCI:

Hmmm… where to begin??? Friday College Meetings, Wada Dinners, monkeys on the roof, Sunday brunch and the amazing hill-dwellers

My favourite spot on campus and in Pune:

Wada 3 of course! And in Pune? Budhani Bros

My favourite MUWCI tradition:

Wada Dance, although we didn’t win – look out next year!

Triveni Activities:

MUN

MUWCI Passion Project:

To make Wada 3 a happy place to live

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Making mince pies

The most memorable job I’ve had:

Selling ice-cream in Hyde Park, London in the rain — I didn’t go back for a second day…

A perfect day for me would involve:

A brilliant book and a cheese sandwich.

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

Ancient Greece

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Manish Thapar
Manish Thapar
Working at MUWCI since:

2016

Education:

Bachelor of Commerce; Master in Economics; PGcert. in Management Accounting

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

Accounting/Income Tax/Economics; Gandhi Memorial International School, Bali, Indonesia; Aditya Birla World Academy, Mumbai

Countries I’ve called home:

Indonesia

The best part about working at MUWCI:

Open environment and freedom to experiment, Encourage cooperation over competition

My favourite spot in Paud:

Tree House, Saiiba restaurant in Mulshi Valley

My favourite MUWCI tradition:

AQ lock down and capture the flag. It’s funny.

Triveni Activities:

Fire service: I love the the way our students feel responsible for the safety of our campus and the environment.

MUWCI Passion Project:

Meaningful outdoor education

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Cooking and watching Netflix

The most memorable job I’ve had:

None: All jobs have taught me and help me to grow to become a better version of me today compare to yesterday.

A perfect day for me would involve:

Hiking and grilled food

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

Bali, Indonesia

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Matthew Spall
Matthew Zapata Spall
Working at MUWCI since:

2016

Have you been a part of the UWC movement in another capacity?

Faculty at UWC Costa Rica 2011-15; Vietnam UWC Selection Committee 2015-present

Education:

BA History & French, University of Manchester; PGCE English, Canterbury Christ Church University; Dip Ed (International Education), University of Bath

Countries I’ve called home:

UK, France, Cambodia, Australia, Argentina, Poland, Costa Rica, Vietnam

The best part about working at MUWCI:

Every day is different; my commute is so short; my wonderful colleagues; the hilarious students.

My favourite spot on campus:

On campus: Wada 1 common room (vamos Wada 1!); Further afield: Mt Waghzai; In Pune: sitting in the MCA stadium watching cricket with friends

My favourite MUWCI tradition:

Theatre Season: two months of preparation where everyone pulls towards a common goal, followed by two weeks of spectating and discussing diverse performances.

Triveni Activities:

This year: Football not Soccer; MUWCI Highlanders (frisbee) because of my outstanding athletic ability

MUWCI Passion Project:

Removing litter from Mt Waghzai

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Toad Style Kung Fu

The most memorable/miserable job I’ve had:

Memorable/nostalgic: summer jobs on a farm when growing up. Miserable: washing dishes in two restaurants in Australia – long, lonely, boring, livened up by the chef screaming from time to time for more plates.

A perfect day for me would involve:

A long hike through mountains and past ancient ruins, no rain.

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

La Habana, Cuba, January 1959

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Monika Agarwal
Monika Agarwal
Working at MUWCI since:

2019

Education:

Graduation from Jaipur in Political Science and International Relations (IR); Post Graduation from University of Pune (same subject); Diploma in International Relations from Ferguson College, University of Fredrica, Italy, IIHR, Delhi; Qualified professor of the subject.

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

Paper presentation at different National Conferences; Key research in the field of International Relations; Lecturer at Law college and Universities of Delhi, Rajasthan and Pune in Political Science; more than 3 years of job experience at IBDP and IGCSE.

Countries I’ve called home:

India

The best part about working at MUWCI:

Adaptation of different cultures

My favourite spot on campus:

The whole campus is beautiful. I am in the lap of the nature!

Triveni Activities:

Global Affairs and MUN: Both are connected to my subject area.

MUWCI Passion Project:

Respecting all the perspectives whole heartedly…

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Discussing at length GloPo news!

The most memorable job I’ve had:

Memories are building up (in the process) after teaching GloPo to these young minds. I am enjoying every moment when I learn this subject along with the students. So I have only good memories from all my previous jobs.

A perfect day for me would involve:

”’Me Time” – Time to myself (yoga, meditation, family, people, and of course my subject).

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

In deep silence, meditation!!

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Paola González Leal
Paola González Leal
Working at MUWCI since:

2011 (as family member), 2012 (officially as volunteer, 2013 as teacher)

Have you been a part of the UWC movement in another capacity?

August 2012 – June 2013, Volunteer in the CAS Program at Mahindra United World College of India.

Education:

BA: Spanish Language and Literature at University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain. BA: BA (hons) in Comparative Literature at University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain. MA: in Pedagogy at University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain. MA in Latin American Literature at University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain.

Currently: MA in Methodology and Learning of a Second Language: Spanish at Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Madrid, Spain (approx. December 2019).

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

20th Century Latin American Literature. Second Language adquisition, specially learning methodologies, creating materials.

Countries I’ve called home:

Spain and India 😉 Special connections with Cuba, Mexico, and Ireland.

The best part about working at MUWCI:

The best part of working at MUWCI is that I have the chance to engage and work with highly motivated and passionate students not only in the classroom, but outside of the academic area, during triveni time, residential life… I feel that I learn with them, from them, along with them.

My favourite spot on campus and in Pune/Paud:

My favourite spot on campus is the bench down the gate (on the road). My favourite thing of Paud is buying vegetables in the market and my favourite part of Pune is Koreagon Park, where I have the chance to walk and enjoy urban life, and Baner, where I can eat crazily!

My favourite MUWCI tradition:

My two favourite MUWCI traditions are: Ganesh celebration. It is a gift interacting with local people and get to know their religion and believes. Secondly, Theater Season: the quality of the perfomances is astonishing.

Triveni Activities:

Sadhana Friends. Over the years, our friends at Sadhana have literaly become an essencial part of my experience here. Visiting them is not something I have to do because of my contract or because of the IB requirements, it is something I do because I enjoy interacting and talking to them, because I care about them.

MUWCI Passion Project:

My passion project is to continue having passions for running, collaborating, or starting new projects on campus.

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

At MUWCI, I would say I am fundamentally good at caring about MUWCI, its daily routine and its future plans, its students and faculty, its local community, and I am good at getting organized.

The most memorable job I’ve had:

Selling ice-creams on summer in the coast of Spain for 10 hours a day: It wasn’t a miserable job, in fact I enjoyed and I earned a big amount of money for my next year at university. I met people who are now my friends and I learnt to be economically and professionally independent. The crazy part is that my wrists are still hurting from that time…

A perfect day for me would involve:

Engaging, fun, thoughtful classes in which my students share thoughts, collaborate with each other, enjoy, and learn and take the risk to go one step further. Visiting Sadhana Friends, or meeting a student who needs some extra support or an advisee who needs just a nice cup of coffe with a philosophical conversation about life, one hour meeting to plan the next steps ahead in the department, some time to go to the gym, swimming pool, or walk down to the gate and coming back, some time for my family or maybe a few minutes of peace in my courtyard observing the trees and the nature which surrounds us.

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

I always wanted to travel back to the ’60s joining a hippy community in a caravan… but nowadays I am also fascinated by the witches in the Middle Age. Learning from traditional medicine from the nature, having our own rituals and being persecuted by the Inquisition!

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Reid Pierce
Reid Pierce
Working at MUWCI since:

2019

Have you been a part of the UWC movement in another capacity?

No, but I have wanted to join since I first learned of UWC 10 years ago when I lived in New Mexico!

Education:

University of Arkansas (USA) – BA – History; St. John’s College (USA) – MA – Eastern Classics; University of New Mexico (USA) – JD – Environmental and Natural Resources Law; EDHEC Business School (France) – MBA – Global Entrepreneurship

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

Key educational research: environmental law, climate change and endangered species protective acts. Other research done in Indian philosophy and history.

Field of expertise: 20th century Middle East history, Modern US history, and History of Yoga.

Previous jobs: include lawyer for startups including CloudFactory and management consultant for research firm Gartner.

Countries I’ve called home:

USA, Australia, Indonesia, Germany, France, Italy and Nepal

The best part about working at MUWCI:

The students! I am constantly inspired by the courage of our students. From the classroom to late night chats as a Wada parent, being with MUWCI students is the highlight of my time here thus far.

My favourite spot on campus:

Wada 2

My favourite MUWCI tradition:

Global Affairs – It is a great time to come together and discuss difficult but pressing global issues. It allows us to come together as a community and engage in a meaningful dialogue on a range of topics.

Triveni Activities:

Green team – I am passionate about sustainability and all things environmental! I was the founder of Extinction Rebellion NSW when I lived in Sydney and led the movement for the City of Sydney to declare a climate emergency. I have been a vegan for years and aim for a zero impact lifestyle.

I am also the supervisor for martial arts! This is a new area for me but as part of being a lifelong learner, I have thrown myself into this new activity!

MUWCI Passion Project:

Greening the campus – The core values of sustainability and environmental awareness are at the heart of much of what we do at MUWCI but I would like to see them further integrated into our lives here.

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

I’m secretly very good at playing backgammon.

The most miserable job I’ve had:

Most miserable job I had was a debt collector for Citibank at a call centre! I had to call people who were behind on payments and force them to pay. This was in 2008 during the height of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) and Citibank was getting massive government bailouts. I worked with clients though to pay back loans at 0% interest as I had figured out a loop hole in the system!

A perfect day for me would involve:

Wake up not tired! Then do yoga and meditation. Then listen to Democracy Now! over tea before heading to teach history. Then meeting my partner Shiva for lunch in the caf. The day would by walking around our beautiful campus with her before checkin with our awesome Wada 2 kids.

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

Ancient Athens during Socrates’ lifetime

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Sarita Wadhawan
Sarita Wadhawan
Working at MUWCI since:

2006

Education:

SY BSc, Diploma in Education

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

Teaching Kindergarten to Grade 8 since 1988

Countries I’ve called home:

India

The best part about working at MUWCI:

Meeting such interesting youngsters and adults from diverse backgrounds. And working in an amicable and comfortable environment.

My favourite MUWCI tradition:

Bald for a Cause — the title says it all.

Triveni Activities:

Paper Making & Library Service, both activities I find interesting.

MUWCI Passion Project:

Experience India Week — travel and bonding with the students.

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Making new friends — of all ages.

A perfect day for me would involve:

Being able to smile and say “hello” to as many people as possible.

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

SCHOOL!!!

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Ujwala Samarth
Ujwala Samarth
Working at MUWCI since:

2014

Have you been a part of the UWC movement in another capacity?

Parent of a student and wife of a faculty member.

Education:

BA (Sociology), Pune University; B.Ed, IGNOU

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

I have wide experience as a writer/editor in the mainstream print media, as a freelance literary consultant and also in the development sector. I have spent 11 years helping a school to grow from a 10-student school in garage to a school of 500 students. I have also worked extensively in developing English courses for PMC students and teachers, and have been part of several training courses in this field.

Countries I’ve called home:

Zambia, Mauritius, Trinidad, Hong Kong (also Pune, Nombay, Delhi, Goa and Bangalore.)

The best part about working at MUWCI:

The students

My favourite spot on campus:

Standing under the mulberry trees near MPH. It’s a bulbul music studio!

My favourite MUWCI tradition:

College meeting — because it really is the “core”.

Triveni Activities:

I used to be involved for three years with education and schooling related activities, and found that there was a huge gap between what I expected students to deliver and prepare for and what they wanted to do… Now I am involved with Amaavasya which pretty much runs itself — I felt i could contribute through my contacts in women’s groups etc.

MUWCI Passion Project:

Language support! I really really love this and wish there was more space for it in the timetable!

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Teaching creative writing (in as much as this can be taught at all..) and at telling stories…

The most miserbale job I’ve had:

My first job, as a copy-editor with a Media agency… I remember I once had to proofread a 1,500 page manuscript on Oilseeds!!! I messed up so badly I was “let go” (since my boss was too kind to fire me.)

A perfect day for me would involve:

Rain, big clouds, cool breeze — but no lightning, no flooded roads, and no electricity going off.

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

The fin-de-siecle era.

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Zeenat Ansari
Zeenat Ansari
Working at MUWCI since:

2017

Education:

B.A. (Hindi, English, Political Science), D.A.V PG College Dehradun, H.N.B Garhwal University, India
B.A. Urdu (Language Arts), Roorki University, Roorki University India
M.A. Hindi (Language Arts), Municipal Post Graduate College Mussoorie, H.N.B Garhwal University, India
M.A. English (Language Arts), Municipal Post Graduate College Mussoorie, H.N.B Garhwal University, India
B. Ed. (Degree), Mussoorie Institute of Education Mussoorie, H.N.B Garhwal University, India
TEFL Diploma, International TEFL and TESOL Training, International TEFL and TESOL Training- ITTT, USA
International Teacher Training TESOL, International TEFL and TESOL Training, International TEFL and TESOL Training- ITTT, USA
Teacher Qualification UK Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training, British College of Business, UK (Currently enrolled in the course)
Special Educational Needs Advance Course, British College of Business, UK, (Currently enrolled in the course)
M.Ed (Degree), University of People, USA, (Currently enrolled in the course)

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

Educational Research: Hindi & Urdu Grammar, and Premchand’s Literature

Previous Jobs: Hindi Faculty, Woodstock International School Mussoorie; Hindi Lecturer, Hindi-Urdu Language Centre; Hindi Faculty, Stonehill International School Bangalore

Field of Expertise: Hindi & Urdu Curriculum Writing

Countries I’ve called home:

India

The best part about working at MUWCI:

My students

My favourite spot on campus:

Wada 4

My favourite MUWCI tradition:

Advisor Meeting and Wada Meeting because its really special you won’t experience this anywhere else.

Triveni Activities:

MUWCI Media and Writer’s Lab, because taking pictures, writing and collecting memories are very dear to my heart.

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Photography, Writing, Urdu Poetry, Dancing

A perfect day for me would involve:

My students, masala chai, and a lot of laughter

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

My childhood

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Alejandro Rubio
Alejandro Báez Rubio
Working at MUWCI since:

2019

Education:

PhD

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

Researcher in radioastronomy

Countries I’ve called home:

Spain, México, Portugal, Kenya

The best part about working at MUWCI:

Growing as a person

My favourite spot on campus:

Anywhere with views to the calles (e.g. the spot behind the cage)

My favourite MUWCI tradition:

Mud game (It is a wonderful new experience for most of people and a nice way to strenghten the community)

Triveni Activities:

Highschool science, robotics

MUWCI Passion Project:

Sharing

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Helping people in an emotional way

A perfect day for me would involve:

New experiences, acquiring new knowledges, and sharing love with others

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

0.5-1.5 million years BC (to meet other human species besides homo sapiens)

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Andrew Teron
Andrew Teron
Working at MUWCI since:

2019

Education:

Bachelors of Science in Microbiology, Chemistry and Zoology from St Josephs College Bangalore. Diplomas in Genetic Engineering from St Josephs College Bangalore in collaboration with Michigan State University, Diploma in Law from The National Law School of India, Diploma in Food Technology from St Josephs College Bangalore. Masters in Analytical Chemistry from the National Institute of Technology Karnataka.

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

Research on The Electromagnetic deposition of Nickel Cadmium Alloy and its properties. Field of expertise Inorganic Chemistry and Metallurgy. Have held earlier teaching posts and was a corporate Environment and Renewable Energy Consultant.

Countries I’ve called home:

India

The best part about working at MUWCI:

Community enrichment and collaborative learning.

My favourite spot on campus:

My Home in Wada 3

My favourite MUWCI tradition:

Jazz Hands

Triveni Activities:

Night School because I love teaching and helping the underprivileged to further their educational skills. Basketball because I am an avid sportsman and basketball is one of my passions.

MUWCI Passion Project:

Skill Development related to Science

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Playing pool

The most memorable job I’ve had:

Most Memorable was teaching underprivileged kids in a small school in Manali, India. Most miserable was being a renewable energy consultant and crunching numbers.

A perfect day for me would involve:

Coffee, going to the gym, spending time with family, watching a nice movie, and learning something.

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

Early Independent India, 1950

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Beatrice Bwali
Beatrice Bwali
Working at MUWCI since:

2018

Education:

Kenyatta University, University of Nairobi, and presently my Ph.D.

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

Association of African Research and Development, Kenya Oral Research Assication, Save the Children Fund, and Kenya Drama Association.

Countries I’ve called home:

Kenya, United Kingdom, and Egypt

The best part about working at MUWCI:

A truly international community

My favourite MUWCI tradition:

MUWCIlympics. I love sports.

Triveni Activities:

Catharsis

MUWCI Passion Project:

Project Week

A perfect day for me would involve:

Being at peace with myself and those around me.

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Charlotte Blessing
Charlotte Blessing
Working at MUWCI since:

2019

Have you been a part of the UWC movement in another capacity?

I am the parent of a UWC Adriatic alum

Education:

A teaching degree from a Danish teacher’s college; graduate degree from School for International Training, Vermont, USA.

Key Research / Expertise Area / Employment:

Global Education; Intercultural and International Management; Intercultural Competence

Countries I’ve called home:

Denmark, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, USA

The best part about working at MUWCI:

Being a member of a truly international community of curious and motivated fellow human beings.

I’m secretly (or not so secretly) very good at:

Being curious; baking bread; finding resources; exploring new places.

The most miserable job I’ve had:

The most miserable job I have held was as a youth counselor on the Disney Red Boats going from Florida to the Bahamas. I lasted three months and is the only time I’ve quit a job.

A perfect day for me would involve:

A slice of newly baked bread with cheese; a walk in the forest; a captivating book; a phone call with my two children; watching a crime/thriller movie.

If I could time travel, I would go back to:

Zanzibar, in the days when it was not overrun by tourists.