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Effects of Covid 19 on international students at Delhi University India

Effects of Covid 19 on international students at Delhi University India

Prepared by Providence Chabora

COVID-19 has been described as the ultimate disruptor that has changed people's lives, finances and relationship dynamics. Nobody knows when it will end, who will be affected or who will not. This high number has also affected many international students, especially those who have not been able to return to their countries for various reasons. Providence Chabora, a social worker trainee, is a student from Zimbabwe who previously did her MA at Delhi University in India. She is currently working with a group of fifty students who live in the International Student House for Women (ISHW) during these difficult times.

COVID-19 has caused various effects on international students ranging from economic, emotional, social, educational to educational. The first week of the lockdown was very difficult for the students, a lot of menu changes and the inability to go out frustrated the students so much. It is currently very difficult for students to get medical services. The trainee managed to research an online site Lybrate Where students have access to health services and three students managed to gain access to medical facilities through Lybrate. The only problem with online medical institutions is that students have to pay for it themselves, which becomes a financial burden.

To cope with the stress caused by COVID-19, the trainee works with different groups of girls on various activities such as picnics, sports, yoga and dancing. The hostel inmates make a point of maintaining social distance and cleaning their hands while performing these activities. Through participatory observation and interaction with the inmates of the hostel, the trainee found that these activities offer space for empathy, catharsis, exchange of experience and building trust. This, in turn, will reduce the exposure of the inn's occupants from COVID-19.

To the extent that COVID 19 has had a major negative impact on the hostel occupants, it is safe to say that it brought the hostel occupants together. Even students who had arguments before have resolved their problems, and now there is peace in the hostel. The students have a common goal to brave these difficult times.

Although the future is uncertain, the trainee tries to keep working with the hostel inmates, restoring hope, motivating each other and taking each day step by step.

Article by Providence Chabora

Previously studied at the Department of Social Work at Delhi University. India