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Kaci Felstet - Journalism

Kaci Felstet

I travelled to India with 30 School of Journalism faculty and students during Wintersession in January 2014.  The main focus of this trip was to conduct environmental reporting on the problems India faces due to its increasing population. I spent a week in a remote village located in a tiger reserve and reported on how the village economy benefits from tourism. I spent another week doing a photo story on access to clean water in the slums of Pune, Maharashtra. The rivers flowing through most of India are too polluted for consumption; all water must be treated and then brought to the slums. Seeing the difficulties faced by these people to get something we consider so basic in the United States was an eye-opening experience. This study abroad trip was a defining moment in my time at the University of Montana and something that I will remember for the rest of my life.