SAIIER Annual Report 2014-2015: Mitra Youth Hostel

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Mitra Youth Hostel


Introduction

Mitra Youth Hostel was created in 2006 to provide accommodation facilities for students who wish to stay in Auroville to fulfill their educational needs. It is a two-storey building located centrally in Auroville, behind Town Hall. It offers single rooms, double rooms, common spaces, and a kitchen that provides breakfast and dinner.

Activities of the year

This year Mitra hosted guests from:
India (136 guests), the United States (37), France (12), Sweden (11), Germany (5), Brazil (3), South Korea (2), China (2), Belgium (2), Italy (1), Australia (1), Spain (2), Sri Lanka (1), Russia (1), Japan (1), Morocco (1), Austria (1), Syria (1), Denmark (1), Switzerland (1), and Uganda (1).

Guests included those participating as interns, trainees and volunteers with:
Aranya Forest, Auroville Bakery, Auroville Botanical Gardens, Auroville Consulting, Auroville Design Consultants, Auroville Earth Institute, Auroville Papers, Auroville Radio, Auroville Theatre Group, Auroville Village Action Group, Bamboo Centre, Blue Light, Buddha Garden, Castelino Marchese, Creation architecture studio, Centre for Scientific Research, Dental Centre, Dustudio builder, Earth & Us, Eco Pro, frisbee tournament, Gundolf (architecture), Imago, Inscape, Kenji (carpentry), L'Avenir d'Auroville, Life Education Center, Light Fish, Metamorphosis, Miracle, Naturellement, Outreach Media, Poonam (architecture), Red Earth Riding School, Sacred Groves, Sankalpa Art Journeys, Shama (architecture), Supriya (pottery), Svaram, Tapasya Design Studio, Unltd Tamil Nadu, Upasana, WasteLess, Wellpaper, White Ant Studio, and Windarra Farm.

This year at the hostel wall units were provided in all the rooms as were racks for drying clothes in the balconies. A concrete shed was constructed outside the conference hall, which also provides seating facilities for students along the garden. A mural was installed by Nausheen of Mandala Pottery. The covered parking shed outside Mitra was reduced to stop students from parking bikes inside, and now the place is used by the students to play badminton. Activities such as salsa dancing, yoga, and reading club were conducted during this year.


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