Chloe Phillips

Chloe Phillips

Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia, Reimagining India Study Tour


Ko Taupiri te maunga,

Ko Tainui te waka,

Ko Waikato te awa, 

Ko Phillips toku whanau ,

Ko Chloe toku ingoa 

Kia ora! My name is Chloe, and I am a Psychology major who recently completed my degree at the University of Waikato. 

I applied for this group programme because I wanted to expand my knowledge of Indian culture and learn about different ways of living.

I am most looking forward to learning about India’s diverse array of religions, customs, and languages, and how the country’s history influences its modern context. 

As an aspiring clinical psychologist, cultural responsiveness is an essential part of effectively treating patients. This trip will allow me to gain a new perspective on the world and help foster my cultural awareness, insight, and communication. 

I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and cannot wait to share my experiences with you all!

  • Final update

    This trip has truly been life-changing. I have met so many beautiful people who smile at you with their whole being and welcome you with open arms. I have seen phenomenal architecture with intricate artwork that you would never believe was made hundreds of years ago. I have interacted with a range of intentional communities…Continue Reading Final update

  • Mid trip update

    We are now officially 3 weeks into our trip! A concept that has been on mind my a lot during the last couple of weeks is Anekantavada. Anekantavada is a term coined by the Jains in ancient India that means ‘many-sidedness’ in Sanskrit. It states that there is not one ultimate truth, and that many…Continue Reading Mid trip update

  • First week highlights and heartfelt interactions

    What an insane first week it has been! After nearly 46 hours of travelling due to delayed flights, we made it to our first resting place, Pondicherry. Pondicherry was a French colony until 1954 when it became an Indian union territory. Much of the town still has French influence in its architecture, restaurants, and language….Continue Reading First week highlights and heartfelt interactions