At the age of 19, I traveled alone to India to study Buddhism because of my strong philosophical interest. I studied at the Rhavna Society for 2 years. I did not earn a degree. It was more of a spiritual and personal development experience. This is one of my biggest achievements. Where do I put this on my résumé?
Traveling to India alone for a 2-year program is a big accomplishment for a young person. However, you need to be careful how share this on your résumé. I advise against including information on your résumé about faith, religion, or spiritual beliefs. Employers are precluded from asking or using this type of information in a hiring decision. Unless you are applying for a job at a religious institution in which this experience is relevant, exclude this information.
You could show this under the heading of “international experience” on your résumé and write a line or two about the countries you visited. Or, you could classify it as “Cultural studies program, India (2009 – 2011).”