Human-Centred Innovation in rural India
30 June - 20 July 2018
Are you seeking real adventure and prepared to challenge your assumptions about the world and yourself?
Are you open to understanding others with a new empathy mindset?
Drishtee Immersion is an exciting program in in rural India developed exclusively for UTS students.
In small groups of eight participants accompanied by experts, Drishtee Immersion is a deeply involved experience where you will immerse yourself in a rural Indian community. The aim is to live and feel what it is like to live in such a community, gaining new insights into intractable issues, big and small.
In your groups, the first half of the program is focused on understanding the local village, people’s needs and what they care most about. Once we reach a deep empathy-level understanding, the second half of the village experience turns to conceptualising exciting meaningful innovations that can make a real, long-term impact on people’s lives. You might even change your own life too, through the authentic human connections you will make along the way.
Through your Immersion experience, you will develop these knowledge areas and practical skills:
- Foundations on India
- Foundations on host region (e.g. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar or Maharashtra) including insights into education, health, agriculture, women’s empowerment and others
- Beginner Hindi language skills
- Beginner mindfulness skills
- Advanced empathy and applied communication skills
- Intermediate to advanced design thinking innovation skills
- Intermediate to advanced social innovation skills
- Opportunities for social entrepreneurship partnering local villagers and India’s leading social enterprise, Drishtee
June/July 2018 program held in Maharashtra
- Pre-departure preparation session and Hindi language classes
- Airport transfers and all land transportation throughout the program in India
- Accommodation throughout the program
- All group meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and non-alcoholic beverages
- Daily local expert-led information sessions and workshops
- Yoga classes
- Daily facilitated formal and informal interactions with various village stakeholders
- Daily immersion activities, workshops, materials
- Expeditions to regional sites
- UTS Travel Insurance provided for the duration of the program
What’s Not Included
- Airfare from Sydney to India
- Personal health requirements
- Items of a personal nature
- UTS Tuition fees if you have enrolled in a July International Elective - International Internship 97901 (6cp) or 97900 (8cp)
The program enables you to truly immerse in rural life and you will be staying in local housing, within a remote rural village. As guests of the local community, accommodation is clean, safe and secure, with housekeepers and 24-hour supervision. However, conditions are suitably basic with shared dorm-style sleeping arrangements and occasional hot water. To abide by local custom, male and female sleeping rooms are separated wherever possible. Throughout your stay, group meals are prepared by cooks, using fresh local ingredients, giving you an authentic introduction to the predominantly vegetarian cuisine of rural India.
Condition of Acceptance into Drishtee Immersion
- Students apply directly to Drishtee
- Drishtee send list of applicants to UTS to check eligibility travel scholarships
- Must be an Australian Citizen and meet eligibility criteria of New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant
- Students must have a free elective to enrol in International Internship, 97901 (6cp) or 97900 (8cp) to receive a New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant
- Students who are not eligible for New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant, or academic credit, may still participate. Those students may be eligible for a BUiLD Travel Scholarship.
- Informal interview with Drishtee Immersion
- Approval by UTS for the allocation of scholarships
- Payment of fees to Drishtee Immersion
More information can be found on the Drishtee Immersion website here
Check out this video to see what you could be in for!
How to apply
Successful, eligible students received either a $3,000 New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant or a $1,000 BUiLD Travel Scholarship.
New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants up to $3,000 are available to 13 eligible students who are receiving academic credit.
BUiLD Travel Scholarships up to $1,000 are available.
BUiLD Equity & Diversity Scholarships are available for students experiencing proven financial hardship.
OS Help Loans up to $7,998 are available to eligible students receiving academic credit.
Academic Credit – July International Elective
This program may be taken as part of the July International Elective: International Internship 97901 (6cp) or 97900 (8cp). Instructions for enrolling in the subject are here: (PDF, 245KB). Please note that if you do take this program as part of an elective, you are still liable to pay the fees for the UTS subject, in addition to the fees for the international experience.
It is a requirement of New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant that you must receive academic credit. It is recommended that you enrol in International Internship 97901 (6cp) or 97900 (8cp). Please see the July International Elective (PDF, 234KB) for details. Students must have a free elective in their study plan. Please do not apply for this subject until you have received notification of the outcome of your scholarship application.