Grassroots

Grassroots Community Development

What is the program about?

The Grassroots Community Development Program is an opportunity to work with NGOs and social organizations in rural India. 70% of India lives in its villages and this program gives you a chance to understand first-hand the development challenges faced by India.

“The national Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Report released in 2011 reveals that India is on track on achieving targets on poverty reduction, education, and HIV at aggregate levels. But much work remains to be done in reducing hunger, improving maternal mortality rates and enabling greater access to water and sanitation targets as well as reducing social and geographic inequalities in achieving these targets. Further, rising gender inequality continues to hamper progress on development goals…Home to 1.2 billion, India’s lack of progress affects the global achievement of the MDGs.” – United Nations Development Programme, India

Why should I attend?

If you are interested in social development and have a keen desire to make yourself useful by helping communities overcome challenges that stand in the way of their advancement, then this is the program for you.

Who can attend?

You could be a student of social work, liberal arts, social sciences or just someone who wants to gain experience and make a difference in the field of international development.

Where is the program?

Malavli, Rajgurunagar, Falna

What should I expect to do on the program?

·         You can attend lectures that introduce you to the vast Indian social scenario and help you gain an understanding of various developmental challenges faced at the grassroots level.

·         You can attend lectures that introduce you to the vast Indian social scenario and help you gain an understanding of various developmental challenges faced at the grassroots level.

·         Visit local NGOs and social organizations to study development models first-hand.

·         Visit governmental organizations to understand the intricacies of governmental policy making and developmental schemes.

·         Learn about developmental strategies, initiatives and models that are impacting issues faced by the world today including education, healthcare, child protection, women's empowerment, HIV/AIDS.

·         Get placed in organizations where you can contribute your skills, effort and time to assist in the developmental tasks of the organizations through a small project.

How can I make a difference?

You can make a difference to the communities by helping with documentation, fundraising, making a short film, teaching students or teaching innovative teaching methods..

What is the duration of the program?

Minimum 2 weeks

What are the costs?

Application Fee: $45

For individuals: $1400 for a 2 weeks, $350 for every additional week
For Groups: $1200 for the 2 weeks, $300 for every additional week. I am interested in forming a group. Tell me more.

How do I avail of the lowest cost?

If you can team up with 2 or more friends who are interested in the program, you can form a group to avail of our subsidized group prices. Click here to learn more about how to form groups.

You can also partner with BEYOND BORDERS to avail of our special institutional prices. To partner with BEYOND BORDERS write to us at info@indiastudyabroad.org with the subject line “Partner”.

We may have a scholarship available at this time. Click here to see if there is an exciting scholarship cost available!

    

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Alexandra Spicer, UTS, Australia

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