India Cross-Cultural Summer Immersion
About the ProgramParticipating in a Cross-Cultural Summer Immersion through the Center for Social Concern is a unique way to expand your education beyond the classroom, into a new culture, a new lifestyle, and a new way of thinking. Each trip offers a distinctive experience for students, involving elements of cultural immersion, study of government, social services, religion, family life, economics and everyday life in the host country. Participants travel in a group with a reflection leader to help guide the group through the joys and struggles of encountering life outside your normal experience and to come to a better understanding of Global Solidarity as God’s children.
The India Immersion truly offers an in-depth look at the people and culture of India. Hosted by the Marianists, the students and a reflection leader will stay in Ranchi in the north of India. There, they will see and interact with the Marianist’s REDS program (Ragpickers Education and Development Scheme), the Marianist Sisters and their health clinic, the Chaminade Rural Development Program, schools, novitiates, and cultural sites. Then the group will spend time with the Marianists in the south, in Bangalore. They will work with the REDS program there, as well as play schools, job training centers and more religious and cultural site. The group will also spend time in the city of Kolkata, with options to work with the Missionary of Charity (Mother Teresa’s order) or other non-profits. The trip will include a visit to New Delhi, Gandhi sites and the Taj Mahal as well. If you are looking for a truly immersive experience into India as well as learning more about the Marianists and Marianist spirituality and the global Marianist family, this is the program for you!
As a part of your BreakOut or Immersion experience, you will be registered in an Experiential Learning Course (EXP). This is a non-credit bearing course which is the BreakOut/Immersion experience itself. It will show up on your official UD transcript that you participated in this service-learning experience as a measure of your further involvement and learning here at UD.
Mary Niebler, Associate Director, Center for Social Concern
Participants must attend weekly preparation meetings with the group. UDI 361 (Cross-cultural Immersion Prep Course) is held on Wednesdays from 7-9, beginning in February. This is a major commitment. You must be willing to commit your time and energy to this effort or you will lose your place on the trip.
Estimated cost is $1800 for the program and $2000 for the flights. A $500 Deposit will be due after acceptance to the program. The remaining cost of the trip will be billed through your student account and is due in late May. Partial scholarships may be available for those who need them. Some grants are available on campus for such experiences. Groups are encouraged to work together to help raise funds. Additional costs include a valid passport (with at least 6 months validation remaining on it), supplies, vaccinations, and possible other preparatory items, if needed.