India Cross-Cultural Summer Immersion
About the Program
Cross-cultural Summer Immersions through Campus Ministry’s Center for Social Concern are a great way to learn about a new culture, meet new people, and grow in cultural understanding, while helping others. Rooted in the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, participants in our program should grow in an understanding of global solidarity, the dignity of the human person, a preferential option for the poor and vulnerable, as well as growing in their own faith and role as a global citizen.
Each immersion has reflection leaders to help facilitate the orientation process as well as the reflection along the way while traveling.
Students traveling on immersion are encouraged to connect their learnings to their course of study at UD. There are opportunities for independent study through these experiences.
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 trip will include a visit to New Delhi and the Taj Mahal as well. The final week is spent volunteering with the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata (this portion can be optional, if needed). If you are looking for a truly immersive experience into India as well as learning more about the Marianists and Marianist spirituality and leadership, this is the trip 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 February 2019. 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.
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