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India: We BUILD
UAlbany partners with Global Citizens for Sustainable Development (GCSD) to offer India: WE BUILD - Summer Study Abroad Program in India; Indian Culture, Development Issues and Experiential Learning (6 Credit Program):
This six-week program is designed as a co-curricular service-learning model, connecting theory taught in the classroom to its practical application used in the world. It will not only give international exposure to students but also engage them through hands-on experiences like building houses for poor communities. The program will also introduce students to Indian society and culture by focusing on the three areas - culture, peace, and development. It will address the issue of Global Citizenship and engage students in action addressing issues related to children's rights, education, and poverty alleviation.
A series of action-oriented projects take place with children and possibly with the tribal and rural communities. Examples include:
- Facilitating painting, singing and photography classes.
- Teaching soccer, volleyball, jump rope and other recreational games.
- Cooking and serving food to children.
- Facilitating and participating in discussion forums at the Global Citizens Youth Assembly.
- Teaching English, Math and other subjects to the children.
Applications are welcome from students in all majors. For the India: WE BUILD program applicants should be in good academic standing with at least a 2.5 GPA preferred.
WE BUILD Course Program - Indian Culture, Development Issues and Experiential Learning (6 Credit Program):
UAlbany partners with Global Citizen's for Sustainable Development (GCSD) to provide student support in areas of academics, student support and accommodation.
GCSD staff provides on-site support for our students, assisting with academic needs, living arrangements, and other daily concerns.
Comfortable single and double rooms, each with bath, are available at SAIACS CEO-Center (http://saiacs-ceocenter.com/) where students will be initially staying. CEO-Center has conference halls, outdoor meditation centers, walking paths, computers, a library and documentation center that are at the disposal of the students. From there, students will move to a comfortable dormitory style accommodation at thee Vedike Rural Campus (www.facebook.com/VEDIKE) in rural Bangalore. During field trips accommodations will include educational institutions or small hotels (Mysore – Hotel Siddhartha) with equivalent facilities.
Please download the most recent estimate of costs here: IND_We Build_SUM 13.pdf
GCSD Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/GCSDIndia
WE BUILD 2012 Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lwhMaAVTVM
WE BUILD 2013 Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oa8n1jigp00
Vedike Rural Campus: www.facebook.com/VEDIKE
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|NOTE: Expected Arrival of students: 30th June (6 pm) to 1st July (6 am); Expected Departure of students: 5th August (6 pm) to 6th August (6 am)|