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India: Global Citizens for Sustainable Development, WE BUILD - Service Learning Program, Summer (5 weeks)
Bangalore, India; Various, India
Program Terms: Summer
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Program Description:

India: We BUILD

We Build

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Program Information

We BuildUAlbany 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 five-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):

MODULE 1: Indian Culture and Society (2 Credit / 32 hours) - Contemporary India - Political and Economical Challenges in India - Caste System in India - India's variety of Religions - Conversational Kanada (local language of Karnataka)
MODULE 2: Environmental, Social Justice and Governance Initiatives (2 Credit/ 32 hours) - Housing Reforms and Social Justice movements in India - Children’s Rights in India - Education as an antidote to Poverty - Gandhi and Sustainable Development in India
MODULE 3: Experiential Learning (2 Credit / 32 hours) - Build house/s for the poor - Teach Children - Facilitate workshops and discussions at the Global Citizens Youth Assembly

Support Services

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.

Places of Visit:

  • Delhi - Capital of India
  • Agra, Fatehpur Sikri - State of Uttar Pradesh
  • Bangalore, Rural Bangalore, Mysore - State of Karnataka
  • Cochin, Alleppey - State of Kerala


We BuildComfortable double rooms, each with bath, are available at SAIACS CEO-Center 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 the Vedike Rural Campus 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

Click here for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid


Global Citizens for Sustainable Development
GCSD Facebook Page
WE BUILD 2012 Video
WE BUILD 2013 Video
VEDIKE Facebook Page

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 04/23/2014** Rolling Admission 07/01/2014 08/05/2014
 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)

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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