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  • Locations: Dharamsala, India
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/15/2018 03/01/2018 06/01/2018 07/01/2018
Program Description:
 
CPS India
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Tulane Himalayan Experience
June 1st - July 1st, 2018


Course Description:
The Tulane Himalayan Experience Program is an international, intensive service-learning program and 3-credit class (PHIL 3930: Philosophies of Nonviolence and Ecology), offered in partnership with the Tulane Philosophy Department. The course is also cross-registered with Environmental Studies. Students will earn 3 academic credits and fulfill the 2nd tier of the public service requirement through this program.  Students will spend five weeks in India involved in community service projects while engaging in a variety of learning opportunities to develop understanding of North Indian and Tibetan culture and philosophy.

 
Application deadline: March 2nd   
Decision Date: March 16th (est.)
Program cost: $3,330

Program Objectives:
Tulane Himalayan Experience program is designed to:
  • Develop student participants' community-focused service leadership skills.
  • Engage student participants with a variety of perspectives on ethics, service, and the environment.
  • Expose students to Tibetan and North Indian philosophy, religion, history and culture.
Service Projects:
This program will involve up to 16 Tulane students in community service projects in North India. In addition to the projects listed below, participants will visit and engage in dialogue with a variety of community and thought leaders and visit a variety of sites and institutions of cultural, religious and historical importance.
 
Sisters of Mercy: While in Delhi, students will volunteer with the Sisters of Mercy, Mother Theresa's social service program. Services provided will be dependent on need. Examples of previous service activities include: cooking, cleaning and visiting with residents.
 
Dharamsala: The flagship project for the program will be our work with Lha Charitable Trust. Through Lha Charitable Trust, each student will be paired with an adult Tibetan student of the same gender. Beginning via e-mail during the semester, we will serve as a conversation/writing learning partner. Student interaction with learning partners will focus on English language skills and understanding new worldviews. While working with Lha Charitable Trust, students will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of additional activities. For more details on Lha Charitable Trust, visit http://lhaindia.org/links.html.
 
Bir: Students will have the opportunity for brief study at the Deer Park Institute for the Study of Indian Wisdom Traditions, and gain hands on experience with Permaculture farming at Shunya Farm.
 
Dehradun: Students will study traditional agricultural perspectives in the modern context at the Navdanya Seed Research Institute and Earth University.
 
Environmental projects: Students will meet environmental activists and may participate in local clean-up and awareness projects.
 
The program will additionally visit Rishikesh, Tso Pema, Mandi, Amritsar, and Agra, India, in order to gain exposure to a variety of philosophical, political and religious histories and perspectives including Vedic Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, Sikhism, Gandhi-ism, and more.
 
Optional daily meditation and yoga sessions will be offered.


Suggested Prerequisites: 
This course has no Prerequisites, but students applying for this course are encouraged to also take one or more of the following recommended courses:
ANTH 3700 - Environmental Anthropology
ASTA 1800 - Introduction to Asian Studies
ASTA 3180 - Peoples of South Asia
EBIO 1010 - Diversity of Life
EBIO 1040 - Global Environmental Change
EBIO 3040 - General Ecology
EENS 1300 - Earth as a Living Planet
EVST 1010 - Introduction to Environmental Studies
EVST 2600 - Environmental Sociology
EVST 1040 - Global Environmental Change
IDEV 1010 - Introduction to Development
IDEV 3200 - Approaches to Sustainable Development
IDEV 4320 - Migrants, Refugees and Development
IDEV 4340 - Law, Sustainability & Development
IDEV 4561 - Environment and Development
PHIL 3010 - Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 3340 - Humanity's Place in Nature
PHIL 3500 - Buddhism
RLST 1100 - Introduction to Religious Studies
SISE 2010 - Introduction to Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
SOCI 1210 - Sociology of Religion
SOCI 2600 - Environmental Sociology
SOCI 4610 - Ecology and Society
SOWK 2310 - Happiness
SOWK 2320 - Tibet: Social Welfare, Social Movement, and Social Change

Program Costs:
$3,300
is the total cost of the program. It includes:
  • Tuition
  • Room and Board
  • In-country transportation
  • Group Meals
  • Medical and Travel Insurance
Scholarships:
The Center for Public Service is pleased to be able to offer need based scholarships for $1000.00 each and merit -based scholarship of $500.00 for the India Program.  Please complete and submit the CPS scholarships essay in order to be considered.
 
Payments and Deposits:
Please make all payments promptly. No guarantee is given if payment is not received on time. A deposit of $750.00 is due with the application. Once you accept a place on the trip, the deposit becomes non-refundable, and will be applied towards the total cost of the program. 


Passport & Visas:
A valid passport is required for all U.S. citizens traveling to India. Requirements vary for other nationalities. International students should check the requirements for their respective countries. For US passport fees and instructions see the U.S. Department of State site: http://travel.state.gov/passport.

You must submit a copy of your valid passport as a part of your application to participate in the India Program. 

You will need a visa to travel to India, either a Tourist Visa or 30-day e-Tourist Visa (On Arrival). You need to apply through the Indian consulate in Houston which uses the Travisa outsources service. Their website is https://indiavisa.travisaoutsourcing.com/homepage. It only takes a week for the process, but sometimes applications can be held up, especially if there was a problem with your application. For this reason, it is very important that you begin the visa application process as soon as possible but no later than April, and track your application on the Travisa website.

Medical & International SOS Insurance:
All students participating in CPS summer programs are covered by a comprehensive study abroad medical insurance policy provided through HTH International. This insurance is included in the cost of the program. The policy provides for accident, medical expenses, emergency medical evacuation, repatriation of remains, and family assistance coverage. The policy does not provide for trip cancellation or baggage loss. Students are also covered by International SOS insurance. This insurance assists students with various medical and safety needs as well as emergency needs such as emergency evacuation (for non-medical reasons) if necessary. Students are required to enroll for membership at https://mytrips.travelsecurity.com/Login.aspx?ci=vyz8WNFM10E%3d

Accessibility for the Disabled:
Tulane University is committed to making all its programs accessible to the physically challenged. Persons requiring special facilities should notify the specific program coordinator and the academic director as soon as possible (in writing). All effort will be made to accommodate but students should be aware that reasonable accommodation may be required.

Contact Information:
For any further questions regarding the India Program, please contact:
Megan Straughen
Senior Program Coordinator for Internships and International Programs
Tulane University Center for Public Service
Alcee Fortier Hall 201C, 6823 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118
(504)-862-3398, mstraughen@tulane.edu

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