The program will focus on improving basic human rights through educational development, infrastructure improvement, and reciprocal cultural exchange, and will take place in Kerala, India, a sliver of a state in India’s deep south that is shaped by its landscape – almost 600km of fascinating Arabian Sea coast and beaches, a network of backwaters, and the spice and tea-covered hills of the Western Ghats.
Kerala is home to exotic wildlife and is a place of vibrant traditions, such as Kathakali plays and snake-boat races. As with the rest of India, it also hosts extreme economic disparities for communities who live well below the breadline, with little access to formal education, income opportunities, and decent hygiene standards.
These projects range in content suitable for students studying academic disciplines such as:
- Women’s Empowerment
- Sports and Exercise
- Sustainable Agriculture
- Global Health.
Example project activities include:
- Providing sports therapy at special needs schools and teaching PE classes;
- Vocational training for mentally ill adults;
- Women’s empowerment workshops and advocacy/awareness workshops with men;
- Maintaining sustainable vegetable or sensory gardens;
- Teaching life-skills and English to primary/secondary schoolers and adults;
- Teacher training workshops.
On this trip I have learned more than I could ever have expected. During my 2 months here with the support of my leaders, presentations about culture and international development, I learned about the importance of sustainable development. Beyond all of this I have also learned an immense amount about myself. I have been challenged, mentally, physically and emotionally but I wouldn’t change that for the world. I would absolutely recommend GVI to anyone and everyone!