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  • Locations: Mumbai, India
  • Program Terms: December
  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: December
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Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Graduate
Recommended GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisite: None Liberal Studies Domain: None
Program Description:
India WOTR
Namaste! You are all extended a warm welcome to come join us on a learning adventure in the serene hills and valleys of Maharashtra in central India. This well-established study abroad program of the School of Public Service runs in the December intersession every two years and is led by Professor Ramya Ramanath. This year, two fall courses: International Dimensions of Public Service (MPS 510), Sustainable International Development (MPS 511) are associated with this study abroad option. If you rather do an independent study with Professor Ramanath then you are welcome as well. The central pivot of the program is that you shall, for the bulk of this immersion, be hosted by the villagers who are all at the receiving end of work of a well-known nongovernmental organization named Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR). WOTR works to address poverty by mobilizing the self-help capacities of individuals and groups to regenerate the eco-spaces they live in. For their innovative work, WOTR won the Kyoto World Water Prize in 2009 and more recently, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification's “Land for Life Award 2017.”

We shall assemble in Mumbai on the 9th of December, and head directly to WOTR’s training center in Darewadi village, the site of WOTR’s first watershed development project. After a night’s stay here, we will head for a 4-day stay to another village where you shall be guests in the homes of village residents, will interact with various community-based groups, and a host of social service organizations?all of whom generously share their lives pre-, during and post-watershed development. After this 4-day stay in the village, we return to Darewadi and then head back to Mumbai on the 15th of December. From the 9th to the 15th of December, 2018 you shall be part of an experience to remember! There is, after all, rarely a better teacher than the lived experiences of those who we seek to serve.


Ramya Ramanath specializes in the management of NGOs and public policy. She has worked in the area of housing and microfinance development and maintains an active research agenda in issues of urban & rural poverty in India & East Africa. For more information, e-mail: rramanat@depaul.edu.

All students will be enrolled in 2 of the following 3 courses:
 
Course MPS 510 - International Dimensions of Public Service
Credits 4 credit hours each
Term registered Fall 2018
Taught by Ramya Ramanath
Course description The classes will head to the state of Maharashtra in western India from the 9th to the 15th of December, 2018. As part of the Maharashtra program, you will be visiting the Watershed Organization Trust, Inc. (WOTR), an award-winning nongovernmental organization (NGO) operating in six Indian states. WOTR works to address poverty by mobilizing the self-help capacities of individuals and groups to regenerate the eco-spaces they live in. For their innovative work, WOTR won the Kyoto World Water Prize in 2009 and more recently, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification's “Land for Life Award 2017.” The 6-day program with WOTR includes a stay at WOTR’s training center in Darewadi village, the site of its first watershed development project. A 4-day stay in an Indian village will follow this. You shall be guests in the homes of the village residents, and will interact with various local grassroots development and social service organizations.
 
Course MPS 511 - Sustainable International Development
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Fall 2018
Taught by Ramya Ramanath
 
Course MPS 600 - Independent Study
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Fall 2018
Taught by Ramya Ramanath

Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.


WOTR, Darewadi: Students stay in single or double rooms at WOTR's training center at Darewadi (around 100 miles from Pune). The training center is located on a functioning watershed project and has a well-developed two-acre campus surrounded with nature's beauty. It is well equipped with a large training hall with the necessary facilities, a lobby for group discussions, a dormitory with a capacity of 20 beds, 6 double occupancy rooms (non-AC), 4 single rooms (non-AC), and a dining hall. In the villages, students stay in groups of 3-4 along with DePaul and WOTR representatives in a facility hosted by the village community (sometimes a village community hall, school, or health center) with an attached bathroom. Food is provided by host families at their homes.
 

All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.

 

If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require travelers to obtain visas. In that case, contact the local consulates or embassies of the countries you will be visiting for up-to-date instructions on how to apply for them.
 

Questions about this program? Contact your program manager, Quang Tran at qtran2@depaul.edu or visit during open advising hours.
 


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Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.


Dates / Deadlines:

Thank you for your interest in this program! We are not currently accepting applications. In general, applications open about 6 months before program application deadlines.

This program is currently not accepting applications.