India: Innovating Change

India: Innovating Change

Embark on an Academic Adventure with the Be World Ready course!

This dynamic course goes beyond the classroom, offering you the chance to sharpen problem-solving skills and analyze the world through both a global and local lens and preparing you to take meaningful action and make a positive impact in your communities.

As you gear up for your International Field Study, our pre-departure training awaits, covering cultural awareness, community engagement, and global leadership skills. Begin to understand Indigenous perspectives, enhance your career development, and gain global competencies, making you both work-ready and world-ready. Be World Ready is your ticket to academic excellence, cultural enrichment, and a future without bounds – the adventure begins now!

Picture this: A series of synchronous hybrid classes that seamlessly blend the virtual with the in-person bringing you together to meet your fellow learning cohort and your leads before you even step foot in the airport. This is not your typical NC course; it’s a dynamic experience that will truly prepare you for global success and your future career. Imagine immersing yourself in assignments and activities, some of which will unfold while you’re out there exploring the world – infusing the essence of international exploration into your coursework and onto your resume.

The Be World Ready course is free, because this is all about maximizing your learning experience and enhancing your IFS. Successful completion of the Be World Ready course isn’t just a checkbox; it’s your ticket to meeting our grant requirements.

Gear up for a course that promises to redefine your college experience. Learn more about the Be World Ready course and dive headfirst into the adventure of a lifetime! Check out our FAQs to get a sneak peek into what awaits you on this thrilling journey!

Empower, Explore, Evolve: An Indian Innovation Expedition with Niagara College

The Innovating Change program in India promotes a learning-first approach with lots of engagements with local changemakers while encouraging hands-on collaboration with several workshops and projects. Areas of critical focus in this program include social enterprise, sustainable communities, responsible consumption and production, and environmental conservation.

This program is accessible to most fitness levels but the number of community engagements combined with the variable and sometimes extreme climate, lots of travel, and a short hike in the Himalayas can make it feel highly physically intense. You will experience the combination of grassroots travel and community engagements as well as the local lodging, homecooked food, and off-the-beaten-path adventure in the Himalayas making the program highly immersive. Your accommodations and transportation will be comfortable and safe, but please anticipate a local and genuine experience in India; this is not a 5-star hotel experience.

Be thrilled by the hustle and bustle of Delhi, be calmed on the shores of the Ganges, be awed at the Taj Mahal, and be inspired by the mighty Himalayas. Travel to northern India and explore the world of social innovation and enterprise where continents collide and colour, flavour, and creativity burst from the seams.

From April 20 – May 4, you will travel with 14 NC peers and 2 NC staff, while you explore the world of social innovation and examine how Indian youth are mobilizing to address local, national, and global challenges in new and innovative ways. We’ll visit Delhi and learn from the next generation of change-makers before travelling to Rishikesh to experience a place where history, culture, and entrepreneurship come together. Finally, we’ll stay in Dharamsala where the Himalayas have inspired innovation for millennia. The combination of hands-on learning, cultural immersion, and adventure provides the perfect space for us to challenge ourselves and each other while reflecting on what the history, culture, theory, and practice of innovation in India can teach the world.

DEADLINE TO APPLY JANUARY 29, 2024 at 1:00PM

STEPS TO APPLY:

  1. First, complete the Eligibility Survey to make sure you qualify.
    • 5 minutes to complete
  2. Visit college’s website to register for the India: Innovating Change IFS
    • Approx. 30 minutes to complete, you will need a digital photo of your passport
  3. Confirmed eligible students will receive the instructions to make the $500 deposit due by January 29th, 2024 to confirm your seat.
    • 10 minutes to complete, you’ll need your method of payment (e-transfer details, or credit card) and your passport for this step.
  4. Receive email confirmation that your seat has been saved from [email protected].
  5. Get your suitcase out!
The Be World Ready course is mandatory for those attending an International Field Study (IFS). The course will be delivered in an accelerated 9-week format for the Spring 2024 cohort surrounding the IFS. The course will run from the week of March 4, 2024 – April  15, 2024, with a final virtual class during the week of May 6.

 

WEEK 1: MARCH 4 – 8, 2023 – BWR Course: BWR Competencies & UNSDGs – 3 Hours On-Campus

WEEK 2: MARCH 11 – 15, 2023 – BWR Course: Intercultural Awareness – 3 Hours Online

WEEK 3: MARCH 18 – 22, 2023 – BWR Course: Indigenous Perspectives – 3 Hours Online

WEEK 4: MARCH 25 – 29, 2023 – BWR Course: Community Engagement & Career Development – 3 Hours Online

WEEK 5: APRIL 1 – 5, 2023 – BWR Course: Pre-Departure Training – 3 Hours On-Campus

WEEK 6: APRIL 8 – 12, 2023 – BWR Course: Prepare for IFS – 3 Hours On-Campus

WEEK 7: APRIL 15 – 19, 2023 – BWR Course: Intercultural Reflective Learning & Leadership – 3 Hours Online

WEEK 8 and 9: APRIL 21 – MAY 3, 2023

IFS Trip – Daily Brief Breakdown

 

  • APRIL 21-22-23: Welcome and Orientation Delhi / All Meals Included
    • Upon arrival in Delhi, our group will immerse ourselves in the vibrant chaos of India’s capital. These initial days are designed for acclimatization as we dive into the rich tapestry of Delhi’s sights, sounds, and flavors. From sampling authentically spiced Indian curries to exploring magnificent palaces and bustling bazaars, we’ll begin our journey by absorbing the essence of this megacity. Cultural literacy training will deepen our understanding, preparing us for upcoming experiences. Our time in Delhi reaches a crescendo with participation in a social innovation conference and boot camp hosted by Haraworld. Here, we’ll engage with India’s young change-makers, gaining insights into innovative solutions and forging connections. Before departing for Agra, we’ll visit local organizations catalyzing positive change in and around Delhi, laying the groundwork for our exploration.
  • APRIL 24-25: Sheroes & Jewels Agra / All Meals Included
    • As the sun rises, we’ll witness the breathtaking spectacle of the Taj Mahal, an iconic symbol of India’s architectural brilliance. Our exploration extends to Agra, where we’ll visit the Sheroes Hangout, discovering how survivors of acid attacks have transformed a cafe into a supportive space for empowerment. These days will blend historical wonders with impactful social initiatives, providing a holistic view of Agra.
  • APRIL 26-27-28: The Oldest Guru Uttarkhand/ All Meals Included
    • Venturing north to Uttarkhand, we’ll arrive at APV, an “Environment School” fostering environmental education and mindfulness. Guided by the philosophy that education is a journey of inner evolution, we’ll engage with local teachers, staff, and students. Through shared activities like learning, cooking, farming, and trekking, we’ll critically reflect on ecotourism and explore how ancient Indian traditions can shape sustainable living.
  • APRIL 29-May 1: Cities & Sanctuaries Rishikesh / All Meals Included
    • Our journey takes a serene turn as we visit Rishikesh, the yoga capital and a sacred city along the Ganga river. Amidst the tranquility, we’ll find sanctuary, taking a breather before returning to Delhi’s hustle. Exploring ancient streets, centering ourselves, and witnessing the mesmerizing Aarti ritual, we’ll recharge for the upcoming adventures.
  • MAY 2-4: Disorientation Dharamshala / All Meals Included
    • Following the intense exploration, we’ll slow down in Dharamshala for two days of “disorientation.” This vital phase allows us to relax, unpack our experiences, and reflect on the transformative journey. Returning to Delhi for our final day, we’ll culminate with a celebratory rooftop dinner in Paharganj, cherishing our shared memories before bidding farewell at the airport.

WEEK 10: MAY 6 – 10, 2023 – BWR Course: Post-Trip Debrief – 3 Hours Online

 

Disclaimers: Be World Ready does their best to execute the itinerary as outlined above, however, all elements are subject to change based on availability or requirement to adapt due to circumstances outside of our control. Students are reminded that it is their responsibility to research the entry requirements to the destination countries visited per their nationality and vaccination status.

Eligibility: Participation in an International Field Study is available for students who have not yet taken part in a Be World Ready IFS experience since beginning their studies at Niagara College. Be World Ready attempts to have a balance of domestic and international students, and that weighs into our selection process. Participants must be in good academic standing at the time of selection and prior to departure, be actively enrolled in a program at Niagara College during the term of travel and returning to studies in either Spring 2024 or Fall 2024 terms. Students must confirm that they understand and agree to their enrollment in the General or Liberal elective course requirements. Students who have an outstanding general or liberal elective course requirement that needs to be satisfied will be prioritized, as the mandatory Be World Ready course will provide 3 general or liberal elective credits. 

DEADLINE TO APPLY JANUARY 29, 2024 at 1:00PM

STEPS TO APPLY:

1. First, complete the Eligibility Survey here to make sure you qualify.
o 5 minutes to complete

2. Click here to register for the India: Innovating Change IFS
o Approx. 30 minutes to complete, you will need a digital photo of your passport

3. Confirmed eligible students will receive the instructions to make the $500 deposit due by January 29th, 2024 to confirm your seat.
o 10 minutes to complete, you’ll need your method of payment (e-transfer details, or credit card) and your passport for this step

4. Receive email confirmation that your seat has been saved from [email protected]

5. Get your suitcase out!

* Price per student is in Canadian Dollars and reflects the Be World Ready (BWR) grant which has been applied to the total trip cost to heavily subsidize the rate per person. To qualify for the full value of the BWR grant, students must be enrolled in, and successfully complete the Be World Ready course (learn about the BWR course by clicking here). Assignments, travel requirements, and expectations will be clearly communicated by BWR staff prior to the start of term. Students who do not successfully complete the course risk not meeting the grant requirements, which could result in being charged back the full value of the grant (up to $6000, depending on the IFS). Please review the Grant Requirements section of the IFS webpage.

Included

  • Round-trip airfare, including 1 checked bag
  • Accommodations
    • Students will share rooms with assigned roommates (you will have the opportunity to select a roommate), each having their own bed.
    • Single accommodations, if desired, must be requested during registration. Additional fees may apply.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Transportation to/from Toronto
  • Meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • Activities as described in the daily itinerary
  • Ground transportation in the country
  • Rate per student is in Canadian Dollars and inclusive of taxes and fees

Not Included

  • Visa Fees (if necessary)
  • Passport (or any associated costs)
  • Meals not outlined in the daily itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Souvenirs
  • Departure taxes (otherwise known as an Exit Tax) or additional fees for items not noted as included, if applicable. An example of additional fees could be overweight baggage.

PAYMENT TERMS

Deposit
Final Payment

PAYMENT AMOUNT

500
500

PAYMENT AMOUNT

01/30/2024
02/19/2024

*Price may increase or decrease depending on exchange rates, final vendor quotes and number of participants.

APPROXIMATE. PRICE
$1000 (After Grant Applied) *

TRIP DATE 04/20/2024

TO

05/04/2024

TRIP DESTINATION
India

PROGRAM

This opportunity is available to all Niagara College students who: 

    • Are currently enrolled in and returning to their program at Niagara College 
    • Have not yet taken part in a Be World Ready IFS experience since beginning their studies at Niagara College 
    • Are in good academic standing at the time of selection and prior to departure 
    • Are actively enrolled in a program at Niagara College during the term(s) of travel 
    • Agree to enroll in and complete the mandatory General (SOCL 1128) or Liberal (IDPL 9103) elective course requirement 

Physical Intensity: Moderate to High

APPLICATION DEADLINE
01/29/2024

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Other Important Information

Payment Options

*Note: if we will be flying through the United States of America, you must have permission to enter and leave the United States. If you require a U.S travel visa it is your responsibility to obtain this document and email [email protected] a copy/photo.