DMU Square Mile India – ADH in Ahmedabad

Opportunity type:

Ref: 10002712


Second year Arts, Design & Humanities students are eligible to apply for this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 40 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one extra-curricular trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


As part of DMU Square Mile India, current DMU students will travel alongside DMU staff to Ahmedabad to volunteer together and make a difference. Students will have an opportunity to participate in one of the three strands below:

English Language Teaching:

Five MA ELT students will be involved in helping the English classes running at five community centres owned by Manav Sadhan. Specifically, the students will help the local English teachers develop a curriculum to guide the teaching practice, so that the teaching could be carried out in a sequential and scientific way, rather than in a piece meal manner. On the other hand, the local students are able to learn and to make progress accordingly.

In addition, the ELT students will also help with updating teaching materials to make the teaching content more interesting. Such interaction is believed to be beneficial on both sides. For one thing, MA students will gain first-hand experience relating to what they are learning in class, which is most likely to enhance their learning in the following modules. For another, our students’ participation may result in more standardised English teaching in the local community centres, where English language skill is considered a life changing tool for their future.

Moving Together: 2nd year Drama, Dance, Performance Arts

Moving Together will be working with students across the Performing Arts courses to deliver practical dance sessions at Manav Sadhna community centres in Ahmedabad, India. Workshops will be provided to a variety of community groups including pre-school, age 5-15, teenagers, and older women in numerous locations. Dance styles will vary from contemporary to Bollywood, giving everyone an opportunity to share skills and learn from each other.

Students will have the chance to prepare, lead and evaluate their own workshops with the support from Moving Together staff. During the past 2 years students have been able to pass on their passion for the performing arts by working with the wonderful people in the Gandhi Ashram.The programme will provide students with invaluable experience of teaching and leading dance in the community, and the pure enthusiasm for the art form from the participants involved is incredibly inspiring. Cultural activities will be incorporated into the programme of activity.

Design Crafts: 2nd year Design Crafts

Design Craft Students and staff will deliver practical workshops to pass on their creative approach to designing and making contemporary home/ personal accessories and gift items using traditional craft skills to women of Gramshree in Ahmedabad, India. Gramshree is an organisation that works with more than 2000 women in the slums and lower-income areas of Ahmedabad and the rural regions of Patan, Mehsana, Kutch, Bhavnagar and Bharuch.

Students will have the chance to prepare, lead and evaluate their own workshops with the support from staff. Together we aim to develop a range of locally produced craft products which celebrates the diversity of their city and is inspired by industrial heritage and reputation. We aim to support the mission of Craftroots an initiative set up by Gramshree in reviving, preserving and sharing the craft traditions of India and develop a sustainable and scalable model for craft development by exchanging experiences, adding value and enrichment to all participants’ in becoming lifelong learners.

Travel and accommodation

Flights and accommodation for this opportunity will be booked by DMU Square Mile.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the Indian immigration requirements.

The #DMUglobal team will provide documents as required. You must ensure that you apply for your visa as soon as you have been formally accepted on to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Most students will need a visa to visit India, and more information can be found on the website. Contact the High Commission of India to find out how to apply for a visa. The Square Mile Team will be able to help and advise with obtaining a visa.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Thursday 3 January 2019
  • Return date: Thursday 10 January 2019
  • Overall estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £850
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, cultural visits, food & drink, visa (if applicable) and vaccinations (£60)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Square Mile India bursary: £100
  • Deadline for application: Monday 29 October 2018 9am