The Spirit of Gandhi: Change and Challenges of Community Development in Gujarat

Ref: 10002718


MA Youth and Community Development students enrolled on ASCS5301, ASCS5106, ASCS5103, ASCS5807, ASCS5803, ASCS5808 or ASCS5218  and BA Youth and Community Development students enrolled on ASCS1803, ASCS1802, ASCS38010, ASCS3410, or ASCS3804 are eligible to apply for this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 20 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 academic trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


This trip draws on the historical, political, cultural and religious traditions of India, to convey the concepts of community development, both to UK youth & community work students and with students based at the local Rushey Mead Foundation in Bhuj, Gujarat. The project aims to bring together young people from Bhuj and DMU youth & community work students to collaborate in delivering issue based, social education, community development training to young people and the communities of Bhuj, through ‘conversational’ style informal education.

Prior to the trip, groups of DMU students will work together in developing training materials on an identified social issue, which will be delivered in Bhuj. The trip will begin with participants from the UK and Gujarat undertaking training workshops (train the trainer), to prepare them and to introduce community development concepts, approaches and methods to young people in the community. Thus, the second part of the programme involves conveying these learned methodologies and approaches, and deliver their issue based training to young people, and or a range of groups and communities, (peer education). The purpose of the project is to enhance the skills of DMU students in the theory and practice of community development and explore global / local impact. Furthermore, to engage DMU students and local volunteers, with practical experience in the delivery of training in community development, transformative learning and empowerment to local groups and organisations. Having discussed and explored the issues, young people and the communities of Bhuj will be able to continue to engage in critical thinking skills and develop further interventions in addressing some of the social issues.

This trip meets the DMU mission statement of working for the public good and will further build on the work of DMU Square Mile India in Ahmedabad.

Cultural activities

Cultural visits and activities may include:

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 10 January 2019
  • Return date: Saturday 19 January 2019
  • Overall estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £895
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, cultural visits, food & drink, visa and vaccinations
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Square Mile India bursary: £100
  • Deadline for application: Monday 29 October 2018 9am