The Spirit of Gandhi: Youth & Community Development in Gujarat

Ref: 10003277


MA Youth and Community Development students enrolled on ASCS5301, ASCS5106, ASCS5103, ASCS5807, ASCS5803, ASCS5808, ASCS5218, ASCS5803 or ASCS5901  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 youth work & community development, both to UK youth & community development students and to our partners in Gujarat.

The project aims to bring together participants from Gujarat and DMU youth & community development work students, to collaborate in delivering a range of youth & community development training to people in local communities in Ahmedabad.

Pre-trip, having consulted and identified what the issues and needs of the community are, DMU students in the UK will undertake developing training workshops (train the trainer) and materials. This will help to prepare and further introduce community development concepts, approaches and methods of engaging with young people and adults in the community. Thus, the second part of the programme involves conveying these learned methodologies and approaches to a range of groups and agencies, (peer education), such as NGO’s, charities and community groups. The purpose of the project is to enhance the skills of DMU students in the theory & practice of youth & community development work and to give them and local volunteers practical experience in the delivery of training in community development, transformative learning and empowerment to local groups and organisations.

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. The trip will also meet a range of UN SDGs.

Cultural activities

There will be opportunities for students to participate in cultural activities throughout the trip organised by DMU Square Mile India (pre-booking will be required). Students will also be encouraged to independently visit cultural sights and points of interest – details of which will be shared in a volunteering handbook, provided to all participants. On the last day, a farewell dinner will also be organised at the Seva Café, a payforward café ran by Manav Sadhna.

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. Most students will require a tourist visa. Some nationalities qualify for an e-visa, a list of nationalities that qualify for an e-visa application can be found here . For nationalities that do not qualify for an e-visa, please note that application times and cost may vary and do not guarantee that a visa will be granted in time.

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, including visa drop-in sessions to complete the e-visa application

Key Information

  • Departure date: Saturday 22 February 2020
  • Return date: Sunday 1 March 2020
  • Overall estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £900
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, cultural visits, food & drink, visa and vaccinations
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 4 November 2019 9am