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India: Dream a Dream

BRINGING LIFE SKILLS AND OPPORTUNITY TO YOUNG PEOPLE FROM UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES

Every the third half trip is built around a curriculum designed to develop your Social & Emotional Intelligence (SEI). We focus on 21st century learning skills like grit, initiative, curiosity and critical thinking through a blend of collaborative workshops and hands-on experiences with local people.

Your trip will be hosted by the respected non-profit organization ‘Dream a Dream’, which uses soccer to help young people from vulnerable backgrounds to overcome adversity and flourish in a fast-changing world using a creative, life skills approach.

On your the third half experience you will:

  • Play friendly soccer matches against local teams on beautiful fields
  • Volunteer with community programs
  • Visit Akshardham temple, the Red Fort and the Lahore Gate in the bustling city of Delhi
  • Ride an elephant at Mattupetty
  • Tour the Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the seven wonders of the world
  • Take High Tea in Munnar
  • Experience Kerala’s beaches and watch the traditional Theyyam Indian Dance at the Kerala Folklore Theatre Museum
  • Make friendships that will last a lifetime

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Day 1:

Depart for New Delhi, India.

Day 2:

Arrival at Airport in Delhi. Check in at hotel.

Day 3:

Tour the Akshardham Temple. Visit the Red Fort’s Lahori Gate, iconic symbol of India and UNESCO world heritage site. Visit My Angels Academy, play soccer with children living in the Slums of Vikaspuri. Global Leadership Development Workshop 1: Global Leadership and International Development.

Day 4

Visit to Lotus Temple. Tour and lunch at Dilli Hasta Market, an open-air food plaza and craft bazaar. Transfer to Agra.

Day 5

Take a sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal. Visit the nearby Agra Fort, former imperial residence of the Mughal Empire. Tour the Mehtab Bagh garden complex. Visit Wildlife SOS project, a local animal rescue sanctuary.

Day 6

Travel back to Delhi from Agra, and fly to Bangalore. Welcome meeting with Dream a Dream Bangalore. Global Leadership Development Workshop 2: Social Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking.

Day 7

Bangalore city tour. Field Visit to Life Skills Through Football session at Stella Mary’s School. Play friendly game against a local team.

Day 8

Visit Dream a Dream Center and meet with local kids. Life Skills through Arts Session at Annaswamy School. Global Leadership Development Workshop 3: Sustainable Community Development and Social Inclusion.

Day 9

Attend a ‘Graduates’ practice session. Play game of pick up against local kids. Dinner excursion to local food scene.

Day 10

Visit Life Skills Through Football program at Murghesh Palya School. 5 v 5 mini soccer tournament. Farewell Activity with Dream a Dream Bangalore.

Day 11

Transfer to airport and fly to Kochi, Kerala.

Day 12

Elephant sanctuary at Mattupetty. Participate in local sightseeing. Take High Tea in Munnar.

Day 13

Visit Andhakaranazhi Beach. Experience a typical local market. Watch Theyyam Indian Dance group at the Kerala Folklore Theatre Museum.

Day 14

Check out of hotel and transfer to airport. Fly home.

 

Dream a Dream works directly with young people through its After School Life Skills and Career Connect programs, using sport and art as a medium to engage and develop critical life skills. These programmes serve as innovation labs, where new approaches to life skills development are introduced, demonstrated, documented and fed back into the larger framework for re-imagining learning for young people in the country. Thanks to your visit, Dream a Dream will be able to achieve goals like:

  • Provide soccer activities to 300 children for a full year
  • Enable 300 school children in a school to participate in Dream a Dream programming for one full year, including equipment and materials, refreshments, and teacher salaries
  • Sponsor ten new soccer teams for a whole year

* Price is per person based on a group of 20 travelers and is subject to change.

PRICE INCLUDES

  • All required ground transportation throughout your trip (airport transfers included).
  • All soccer training sessions.
  • All community service and educational activities.
  • All cultural and sightseeing activities.
  • Use of training facilities for soccer practice sessions.
  • Water during all practices.
  • 2-3 soccer games against local teams.
  • Full board during your stay in India (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  • 12 nights accommodation.
  • A full time Tour Supervisor on-call 24 hours a day.
  • Cancellation and medical insurance.

Carry-on

A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for day trips.

  • Ear buds
  • Change of clothes
  • Reuseable water bottle
  • Medication
  • Additional community service forms
  • Outlet power converter
  • Consent to travel form
  • Emergency contacts
  • Passport
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Two passport photos (needed for Visa)
  • Wallet/money
  • Book and/or journal
  • Pen
  • Phone
  • Chargers
  • Camera

Important reminders

Appropriate attire for service projects– students should be wearing Bermuda or basketball length shorts or pants. This is especially important to females. T-shirts should cover the chest and shoulders- nothing too low cut, and no undergarments should ever be showing. Appropriate attire for touring– students will be visiting temples and museums throughout their program. All students will be expected to have their shoulders and knees covered. Please be sure to bring at least one pair of lightweight capris and t-shirts that are modest (no v-neck/low cut tees). *Business casual outfit– a long sleeved collared shirt and lightweight trousers will work best for boys. A long skirt and appropriate shirt is ideal for girls.

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