Asia → India
Dream A Dream
Empowering vulnerable young people to overcome adversity and flourish in a fast changing world
From the frozen summits of the Himalayas to the tropical jungle of Kerala, and from the lonely deserts of Rajasthan to the teeming urban centers of Mumbai and Delhi, India is often referred to as a continent rather than a single country.
India’s borders encompass a huge range of landscapes, cultures, and people. In India one encounters both the modern and the old world, in constant juxtaposition as Western culture meets traditional values. Experience all this colorful and energetic country has to offer, from its passion for ‘Bollywood’ and cricket to its colorful local festivals and street vendors.
India is one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, though this is often overshadowed by its rapid population increase – By 2028, India’s population is expected to outnumber China’s. Increasing population and rapid urbanization have created huge challenges in terms of poverty, lack of education, child protection, and gender disparity for young people living in India’s crowded urban slums.
Whilst being more famous for cricket, India also has one of the oldest soccer cultures in the world, dating back to the 18th Century – and in many areas soccer is the number one sport. You’ll join the world-respected non-proﬁt organization Dream a Dream, empowering underprivileged kids to overcome adversity, using the medium of sports and arts to develop critical life skills.
On your the third half experience you will:
Dream A Dream
Group of Focus
Area of Focus
Empowering young people from vulnerable backgrounds with the life skills necessary to overcome adversity
The colorful and bustling country of India, from the wonder of the Taj Mahal to playing pick up soccer with local children
Visit New Delhi, Agra, Bangalore and Kerala
Depart from Home for New Delhi, India
Arrival at Airport in Delhi. Transfer to accommodations, Check in at hotel. Welcome meeting and briefing with Dream a Dream Delhi team.
Tour the Akshardham temple. Visit the Lahori Gate, main gate to the Red Fort, iconic symbol of India and UNESCO world heritage site. Visit My Angels Academy, playing soccer with children living in the Slums of Vikaspuri. Social and Emotional Intelligence Workshop 1: Global Leadership and International Development.
Visit the impressive Lotus Temple Bahá’í House of Worship. Tour and lunch at the Dilli Haat Market, an open-air food plaza and craft bazaar. Transfer to Agra.
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.
Travel back to Delhi from Agra, and fly to Bangalore. Welcome meeting with Dream a Dream Bangalore. Social and Emotional Intelligence Workshop 2: Social Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking.
Bangalore city tour. Field Visit to Life Skills Through Football session at Stella Mary’s School. Play friendly game against a local team.
Visit Dream a Dream center and meet with local kids. Life Skills through Arts Session at The Annaswamy School in Fraser town. Social and Emotional Intelligence Workshop 3: Sustainable Community Development and Social Inclusion.
Attend a ‘Graduates’ practice session. Play game of pick up against local kids. Dinner excursion to local food scene.
Visit Life Skills Through Football program at Murghesh Palya School. 5 vs. 5 mini soccer tournament. Farewell Activity with Dream a Dream Bangalore.
Transfer to airport and fly to Kochi, Kerala.
Take an elephant ride at Mattupetty. Participate in local sightseeing. Take High Tea in Munnar.
Visit Andhakaranazhi Beach. Experience a typical local market. Watch Theyyam Indian Dance group at the Kerala Folklore Theatre Museum.
Check out of hotel and transfer to airport. Fly home. Arrive home.
A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for day trips.
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.