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India: Summer Service Learning & Cultural Immersion

Pune, India

Welcome message from ACM India Program Director Sucheta Paranjpe

From high-tech industries to thousands of rural villages seemingly untouched by time, India encompasses both the dynamic forces of globalization and the deep-rooted traditions of an ancient culture, marked by a diversity encompassing a multiplicity of religions, ethnicities, political states, languages, and art forms.  Pune, a medium-sized city of over three million, is located in the state of Maharashtra, and is home to numerous civic organizations dedicated to improving the situation of Indians living in both urban and rural settings. 

The ACM India Summer Program: Service Learning & Cultural Immersion is one of two ACM short-term summer opportunities open to current students and recent graduates.  This six-week program is based in Pune, where students will engage in community-based service learning with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the Pune area.  Students will have access to organizations across a wide variety of disciplines, and prior to arrival at the program site, the ACM office will start working with each student to help find an organization that provides a good match for their particular interests.  Students will also take a class in Marathi language, the local language spoken in the state of Maharashtra.  There will also be field trips and excursions that take advantage of the cultural offerings of the area.

Upon arrival in Pune, students will have an orientation period of a few days, during which they will be living in a hotel.  Students will then move into local host families for the duration of the program.

For more detailed information, please use the links located on the left-hand side of this page.

This program was established with generous support from the MacArthur Foundation.

Quick Facts

  • Term: Summer
  • Language prerequisite: None
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Living arrangements: Host family or dormitory
  • Who can apply? Students from any college or university (including recent graduates)

Application deadlines

Application deadline extended! Please contact the ACM Office for more information.

Summer 2016

Final deadline: March 15, 2016

Summer 2017

Final deadline: March 15, 2017

If the deadline has passed and you are interested in applying, contact the ACM Office immediately. Late applications may be accepted on a space-available basis.

Program contacts

Emily Gaul
Assistant Program Manager

11 E. Adams Street, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312.561.5919

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Publications & Resources

Summer Programs brochure

India student handbook - Summer 2012

India: Summer Service Learning & Cultural Immersion

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Emma Tuttleman-Kriegler Going to India was one of the most important decisions of my life. Not only did I affirm my career path to work in the field of International Development, but I also gained a whole new cultural understanding of Indian life that is now a part of me forever. I think of my host family in Pune as my extended family, as they made me feel like India is my second home. We still keep in touch via snail mail. Aside from my time exploring Pune, working with the Korkus in Melghat was incredibly rewarding. I gained unparalleled first-hand fieldwork experience about the status of women’s reproductive health in tribal India. Living amongst Korkus for three weeks taught me how to cook south-Indian food, how to properly wash clothes in a river, and how to simply embrace the quiet moments throughout the day. I will never forget the hours I spent with Korku women and girls, fostering intimate connections between people who would otherwise be worlds apart. I know I will return to India one day, and hopefully give back even a fraction of what they all have given me.

—Emma Tuttleman-Kriegler, India, Summer 2011

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