India Experience with Gabriel Project Mumbai
in partnership with UJS
December 16 – 30, 2018
During this two-week program in partnership with UJS, Entwine India Experience participants will explore Mumbai and experience first-hand the innovative educational programs being implemented by our partner Gabriel Project Mumbai (GPM) in the Kalwa slums.
Experience India’s diverse culture and Hindu, Muslim and Jewish traditions though cuisine, historical sites, and shopping for colorful textiles. Get to know the Jewish community of Mumbai through visits to various community institutions. Soak up the energy of Mumbai, India’s most cosmopolitan city, including Banganga Tank, and The Hanging Gardens.
About Gabriel Project Mumbai (GPM): GPM is a local Indian NGO caring for thousands of vulnerable children, in the slums and poor rural villages, through education, hygiene, nutrition and medical programs. GPM works in collaboration with local grass-roots organizations, women’s empowerment groups, the business community and the Indian Jewish community. JDC partners with GPM locally to connect the Indian Jewish community to the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam and empower them to take responsibility for the world around them. Learn more about Gabriel Project Mumbai.
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What will I do during
the India Experience?
India Experience participants will explore Mumbai and learn about the innovative educational programs implemented in the Kalwa slums while interacting with local children. Participants will explore a range of subjects with the children such as English, math, hygiene, art and more!
Participants will also experience India’s diverse culture and Hindu, Muslim and Jewish traditions though cuisine, historical sites, and shopping for colorful textiles and get to know the Jewish community of Mumbai through visits to various community institutions, soaking up the energy of Mumbai, India’s most cosmopolitan city, including Banganga Tank, and The Hanging Gardens.
- Must be currently enrolled in a UK university.
- Background with or interest in educational programs for children.
- Flexibility and comfort visiting India’s slums.
- Ability to adapt, comfortable in new cultural contexts.
- Passion for exploring the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam and bringing this back to their university.
“My experience volunteering in India was hands-down the most transformative cultural experience of my life.”
– 2015 Participant
$660 USD // approx. £500 GPB (including flights to India)
Flights from London to Mumbai, airport pick up/drop off in Mumbai & local transportation
Group activities & excursions
Comprehensive health and emergency evacuation insurance & on-the-ground staff support
December 16-30, 2018
November 27, 2018
(applications will be accepted on a rolling basis)
*Please note that your participation fee does not cover:
- Most meals
- Visa (required for UK passport holders; JDC will provide visa application instructions and support)
- Leisure activities
- Personal expenses
All participants are required to obtain a Tourist Visa for India. Fellows are responsible for obtaining their own tourist visa for travel to India. Participants must apply for a tourist visa no earlier than 120 days prior to your trip, and no later than 1 week prior to departure. It can be applied for through the online Indian E-Visa system. Detailed application instructions and information about visa fees can be found on this website.
Participants are responsible for the cost of their Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). Approvals are at the full discretion of the Embassy of India. Fellows will be required to submit a copy of their valid visa to Operations Coordinator, Sofia Parody at email@example.com prior to travel to India.
Holding the second largest population in the world, India has a staggering 1.2 billion people. Mumbai alone is home to 22 million people and over 70% live in slums. People living in the slums have limited access to electricity, clean water, food, and educational opportunities. Gabriel Project Mumbai primarily works in the Kawla Slum just outside of Mumbai which comprises 200,000 people.
The Jewish population in India is about 4,350 with 85% of the Jews living in Mumbai and the surrounding areas. This small yet vibrant Jewish community is one of the oldest in the world, tracing their roots as far back as 2,000 years. Because of India’s huge population and significant poverty, the country’s limited government-run social services are massively overloaded. The Jewish or Bene Israel community lack the welfare infrastructure to meet all of the needs of poor, elderly, and vulnerable Jews among them. JDC, operational in India for over four decades, partners with various local organizations to provide welfare services for the neediest Jews in the community and helps to develop vibrant Jewish life in Mumbai through programs at the local Jewish Community Center.
Applications for the Entwine India Experience in partnership with UJS are now open. Please fill out the below form to receive a link to the application.