"Whatever good things WE BUILD end up building us" 
- Jim Rohn



1. VOLUNTEER PROGRAM:

Student Volunteers who are looking for a cultural immersion program in India, introduction to yoga, a lifetime experience as a volunteer and an opportunity to do (karma yoga; yoga of action or work) something meaningful in INDIA can enrol in this program for two weeks. 

If you are RMIT student or a volunteer, REGISTER with us for our upcoming program 

Dates (for Australian Volunteers):
Winter: 30 June - 14 July 2018
Spring/Summer: 25 November - 9 December 2018 

If these dates don't suit you, write us an email at webuild@globalcitizens.org.in and we will keep you posted about any other program opportuntiy. 


2. ACADEMIC PROGRAM (earn academic credits):

Global Citizens for Sustainable Development (GCSD) and VEDIKE partners with University at Albany / State University of New York (SUNY) to offer WE BUILD: Study Abroad Program in India – Indian Culture, Development Issues and Experiential Learning (6 Credit Program). This five-week program is designed as a co-curricular service-learning model, connecting theory taught in the classroom to its practical application in the world. It will not only give international exposure to students but also engage them in hands-on experiences, such as building houses, bathrooms (toilets) and children’s homes for poor communities.
 
The program will also introduce students to Indian society and culture by focusing on three key areas - culture, peace, and development. It will focus on Global Citizenship and engage students in issues related to children's rights, education, and poverty alleviation. Students will work with at-risk children and be involved in activities such as teaching English, maths, sport and creative arts. They will also facilitate and participate in discussion forums at the Global Citizens Youth Assembly. 

If you are not a SUNY student but are interested in exploring opportunities in seeking academic credits for either formal or non-formal experiential learning during the WE BUILD program, please write to us or connect us with your academic advisor or Dean.  



How it all started?

The Director of GCSD, Mr. John Anugraha was elected to be the Youth Advisory Board Member of UN-Habitat while he attended the World Urban Forum held in Nanjing, China in 2008. As the Asia-Pacific representative from 2008 to 2014, his role was to advise the agency on its youth mainstreaming and empowerment strategies. He was instrumental in lobbying and advocacy at the highest level in the UN. He had the opportunity for two years in succession during the UN-Habitat Governing Council Meetings in Nairobi, Kenya in 2011 and 2013 to convince member states/governments to table youth related policies which were then adopted at UN-Habitat. His passion for youth related work at this level led him to initiate something at the grassroots level where young people gathered together not only for TALKS but also to ACT. Inspired by the Habitat for Humanity model and having participated in several Habitat BUILDs in India and the Jimmy & Rosalyn Carter Work Project in Cambodia in 2009, he developed the WE BUILD program as a student and volunteer program which includes both ACTION (the BUILD) and TALK (classes, dialogue, interaction and Global Citizens Youth Assembly).