Westminster in India 2013-14
India, Science Education and Service Learning
Join us as we delve deep into India’s culture and history while also undertaking educational based
service learning projects in Wai, India and communities in the surrounding rural area. Westminster
in India has been involved in service projects here for the last 5 years, and has developed some
incredible partners and relationships that are directly tied to the Indian community in Salt Lake City.
We’ll explore what it means to be a true citizen of the world. Students will gain a better perspective of
the educational needs in rural India, as well as how these are rapidly changing due to India’s high
tech boom. Westminster students will develop a science module using inquiry based teaching techniques,
then take this to India where they will work with local teachers to implement and teach the lessons in
primary schools, secondary schools, or a school for students with special needs. Central to this course
is cultural immersion in India’s rich heritage, which students will experience by living and working
side-by-side with their Indian counterparts and exploring the rich history of Wai, where beautiful temples
along the Krishna River exist alongside slums where poor Indians live with limited access to quality
education and other services. We’ll be working with the enthusiastic students here to help address
some of the challenges these communities face as they share their incredible culture and traditions
with us. Below are some photos from service learning projects carried out by Westminster students
and faculty in Wai, India this past year.
Please visit the following website to learn more about this years' exciting service learning opportunity!
Applications due for India Summer Service Learning and MTSE grants: October 9th
May Term Study Fair: October 17th, 10 am – 2 pm
Applications due for India Fellowships: November 1st, to Jan Saeed at firstname.lastname@example.org
First day to sign up for the India Education and Service Learning Course: October 17th (non-refundable $300 deposit due at sign-up)
Last day to sign up for India Education and Service Learning Course: January 15 or when trip fills, whichever comes first
At least 50% of total India Education and Service Learning Course cost due: January 15
Payment in full due by: March 1
On-campus course meetings: July 7, 8, 9, 14, 16 and August 18
Travel dates to India: July 29-August 12
India Fellows Opportunity
The Westminster College India Fellows Profram is in it's second year on campus. We are in the process of looking for globally minded, service oriented, passionate about learning in and about India! Applications will be available shortly online and through the Office of Spiritual Life. Applications will be due November 1st and announcement of recipients will be in the 2nd week of November. Service will be throughout the academic year with enrollment in the Mayterm class mandatory though the dates of the class will be in July with the service trip to India being the end of July thru about the 12th of August. More information will be coming soon!
Additional info about the course
This course functions the same as a May Term Study Experience in terms of course credit, banked tuition, etc., except that the on-campus meetings and travel to India will occur in July and August, 2014 due to the annual monsoon and Indian school calendar.
The India Service Learning course has no pre-requisites. The course is open to all Westminster students and all majors; you need not be a science major nor in the education or teacher certificate program.
The India Service Learning course fulfills the School of Education’s Diversity and Cultural Awareness requirement, and students receive 4 credit hours in Education, Environmental Science, Biology, or Chemistry.
The India trip costs $3300.
Students will have the option of an additional 5 days of organized travel in India to sites of international interest (e.g., Taj Mahal, etc.) for an additional $700.