Drishtee Immersion

Health students Immersion 2019

Uni students Explore healthcare Perspectives in India or Japan!


This is your unique opportunity to learn advanced real-world empathy skills, connect with people from your host community & support community-driven projects for better health outcomes!

Australian university students in Health-related degrees have the chance to learn advanced empathy skills and apply new understanding to spark meaningful, positive health impacts in communities.

Drishtee Immersion is a unique organisation that believes in the transformative potential of empathy. When you join our program in India, you are a guest of the host community in Maharashtra (India) or community in Yamaguchi (Japan). Village leaders and elders have invited your group, to spend time understanding each other, in order to foster local knowledge, confidence and motivation to move forward, together. There are literally limitless possibilities when it comes to improving community health outcomes.

It’s a special experience that many Health students have enjoyed - read from recent Health student participants Alice Perkes, Jen Sewak & Bilqis Kencana.

Program details!

Our program is 3 weeks, an ideal amount of time to adapt, learn and be empowered for positive community impact. A summary of program activities: learn advanced skills for cross-cultural empathy (inc. expert workshops); methods for self-awareness and development; hands-on exposure to traditional local culture and learn local language; mindfulness training; daily community interactions with community hosts to explore healthcare and much beyond; expert supported sense-making and empathy action planning; & city stopovers (to show you some awesome local hangouts!)

Application process:
First step: Written application in response to three questions
Second step: 1-on-1 conversation with co-founder, Nathan (over coffee or Skype depending on your location)
Third step: Approval and pack your bags :)
Note: your university will have their own application requirements, please check with your international office.

Program dates (3 options):
Option 1 (India): 16th November to 6th December - Apply ASAP only 2 places remaining!
Option 1 (Japan): 11th January to 31st January
Option 3 (India): 3rd February to 23rd February

Final round applications close 15th October or when sold out APPLY NOW!!!

Program cost:
$3,000* (including all food, accommodation, daily program activities, workshops, and city stop overs)
Not including air travel, travel visa, items of a personal nature
*Payment made in instalments ($500 deposit and remaining due closer to departure); we are happy to organise individual payment plans

Funding & scholarships:
1. Universities may offer small grants/scholarships to support students (up to $1000). Eligibility criteria and application details apply - UTS more information here - UQ more information here - UoM more information here
2. Academic credit may available for students (excluding Nursing) with an elective in their study plan. Academic credit means it is possible to access Australian Government Loan Scheme (OS HELP) up to $7,000. Contact us or your International office for details.
3. Equity & Diversity scholarships (various amount offered) for students facing significant financial hardship. Several of our past participants have been supported: check with your university’s international team for details.

Note: all scholarship requires application and acceptance to our program first, so make sure you apply ASAP. Once you apply our friendly team is happy to guide you on funding and academic credit options.

Contact with questions:
Laura Martin, Community Connections Manager

Nathan Wiltshire, Co-founder