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Stories

Welcome to Stories by Drishtee Immersion. This is our places to share stories gathered from the field, from Immersion participants, and those shared by others about our global mobility experiential learning programs in India. 

Empathy empowers student/community partnerships for social impact! We are a global mobility program specialising in experiential learning, empathy, social innovation and community empowerment.

Posts in Empathy
Immersion Stories: Andrea Lin

It has almost been a month since I came back from India, but I can still see the vibrant rural landscape and hospitable villagers. These vivid memories have been flickering in the back of my mind and impacting my every thought and action on a daily basis. This experience has changed me into a better human being; able to feel and be more alive. In hindsight, it is surprising how numb I had become living a fast-paced lifestyle in Sydney, consistently bombarded with information overload. This was before I participated in the incredible Drishtee Immersion program.

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Immersion Stories: Alice Perkes

This is Alice’s story experience, as a nursing student, connecting with people relating to India’s rural health system. “We continually learnt about and were exposed to the powerful and transformative notion of empathy, and furthermore the role it plays in building and fostering relationships based upon a shared understanding… It was so humbling and inspiring to be reminded of these values within an environment that presented a multitude of workplace stressors, and is something I will strive to continually reflect upon during my future career as a nurse.”

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Immersion Stories: Rubee King

If you treat life as a journey, open to unexpected twists and turns, the exploration will inevitably lead to new people, new stories, new perspectives and inspiration. Rubee King, spending time in a tribal village in Maharashtra, found one such serendipitous connection, to a family, their love for two daughters and how it is possible to find connection through deeply personal creative solace. This is a story in reflection of this deeply human experience.

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Immersion Stories: Jenivy Sewak

Sonoshi is a tribal village with some of the most extraordinary people I will ever meet. I can’t think of how to describe them but strong. Intrinsically and extrinsically, true strength was shown within every single family in countless forms… My preconceptions about what a rural village would be like was absolutely blown away by the women of Sonoshi. Jenivy Sawak participated in our three week empathy and social impact program in a tribal region of Maharashtra, India. Here are some exerts from her blog.

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Immersion Stories: Bilqis Kencana

Travelling to India was incredibly exciting, well, if I am honest, I was probably more nervous and a little anxious. To spend three weeks with people in a vastly different culture, in an entirely new place and country I’d only dreamed of visiting. I knew deep down the opportunity to learn real skills for empathy, to apply it for real, and do something positive in the world was something I didn’t want to miss. It was special in so many ways, not least because it has helped me see others in an all-new light.  

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Immersion Stories: Radha Pala

As a student of nursing awaiting graduation, I undertook the Drishtee immersion program. It gave a unique opportunity to apply skills taught during my degree in a community-based setting, with the added benefit of connecting more with my parent’s homeland, India. This is where I was fortunate to meet Usha ji, an amazing, inspiring woman passionate about education, early childhood health hygiene and positive community development in general. This is her story.

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