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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. 

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Posts tagged Empathy
Immersion Stories: Anna Tago

Before going to India, I was sure of one thing, that the trip would bring change into my life. Going to a different country, with new people, with changes in my routine, encountering new environments, and embarking on an exploration of culture vastly different to anything I had known previously. In many ways, not knowing exactly what to expect was at once slightly nerve-wracking and exhilarating. Looking back, it is clear that the Drishtee Immersion experience did indeed change me. And I am so glad for the opportunity…. this is Anna’s story of personal confrontation, being open, accepting and celebrating difference, and being able to see fundamental familiarity across cultural barriers.

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Immersion Ideas: The transformational potential of empathy

After exploring the notion of ‘empathy’, Nathan Wiltshire shares his insights from facilitating a range of empathy experiences between unlikely collaborators across the world. This work, developed over several years of research and practice, seeks to guide willing people to overcome the many challenges presented in understanding others, with transformative learning that advances empathy into action.

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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 Mosaic: Student experience perspectives

India, with it's overload of mega-cities, intoxicating scents, explosions of colour hits you like a steam train, from the moment you leave the airport.  In the ensuing 21 days as a part of a true Immersion, the sensory overload continues unabated. Often, it's not until returning to the familiar surrounds of home that our mind has a chance to catch-up with India's imprint. And so, we asked some of our recent student participants to share a soundbite from their experience. Together these represent a mosaic of colour, inspiration and lasting transformation. 

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Immersion Stories: Ellen Law

Through UTS BUiLD, I participated in the Drishtee Immersion Program (February 2018). The program facilitates empowering immersive experiences in rural India.... My Drishtee immersion was raw, deeply humbling and inspiring. The incredible people I met helped me learn and discover more about myself and what I would like to accomplish in the future. In the following blog I describe the a personal experience in three phases.

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Immersion Stories: Rhojan Viloria

My experience of India throughout my three-week program with Drishtee Immersion was – trying not to exaggerate – almost indescribable. Whether it was the team I met up with at the airport, the people we learned more about during our journey, to simply the culture of India itself. From the differing cultural norms, the stories and experiences you would hear that can break your heart, or just the environment. But without this challenge, I wouldn’t be where I am now, a much stronger mentally and emotionally prepared person with the clear understanding of what true empathy can bring...

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Immersion Stories: Belinda Tang

In my broken Marathi, I accidentally called her very pretty and her face broke into a smile. Sun-dried creases were transformed into laughter. I corrected my mistake (I’d meant to compliment her dress) and her smile faded from her eyes. Frustration simmered inside of me – I’d hurt her feelings because of some silly language barriers. Later though, I would spot her from the corner of my eye checking her reflection in a small, hand held mirror...  This is Tokobai's story, as experienced during my days spent experiencing daily life with this most inspiring woman.

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Our amazing immersions with Australia's most innovative university!

With all the talk about innovation what's often missing is an understanding of what it means for people according to the co-founder of an initiative that's allowed UTS students to experience the reality of life in rural India. Nine students from the Beyond UTS International Leadership Development (BUiLD) program recently returned from three weeks in India's historic northern state Bihar, where they explored the kind of innovation that can deliver "real solutions to real problems for real people." 

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Immersion Ideas: Empathy. What's The Big Idea?

Empathy. We all know what it is. Empathy is an essential part of being human, of connecting with and understanding other humans. Empathy is a word that most of us instantly ‘get’. Or so we believe.

 What exactly is empathy? How does it work? Who is actively applying it? What are the implications? In this article we consider the future and the role empathy should play.  

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