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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 tagged Perspective taking
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 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: 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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