Study Abroad Trip to India

$1,180 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 18 people in 36 months
Maranda Medina  TAMPA, FL
Northeast Himalayas in India: Socio-cultural Context of Indigenous People's Health. (Agra, India; Arunachal Pradesh, India; Delhi, India)

May 7-28, 2014

I have been granted an amazing opportunity to travel abroad to India with faculty and students within my Masters of Social Work program this summer. I will be traveling to India to work with the indigenous people for 3 weeks! I will be earning 6 credit hours for the 3 weeks abroad and will gain such an incredible amount of experience and knowledge from this rare opportunity.

We will mainly be visiting Arunachal Pradesh, popularly known as "Land of the Rising Sun" which is nestled in the mighty Himalayas. Surrounded by Tibet and China, Bhutan, and Myanmar, Arunachal Pradesh enjoys rich cultural and religious influences. It is home to 26 major tribes, each with its own unique customs, traditions, languages, and dresses.

During this experiential journey, we will visit the city of Delhi, a variety of community agencies, embark upon the adventures of northeast Himalayas and find ourselves immersed in an indigenous context. We will also visit the Dibrugarh University in northeastern state of Assam and tea gardens. We will then travel to Arunachal Pradesh to visit and engage with projects of USF's partner organization called the Research Institute of Worlds Ancient Traditions, Cultures and Heritage (RIWATCH). The RIWATCH has been recognized by the United Nations as a Regional Center of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development. In addition, we will visit breathtaking historical sites, monasteries, National Parks, and participate in local festivals and traditions. This journey will culminate with a visit to the beautiful Taj Mahal in Agra. 

With every great opportunity also come costs. I am looking for any and all assistance anyone would like to contribute to this educational experience for me. I know this is a lot to ask but I cannot express the amount of gratitude I would feel for even a $5-$10 donation. Every little bit counts!

If you would like to read more about the program and the educational topics and outcomes, please feel free to visit the website.  https://educationabroad.global.usf.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=23196 

Thank you for your love and support!!!
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34 months ago
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Single digits baby!!! Only 9 more days until I fly for India. It's going to be an amazing and challenging journey. Thank you to everyone who has donated to my trip thus far. If you have anything to spare, there's still time to donate. If not, love and encouragement are more than enough! 9 days!!!!
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I am absolutely overwhelmed by the incredible amount of support I've received from my family and friends. I have been able to get my passport, Indian visa, and my niece's airplane ticket to come watch the kids, all because of you and your donations. Thank you SOOO much!
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$1,180 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 18 people in 36 months
Created February 19, 2014
EB
$40
Elsa Alfonso & Jasmine Briggs
34 months ago

say hi to the mahakali for us, dear heart!

AB
$120
Andrew Bristol
34 months ago
JS
$40
Julie Strohmenger
35 months ago

Love :)

TR
$20
Tiffany Russell
35 months ago

Enjoy and explore!

DB
$120
Diana Bristol
35 months ago

You are an AMAZING women and I am SO proud of you!

$10
Lisa McCombs
35 months ago

Sounds like a GREAT opportunity!!

KJ
$25
Kitty&Eric Jacklitsch
35 months ago
C
$100
Celeste
35 months ago (Offline Donation)
MS
$250
Mary & Otty Medina Sr.
36 months ago (Offline Donation)
KT
$15
Kati thurman
36 months ago

A thank you for your time shared :-) good luck!

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