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India: Service Through the Lens™

India: Service Through the Lens™

Capture the stories of a great civilization, from Himalayan societies to the stunning Taj Mahal.

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Highlights

  • Volunteer with children in rural communities and be encouraged to find “the real story”
  • Capture beautiful moments in daily life by building a personal understanding of your story subject
  • Hear from industry experts on their career successes and struggles
  • Participate in peer review and individual mentorship to improve your storytelling
  • Learn the ethics of putting humanity before photography
  • Travel to the Taj Mahal
  • Trek through Himalayan villages (21-Day Flagship Program only)

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Overview

Visual imagery is a powerful tool for communication, with the ability to reach audiences far and wide, both emotionally and directly. In India, everyday life plays out in bright colors, a vivid juxtaposition of ancient and modern against a backdrop of intricate architecture. Full of diverse people, dramatic landscapes and spiritual energy, the village of Dharamsala— home to the Dalai Lama and today’s Tibetan refugee community—is the fascinating setting where you’ll learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about journalistic media: the basics of documentation, what makes a good story, ethical practices and what it takes to get published.

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Community Service

Service will remain the central component of your objective in India. As you take in Dharamsala’s diverse scenery and faces through photojournalism, give back to this community that faces challenges around education and quality of life. In the process, build a personal understanding of the community, allowing you to tell a clearer and more compelling story. You’ll spend time at a local daycare center where teachers and staff run their establishments with minimal resources. Bond with the children as you assist with tutoring and providing after-school activities that otherwise would not exist.

Hands-On Learning

Gain a wide view of India, a land of contrasts. As stories of people you meet unfold, capture them and evaluate how the narratives can be responsibly told through photography and journalism. You’ll glimpse both modernized areas frequented by tourists, as well as an impoverished slum. Visit spiritual sites, learn Bollywood dance and participate in a workshop at a fair trade factory. Documentaries and presentations by grassroots leaders on pressing social issues will help you train your lens on diverse subjects—crowds, agriculture and landscape settings—with sensitivity.

As you create your body of work, you’ll receive guidance and insights from industry photojournalists and editors. Learn from professionals how to cull and edit your images, create an organized workflow, be a responsible storyteller and build demand for your work. Complete a Capstone project, which includes crafting a cohesive story of your time in India.

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Adventure

You’ll be based in Dharamsala, located in the Indian Himalayas and one of the most visually stunning regions on Earth. Explore Kangra fort, an ancient site known for both its beautiful architecture and the magnificent views it affords. If you’re joining us for the 21-Day Flagship Program, trek to rural Kareri village for an overnight excursion, meet its semi-nomadic Gaddi people and visit the town of Amritsar to see the Golden Temple. At the end of both 14-day and 21-day programs, you’ll travel south to the Taj Mahal for a glimpse of what is widely considered the most beautiful building in the world.

Lodging

Home Base will be a group of one- to two-story houses in central Dharamsala, a beautiful mountain village. All students and staff will live together in close proximity, sharing a common area. Students will live with roommates in gender-segregated rooms, and enjoy communal, home-cooked meals.

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Dates & Tuition

India: Service Through the Lens™ 21-Day Program (2017) Flagship
2018 Dates
Jun 19 - Jul 9, 2018
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $4,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 40
Language Hours: N/A
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Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
India: Service Through the Lens™ 21-Day Program (2018) Flagship
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $4,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 40
Language Hours: N/A
See What's Included
Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
India: Service Through the Lens™ 14-Day Program (2017)
2017 Dates
Jul 14 - Jul 27, 2017
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,499
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 30
Language Hours: N/A
See What's Included
Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
India: Service Through the Lens™ 14-Day Program (2018)
2018 Dates
Jul 13 - Jul 26, 2018
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,499
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 30
Language Hours: N/A
See What's Included
Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
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This GLA program in India taught me how to appreciate another totally different culture from a distance, not to judge it or intervene in it. During this trip, I learned how to see the unique beauty in other cultures. This ability is very important because it makes the world a more peaceful place.

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