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India January 2022

COR 275 Dr. Wally Metts

  • $800 for those with full CCS benefit
  • $2,200 for those with half CCS benefit
  • $3,600 for those with no CCS benefit

Experience a culture that has made dramatic impacts around the world as you visit three key cities in India including Mumbai, Hyderabad and Kolkata.

Learning-intensive activities may include:

ECONOMICS Experience India’s economic sector and reflect on its growing global economic force in Mumbai. Compare shopping experiences at the new and upscale Forum Mall and the busy New Market in Kolkata. See evidence of the growing technology sector and economic change in Hyderabad. Visit Sari Bari, a microenterprise that employs women from Kolkata’s red-light district, providing the hope and dignity of a new life to marginalized women.

EDUCATION Meet with students and professors at Sophia College, Mumbai, and learn about India’s higher education systems. Plan an activity at a Free Methodist elementary school. Interact with students at an orphanage and live at Immanuel University with college students in Hyderabad

FAMILY Experience family life and share a meal and/or part of a family’s daily activities. Get to know the welcoming people and the enigmatic normalcy of India. Interact with street children at a Free Methodist school for marginalized children in Mumbai. Understand issues of the Dalits (the Untouchables) and Indian culture.

GOVERNMENT Consider the disparity of living conditions and opportunities among castes. Meet with a national government official in Mumbai. Talk with nationals and with workers from abroad about India’s developmental government infrastructure. Visit the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata and learn about India’s history as a colony of the British Empire.

RELIGION Understand the complex interplay of religions in the birthplace of three major world religions. Hear from Christian Dalits who have undergone persecution. Attend a service at St. Thomas’ Anglican Church, an architectural landmark in Kolkata. Be part of a revival service in a Hyderabad village. Volunteer with the Missionaries of Charity, where Mother Theresa served in Kolkata. Visit a Hindu and a Jain temple. Stay near historic Sudder Street in Kolkata, within walking distance of Mother Theresa’s Missionaries of Charity.


  • Talk with workers battling human trafficking.
  • Dialogue with International Justice Mission to better understand the challenges of human trafficking and those working to eradicate injustice.
  • Compare the glitz of a Bollywood film to the world’s largest slum.
  • Dialogue with Immanuel University students about life in India for the Dalit.
  • Visit the tea plantations of Darjeeling in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains.
  • Spend time at Immanuel House, an orphanage and school run by the Free Methodist Church in Hyderabad.

Whenever I encounter someone that is thinking of traveling to another country, I ALWAYS suggest going to India first. Of all the places I have been, I found India’s culture to be the most fascinating, colorful and spicy. All cultures are special in their own way, but India’s demographics make for an unbelievable trip and experience. I discovered my love for spicy food in Mumbai, and my passion for the poor and destitute in Kolkata. I learned the unique and historical culture behind tea in Darjeeling, and made great and everlasting friendships in Hyderabad. To this day, I am determined to go back to India, without a doubt.”

Ashley Darling (Ganton)

This trip is about challenging your perception of the world around you and reassessing your priorities. There are measures of success in America that do nothing but encourage greedy behavior and selfishness, but this trip gives you a chance to see beyond that and understand what you truly have to offer and what version of success really matters.

Allison Lahrman

Why choose India? Why choose to travel anywhere? I am a person that likes challenges, admires uniqueness, and loves people. All these things led me to India.

Karen Chanchavac

Being in India proved how out of the loop I am with a hurting world. My advice for those traveling to this beautiful country is to remember the people…Be willing to hear about their hardships and learn to be compassionate about their struggles. When in India, listen to the people, then process, then learn, then apply, then live.

Angela Myers

India is complex and complicated. Just when you think you have the country figured out it throws you a curve ball and you find yourself more confused and concerned than before.

Abbie Romano

If I were to describe India in one word it would be extreme. India takes something good or bad and takes it as far as it possibly can.”

Elyse Underwood
Students with a family in India.

DEPARTURE DATES January 2022 experiences may begin sometime during the last week of December 2021 and last 19-23 days. Students should not make irreversible plans until their departure date is confirmed by the CCS office in early Fall 2021.

This experience, like all CCS experiences, is subject to political and safety realities at the time of departure. CCS options can be physically and emotionally intense and stretching. Before enrolling, all participants should consult the disclosures on Physical Hardships of CCS.

Passport and immunizations required (both at additional cost); visa required.

CCS program costs do not include: tuition, passport, immunizations, or the $150 study abroad fee. The study abroad fee provides basic medical evacuation insurance, travel photos, and support services.