The Drishtee Immersion Maharashtra program is a deeply involved experience where you will immerse yourself in a rural Indian community. The aim is to live and feel what it is like to live in such a community, gaining new insights into intractable issues, big and small.

In small groups of eight participants accompanied by experts, the first half of the program is focused on understanding the local village, people’s needs and what they care most about. Once we reach a deep empathy-level understanding, the second half of the village experience turns to conceptualise exciting meaningful innovations that can make a real, long-term impact on people’s lives. You might even change your own life too, through the authentic human connections you will make along the way.


Through your Immersion experience, you will develop these knowledge areas and practical skills:

  • Foundations on India
  • Foundations on host region including insights into education, health, agriculture, women’s empowerment and others
  • Beginner Hindi language skills
  • Beginner mindfulness skills
  • Advanced empathy and applied communication skills
  • Intermediate to advanced design thinking innovation skills
  • Intermediate to advanced social innovation skills
  • Opportunities for social entrepreneurship partnering local villagers and India’s leading social enterprise, Drishtee

You can find out more about the Drishtee Immersion Maharashtra program by visiting the Drishtee Immersion website and program brochure.

Visa Information

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As UQ Abroad is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact Drishtee Immersion for visa and immigration information.

Eligibility and application

All applicants must meet the UQ short-term experience eligibility criteria and any additional eligibility criteria set by Drishtee Immersion. 

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The program fee is $3,000. More information regarding program fees can be found on the Drishtee Immersion website and program brochure.

Applicants may also be eligible for UQ-specific funding


Accommodation is included in the program cost. For more information regarding accommodation, please see the Drishtee Immersion website. 

Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ Abroad: 10 March 2019
Host: 10 March 2019

Program Dates

Start: 29 June 2019
End: 19 July 2019

Fast Facts

Type: Volunteering
Mode: Study abroad
Location: Maharashtra, India
Credit: Not-for-credit
Cohort: Undergraduate and postgraduate

UQ Abroad Information Sessions

Students are encouraged to register and attend an information session to receive more details on the short-term application process, eligibility criteria, funding etc.​