India Specialists

Emerging India

Imagine a two week cultural immersion program is one of the world's greatest cities, Mumbai. Emerging India takes you on a journey with Atma, an education accelerator for NGOs. 

The small group team will get hands on experience of the accelerator program by working with a local to produce a program evaluation report. You will explore religious sites, complete a Hindi and cultural awareness training, and experience local colonies including Dharavi, home to 1 million people.

Atma is an education accelerator whose vision is quality education for all. The organisation builds the capacity of education NGOs to achieve sustainability and scaleability thereby enabling delivery of quality education. 

Emerging India provides support for Atma's long term, high impact projects, and is designed with guidance from the Fair Trade Learning principles

In action at one of Atma's member NGOs.

In action at one of Atma's member NGOs.

An Atma volunteer on their way to work in Mumbai.

An Atma volunteer on their way to work in Mumbai.



Spend today with your 'buddy' - go shopping, have chai, explore Mumbai. This is a great opportunity to get to know a local's everyday life.

day 8

Today is your day off! Explore the city of Mumbai at your leisure.

day 9

Spend the full day on a our of a village close to Mumbai.

day 10

Project working session.

Site visit to a corporate company.

day 11

Lecture Session: Hinduism.

Site visit to a temple.

day 12

Full day project delivery workshop at Atma head office

day 13

Free time and presentation preparation.

Atma volunteer meeting including your project presentations.

day 14

Attend a cricket match.

Farewell dinner with Atma team.

day 15

Depart in the evening.

day 1

Arrive in Mumbai and be greeted by host organisation. Transfer to hotel for check-in.

day 2

Atma welcome and orientation including an expectations discussion.

Logistics including obtaining a train ticket. 

Optional walking tour of South Mumbai (depending on your jetlag!)

Dinner in a South Indian restaurant.

DAy 3

Lecture Session (Right To Education Act).

Hindi Lesson.

Cultural Intelligence Training.

Optional Clothes Buying.

Atma volunteers will host your dinner tonight.

day 4

Site visit to Atma partner organisation.

Understanding India interviews with group.

Day 5

Visit a local university.

Project working session at the university.

Dinner with an expatriate guest to learn about working and living in Mumbai as a foreigner.

day 6

Walking tour of Dharavi.

Weekly volunteer meeting at the Atma office.

Indian students at a local school
Maharashtrian ladies with tour participants in 2015.

The Detail


Comfortable 3 star hotel, twin share

All project equipment
Provided by local organisation

Trains, autos and airport transfer.

All activities listed in the itinerary are included in the program fee

Program leaders
Local organisation program leaders
Local project office with experienced staff members

Some meals
Meals as indicated in the itinerary

Including cultural awareness training, office induction, train passes and SIM Card


International airfares
Please consult with us prior to booking your airfares

Travel insurance
A comprehensive policy is mandatory and proof of purchase is required

Consult with your GP. Some vaccinations will generally be required

Australian citizens will require a tourist visa

Allow $15 per day for local food, more for western style meals at expensive restaurants. 

Souvenirs, shopping, activities not listed in the inclusions


18+ years
For the duration of the tour

With at least 6 month validity from date of entry back into Australia

You must be able to obtain an Indian visa

Able to make the payment deadlines

Academic Credit
May be available through your university. We are happy to provide necessary information to assist you with this process, but we can not guarantee receipt of credit

An open mind
India is an adventure like no other!


Deposit: $550.00 payable on acceptance

Balance: $2,050.00 due 60 days prior to departure


3 - 18 Jul 2016
28 Nov - 11 Dec 2016