Students to visit UN in India

PhD student Erin Lynn at the UN offices in New Delhi, 2012.

PhD student Erin Lynn at the UN offices in New Delhi, 2012.

Three Monash students will travel to India with Young Opportunities Australia and Generate Worldwide in February 2015. They will be participating in a study program that will see them meet with international organisations and explore the diverse cultural history of India.

Sachi Bamunusinghe, Rob Gilchrist and Monash alumna Caitlin Cataldo will participate in three days of meetings in New Delhi, including visits to the International Labour Organisation and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, and engagement with development experts from BBC Media Action.

They will then tour three contrasting regions of north India, Amritsar, Dharamsala and Haridwar, before ending their tour with a visit to the Taj Mahal.

The project was initiated by Young Opportunities Australia (YOA), Australia’s fastest growing online community of young people seeking professional and personal development opportunities. 

“The study tour is an opportunity for students to increase their employability through international travel, gaining firsthand exposure to one of Australia’s most important regional partners, while developing important skills required to compete in an increasingly globalised employment market,” said YOA founder Margaret Quixley.

The Insight study program is designed by Generate Worldwide, a social enterprise initiated by Erin Lynn, a Monash University PhD Candidate, who saw the potential to link the classroom with real-world experiences including cultural study and volunteering tours.

Erin has worked in New Delhi as an intern with the United Nations, and initiated the 2014 Monash Postgraduate Association Volunteer tour, which is now an annual program.

There are limited places remaining on the tour. Students are encouraged to apply, with financial support available for coursework students from the Monash Abroad office. Please visit the Young Opportunities Australia page for more information about the tour.

If you are interested in making a financial contribution to the Monash students’ program fee, please contact erin@generateworldwide.com

Monash Minds

In a similarly engaging initiative, an outstanding group of nine Monash students travelled to Mumbai in July 2014.  In partnership with the NGO Make A Difference the students raised funds to support 150 children to learn English for one year and volunteered in shelter homes in the slums of Mumbai. They visited IITB-Monash Research Academy and, mentored by PhD students, visited and raised funds for the charity Vidya, which IITB-Monash regularly supports. Their experience was captured on video and can be viewed online.