The Empathy Initiative supports a unique experiential empathy and social impact program for higher education participants.
Drishtee Immersion connects university students from around the world with rural India. The unique 3-week Immersion program has student participants as guests of a rural community, to participate in everyday life, with advanced sense-making methods and mentorship to foster deep empathic understanding: to see, feel & transform village needs.
As a unique Australia/India partnership founded on academics and sustainable rural development, Drishtee Immersion offers a leading pedagogical approach to experiential learning for empathy. Based on design thinking inspired 'flipped learning' methods combined with self directed learning, supported by a team of experts in diverse fields including cross-cultural communication and empathy, rural livelihoods, health and sustainable rural development. Furthermore, participants collaborate constantly with community stakeholders to ensure their learning and program outcomes are deeply embedded in meaningful local needs and desires.