Chennai, Agra, Delhi
July 2-15, 2020
Application due February 15, 2020
The George Washington University Art Therapy Program has been involved in international cross-cultural community service learning since 2008. Our students have had this opportunity to study and explore social and cultural diversity, connecting collaboratively in India, South Africa, France, United Arab Emirates, and Croatia. To celebrate GW Art Therapy’s 50th Anniversary and after numerous requests, we have created a trip specifically for professionals who want to connect across cultures, learn from each other, and work in the community.
This trip is for anyone who has a desire to connect to others; an openness to expanding your own self-awareness; a commitment to give of yourself and to learn from everyone; a willingness to participate in art-making; and an interest in mental health, community support, and cultural issues that divide and unite this world.
Main focus of the trip is community service & connections with local experts (specific to interests of participants), trainings/workshops, and discussion groups with art-making. Cultural excursions include arts & cultural center, dance school, flower market, handmade art-book publishing house, and exploration of temples, Agra Fort, and Taj Mahal with storyteller guides.
We have organizations we have worked with for over 9 years (women’s and men’s shelters, cancer center, schools, differently-abled adults) where we can do community work (dependent upon their needs); however, if possible, we would also like to tailor the trip to each participant’s interests, professional work, and skills. Therefore, setting up learning exchanges with leaders in the area to create connections for present and future collaborations. These may be through visiting sites, over dinner, or doing/attending workshops/trainings.
Discussion Groups with Artmaking:
Each evening we will end our day with art-making, journaling, and discussion as a group. It is mandatory that everyone be willing to participate in order to strengthen bonds with the group and to explore and process the days events. Former participants have stated that this ritual each evening becomes one of the most important and looked forward to aspects of the trip. No previous experience with art is required.
If you are interested in participating in this exciting opportunity, please make sure to download the application in order to access fillable PDF and submit along with your CV to:
Email: [email protected]
Subject line: GW Connecting Cultures: India
Attachment: Application (save and name document: your last name, first initial) and CV ((save and name document: your last name, first initial)
Once your application has been approved, we will send you notice with a link to pay deposit ($750), instructions for pre-trip requirements (flight, visa, vaccinations, travel insurance), and final payment schedule.
$2500 (double accommodation) or
$3000 (single accommodation)
Includes: accommodations, group meals, local flight within India, local transportation, art supplies, excursions, and entrance fees. CEC’s available upon request.
Not included in costs: International airfare, visa, travel insurance, vaccinations, and personal expenses.
Heidi Bardot, ATR-BC, LCPAT is Director and Associate Professor of the GW Art Therapy Program. She has brought an international focus to the GW Program through immersion diversity courses and service-learning programs in France, India, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, and Croatia and has assisted in creating the first post-master's program in Croatia. Bardot currently collaborates with local organizations in Lebanon to work with refugees and to train relief workers in art techniques, self-care, and trauma.
Mary Ellen Ruff, LPC, ATR-BC, ACS is an Assistant Professor in the GW Art Therapy Program and is board certified art therapist, a licensed professional counselor and clinical supervisor in private practice. The focus of her clinical work is in the area of addictions with adolescents and adults.