UWC Mahindra College currently hosts a series of short programmes for schools and other educational partners, which wish to visit India and engage in meaningful learning. For International Baccalaureate schools these programmes are often designed with CAS-oriented programming. Over the last decade, our visiting partner institutions have included International School of Hilversum (Netherlands), Oslo International School (Norway), Winterline Global Skills Programme (United States), Global Leadership Adventures (United States), UWC South East Asia (Singapore), Daly College (India), Whistling Woods Film School (India), SAGE: Global Education (United States) and others. 

Please contact [email protected] to enquire about our custom programmes. 


5 Reasons To Plan A Short Programme with UWC Mahindra: 

1. We are driven by a keen motivation to further transcultural and value-based education 

2. We have proven expertise in providing experiential education to students from over 100+ countries

3. We provide a safe and well-structured experience on our dynamic campus, supported by a vibrant international community & capable staff

4. We possess excellent networks of partner organizations and resource people, to flexibly design and cater to most specific programme needs

5. We understand how to provide well-grounded context-based education that is truly transformative


Programme Format

Custom designed programmes vary in duration from a few days to several weeks. Visiting groups are typically under 35 participants (including accompanying faculty) and currently enrolled in high school or university. The primary portions of the programme are based at our beautiful college campus, with some optional travel components. We leverage our incredible location in rural Maharashtra, excellent network of local organizations, and proximity to urban and cultural centers, to present a very holistic experience of India. The College assumes all organizational responsibility for the visit including programming and facilitation, accommodation, catering, facilities and safety arrangements. For overseas groups we also support visa applications and immigration compliance after arrival. Our aim is to provide a safe, supportive and structured environment within which participants can make the most of the vivacity of India. 


Programme Focus Areas

Programmes are designed and customized depending on the desired educational or learning focus. All programmes have a strong discussion-based core, focused around classroom facilitation, guest speakers, workshops, readings, group discussions and reflections.  The three key additional experiential components we draw from are service, culture and outdoors. Our most popular programmes are a combination of activities from each of these 3 areas. 

Service Learning: involve projects with partner organizations around topics of development, education, health care, agriculture, gender rights and more. A sampling of past projects: 

  • Agriculture: planning, setting up & training middle-school rural students to use kitchen gardens in rural government schools
  • Education: developing lesson plans & teaching a conversational-English module using puppets in Akshara's after school programme
  • Development: renovating and preparing a community building for use as a local computer center for low-income students & families
  • Activism: performing and demonstrating with rural high school girls as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence project
  • Communication: designing a street-theater campaign with rural school children to raise awareness about water conservation 

Cultural Immersion: involve 

  • Homestays: experience life with rural families in the Kolvan and Mulshi valleys
  • Meditation: engage with various types of yoga and meditation under trained instructors 
  • Arts: visit the UNESCO Heritage site of Ajanta & Ellora to see some the best-preserved Buddhist cave paintings from the 2nd & 1st centuries B.C.
  • Religion: explore the places of religious significance in Mumbai across a multitude of faiths
  • Film: train to develop small impact-making documentary film projects for non-profit organizations on a variety of engaging topics 
  • Music: discover the roots of Indian musical tradition through vocal, string and percussive training 
  • Language: learn conversational Hindi or Marathi, and study the etymological roots of modern languages in Sanskrit

Outdoor & Adventure: involve projects or activities developed under the college's extensive Outdoor Education programme

  • Biodiversity: trail walking, biodiversity monitoring & conservation activities in the campus' Biodiversity Reserve
  • Hiking: to a variety of locations in the Western Ghats (or farther afield like the Himalayas!) 
  • Water-based Sports: Kayaking on the Mula River and other activities on the Mulshi Dam
  • Mountain Biking: expeditions in the Sahyadri Mountains, along the Konkan-crest line and majestic mountainous forts trail. 
  • Endurance Training: training on the college's obstacle course and through a combination of other endurance challenges including kayaking, mountain cycling, rappelling, river crossing, trekking and navigating. 
  • Certified Training: Search & Rescue, Lifeguarding and other Emergency Responsive Trainings 
  • Campus Sports: other activities available are Soccer, Cage Football, Swimming, Cricket, Ultimate Frisbee, Tennis, Volleyball, Cycling, Yoga, Badminton & Fitness