Thursday, September 29, 2016

Call for Applications | Agrasar Autumn School


9-11 October, 2016

Dharamshala | Palampur | Bir-Billing | McLeodGanj

Apply By September 30, 2016


Agrasar Autumn School is a 3-day fully residential programme by the Agrasar Foundation to embed a sense of community engagement and entrepreneurship in travelers and youth. The programme will include formal visits to social organizations and informal visits to places of tourist attraction in Dharamshala, Palampur, Bir-Billing and McLeodGanj. Furthermore, it will present an opportunity to get involved in adventure sports such as paragliding and trekking.


15 candidates will be selected for the 2016 Himalayan Edition of Agrasar Autumn School on the basis of their achievements, social work and travel experience. These 15 candidates will be also provided with an internship opportunity at Agrasar Foundation and their experiences will be published on the Agrasar Blog.

Candidates will be required to report at Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh) at 8 AM on October 09, 2016 and the programme will come to an end at 6 PM on October 11, 2016.

Agrasar Autumn School is a 3-day life changing experience. Within a short span of 3 days, you will get an opportunity to experience scenic beauty of Himachal Pradesh, visit sustainable organizations, interact with inspirational change-makers, and network with a brilliant peer group. For adventure freaks, a truly eye opening experience awaits in form of paragliding. For others, community visits will prove to be simply overwhelming.

After this experience, you will realize the true value of people and things you take for granted in your life. You will learn to question the status quo, find solutions to complexities of your life, and learn very precious life lessons. Not to mention, you will set the bar of travel and learning goals too high for yourself and your friends.

Come, experience true happiness with us! :)


Social Organizations

·         Sahaj Foundation

·         Sambhavanaa Institute

·         Deer Park, Bir

·         Aavishkaar, Palampur

Informal Visits

·         Dalai Lama Temple

·         Bhagsu Nag Waterfall

·         Sobha Singh Art Gallery

·         Bir-Billing Paragliding Centre






Topics of Discussion

·         Role of Youth in Local Governance

·         Media and (Mis)Representation of Minority Groups

·         Women in Hilly Areas: Equal to Men?

·         Can Free Speech and Restriction Co-Exist?

Keynote Presentations

·         Public Accountability and Laws of Spending

·         Self Management: Journey from Head to Heart

·         Women Leaders: Inspiring Stories from Himalayas

·         Environment and Climate (Development vs. Environment)

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