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Victorian Young Leaders to India Pilot Program​

The Victorian Young Leaders to India (VYL India) Pilot Program offers a life-changing three-week immersion program for 80 Year 9 students and accompanying teachers over two years in 2019 and 2020. The program will see students spend time in schools in India and explore different aspects of India's diversity.

Why get involved?

The program will:
  • build students' intercultural understanding and ability to effectively engage with people from other cultures including through the development of personal relationships with their Indian peers
  • develop students' citizenship and leadership capabilities, including through exploration of community engagement and social enterprise projects in India
  • develop students' engagement in STEM by providing exposure to international education and career pathways in STEM and with leading industries in India.

What is the VYL India Pilot Program?

The VYL India Pilot P​rogram is facilitated by the Department of Education and Training (the Department). It brings together students and teachers from selected Victorian schools to participate in the program, made up of three phases: ​

  • pre-departure phase, which prepares students and accompanying teachers for the program. This phase focuses on building country-specific knowledge about India, developing intercultural capability, managing cultural adjustment and student welfare, and setting expectations for the overseas​ cultural immersion component
  • three-week overseas​ immersion program, which includes being hosted by a local school in India, developing friendships with Indian peers (including student buddies), undertaking a range of excursions exploring Indian history and culture, and visiting organisations innovating in STEM and community engagement
  • post-program phase, which provides an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and successes of participating students and teachers, facilitates reflection and sharing of learning to sustains the skills developed, promotes the program to other students and teachers,​ and supports continued engagement with India. 

Expression of interest applications for the 2019 Victorian Young Leaders to India Program (travelling in September 2019) have now closed.

While the exact format and design of this pilot program is still being finalised, in order to give interested schools enough time to plan ahead, we are seeking expressions of interest prior to the end of this school year.

To learn more see 'Principals and Teachers' tab ​on this webpage above.

Getting involved in the 2019 Victorian Young Leaders to India Pilot Program

The Victorian Young Leaders to India (VYL India) Pilot Program offers a life-changing three-week overseas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and cultural immersion program for 80 Year 9 students and accompanying teachers over two years (40 in 2019 and 40 in 2020).

The program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students and teachers to live and learn in an Indian school, explore historical sights, and form lifelong friendships with their Indian peers.

It combines intercultural learning, engagement in STEM and an exploration of community engagement and social enterprise projects in India. Students are provided with a unique opportunity for personal growth and leadership skills development in the world's fastest growing economy.

The initiative contributes to making Victoria the Education State by equipping all students, regardless of their background or circumstance, with the personal and practical skills to live the lives they want to live, and get the jobs they need.​​

This exciting new initiative is based on the award-winning Victorian Young Leaders to China Program​ which has enabled over 1400 students and 150 ​teachers to live, learn and explore in China.

Benefits for students

The VYL India Pilot Program is designed to prepare students to live and work as global citizens and future leaders in an increasingly interconnected world. The program will see students attend school in India, where they will experience daily life as a student in an Indian school, and discover India's thriving culture, from the traditional to the modern. 

The program will have a genuine impact on students' learning and aspirations. Students will return with a heightened understanding of contemporary India, its culture and history, and its educational and political landscape. Students will also return with an increased confidence and developed a broader, international perspective on their future careers, particularly relating to India.

Benefits for teachers

The VYL India Pilot Program also offers significant benefits to teachers, including:

  • increased critical and analytical approaches to professional practice
  • enhanced knowledge about teaching and learning in a school overseas
  • new knowledge and skills for international people-to-people engagement
  • improved capacity to build international partnerships
  • new insights about and understanding of the social and cultural diversity of India
  • increased knowledge and intercultural understanding  
  • a desire for further personal and professional learning.

Benefits for schools

The VYL India Pilot Program offers unique benefits to schools, including:

  • providing students and teachers with a lived experience of global learning and engagement
  • building pride and confidence in schools within the community
  • offering the opportunity to exchange and learn from Indian schools
  • an improved ability to embrace diversity in partnership with the broader local community.

Program options and key dates

Application TypeSchool application
Program Duration3 weeks in India
​​Travel Dates​September 2019
Key Dates​Expression of interest applications for 2019 have now closed.
Successful schools will be notified in late Term 4, 2018.
Contact Information​Email: vyl.india@edumail.vic.gov.au

Costs

The VYL India Pilot Program is funded through a co-contribution model, with parents contributing $3,000 per student and the Department funding the balance of the core program costs*. To reduce the effect of disadvantage, over a third of places will be fully-funded by the Department for students whose parent / guardian holds a current healthcare or pensioner concession card naming the student.

The Department will fund core program costs for the accompanying teacher. Schools will fund teacher replacement costs and contingency funds for medical or daily expenses in-country.

Any incidental costs (e.g. passports a​nd spending money) are the responsibility of the participating students their parents/guardians and teachers.

*Core program costs include:

  • pre-departure and post program phases
  • travel arrangements, including return airfares, visas and insurance
  • tuition, accommodation, meals, excursions in India
  • student uniform and curriculum materials.

Schools are responsible for collecting the $3,000 co-contribution from parents/students, to be paid to the Department (or their representative) for program delivery.

How to apply 

Expressions of interest for the 2019 Victorian Young Leaders to India Program (travelling in September 2019) have now closed.

While the exact format and design of this pilot program is still being finalised, in order to give interested schools enough time to plan ahead, we are seeking expressions of interest prior to the end of this school year.

The application form for the 2019 program is available below and must be submitted via ​email to: vyl.india@edumail.vic.gov.au

For more information, see:​

  1. VYL India Information for Principals and Teachers PDF 8.69mb 
  2. VYL India Application Form and Fact Sheet Word 729kb

Promotional Material

Promotional marketing material will be shortly made available to help you promote the program to your school community. 

For more information, email: vyl.india@edumail.vic.gov.au

Getting Involved​ in the 2019 VYLC

The Victorian Young Leaders to China (VYLC) Program is award winning, six-week in-country immersion program for Year 9 stu​dents, designed to help prepare them to live and work as global citizens and future leaders in a more inter-connected world.

The program is a life-changing opportunity for students and teachers to live and attend school in China. Combining language and cultural learning with persona​l development and leadership skills, the program focuses on one of Australia’s main trading partners, China.

To provide flexibility and enc​ourage wide participation across Government, Catholic and Independent schools, three program options are available in 2019.

  1. ​​State-Wide Program
  2. ​​Sister School Partnership Program
  3. Overseas Language Study Grant Program​

Live, learn and explore in India  

The Victorian Young Leaders to India (VYL India) Pilot Program ​offers a life-changing opportunity, where students live and attend school in India. Comprising three weeks of intensive intercultural learning, students will experience daily life in an Indian school, explore India's cutting-edge STEM industries and discover the nation's thriving culture, from the traditional to the modern.

Information for parents and students

The VYL India Pilot Program is a life-changing three-week overseas immersion program for Year 9 students, designed to prepare them to live and work as citizens and future leaders in an increasingly interconnected global community. The program provides a unique opportunity for hands-on experience and education in state-of-the-art international STEM industries. The culturally rich program can have a transformative impact on student learning back at home and broaden possibilities for a future career with an international focus.

Beyond study, students will get to explore the sights and sounds of India and make lifelong friendships and networks with students overseas. 

In-country highlights

A typical school week may include:

  • excursions to nearby attractions and cities, including with excursions with a STEM and community engagement focus
  • cultural classes
  • attending local classes, such as maths, science, music, arts, P.E. etc.
  • spending time with Indian student buddies.

Benefits

By taking part in the program, students will return with a heightened appreciation of contemporary India, its culture and history, and its educational and political landscape. Past students from the wider Victorian Young Leaders Program have returned with greater confidence and developed a broader, international perspective on their future careers.

Benefits for students include:

  • intercultural understanding and awareness
  • engagement with international STEM educational and career pathways
  • student leadership skills, including interpersonal skills, public-speaking skills and inspiring confidence and self-sufficiency in unfamiliar environments
  • improved student citizenship, including by exploring community engagement and social enterprise projects in India
  • feeling a sense of achievement
  • growing confidence and independence as a young adult.

Costs

The VYL India Pilot Program is funded through a co-contribution model, with parents contributing $3,000 per student and the Department funding the balance of the core program costs*. To reduce the effect of disadvantage, over a third of places will be fully-funded by the Department for students whose parent / guardian holds a current healthcare or pensioner concession card naming the student.

The Department will fund core program costs for the accompanying teacher. Schools will fund teacher replacement costs and contingency funds for medical or daily expenses in-country.

Any incidental costs (e.g. passports a​nd spending money) are the responsibility of the participating students their parents/guardians and teachers.

*Core program costs include:

  • pre-departure and post program phases
  • travel arrangements, including return airfares, visas and insurance
  • tuition, accommodation, meals, excursions in India
  • student uniform and curriculum materials.

Schools are responsible for collecting the $3,000 co-contribution from parents/students, to be paid to the Department (or their representative) for program delivery.

How to apply

Contact your school to learn how you can apply.

Promotional materials

Promotional materials for students and parents will be made available shortly.

For further enquiries, email: vyl.india@edumail.vic.gov.au

Getting Involved​ in the 2019 VYLC

The Victorian Young Leaders to China (VYLC) Program is award winning, six-week in-country immersion program for Year 9 stu​dents, designed to help prepare them to live and work as global citizens and future leaders in a more inter-connected world.

The program is a life-changing opportunity for students and teachers to live and attend school in China. Combining language and cultural learning with persona​l development and leadership skills, the program focuses on one of Australia’s main trading partners, China.

To provide flexibility and enc​ourage wide participation across Government, Catholic and Independent schools, three program options are available in 2019.

  1. ​​State-Wide Program
  2. ​​Sister School Partnership Program
  3. Overseas Language Study Grant Program​​

Last Update: 3/12/2018 10:50 AM