“…facilitating cross-cultural experiential learning, community engagement life and career enrichment”

The ceLEARN – Cross-cultural Experiential Learning and Research Network is an NGO institution founded and directed by development practitioners engaging academicians and professionals with many years of experience in various work areas contributing to cross-cultural learning and academic research for university students from around the world in India.

Courses are designed and mentored by professionals and lecturers, includes outstanding scholars in the areas of social science, humanities, literature, religion, and architecture as well as artists, journalists, NGO activists, artisans, healthcare professionals and craftsmen.

The ceLEARN – Cross-cultural Experiential Learning and Research Network was formed to contribute to further innovations and good case practices for the development and spread of experiential education and learning around the world.

Experiential learning is a process through which students develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences outside a traditional academic setting. The ceLEARN experiential learning programs encompass a variety of activities including internships, research, study abroad, and other creative and professional work experiences. These learning programs stimulate academic inquiry by promoting interdisciplinary learning, civic engagement, career development, cultural awareness, leadership, and other professional and intellectual skills.

Learning that is considered “experiential” contain all the following elements:

  1. Reflection, critical analysis and synthesis
  2. Opportunities for students to take initiative, make decisions, and be accountable for the results
  3. Opportunities for students to engage intellectually, creatively, emotionally, socially, or physically
  4. A designed learning experience that includes the possibility to learn from natural consequences, mistakes, and successes

ceLEARN initiated activities in 2011. With several years of fieldwork and experience, its programs are open for participation to university students and young professionals from around the world. The current operations office is in Dharamsala, in northwest India, and Pune, in southwest India.