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Come on a life-changing journey with TEAR that will stretch and inspire your understanding of faith, poverty and development:
For nearly 30 years, TEAR Australia’s In-DEEP program has been shaping the hearts and minds of Australian Christians. In-DEEP is not a tour, it is not a course and it is not work experience. In-DEEP is a seven-week immersion in the culture and chaos of India, with the opportunity and privilege of hearing stories of hope and despair first-hand from marginalised families and communities across India.
In-DEEP is a unique opportunity to spend seven weeks living in India learning directly from TEAR's longest standing partner, Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief (EFICOR), about what it looks like to bring "good news to the poor". Inspiring EFICOR staff will be your local hosts, mentors, and facilitate the 7 week program. TEAR staff will attend some of the program and conduct pre-departure briefing and de-briefing on return in Australia.
The cost for In-DEEP is likely to range between $3700 - $4200 (plus your flights), this cost includes accommodation, meals, local travel, briefing materials and coordination costs. Exact costs will be determined in August.
The cost does NOT include including flights from Australia, travel insurance, vaccinations, visa and spending money.
Applicants for In-DEEP should be:
Participation in In-DEEP is a great privilege and opportunity and in return TEAR requests that participants consider giving regularly to TEAR, fundraise for TEAR’s projects in India prior to departure and make tangible commitments to be involved in TEAR’s work on return to Australia.
EFICOR is a leading Indian Christian aid, development and relief organisation that serves the poor, socially excluded and marginalised in situations of poverty, injustice and disaster. EFICOR also works towards influencing the churches in India to address issues of poverty and injustice.
EFICOR has been operating since 1967, running bottom-up, grass-roots projects designed to empower community members with tools, knowledge, confidence and resilience to bring about their own lasting development, across a range of sectors including maternal and child health, HIV & AIDS, disability, agriculture and climate change and urban poverty. The EFICOR staff have an inspiring commitment and sense of calling to work in the most marginalised and socially excluded communities, especially Tribal and Dalit communities.