Semester in India: Spirit & Service | Carpe Diem Education

Location: India: Dharamsala, Jaipur, Calcutta and 5 other cities

Term: Fall, Spring

Program Duration: 3-6 Months

Dates: Year Round

1529 N Killingsworth Street Portland, OR 97217 United States

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Phone: 503-285-1800

Fax: 866-903-1077


Learn about Spirituality and Service in the incredible foothills of the Himalayas. Students will experience local Indian culture through homestays; witness the burning ghats of Varanasi; visit the seat of the Tibetan government in exile and the home of the Dalai Lama; and get in touch with spirituality by practicing meditation and yoga, all while diving into Indian and Hindu philosophy lessons at an ashram.

Embrace the opportunity to serve at Mother Teresa's Home for the Destitute and Dying; support local Tibetan refugees through language exchange with Tibetan monks; stay in a communal organic farm in the foothills of the Himalayas; help plant new crops and harvest fresh fruit from the garden to make healthy meals together in the kitchen.

Through small groups of no more than 12 students, you will experiment with leadership roles, self-awareness, and purpose.

Experiential education. Community. Intercultural exchange. It's how Carpe Diem Education connects with and gives back to the global communities we interact with.


1. Experience holy Buddhist and Hindu sites at Varanasi and Bodhgaya
2. Trek in the Himalayas
3. Volunteer at the Mother Theresa Home in Calcutta
4. Join Cultural Internships in Varanasi and McLeod Ganj
5. Experience Spiritual Exploration through Yoga and Meditation retreats
6. Experience Homestays with Tibetan families in McLeod Ganj (home of the Dalai Lama
7. Have an adventure with a 5-day trek in the Himalayas
8. Learn about Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism
9. Join group sizes no larger than 10 students and 2 Program Leaders
10. Earn academic credits from Portland State University
11. Avail of FAFSA and Scholarships

Degree Level


Type of Programs
  • Gap Year
  • Experiential Learning
  • Language Immersion
  • Community Service & Volunteering
  • Outdoor Education
  • Student Exchange

  • English
  • Hindi

Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching
  • English

Cost in US$:

Contact Provider for Cost Details

Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

Pretty much everything except airfare, visas, vaccinations, and whatever you put in your rucksack!

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Youth Development
  • Youth
  • Writing
  • Women
  • Water Projects
  • Street Children
  • Renewable Energy
  • Social Work
  • Small Business Development
  • Senior Citizens
  • Reforestation
  • Recreation
  • Public Policy
  • Pastoral Work
  • Organic Farming
  • Nutrition
  • Human Rights
  • Grassroots Organization
  • Gender Issues
  • Environment
  • English Teaching
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Cooking
  • Conservation
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Business
  • Archaeology
  • Anthropology
  • Agriculture
  • Arts
  • Music
  • Hospital
  • Childcare & Children
  • Community Centers
  • Community Development
  • Education
  • Culture
  • Public Health
Typical Volunteer
• This program is designed for GAP YEAR students.  Students can expect to:
• Travel together as a small group, throughout the entire program.
• Participate in community building exercises during orientation that focus on team-building and group dynamics.
• Have two Overseas Educators facilitate regular group meetings throughout the semester, to create space for students to reflect, process and connect with each other.
• Immerse themselves in the places we visit through home stays and service projects and working alongside local partners.
• Abide by our Sacred Six agreements designed to help challenge you to grow personally, engage in the program in meaningful ways, and ensure we are creating a safe space to travel responsibly.
This Program is open to

American, Worldwide, Canadian Participant.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Guest House
  • Dormitory
  • Home-stays
  • Group living

Participants Travel to India

in Groups

Application Process Involves
  • Essay
  • Online Application
  • Phone/Video Interview
Typically The Application Process Time is
2 business days
Post Services Include
  • Job and Internship Network
  • Alumni Network
  • Re-Entry Debriefing at Home
  • Exit Debriefing Abroad
Year Founded