Meeting Presentation and Info

Hi all,

I have updated the meeting presentation to include answers to your questions from our meeting last week. Have a look at, CourseMeetingPresentation.

Your flights should arrive at Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM) on Sunday, May 13th sometime before noon. ISAC staff and I will be meeting you at the airport, and we will travel together to Malavli. The commute time from the airport to Malavli is 3-4 hrs so that is why it is important that we try to cluster everyone’s flights together within a few hours.

We will finish the course on Friday, May 31st. ISAC will provide transportation to the airport on Saturday, June 1st. Choose departure times in the afternoon to give us enough travel time. If you are planning to extend your stay in India, further transportation and connections from Mumbai will be up to you.

We will be meeting again on Monday, March 25th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM in Room 670. At this meeting, we will provide you with further information about how to prepare for the trip as well as visa application information and payment deadline dates.

Have a great week!


Welcome to Design Abroad: India!


It’s great to have you be a part of Design Abroad: India. This new three-week course is an exciting opportunity for you to travel, explore, and to co-design with a local community in rural India. You will be working with organizations to identify design projects that can help further the organization’s goals and the people they serve. Examples include working with women’s empowerment organizations, microfinance groups, an orphanage for boys, among others. Possible project opportunities include designing or re-designing products, services, or environments, developing educational materials, and creating marketing and outreach campaigns. The scope of the projects will be determined once you arrive in India and delve into co-designing with the organizations and the local community.

When you are not working on a design project, you will be immersed in the culture of India – from the food, design, art, and music you find to the traditions, natural beauty, and new friendships you discover. As a group, you represent a variety of backgrounds, skills, and interests. I am excited to see the experiences you will have and the work you will accomplish in India in May. In the meantime, I look forward to meeting with you soon.



p.s. Here are two images: the first is of one of the guest houses where we will be staying. The second shows the kind of traditional clothing women are encouraged to wear while in India (Don’t worry we will talk more about this and how you can easily find appropriate clothing for very reasonable prices once we are in India!).