May 13th to June 1st, 2019


The deadline has been extended to February 18th, however we encourage students and graduates to apply as soon as possible as suitable applicants will be accepted on a first come basis.

Going to India with CoDesign Abroad was, in a word, incredible.

Emma Rozsell, India 2017


For 3 weeks immerse yourself in colourful Rajasthan province. Learn about India’s craft and culture in the buzzing multi faceted New Delhi. Get a regional perspective in the Pink City of Jaipur. Meet with your peers at IICD (The Indian Institute of Craft and Design). From Jaipur,  travel two hours west to the country side to work with the artisans of the Barefoot College.


  • Our trip begins in New Dehli where we will learn about Craft from a National Perspective.
  • Spend several days exploring the beautiful Pink City of Jaipur.
  • Find common ground and network over a casual social evening out with your Indian peers.
  • Work closely with the artisans of Tilonia.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the historic Amber Fort.
  • Visit the religious pilgrimage site Pushkar.
  • Shop until you drop at Rajasthan’s  endless markets.


At the rural campus of the Barefoot College, we will work directly with the artisans of Tilonia.  Together with community members we will work to identify meaningful problems and opportunities for design-for-export and tourist markets. Beside the development of new designs for batch production, we will consider tools to ensure quality control and standardization.

For over 40 years, Barefoot College has been the world’s only college for the rural poor. Operating in over 50 countries, their “one village at a time, one woman at a time” approach to development emphasizes self-sufficiency and sustainability. Barefoot College teaches practical skills, including solar energy, beekeeping and sewing.

Read more about Barefoot College at the following link www.barefootcollege.org

WHO IS THIS TRIP FOR/eligibility

This trip is for post secondary craft and design students of all disciplines, as recent graduates (within 5 years).


We are looking for a varied team. Textile and pattern making knowledge may be assets but are not necessary. 


The deadline has been extended to February 18th, however we encourage students and graduates to apply as soon as possible as suitable applicants will be accepted on a first come basis.


Dates: Monday May 13th to Saturday June 1st, 2019, beginning and ending in New Delhi. Most international flights will arrive late Monday night May 13th, no activities have been planned for arrival day, but accommodation is provided. Similarly, the trip ending is coordinated with most international flights leaving New Dehli late Saturday June 1st.

Trip Cost: $3,200 CND, $2,600USD (including applicable taxes) based on double occupancy. A $300 CND/UDS  deposit will be required upon acceptance to secure your spot.

Itinerary: 3 nights in New Delhi, 3 nights in Jaipur and 13 nights in Tilonia. 

We are finalizing particulars. A detailed itinerary, including hotel information and daily activities will be provided to participants.

Accommodation: Shared accommodation in air conditioned hotels and hostel.

What’s Included: All accommodation, and transportation for 19 days. Fully-curated cultural and historical tours. All Breakfasts, and most lunches and dinners.

Additional Expenses: We’ve taken care of most of the costs. Additional expenses include your flight ($1000-1500), and visa (US $75), 3 lunches ($5/each) when we are out and about, an optional excursion day which lunch and dinner in Pushkar would be at your expense. ($5/each). All beverages are at your expense. Clean drinking water is available at all our accommodation.

Note: It is incredibly hot in Rajasthan in May. We will plan our days accordingly, but expect weather temperatures that may be in excess of 35 degrees celsius. Applicants must have a valid passport and provide proof of travel insurance before departure.

It is recommended you visit a travel clinic before departure. 



Special thanks to Barefoot College, our partner in India and Zanzibar. Barefoot provides the campus that we work on, translation services and a local facilitator.  Barefoot College also provides employment and support services to the community members throughout the year, thereby creating the opportunity not only to work with a dedicated group of  villagers but also the opportunity for the ideas that are generated from our short time together to be implemented  after we leave.




Because we travel with small groups, and the goal of each trip is to work with a community with needs that can tangibly be met though design, we respectfully ask that you complete our application form. We try to balance the right skill set according to the project we work on. Don’t worry –you likely have the goods, as our methodology relies on using an interdisciplinary team. Just sometimes, we might be looking for a particular skill. 

Who can apply? Anyone with creative experience! From architecture to graphic design. From Furniture making to ceramics. Does designer seem an apt description for you? Then you qualify.

What happens after I apply? We will send you confirmation of your application. Once a team is finalized we will ask you to pay a deposit to confirm your spot and provide more information, such as payment schedule and a detailed itinerary.

When should I apply? As soon as you can! Once our trips fill up, we will close applications for that particular trip.

For FAQs or information on our payments schedule or cancelation policies, please see our resources. Or contact us if you have any questions.

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