Our Immersion Programme
Aidlink has operated an Immersion Programme since 2004. We provide an opportunity for Irish secondary school students to attend school in one of the countries where we work so that they can get to know the culture, traditions and society, as well as the challenges, of communities in the Global South.
Why Immersion Programmes?
Immersion Programmes are a type of Development Education. By giving first-hand experiences of a different way of life, these programmes aim to increase awareness and understanding of the challenges people face in extreme poverty.
The idea behind Immersions is to introduce the complexity of inequality and underdevelopment in an arena where the power dynamic is more equal than the standard rich-poor or donor-recipient relationship. By doing this, immersion participants will gain increased understanding, altered attitudes towards development issues, a keener sense of global citizenship, and more desire to participate in movements towards increased social justice.