The I Can. Explorer Initiative is a long-term values-based youth development programme allowing groups of inquisitive, young minds to gain insights and skills through specialised excursions which take them to different regions of India.
Designed as an exploration of the self and of the world beyond, the I Can. Explorer Initiative is a values-based youth development programme allowing groups of inquisitive, young minds to gain insights and skills through specialised excursions which take them to different regions of India. These excursions take the form of highly customisable journeys that focus on learning and fun.
Each destination provides them a different group of skills with learning outcomes such as leadership, team-work, communication & networking. They discover and understand India’s heritage, and experience the various gears of Indian socio-political machinery. These outcomes are provided as a by-product of intensive learning sessions tied into the unique geographies and cultures of each location on a variety of topics related to leadership and growth.
The Initiative was started with a vision of allowing the youth of today to view the world through a unique lens of Indian culture, history, and society, encouraging them to imbibe skills important to their growth as a person, and as a member of an international community.
Apart from self-development and growth, an I Can. Explorer can expect to become a part of a growing network of present explorers and programme alumni spread across the globe.ICE is not envisioned as a one-time trip for students, but as a continuous development programme working side-by-side with our other initiatives such as the I Can. Social Service Programme, the I Can. Global Young Leaders’ Summit, and the I Can. Corporate Political Simulation.
This excursion will take the Explorers across a major expanse of the Himalayas – from McLeodganj and Dharamsala to Gangtok and the Nathulla Pass. They will camp in the woods and visit monasteries, bathe in a waterfall and walk across snowy meadows.
The Explorers will listen to talks on politics and inner peace, on foreign trade and the Upanishads. They will discuss the meaning of life with Buddhist monks, and listen to stories by the bonfire. The Leadership Games will test every I Can. Explorer’s mettle – leadership, collaboration, communication, and creativity are just some of the skills and qualities that will be developed and tested.
Expedition Cost: ₹1,00,000 + Taxes as applicable
The Peninsular Passage takes I Can. Explorers across the Western Ghats and the Deccan Plateau. They begin the programme in Bangalore, travel across Mysore and Coorg, Nagarhole and Kodaikanal.
On the way, they will explore the Nagarhole and Bannerghatta National Parks, ride the currents of the Kabini, brunch by the Mallalli Waterfalls, sleep to the sounds of the Kodaikanal backwaters, and wake up to Yoga lessons. These locations will augment the various learning sessions that are the focus of the I Can. Explorer programme, such as the Leadership Games, talks on entrepreneurship and politics, discussions on spirituality and yoga, and various activities that focus on the Explorers learning more about both themselves and their peers.
Expedition Cost: ₹1,10,000 + Taxes as applicable
The Winter Voyage will take Explorers across various cities and towns all over the country. The programme begins in New Delhi, explores cities around the Capital before taking them to Rajasthan and finally to Hyderabad.
The expedition is lined with discussions and activities that offer a chance for young minds to rediscover the distilled essence of knowledge sourced from five millennia of civilization, all through a critical lens of modernity focusing on applicability and practicality. Explorers will participate in deliberations on the Arthashastra and the Upanishads, on Politics and Economics, on Leadership and Innovation, all while exploring some of the most iconic sites across India.
Expedition Cost: ₹1,20,000 + Taxes as applicable
An I Can. Explorer undertakes not only journeys of the land but also journeys of the self. This helps in identity development founded on positive values such as friendship, team-work, acceptance, compassion, mutual respect, and kindness. This allows an Explorer to gain self-respect, and starts them on the path to discovering their own ‘moral map’, which will help them make good life decisions.
By overcoming surmountable challenges during expeditions, an Explorer gains both a measure of his or her skills, and a confidence in their abilities. Over the course of the Programme, Explorers discover their interests, gain insights into their personalities and preferences, and evaluate their own career readiness.
Apart from self-exploration, a member of the Programme also gets an opportunity to travel across India – they experience mountains, plateaus and jungles, monasteries, palaces and monuments. By understanding the land that they live in – its peoples and cultures – they are in a position to better understand themselves.
This understanding is bolstered by talks and discussions on topics such as leadership, politics, social entrepreneurship and universal religion. Our speakers are all experts in their fields and are known for their ability to inspire. This gives Explorers the opportunity to interact, first-hand, with potential role models.
Step 1: An institution approaches I Can. with the intent of enrolling its members into the Explorer Programme.
Step 2: I Can. works with the institution on creating bespoke excursions, taking into account the ages and learning preferences of the attendees, the institution’s calendar, financial constraints and any parental concerns.
Step 3: All people who enrol into the programme are taken on their initial I Can. Explorer excursion and are officially designated as I Can. Explorers.
Step 4: Explorers at every institution are encouraged to stay with the Programme by participating in regular excursions and other I Can. activities which ensures continual skill boosts and long-term, values-based growth and development.
The number of attendees depends on the itinerary chosen. It can vary from a minimum of 50 attendees to a maximum of 150. In case more people want to be a part of any one excursion, we can make special arrangements or split them into batches.
Yes, we organise Excursions throughout the year. The Excursions we have provided on the previous page are only samples. However, as all our Excursions are highly researched, we require at least two months’ notice before accepting to undertake any excursion.
Yes, we can organise excursions as short as five days and as long as two weeks.
For groups of attendees aged under 16, we allow one escort per institution. For Excursions where the attendees are over 16 years old, we do not encourage escorts, but may allow them on a case-to-case basis.
In order to enrol as part of the I Can. Explorer programme, please ask your institutions administrator to get in touch with us.
An ICE Excursion is organised through one's institution, which will be responsible for managing the individual member payments.
All attendees who do not possess Indian passports or passports from countries that allow unrestricted access to India and its union territories are considered International Attendees. Please refer to this website for more details: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/
We recommend you apply for a visa at least two months before the scheduled departure date if you’re arriving from a country that cannot get a visa on arrival. For more details, please visit the Indian Immigration Authority’s website: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html
We recommend you apply for a tourist visa to India. Please contact us if you have further questions.
Venue: The Sanskaar Valley School, Bhopal
Date: 18th April, 2015
Time: 08:00 am