In January 2019, Dr. Joanne Jodry, Dr. Stephanie Hall, and a group of professional counseling students traveled throughout Northern India as a part of counseling course titled, Transformational Travel in India. The group broadened their understanding of multicultural differences and enhanced their multicultural competence as they experienced dozens of spiritually enlightening sites steeped in Indian history and culture. In addition to visiting infamous sites such as the Taj Mahal, Ganges River, Golden Temple, and Himalayan Mountains of Dharamshala, much of the group’s time was spent at One Life to Love, a non-profit organization and orphanage that provides resources such as education, nutrition, and healthcare for underprivileged children with mental and physical disabilities in New Delhi, India.
An exciting aspect of the trip is Dr. Jodry and graduate student Merritt Reid’s research study on spiritual transformation in preservice counseling students. As part of their research, both the group’s personal and academic preparation for their trip and the trip itself were recorded and will be made into a documentary, aimed at capturing personal and spiritual insights and changes made by the counseling students as a result of this journey.
To learn more about One Life to Love, visit onelife2love.org.