Pravah is a leading Indian national not-for-profit organisation, which works with and for young people to promote youth leadership and impact social justice issues.  Pravah's programs focus on engaging youth in active citizenship, creating open attitudes to and responsibility for community and open spaces, developing young leaders and leadership skills and supporting social change initiatives developed for and by youth.

Based on the insights gained over the past twenty five years, Pravah has developed a unique approach to youth development embodied in the concept of the 5th Space. They believe that as a society we have ‘legitimized’ four spaces for young people – that of family, friends, career / career-related education and leisure or recreation. There is on the margins – a 5th Space – a space where young people discover themselves by engaging in social action, a space where they engage in active citizenship, volunteering and much more.

Find out more on the Pravah website.

Activities can be broad and general, enabling students to experience the many diverse parts of a working NGO in India, suiting those who are flexible and adaptable. Previous activities at provided students with experience in:

  • Policy analysis
  • Youth engagement
  • Creation of learning/training materials
  • Media and marketing
  • M&E reporting

Accommodation: Typically hotel twin-share accommodation.

Activity Timing*: Winter Vacation (June - July), Session 3 (December - February)

Activity length:4-6 weeks

PACE Units*:  ARTS3000, INTS3050, LAWS4052, LAWS8099, MMCC3150, MQBS3000, PSYU3399, SSCI3010

*Please note: unit availability, timing and activities are dependent on partner needs and are subject to change. Not all units are offered each session.

Location and highlights 

Pravah is located in Delhi (The National Capital Territory of Delhi) an ancient city which been continuously inhabited since the 6th Century BCE, serving as the capital of various kingdoms and empires. Students are located in South Delhi, in the suburbs of Hauz Khas and Greater Kailash, where many cultural sights as the Tomb of Firoz shah Tughlaq, Hauz Khas village, Metcalfe House Monument and Nandan Van are found.

Students can experience Purani Dilli (Old Delhi) and its chaotic bazaars, the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and India Gate. Most importantly, students can visit the wonderous Taj Mahal and get their own photo with this stunning marble mausoleum.

Previous Activities

Law / Community engagementA student was tasked with creating legal workshops for the MLMF (My Life, Mere Faisle) program at Pravah. To inform their work they used documents created by previous PACE students that summarized important law and policy on topics such as dowry, early child marriage and domestic violence. After planning and development, the student created 7 small workshops that each run for approximately 2-3 hours, to present the law in accessible and understandable ways whilst remaining engaging and fun.
HRA student streamlined the Human Resource team's online recruitment database process and helped others to navigate the system.
Social mediaA student helped to manage Pravah's social media platforms and promote the work of the organisation to stakeholders.
Event managementStudents supported the mobilisation of young people for social change activities including providing leadership skills and perspective building workshops, creating database of youth opportunities and supporting documentation/reporting of events.
BusinessA student create a database of opportunities for Pravah local youth volunteers/interns to undertake work experience with NGOs and INGOs. Support Pravah staff and volunteers to make connections.
Public RelationsA student researched opportunities for marketing Pravah amongst businesses and organisations as a viable corporate social responsibility option. Support Pravah staff and volunteers to build relationships and pitch the importance of youth development for India.

This decision reflects a similar decision that has been made in respect to Macquarie International student travel.

This means that all PACE International in-country activities (including student-nominated activities) in Session 1 and Winter Vacation will need to be cancelled.

Our students’ health and safety is our primary concern at PACE International.

We understand this news will be quite disappointing and some of you may have queries or concerns regarding your unit enrolment.  Please contact our teams at PACE International, or your appropriate Faculty, if you would like to discuss this further.


PACE International applications are open to all currently enrolled students at Macquarie University. To be eligible you must:

  • Have completed one session at Macquarie University
  • Be enrolled – or eligible to enrol - in a PACE unit as listed in the Partner search on the PACE International website
  • Hold a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) on or above 60* (LAWS units require a LAWS WAM of 70* or above).
  • Be assessed as suitable using the PACE International Selection Criteria

* If you do not hold the minimum required WAM you can apply for special consideration in your application form.

Please note that placements are allocated based on number of places available at the partner organisation, students’ skill set, student preferences and unit requirements. While we aim to place all eligible students, some placements are very limited, and applications will be considered competitively. Please also note that activities and partners are subject to change.

In assessing your suitability, PACE International will review all components of your application including your application form, academic transcript, CV, and referee report. We may also seek advice from your home Faculty, Student Wellbeing, and/or Macquarie International.

If your WAM is under 60 (or under 70 for LAWS), or if your transcript lists Academic Caution or Disciplinary Issues, you will need to complete a special consideration form alongside your application to provide further information.

In some cases, we may require additional information to properly consider your suitability and may invite you to either submit additional supporting documents or to attend an interview with PACE International staff.

Before I apply

  • Use the PACE International Partner Search to learn more about our opportunities
  • Receive academic advice to see how a PACE International activity will fit into your degree
  • Check you meet the eligibility requirements
  • View the PACE International information session online or visit one of our drop-in sessions
  • Read through the Application Top Tips for advice on submitting your best application
  • Review the Example Application Form to plan how you will answer application questions
  • Refer to the Ethical Volunteering Guide for more information about ethical community engagement and how PACE International works internationally.

How do I apply?

  • Submit an online application form during the key opening dates and apply through the Current Opportunities page.
  • Select your preferences for host organisations (if applicable). Please research our partner organisations before you apply.
  • Attach to your online application a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV), your academic transcript and the contact details of your referee

An automatic reference check will be sent to your referee on submission of your application. Once you have submitted your application, you will be notified via email on the outcome of your application.

Application Timing

SessionApplicationsOverseas Activity
Winter VacationFebruaryJune-July (4 weeks)
Session 2AprilSeptember (2-4 weeks)
Session 3JulyJanuary (4-12 weeks)

Activity Cost

PACE International managed activities incur an activity cost. The Activity Cost is dependent on the location, work requirements, time frame and duration of your activity. Additional costs, not included in your activity cost, are paid for directly by you. Financial support is available through grant funding.

  • Accommodation
  • Pre-departure training
  • In-country orientation
  • In-country management
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance for activity duration
  • Field trips
  • International airfares
  • Visa (where applicable)
  • National Police Checks
  • Unit tuition
  • Vaccinations (where applicable)
  • New/renewed passport (where applicable)Personal travel insurance and all related expenses for personal travel and leisure activities
  • Incidental living and travel costs (e.g laundry, transport, souvenirs)

Funding options

There are a range of funding options available to assist you with the associated costs of a PACE International activity. For more information on eligibility and application requirements see the Funding tab on the PACE International website.

Contact us

Phone: +61 2 9850 4473
Instagram: @mqpace

Make an appointment or attend a drop-in session: If you would like to speak to a PACE International staff member, please email us at

Student experiences - Shika Hegde

Pravah alumniWhat do you study and where did you go on your PACE International activity?

I study a Bachelor of Laws, majoring in International Law and Global Governance. I travelled to Delhi, India to work with Pravah, Delhi for my PACE International activity.

What was your role or project at your host organisation?

My role at Pravah, Delhi was to communicate the Law, Policies and Legal options available to the youth in relation to issues concerning Early Child Marriage, Dowry Law, Domestic Violence, Sanitation and Sexual Reproductive Health rights in India. My job was to essentially spread some awareness amongst the female youth and empower them to not only know but use their legal rights and options to deal with difficult situations Indian women are often faced with. The result of my research was a series of pamphlets that effectively summarise the law, policies, and options available to the youth in relation to the above prevalent issues. These pamphlets are currently in the process of being translated to Hindi and once translated they will be handed out and passed on to partner organisations throughout India during youth-led programs.

What attracted you to the PACE International program?

The same year I applied I had just completed 6 months abroad in The Netherlands through the Macquarie International Exchange Program. As such, the prospect of participating in another international program stirred a feeling of overwhelming excitement in me. I view any international experience as a fantastic life opportunity with tremendous potential for self-development and personal experience. After studying in another country, I thought it would be an exciting adventure to work in another country!

What advice would you give a student who is thinking of applying for a PACE
International activity?

Definitely apply! Apart from working with inspiring organisations that focus on creating real change, you’re given the opportunity to experience living in a different country and truly understand the fabric of another culture.

What was the best part of your PACE International experience?

My work at Pravah was definitely a highlight of my PACE International Experience.  My work with the NGO has opened my mind to the mechanics of a different justice system through researching and understanding how laws are applied and enforced. It has deepened my understanding of the Law from an Indian perspective and has enhanced my passion for Human Rights Law and Diplomacy by working directly with Pravah to address complex social justice concerns embedded in India’s youth. As a law student, I was deeply inspired throughout my placement at Pravah and continue to be inspired by their successes in facilitating change in today’s Indian Youth, giving them a voice, creating agency, and instilling awareness through empathy. Pravah is an organisation that is working on not only exciting but important work for the greater community of India and I am grateful for the opportunity to truly understand the impact of their work from a social and legal perspective.

Student Experiences - Henry Downing

"My experience overseas allowed me to apply skills that I have learned through my degree in an environment that I would have not usually had access to. The work was challenging and exciting, but the most important aspect of the journey was the friends I have made in the process!" – Henry Downing

Student Experiences - Johanna Long

"Overall, the experience was so enriching for me personally as well as professionally. For people participating in this opportunity in the future, it is so important to be open-minded and easy going in order to make the most out of your experience. Jump into the culture, learn the language, eat the food, and make friends with locals from your organisation!" – Johanna Long

Student experiences - Sajal Sehgal

"One of the best and most important experience I've ever had in my life or will ever do. It's not just an ordinary internship, it's more than what you'll ever expect." – Sajal Sehgal

Student experiences - Maya Obirek

"PACE International was an eye opening experience that I will treasure for the rest of my life.  It was challenging and rewarding that has brought me many new friends and unforgettable experiences, making it  undoubtedly the highlight of my degree at Macquarie University." – Maya Obirek

Student experiences - Leesa Chen

"PACE International has opened my eyes to the real world beyond what the media and business books want you to know. You realize behind the cloud of opportunities, there is a society that demands sustainable development and this is how one individual like myself can make an impact. A changed perspective of the international community truly transforms the way you see, think and do in everything you do. From studies to career and beyond, a realistic approach opens yourself to new ideas and opportunities." –  Leesa Chen

Student experiences - Reshma Zachariah

"PACE International will be one of the most rewarding experiences a student can undertake whilst at Macquarie University as it gives you an opportunity to make a real change within the global community. PACE International will give you the opportunity to make life-long friends and also develop skills in areas unknown to you before... I would wholeheartedly recommend PACE International to any student who is up for a challenge." – Reshma Zachariah

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